5 Chinese Potsticker Dipping Sauce Recipes

Chinese potstickers sauce.

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Make 1/2 bowl of sauce


  • Basic Sichuan Dipping Sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (castor sugar or demerara sugar)
  • Couple drizzles of blended sesame oil (or white sesame oil. It’s better to use white sesame oil if you can get hold of it)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon Sichuan pepper oil
  • Simple Savory Dipping Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese red rice vinegar (note: not red wine vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (minced)
  • Spicy and Sour Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spring onion (chopped)
  • 1 chili (seeded and chopped finely)
  • 1 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Spiced Peanut Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon spring onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon ground toasted peanut
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Japanese-Style Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Bonito flavor soy sauce (available in most Chinese/Asian supermarkets in the Japanese food section)
  • 1 teaspoon Japanese sesame sauce (or tahini sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon White Miso
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

Steps to Make It

Procedure for All Sauces:

  1. Mix everything together and all to rest for at least 30 minutes to allow all the ingredient’s flavors to combine together properly.

    Mixing potstickers dipping sauce.
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  2. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use. (Use within 3 to 4 days).

    Chinese potstickers and sauce.
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  3. Serve with potstickers.

Basic Sichuan Dipping Sauce

  • This is one of very basic dipping sauce for dumplings/Jiaozi in the East. Sichuan pepper oil in this recipe is just optional, you can also use chili oil if you like. Rice vinegar is also optional. I personally don’t like adding vinegar to my dipping sauce for potstickers, dumplings or Jiaozi. But some people love it!

    Simple potsticker dipping sauce.
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  • Classic!

Spicy and Sour Sauce

  • This dipping sauce will give your potstickers a “kick.” It’s a mind-blowing dipping sauce for people who love spicy and sour food.

    Spicy and sour sauce.
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  • Enjoy!

Spiced Peanut Sauce

  • This dipping sauce is inspired by the dish “Sichuan Red Oil Wontons” and it tastes spicy, salty and has a nutty flavor that is full of fragrance.

    Peanut potsticker dipping sauce.
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  • Delicious!

Japanese-Style Sauce

  • This dipping sauce is inspired by Japanese cuisine. Some people might like this flavor but others might think the sesame sauce is a little bit too strong. It’s a very different kind of dipping sauce for potstickers.

    Japanese-style potsticker sauce.
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  • If you feel a bit bored of the basic potstickers dipping sauce then you can give this sauce a go!