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3 Minute Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Nov 13, 2023 | 2 comments

No plate of dumplings is complete without a gorgeously balanced dipping sauce. This one uses cupboard staples and is ready in less than five minutes.

Dumplings in a bowl with red dipping sauce.

Dumpling sauce can make or break a plate of dumplings. Too spicy or too salty, and it overpowers the flavours of the filling. Not spicy or salty enough, and it doesn’t let the flavours sing. But this sauce is a gorgeously balanced, salty, spicy, zingy bit of deliciousness that truly does enhance whatever dumpling you pair it with.

All you have to do is mix together a couple of cupboard staples, along with some garlic and scallions to freshen things up. You can either serve the sauce on the side, or I often like to drizzle the sauce on top of and around the dumplings on a serving plate.


Ingredients for dumpling sauce laid out and labelled.
  • Chilli oil. Use your favourite chilli oil here – for the best depth of flavour I really do recommend making your own – it’s really easy and a lot cheaper than buying it from the store.
  • Soy sauce. Light soy sauce is best, and you can use tamari if you like.
  • Black vinegar. Or Chinkiang black vinegar – this brings a deep, umami flavour and a hint of sweetness to the sauce, but you can use regular rice vinegar, white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead if you like.
  • Sesame oil. Using a little adds a lovely, toasty nuttiness that pairs so well with the rest of the ingredients.

How to make it

Finely slice your scallion, then crush your garlic and mix them with the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. It’s that simple.

Got a question?

Can I make the sauce in advance?

Yes, you can. It will keep well for 1 week in the fridge.

How spicy is the sauce?

This really depends on how spicy the chilli oil you use is. If you’re worried, you can reduce the amount of chilli oil to 1/2 a tablespoon, then taste and see what you think. You can always add more.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes! Simply double (or triple) the ingredients.

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Dumplings in a bowl with red dipping sauce.

3 Minute Dumpling Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Kate Alexandra
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


No plate of dumplings is complete without a gorgeously balanced dipping sauce.  This one uses cupboard staples and is ready in less than five minutes.


  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chilli oil
  • 4 teaspoons black vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 scallions (spring onions), finely sliced


  1. Mix your sauce. Add all your ingredients to a small bowl, then mix well to combine.
  2. Serve. Enjoy with your favourite dumplings, or steamed buns.


STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: The sauce will keep well for at least 1 week, stored in the fridge.

INGREDIENT NOTES: Swap the black vinegar for rice vinegar, white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar if you like. You can use tamari instead of soy sauce.

NEED DUMPLING IDEAS? Try this dipping sauce with chicken and mushroom potstickers or juicy pork steamed dumplings.

  • Prep Time: 3
  • Category: sauces
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: chinese


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 35
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 461mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.6g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: dumpling sauce


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  1. Lisa Golden

    Sauce is delicious! Nice bit of spice

    • Kate Phillips

      I’m so pleased you loved Lisa! I can definitely (almost) eat it with a spoon all by itself x Kate


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