What can I substitute for hoisin sauce?  

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Hoisin is an Asian sauce frequently used when roasting or grilling meat.

If you don't have any on hand, try combining: 1 cup (minus 3 tablespoons) thick barbecue sauce, 3 tablespoons molasses, 4 teaspoons soy sauce, 4 teaspoons yeast extract, and 2 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder. You'll end up with about 1 cup sauce.

Grilled Shrimp-and-Plum Skewers with Sweet Hoisin Sauce is a great example of a recipe where this substitution would work just fine.

Marge Perry
Oct, 2011
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