Is Hoisin Sauce Vegan?
Yes! Hoisin sauce is actually almost always vegan. While you never truly know what goes into sauce at restaurants, there's a 99.9% chance that any hoisin sauce you get doesn't contain any animal products.
Hoisin Sauce Ingredients
First, let's take a look at a commercial hoisin sauce (Dynasty) which is available in the Asian section pretty much anywhere...
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, White Distilled Vinegar, Soybeans, Rice, Garlic, Salt, Sesame Oil, Caramel Color, Onions, Red Chili Peppers, Xanthan Gum, Spices, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Star Anise, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Ginger, Licorice Root
As you can see, it's mainly water, sugar, vinegar and spices - there's no animal products to be found...
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Next, let's take a random recipe (link for full recipe and measurements) that I found and break down what's in it...
- Soy Sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Sesame Seed Oil
- Black Pepper
- Hot Sauce (such as the vegan-friendly Tapatio)
Again, no animal products.
Pretty much every recipe I found was the same or very similar. Some sort of legume base and flavor agents.
What is Hoisin Sauce?
Hoisin, which comes from the Chinese word for seafood, can actually be used on anything. It goes great with rice and veggies and I love to get it on the side when I order take out.
Traditionally, it's made from fermented soybean paste and a combination of sweeteners, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic and other spices.
Many people describe it as a saltier version of BBQ sauce.
Other Vegan Condiments
If you're looking for more condiments, you'll want to check out these articles - especially the first one!
- 25+ Must Have Vegan Condiments
- Find out if soy sauce is vegan on our guide
Hey, I’m Joey. I’ve been cooking since I was a little kid and love everything about it. You can find my writing about food, kitchen appliances (such as blenders) and much more. Thanks for stopping by!
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