Chinese Potstickers Dipping Sauce Recipes

Chinese potstickers dipping sauce
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Make 1/2 bowl of sauce
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Chinese potstickers, dumplings and jiaozi have always been a crowd pleasing dish in Chinese cuisine. Apart from the delicious fillings and wrappers, the dipping sauce also plays an important roll.


There is not only a potsticker specific type of dipping sauce, there are a few different kinds of potsticker dipping sauces. This article is going to show you some example of potsticker dipping sauces from the basic traditional type to more recent types.


You can adjust the amount of each ingredient used in all of the recipes to suit your personal taste. For example, if you like your sauce spicy, put double the amount of chopped chili in the sauce. If you like your dipping sauce sweeter then add an extra ½ teaspoon of sugar.


You can check my step-by-step “How To Make Classic Chinese Dumplings” recipe to learn how to make your own dumplings at home easily.


Edited by Liv Wan

What You'll Need

  • Recipe 1:
  • 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 in my dipping sauce for potstickers, dumplings or Jiaozi. But some people love it!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 clove of garlic, mince it
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, you can use caster 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.
  • ½ teaspoon Sichuan pepper oil (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or black vinegar (optional)
  • Recipe 2:
  • This recipe is from the former food expert.
  • Ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese red rice vinegar (note: not red wine vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped or chopped spring onion 
  • Recipe 3:
  • This dipping sauce is spicy and sour. This dipping sauce will give your potstickers a “kick”. It’s a mind blowing dipping sauce for people who love spicy and sour food.
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped spring onion
  • 1 chili, removed seed and chopped finely
  • 1 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar 
  • This dipping sauce is inspired by the dish “Sichuan Red Oil Wontons” and it tastes spicy, salty and has a nutty flavour that is full of fragrance.
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Chilli oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground toasted peanut
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon rice vinegar (optional)
  • Recipe 5:
  • This dipping sauce is inspired by Japanese cuisine. Some people might like this flavour but some people might think the sesame sauce is a little bit too strong. But it’s a very different kind of dipping sauce for potstickers. So if you feel a bit bored of the basic potstickers dipping sauce then you can give this sauce a go.
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons Bonito flavour soy sauce, this soy sauce should be available in Chinese/Asian supermarkets in the Japanese food section.
  • 1 teaspoon Japanese sesame sauce or you can use tahini sauce instead
  • 1 teaspoon White miso
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • ½ tablespoon water 

How to Make It


Mix everything together and leave for at least 30 minutes to allow all the ingredient’s flavours to combine together properly.

For best results, prepare ahead of time to allow the flavours to blend. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use. (Use within 3 to 4 days). Serve with potstickers.