If you love Chinese food then this recipe for hoisin sauce will excite you. Made with spices freshly ground in the Thermomix you can rest assured it is fresh, fragrant and flavourful. It makes four times the amount of bought hoisin sauce and is full of natural ingredients compared to supermarket versions. Made with prunes it adds richness to your Oriental menu. I particularly love it with crispy chicken or crispy tofu and stir fried egg rice but you can add it to anything you like. This recipe for hoisin sauce is so authentic it will give your local Thai or Chinese takeaway a run for their money!
Why You Will Love This Recipe For Hoisin Sauce
- Authentic. This is just like the real thing. With your own homemade version of Chinese Five Spice you can taste the spices as you are grinding them in the thermomix before the sauce is even complete.
- Rich and full of flavour. The prunes and soy sauce add depth to this recipe and the addition of homemade sweet chilli sauce adds a kick to it. This will turn a bland dish into an amazing dish!
- Economical. This recipe makes around three to four times the volume of supermarket versions of the sauce. It is also thick so you only need to add a little to get the benefit of the flavour.
- As gifts. Why not make double and give a jar as a gift to your friend. They will thank you for it!
What’s In Today’s Recipe For Hoisin Sauce
- Prunes. Prunes are dried plums and have numerous health benefits. While you can find prunes in any supermarket I find the softer the prunes the better. I find Mark’s and Spencer’s prunes and Crazy Jack Organic Soft Prunes are best for this recipe.
- Chinese Five Spice. This consists of star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon. I prefer to grind mine freshly but if you are stuck for time any good brand of Chinese Five Spice will do.
- Soy Sauce. I like to use Kikkoman Less Salt Soy Sauce. For a healthier alternative to soy sauce Coconut Aminos is an excellent choice and works perfectly in this recipe.
- Sweet Chilli Sauce. I make my own sweet chilli sauce as we like spice in this household and the bought versions are over sugared. However a good bought version is Rebel Chilli, which is lower in sugar and tastes delicious.
- Ginger. What can I say ginger is a must in any oriental dish, sauce or no sauce! As well as being antioxidant and anti inflammatory it tastes divine!
- Garlic. This ingredient adds flavour to almost any sauce as well as strengthening your immune system.
- Apple Cider Vinegar. As well as apple cider vinegar tasting nicer and less stringent than other vinegars, it has many health benefits. Buy raw if you can. My favourite is Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Sesame Oil. This is also a healthier oil made from sesame seeds. And it tastes great in Chinese cooking.
Tip Of The Day
I usually make a large batch of Chinese Five Spice and store it in a jar. Then it is ready to add to your stir fries and favourite Oriental recipes. Just multiply the amount of spices by 5 and blend blend blend!
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This authentic hoisin sauce recipe is rich in flavour and spices. Made with your own homemade Chinese Five Spice and prunes. Made in minutes in the Thermomix
1 star anise
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves garlic
1 inch cube ginger
200g soft prunes
40g apple cider vinegar
10g sesame oil
200g soy sauce
2 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce
Place the star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon stick in the TM bowl. Grind 5 seconds, speed 10. Scrape down and grind again 10 seconds, speed 10.
Add the garlic and ginger and mince with the spices 5 seconds, speed 10. Scrape down and mince again 3 seconds, speed 8.
Add the remaining ingredients except the cornflour and place the lid of the TM with the simmering basket on top. Cook 5 minutes, 100˚C, speed 2.
Mix the cornflour with some of the liquid from the TM bowl until smooth. Add to the remaining ingredients. Simmer 6 minutes, 80˚C, speed 2.
Blend 10 seconds, Speed 8 or until well combined.
Store in a sterilised air tight jar in the fridge until required.
While I recommend grinding your own spices, you may use ready made Chinese Five Spice by substituting the spices with 2 teaspoons Chinese spice.
- Serving Size: 14
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