Easy Homemade Keto Hoisin Sauce Recipe: Perfect for Low-Carb Asian Cuisine

Deliciously Authentic Keto Hoisin Sauce

Discover the perfect fusion of flavor with our Keto Hoisin Sauce, a delectable condiment that brings the traditional Chinese hoisin sauce to your keto-friendly table. This sauce is not just a mere substitute; it’s a revelation for those on a ketogenic diet. With its rich, savory taste and a hint of sweetness, it’s the ideal addition to an array of dishes, enhancing everything from stir-fries to your favorite grilled meats, all while keeping your carb count low.

Embracing a keto lifestyle doesn’t mean sacrificing depth of flavor or the joy of a well-crafted meal. Our Keto Hoisin Sauce is meticulously designed to offer the same complexity and satisfaction as its high-carb counterpart, ensuring that you can indulge in your favorite Asian-inspired dishes without any guilt.

Keto Hoisin Sauce

The Essence of Keto-Friendly Flavors

Originating from the depths of culinary experimentation, this Keto Hoisin Sauce is born out of a desire to enjoy the rich tapestry of Asian cuisine while adhering to a ketogenic diet. The traditional hoisin sauce, often laden with sugars, is reimagined here to suit a low-carb lifestyle without compromising on taste.

Key ingredients like soy sauce and sesame oil provide the umami and nutty flavors that are characteristic of a classic hoisin sauce. The natural peanut butter introduces a creamy texture and a hint of richness, while the sugar-free sweetener offers the essential sweetness without the carbs. The inclusion of garlic, ginger, and Chinese five spice powder ensures an authentic taste profile, making this sauce a powerhouse of flavors that are both satisfying and keto-compliant.

Each ingredient has been carefully selected for its nutritional profile and ability to contribute to the overall balance of the sauce. The use of sugar-free sweeteners, like erythritol or monk fruit, aligns with the keto philosophy, providing sweetness without spiking your blood sugar levels. The optional xanthan gum is a keto-friendly thickening agent that gives the sauce its velvety consistency, reminiscent of traditional hoisin sauce, without adding any extra carbs.

Ingredients for Keto Hoisin Sauce

Mastering the Method

Creating the perfect Keto Hoisin Sauce is about understanding the synergy between ingredients and the importance of technique. Begin by whisking together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil to form the base of your sauce. This initial emulsion is crucial for a homogenous texture.

When incorporating the natural peanut butter, ensure it’s fully integrated to avoid any separation. This step is where patience pays off, as a smooth mixture is key to the sauce’s final consistency. As you add the aromatics – garlic, ginger, and Chinese five spice – take a moment to appreciate the fragrance that these ingredients release; it’s a sign that your sauce is developing depth.

While sprinkling in the sugar-free sweetener, remember that a little goes a long way. Dissolve it thoroughly for an even distribution of sweetness. If you opt for xanthan gum, sprinkle it in gradually while whisking to prevent clumping. The thickening will occur almost instantly, so monitor the consistency closely.

Finally, the gentle simmering on low heat allows the flavors to meld. Stir frequently to prevent any sticking and to ensure that the heat is evenly distributed. This slow cooking process is essential for a well-rounded flavor profile.

Keto Hoisin Sauce Preparation

Variations to Savor

Spicy Keto Hoisin Sauce

Add a kick to your sauce with some chili flakes or a teaspoon of sriracha. The heat will complement the existing flavors and give your dishes an extra dimension. Adjust the spiciness to your preference, and enjoy a sauce that’s both fiery and keto-friendly.

Peanut-Free Keto Hoisin Sauce

For those with nut allergies, substitute the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter or tahini. These alternatives provide a similar texture and are excellent for maintaining the sauce’s richness while keeping it allergen-free and keto-approved.

Citrus-Infused Keto Hoisin Sauce

Brighten up the sauce with a splash of fresh orange juice or a bit of orange zest. The citrus notes will add a fresh twist to the sauce, perfect for pairing with seafood or chicken, and keeping it within keto guidelines.

Substitutions for Every Keto Kitchen

For those avoiding soy, coconut aminos are a fantastic soy-free and gluten-free alternative that still provide the salty, umami flavor essential to hoisin sauce. This substitution is ideal for those with dietary restrictions or preferences.

If sesame oil is not on hand, a good quality avocado oil or even extra virgin olive oil can be used in its place. While the flavor profile will change slightly, these oils still contribute a richness that is key to the sauce’s texture.

For a different kind of sweetness, consider swapping out the sugar-free sweetener for a small amount of puréed dates. While slightly higher in carbs, dates are natural and provide a unique sweetness that can enhance the overall flavor of the sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use this Keto Hoisin Sauce immediately after cooking?
A: Yes, you can use it immediately, but allowing it to cool slightly will enable the flavors to settle and the sauce to thicken a bit more.

Q: Is this sauce vegan?
A: Yes, as long as you use a vegan sugar-free sweetener and ensure that your soy sauce or tamari is vegan, this Keto Hoisin Sauce is suitable for vegans.

Q: How long can I store this sauce?
A: You can store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. If it thickens too much, gently reheat it before use.

Q: Can I freeze the Keto Hoisin Sauce?
A: Freezing is not recommended as it may affect the texture and consistency of the sauce upon thawing.

Q: What can I serve with this sauce?
A: This sauce is versatile and can be served with a variety of keto-friendly dishes such as stir-fried vegetables, grilled meats, or as a dipping sauce for keto spring rolls.

Keto Hoisin Sauce

This Keto Hoisin Sauce is a beautifully crafted condiment that captures the essence of the traditional Chinese sauce without the added sugars and carbs. It's rich, savory, and has a touch of sweetness that makes it the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes, from stir-fries to grilled meats.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 35 kcal


  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • Grater
  • Small saucepan


  • 4 tbsp soy sauce or tamari for a gluten-free option
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter smooth
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 tsp sugar-free sweetener such as erythritol or monk fruit sweetener
  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum optional, for thickening


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil until well combined.
  • Add the natural peanut butter to the mixture and continue to whisk until the peanut butter is fully integrated and the mixture is smooth.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, grated ginger, and Chinese five spice powder, mixing thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are well dispersed throughout the sauce.
  • Sprinkle the sugar-free sweetener into the sauce, stirring until it's completely dissolved and the sauce has a slight sweetness to it.
  • For a thicker consistency, similar to traditional Hoisin sauce, sprinkle the xanthan gum over the sauce while whisking vigorously to prevent any clumping. Continue to whisk until the sauce has thickened to your liking.
  • Transfer the sauce to a small saucepan and place over low heat, cooking for about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the sauce has heated through and the flavors have melded together, remove from heat. Allow the sauce to cool slightly before serving.


For a soy-free version, consider using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce or tamari.
The xanthan gum is optional but recommended for those who prefer a thicker sauce.
This sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
If the sauce is too thick after refrigeration, gently heat it up before using to restore its pourable consistency.


Calories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 3gFiber: 1gNet Carbs: 1g
Keyword Keto Asian Sauce, Keto Hoisin Sauce, Low Carb Hoisin Sauce, Sugar-Free Hoisin Sauce
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