Homemade Hoisin Sauce (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Homemade Hoisin Sauce (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Since going Paleo, lots of store-bought sauces are not accessible to me anymore. I have been hoarding this bottle of hoisin sauce in my fridge for months. Today, I finally let it go and throw it in the trash.

in the trash it goes

Fortunately for me, I have been able to make a Paleo-friendly version with these ingredients.


It doesn’t look as dark but we don’t use soy bean paste so the color can not be helped. It was really good though and I have used it in tonight’s dinner – General Tso’s Chicken (recipe to follow).

hoisin sauce

You’ll need:

  • 4 TBSP coconut aminos
  • 2 TBSP sunflower seed butter (Check for no added salt or sugar)
  • 1 TBSP raw honey
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 TBSP sesame seed oil
  • pinch of pepper
  • Optional: sprinkling of dried chili or chili paste to taste
  1. Combined all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth
  2. This makes about 1/2 cup and will store in the fridge for a week


  1. Looks wonderful ! Could one use almond butter instead of sunflower ?

  2. Christina says:

    I loved the recipe. However, upon heating the sauce, it didn’t respond to cooking as depicted in your picture. Instead of bubbling – it stuck together in the center of the pan and “hardened”. In addition, you mention that prior to cooking, the hoisin sauce recipe should produce a little less than a cup. Not sure how such little quantities can add up to that much. Any idea what I could have done wrong?

    • Thanks Christina – I think I must have missed out the “1/2″. It should give you about 1/2 cup.

      I didn’t cook the hoisin sauce on its own but combined it with other ingredients to make other dishes. Were you heating this up on its own?

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