low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce

Low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce

Today, I have a very simple recipe for a light spicy, but sweet low FODMAP stir-fry sauce for you: low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce.

When I was still studying, noodles with a bag of pre-cut stir-fry vegetables and a bottle of stir-fry sauce were one of my go-to meals. Super simple to make, cheap and tasty. Since bottles of stir-fry sauce are not an option any more, I often go for a simple dash of soy sauce in my stir-fry dishes. 

But it is fun to try some different flavours and therefore I made my own low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce. Hoisin is a sweet sticky sauce that you can use for a lot of different purposes. You can marinate meat with it, dip spring rolls in it and use it as a stir-fry sauce. It has quite a strong flavour, so it is perfect as a marinade. If you want to use it as a stir-fry, you can best dilute it with water. 

I usually put 1 to 1.5 tbsp of the hoisin sauce in a bowl and add 2 tbsp water. I stir this together and use it in my stir-fry. If you find the flavour too strong, you can add some extra water. 

The ingredients of the low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce

  • Brown sugar: brown sugar gives the hoisin sauce its sweet flavour. 
  • Soy sauce: normal soy sauce is low FODMAP, but if you have to eat strictly gluten-free or do not tolerate wheat, you can also use a gluten-free soy sauce.
  • White wine vinegar
  • Mirin: mirin is Japanese rice wine that is used to cook with. I bought mirin in an Asian supermarket. 
  • Sesame oil
  • Five spices powder: five spices powder is a spice mixture that consists, as the name says, of five spices. I couldn’t find it in the supermarket, so I made it myself mixing the five spices together in an equal amount. The mix consists of these spices: black pepper, clove, cinnamon, ground ginger (djahe) and ground aniseed.

Will you let me know if you have made my low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce? I would love it if you would let me know what you think about the recipe by leaving a reaction and a rating below. You can also share your creations with me by tagging me on Instagram @karlijnskitchen or by using the hashtag #karlijnskitchen. 

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low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce

Low FODMAP hoisin stir-fry sauce

  • Author: Karlijn
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 1 jar 1x


A simple recipe to make hoisin stir-fry sauce from scratch. This stir-fry sauce is low FODMAP, lactose-free and has a gluten-free option.


  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • 1/2 tsp 5-spices powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sambal (chili paste)(leave this out if you don’t like spicy)


  1. Put all ingredients together in a pan and bring to a boil, while stirring. Leave to boil on low heat for 10 minutes until you get a sticky sauce.
  2. Leave the sauce to cool down or use in a dish immediately.


Storage: I store this sauce for about a week in a closed jar. You could sterilize the jar, then you can store it for a longer time. I don’t have experience with this myself.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Spreads and sauces
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: hoisin sauce, low FODMAP stir-fry sauce, stir-fry sauce

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  • Maree says:

    Hi Karlijn,
    I recently made your hoisin sauce to accompany a chicken & vegetable stir-fry using ingredient proportions from the Monash website. I was overjoyed to discover this recipe as I haven’t enjoyed a decent stir-fry since beginning this diet. Many of the low fodmap stir-fry recipes are too dry for my taste, so it was great to be able to add as much liquid as I like. This hoisin sauce is really delicious & dilutng it according to the ratio you gave was the perfect balance. Many thanks.

  • Sonia says:

    Hello Karlijn!

    Thank you so much for this yummy recipe. I used chicken, red peppers and oyster mushrooms with rice. The stir-fry was delicious and I can highly recommend it.

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