Easy Dumpling Sauce

When eating dumplings at home it can be all too easy to grab a ramekin of chili crisp and call it a day. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make a proper Chinese or Japanese dumpling sauce in 5 minutes with a handful of simple pantry ingredients that will rival the dipping sauces of your favorite restaurants!

What is Dumpling Sauce?

A good Asian dumpling sauce will typically have a nuanced balance of savory, tangy and spicy notes. A little peripheral sweetness should be expected from use of either chinkiang vinegar or rice vinegar. A proper dumpling sauce should compliment and elevate your juicy dumplings – while still allowing the thin wrapper and tasty dumpling filling to shine.

Key Ingredients:

Soy Sauce Garlic Chili Oil Chinkiang Vinegar


The best thing about making homemade dipping sauces is how drop-dead easy they are to whip up. Simply measure out the ingredients, whisk them together – and you’re good to go. No muss, no fuss. The absolute ease in making these Asian sauces belies their true worth though. You see, you can elevate the flavor of your dumplings, potstickers and gyoza to crazy heights with just a few pantry ingredients and minimal investment of your time.

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