Dumpling Dipping Sauce

"I explained how to get the crispiest dumplings ever a few weeks ago, now let me share the recipe for my favorite dipping sauce:"
-- @joyosity

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Elevate your dumpling game with this dumpling dipping sauce recipe! Bursting with flavors from spicy chili crisp, savory soy sauce, and aromatic garlic, this sauce complements any type of dumplings.

Recipe Description

Dumplings are enjoyed worldwide and are bite-sized pockets of dough typically filled with a savory mixture of meat, vegetables, or both. What makes them even better is when they are paired with a good dumpling sauce. Whether your go-to dumpling recipe is steamed, pan-fried, or boiled, this versatile meal is comforting and flavorful. This sauce, featuring spicy chili crisp, savory soy sauce, and aromatic garlic, perfectly complements the dumplings' flavors. For added texture and freshness, sprinkle roasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions on top before serving.

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Dumpling Dipping Sauce Ingredients

Everything you need to make dumpling dipping sauce.

  • Rice Wine Vinegar: Rice wine vinegar, a staple in Asian cuisine, adds a mild acidity and subtle sweetness to dishes. Made from fermented rice; it has a more delicate flavor than white or apple cider vinegar. If you don't have rice wine vinegar, substitute it with white vinegar, white wine vinegar, or combine apple cider vinegar and sugar.

    Spicy Chili Crisp: Spicy chili crisp is a versatile condiment that adds heat, texture, and flavor to dishes. It’s made by infusing oil with chili peppers, garlic, and spices, creating a fragrant and spicy sauce. If you can't find spicy chili crisp, mix chili flakes or hot sauce with sesame oil and soy sauce. Adjust the quantities to taste, as the heat level can vary.

Test Kitchen Notes

  • Adjusting Heat: Reduce or omit the spicy chili crisp.

    Balancing Sweetness and Acidity: Adjust the amount of sugar and vinegar to achieve the desired balance of sweetness and acidity.

    Customization: Customize the sauce by adding fresh grated ginger, cilantro, or lime juice.

    Optimal Flavor: Make the sauce ahead of time and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. This will allow the flavors to meld together, resulting in a more robust and flavorful sauce.


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Prep time 5mins
Serves or Makes: about ¼ to ⅓ cup of dipping sauce

Recipe Card


  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons spicy chili crisp
  • Pinch of roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions
  • Store-bought or homemade dumplings, for serving


  • Step 1

    Combine the sugar, rice wine vinegar, and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.

  • Step 2

    Add the soy sauce and mix well.

  • Step 3

    Stir in the minced garlic clove and toasted sesame oil.

  • Step 4

    Add the spicy chili crisp and mix until well combined.

  • Step 5

    Sprinkle a pinch of roasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions on top.

  • Step 6

    Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The flavors will continue to develop over time.