The Best Dumpling Dipping Sauce (Only 5 Ingredients!)

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To me, there’s few foods that are more perfect than Dumplings – and dumplings really shine when paired with my Dumpling Dipping Sauce! You only need 5 ingredients and it only takes 5 minutes — but trust me when I say my spicy, savory, super addictive Dumpling Dipping Sauce will take any dumplings to the next level!

Dumpling dipping sauce

Watch the Dumpling Dipping Sauce Recipe Video Below!

5 Ingredients for the best Dumpling Dipping Sauce!

You only need 5 ingredients to make this Dumpling Dipping Sauce (okay, 6 if you include the optional sugar!) These are ingredients that I always have in my pantry, and they’re ingredients I highly recommend you have, too!

  • Chili Oil: I always get asked what brand chili oil I use and I always say my own Chinese Chili Oil – after years of making chili oil at home, I personally think my recipe is the best! However, you can use any type of chili oil you prefer. It is totally okay if you prefer to use store bought!
  • Soy Sauce
  • Chinese Black Vinegar – I use Chinkiang vinegar, which is fragrant, slightly sweet, and the right amount of sour. As you explore my blog and check out some of my other recipes, you’ll see that I use this ingredient A LOT. If you are interested in cooking a lot of Chinese recipes at home, I would recommend you buy a bottle to add as a pantry staple.
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Scallions
  • Sugar: This is optional for those who like their sauces on the sweeter side. (I do not, so I don’t add it.)

Make Your Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Chop your scallions into small pieces. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, chili oil, sesame seeds and chopped scallion. (See, I told you this was super easy!)

PRO TIP

Expert Tips To Make The Best Dumpling Dipping Sauce YOU Love!

Adjust the sauce to your preference

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be exactly customized to your liking!

  • If you want it more salty add more soy sauce
  • If you want it spicier add more chili oil
  • If you want it more tangy/sour – add more Chinese black vinegar
  • If you want it sweeter add sugar

Storage Tips

Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Need a Dumpling Recipe?

If you’re making my Dumpling Dipping Sauce, I assume you are eating Dumplings – one of my favorite foods in the world! I have a number of Dumpling recipes on my website – here are some of my favorites:

  • If you are looking for a classic Chinese dumpling, you can’t beat my pan fried Pork Dumplings
  • If you prefer shrimp, I would recommend my Shrimp and Cabbage Dumplings
  • Maybe you are looking for a vegetarian option? Try my Vegetable Dumplings that are packed full of aromatics and sauteed vegetables – so delicious, you won’t even miss the meat!

I love to take any pan fried dumplings to the next level by making a Crispy Dumpling Skirt – the crispy skirt adds another texture and looks impressive (but is actually super simple to make!)

Dumplings on tray

How to Pan-Fry Dumplings

In case you need a refresher, here is how I like to pan-fry my dumplings at home.

Start by adding 1 tbsp of neutral oil to an appropriately sized pan (this will be based on how many dumplings you are making). Heat the oil over medium high heat and lay your dumplings in the pan, fold side up. (See image below for reference).

Brown the bottom for 2-3 minutes to give the dumplings some color. Next, add enough water to cover about 1/3 of the way up the dumplings and cover with a lid. Once the water is added, cover and steam them for 5-6 minutes until the dumplings are cooked through and most of the water has evaporated. Finally, continue cooking them uncovered until the water is gone and the residual oil from the pan crisps up the bottom of your dumplings!

If you tried this Dumpling Dipping Sauce or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it went in the comments below!

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5 from 9 votes

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Dumpling dipping sauce in bowl
This is my go to dipping sauce for all my dumplings! It's savory, spicy, and has a bit of tanginess for the chinese black vinegar to balance out the soy sauce and chili oil.

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, chinese black vinegar, chili oil, sesame seeds and chopped scallion. Serve with your favorite dumplings and enjoy!

Notes

Key Tips:
Adjust the sauce to your preference
The beauty of this recipe is that it can be exactly customized to your liking!
    • If you want it more salty add more soy sauce
    • If you want it spicier add more chili oil
    • If you want it more tangy/sour – add more Chinese black vinegar
    • If you want it sweeter add sugar

Storage 

Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 623mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Chinese
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About CJ

I’m a third generation Chinese-American home cook who has always loved cooking & eating! Welcome to my food blog, where you can find trusted, tested, easy & approachable recipes for the everyday home cook that taste delicious! I am so glad you're here!

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