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How to Make Hoisin Sauce

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Hoisin sauce is an Asian dipping sauce for chicken, lamb, pork and pot stickers, but it's much more than just a simple dip.

Hoisin sauce is quite common in stir fry recipes. It can also be used along with your mayonnaise on your sandwich or wrap, spread on a tortilla or crepe, mixed in with your favorite veggies and salads, and is an excellent replacement for teriyaki sauce.  If you are in a hurry, hoisin sauce can be used over your pasta, rice or couscous. It is also great on sweet potatoes.

It has a thick consistency and its flavor is a combination of salty, sweet and spicy.  There is emphasis on the spicy, so if you don't like a lot of heat in your cooking, please use caution with this sauce, especially if children are eating with you.

The recipe below calls for rice vinegar, but white vinegar can also be used if you want to add tartness to this wonderfully versatile sauce. 

4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey or molasses
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1-2 teaspoons hot sauce
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Mix well in a medium mixing bowl, and place emphasis on the “well†because at first it will look like you have a liquid mess in your bowl, but don’t let that confuse you. Keep mixing, and eventually all ingredients will be even and you will have a smooth sauce in that bowl. 

Please note: a smaller mixing bowl will suffice, but a medium one is better if you want less splatters and less cleanup.

You can be creative and play around with the hot sauce and honey or molasses, and add or subtract to your liking One tablespoon of brown sugar can be used in lieu of the honey and molasses. If you don'€™t have any hot sauce in the house, you can omit the black pepper and simply use white pepper to your liking. Are you going for a salty taste? Then you can add another tablespoon of soy sauce. Do not mess with the peanut butter though, because more than two tablespoons of it might ruin the consistency of your sauce.

Hoisin sauce is going to be something that you and your guests either love or hate and can be a bit strong for those who have never had it before. If you have any hoisin haters eating with you, add one to two tablespoons of water for them.This sauce is thick enough to absorb the water and so you will keep the even consistency of this rich brown-colored sauce.

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