Dumpling Sauce

By: takestwoeggsPosted: 02/09/2022 Updated: 19/01/2024
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
This quick and easy dumpling sauce has the perfect salty, sweet, spicy and tangy balance that you can hope for in a dipping sauce. You can pair this delicious dumpling dipping sauce with your favorite dumplings!
Dumpling Sauce

This quick and easy dumpling sauce has the perfect salty, sweet, spicy, and tangy balance that you can hope for in a dipping sauce. You can pair this delicious dumpling dipping sauce with your favorite dumplings!

Dipping a dumpling into a dipping sauce with chopsticks.

Dumplings are simply incomplete without their dipping sauce. This easy dumpling sauce recipe is the best supporting character to the plump, juicy dumpling we all know and love.

A good dumpling sauce must be savory, salty, sweet, spicy, and tangy all in one dip. This dumpling dipping sauce can be made with a few Asian pantry staple ingredients and can be made in under 5 minutes!

The best part about this soy garlic sauce recipe, you can customize it based on your preferences! Want an extra kick? Add more chili oil or chili flakes. Like a sweeter finish? Go ahead and add more sugar. This recipe pairs perfectly with my pork and cabbage dumplings or turkey dumplings.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This easy dumpling sauce recipe has the perfect salty, sweet, spicy, tangy balance and will be your go-to dumpling dipping sauce recipe.
  • This recipe for dumpling sauce is made with simple ingredients and you can whip it up in less than 5 minutes!
  • You can double or triple this recipe for dumpling sauce and make it in advance to pair with your homemade or store-bought dumplings.
A plate of dumplings garnished on a plate with dipping sauce nearby.
This sauce goes perfectly with our homemade pork and cabbage dumpling recipe!

Kitchen Equipment

This easy dumpling sauce only needs 2 types of kitchen equipment that you most likely have at home.

  • Mixing bowl: you will need a medium-sized mixing bowl to mix all the ingredients together.

Ingredients

You can find all the ingredients for this recipe for dumpling dipping sauce online or at your local Asian grocery store.

  • Soy Sauce: Use a light-flavored soy sauce to prevent the dumplings from being overly salty. I like to use Kikkoman Organic soy sauce since it has a delicious flavor and a good balance of saltiness.
  • Chinkiang Vinegar: is a rice-based Chinese vinegar used as a staple in most Chinese dishes. It tastes fruity yet less sweet than balsamic, with a touch of umami richness. You can buy Chinkiang Vinegar online or at your local Asian grocery store.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil: toasted sesame oil brings a nutty aromatic flavor to the dumpling. A little goes a long way. You can buy toasted sesame oil online or at your local Asian grocery store.
  • Garlic: adds an aromatic flavor to this easy dumpling sauce.
  • Green onion: adds additional aromatic to the dumpling dipping sauce.
  • Brown Sugar: brown sugar adds a sweet element that balances the saltiness of the soy sauce.
  • Chili Oil: this adds a little kick to the dumpling dipping sauce as well as rich aromatic flavors. You use store-bought or make your own homemade chili oil or garlic chili oil.
  • Toasted sesame seeds: for additional nutty flavor and crunch.
All the ingredients for a dumpling dipping sauce prepared and labeled on a counter.

Substitutions and Additions

I’ve listed some suggested substitutions and additions to customize your own easy potsticker sauce.

Substitutions

  • Tamari: if you want to use a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, you can use tamari or liquid aminos instead of soy sauce.
  • Rice Vinegar: if you cannot find Chinese black vinegar, you can alternatively use rice vinegar instead
  • Honey: instead of sugar, you can alternatively use honey or agave as the sweetener.

Additions

  • Korean Red Pepper Flakes: for an even spicer potsticker sauce, you can add Korean red pepper flakes.
  • Ponzu: for a more citrus umami flavor, you can add a dash of ponzu.
  • Ginger: for a more aromatic flavor, you can also add grated ginger.

How to Make Dumpling Sauce

This is probably the easiest potsticker sauce recipe because all you need to do is measure out the ingredients and mix them in a bowl before enjoying. This dumpling dipping sauce recipe pairs beautifully with our pork and cabbage dumplings!

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the soy sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, chopped green onion, brown sugar, chili oil, and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with dumplings enjoy!

Tips for the Best Dumpling Dipping Sauce

  • Add to taste! I have given you the basic road map for a delicious savory dipping sauce. You can adjust the recipe based on your preferences! Such as if you want it spicier, add more chili oil. If you like it tangier, add more Chinkiang vinegar.

Storage Instructions

You can store this easy dumpling sauce in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Frequently Asked Q’s & A’s

What can I use dumpling dipping sauce with?

You can use this homemade dumpling sauce with pork and cabbage dumplings, turkey dumplings, on eggs, over rice, as a dip for steamed veggies, or even as a sauce for stir-fries!

How long does dumpling sauce last?

This easy potsticker sauce can last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. I do not recommend storing sauce that has already been used for dipping.

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Recipe

Close up of a dumpling dipped in dipping sauce with chopsticks.

Dumpling Sauce

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
This quick and easy dumpling sauce has the perfect salty, sweet, spicy and tangy balance that you can hope for in a dipping sauce. You can pair this delicious dumpling dipping sauce with your favorite dumplings!
Servings: 2 servings
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Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the soy sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, toasted sesame oil, minced garlic, chopped green onion, brown sugar, chili oil, and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with dumplings enjoy!

Notes

  • Add to taste! I have given you the basic road map for a delicious savory dipping sauce. You can adjust the recipe based on your preferences! Such as if you want it spicier, add more chili oil. If you like it tangier, add more Chinkiang vinegar. If you want it sweeter, add more honey or brown sugar. 

Nutrition:

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1021mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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