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Chinese BBQ Sauce (叉烧酱)

This Chinese BBQ sauce has a rich, sweet, savory taste with well-balanced Asian notes of ginger and five spice. It is super fast to make and has a thick consistency. Make your favorite dishes using this Chinese BBQ sauce to replace your regular sauce and make your weekday dinners more interesting! {Gluten-Free adaptable}
To make the sauce gluten free, use a gluten-free hoisin sauce or homemade hoisin sauce. Use a gluten-free oyster sauce. Use tamari or coconut aminos to replace soy sauce. And use dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment, Homemade Ingredient
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: pantry, sauce
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 66kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu



  • Mix everything together in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir constantly to dissolve the sugar. Simmer until the sauce has thickened just enough to coat the back of a spoon, 10 minutes or so. Remove it from the stove and let cool for 10 minutes. Then transfer to a container or heat-proof mason jar. The sauce will thicken further once cooled. It’s ready to use now, or you can store it sealed in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • The sauce is perfect with pork, chicken, beef, and seafood. You can serve it alongside cooked food. Or use it as a glaze to finish up grilled or baked meat. For example, you can use it to make Instant Pot Pork Ribs.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.3g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 10.9g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg