Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce (12 Minutes ONLY!)

Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce! It’s a healthier version of a yummy sauce that makes your food extra delicious. You can use it in lots of Asian dishes. Let’s make it and add some tasty goodness to your meals!

The Origin of Hoisin Sauce

Hoisin sauce originated in ancient China, initially crafted for Cantonese-style barbecue. Its name, meaning “seafood,” can be misleading as it doesn’t mainly contain seafood. Over time, the sauce evolved, incorporating soybeans, garlic, vinegar, and spices. Widely used in Chinese cuisine, hoisin sauce’s popularity spread across Asian culinary traditions, becoming a versatile and beloved condiment globally.

How to Make Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together reduced-sodium soy sauce, natural peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring it to a gentle simmer, stirring frequently.
  3. Let the sauce simmer for 5-7 minutes, allowing it to thicken. Stir continuously to avoid sticking.
  4. Once thickened, remove the sauce from heat and let it cool. Use it immediately or store it in the refrigerator for later use. The flavors will continue to develop over time.

Notes

  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, let it simmer for a few extra minutes. For a thinner consistency, add a splash of water until it reaches your desired thickness.
  • Feel free to adjust the honey quantity to suit your taste preferences. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add a bit more honey; for a milder sweetness, reduce the amount.

How to store Low Sodium Hoisin Sauce

To store Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce, allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate. Ensure the container is sealed tightly to maintain freshness. Stored properly, this sauce can last in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Before using, check for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell or unusual discoloration. If the sauce has changed in appearance or odor, it’s advisable to discard it.

FAQ

Can I Adjust the Sweetness of the Sauce?

Absolutely! Feel free to tweak the sweetness by adjusting the quantity of honey. Add a bit more for a sweeter flavor or reduce it if you prefer a milder sweetness.

How Long Does the Sauce Last in the Refrigerator?

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce can last for several weeks. Be sure to check for any signs of spoilage before use.

Can I Freeze Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce?

Freezing may alter the texture and flavor of the sauce, so it’s not recommended. For optimal taste and quality, store it in the refrigerator and use it within the suggested timeframe.

What Dishes Pair Well with Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce?

This versatile sauce complements a variety of dishes. It pairs excellently with stir-fries, grilled meats, and spring rolls, and can even be used as a dipping sauce. Experiment with different cuisines to discover your favorite combinations!

Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: SauceCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Low-Sodium Hoisin Sauce! It’s a healthier version of a yummy sauce that makes your food extra delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  • In a bowl, whisk together reduced-sodium soy sauce, natural peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring it to a gentle simmer, stirring frequently.
  • Let the sauce simmer for 5-7 minutes, allowing it to thicken. Stir continuously to avoid sticking.
  • Once thickened, remove the sauce from heat and let it cool. Use it immediately or store it in the refrigerator for later use. The flavors will continue to develop over time.

Notes

  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, let it simmer for a few extra minutes. For a thinner consistency, add a splash of water until it reaches your desired thickness.

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