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Homemade Char Siu Sauce

Homemade Char Siu Sauce

Author: Thomas
Make your own Char Siu sauce! It's naturally sweetened, vegan, and take just 10 minutes. It's rich, sweet, salty, and garlicky!
Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 15 mins
Servings 1 cup
Calories 40 kcal


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup agave syrup*
  • 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 and ½ tablespoon cornstarch


  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend for 5-10 seconds, or until fully combined.
  • Transfer to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat. Whisk constantly until it starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, transfer to a clean jar and let it cool completely at room temperature before storing in the refrigerator. The sauce will thicken a bit more as it cools down.
  • Use as a glaze for tofu, tempeh, seitan, burgers, or stir in noodles, stir-fries, etc! Char siu sauce will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


*You can probably substitute the agave syrup for brown rice syrup, just be aware the sauce won't be as sweet. I do not recommend using maple syrup, which would affect the flavor of the sauce.


Serving: 1 tablespoonCalories: 40 kcalCarbohydrates: 9.8 gProtein: 0.1 gFat: 0.1 gFiber: 0.1 gSugar: 8.7 g
Course : Condiment
Cuisine : Asian
Keyword : char siu sauce, homemade char siu sauce
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