Use this easy recipe as a marinade* or a sauce!
¾ cup honey, *see Notes below if using this recipe as a marinade
3 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup Hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons 5-spice powder
2 tablespoons red food color
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
¼ cup dry sherry
¼ cup tomato paste
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons corn starch *see Notes below if using this recipe as a marinade
See note below about optional white miso
If using as Marinade*:
Place half the honey, brown sugar, Hoisin, 5-spice powder, red food coloring, vegetable oil, sherry, tomato paste and soy sauce in a medium sauce pan. Heat to hot, simmer three minutes then cool and marinate your meat or fish.
Once the meat is done marinating, pour marinade into a sauce pan, add in the remaining honey and in a small bowl, stir in the corn starch with a little of the cold marinade then add to the sauce pan. Heat at a medium simmer for three minutes. Brush on your marinated meat or fish before and after cooking.
If using strictly as a sauce, heat honey, brown sugar, Hoisin, 5-spice powder, red food coloring, vegetable oil, sherry and tomato paste in a medium sauce pan until hot. Mix the soy sauce with the corn starch and once dissolved, add to the sauce pan and heat until thick. Use to bush meat or fish before roasting or grilling.
*If using for a marinade, use half the amounts of honey and corn starch as listed in the ingredients.
One ingredient intentionally left out is white miso. Miso (fermented soy beans) can be added to this recipe in small quantities before using as a marinade or sauce. It changes the flavor enough that it no longer tastes like the jarred version so we left it out intentionally, but please feel free to add. I would use two tablespoons in the recipe if you chose to use.
Keywords: Copycat Ah-So Sauce