Basic Spring Roll Dipping Sauce (Vegan)

Spring roll sauce
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup sauce (3 servings)
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When it comes to the perfect spring roll or egg roll dipping sauce, there are all kinds of options. If you're going store-bought, then I like to use a sweet Thai chili sauce or sometimes even just plain soy sauce or a sweet mushroom sauce. If you're going homemade and want something traditional and Asian-inspired for dipping your spring rolls, then this recipe is a good place to start.

This basic dipping sauce is quick to make and perfect to serve with egg rolls, any kind of spring roll, or to use as a sauce for stir-fries.

Note: all of the ingredients in this simple spring roll dipping sauce are vegetarian and vegan, and, if you need this recipe to be gluten-free as well, just swap out the soy sauce for a gluten-free substitute, such as gluten-free tamari. Bragg's Liquid Aminos would also make a decent substitute here. 

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced and crushed)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar

How to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, using a fork or a small whisk, whisk together the water and the cornstarch until the cornstarch is fully dissolved. ​
  2. Next, transfer the cornstarch and water mixture to a small saucepan or skillet, and add the soy sauce (or gluten-free substitute), rice vinegar, minced garlic cloves, and sugar. Gently stir everything together to combine. 
  3. Heat the mixture over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently; the sugar should be fully dissolved and the mixture should start to thicken just slightly. You can add a little more liquid if needed, keeping in mind that your spring roll dipping sauce will thicken slightly as it cools, so you want it to be a little on the thin side when you turn off the heat.
  1. Allow your spring roll dipping sauce to fully cool before serving; it should be served at room temperature or slightly chilled. 
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 118
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1,254 mg
Carbohydrates 25 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)