Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce For Fish

Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce For Fish

This Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce for Fish combines the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, tangy, and umami flavors to complement the delicate taste of fish. Whether you’re serving grilled, baked, or fried fish, this sauce will elevate your dish with its vibrant flavor profile.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (Use tamari for a gluten-free option)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup for a vegan option)
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili paste or sriracha (adjust according to spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water (optional, to adjust consistency)
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Thinly sliced green onions for garnish


Mixing the Sauce:

  1. Combine Liquid Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, and honey until the honey is fully dissolved and the mixture is well blended.
  2. Add Flavor and Heat: Stir in the chili paste or sriracha, grated ginger, and minced garlic to the liquid mixture. Mix thoroughly to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed.
  3. Enhance with Aromatics: Fold in the chopped cilantro and drizzle in the sesame oil, mixing well to combine. If the sauce seems too thick or concentrated, you can add a tablespoon of water to thin it out slightly.
  4. Garnish: Sprinkle sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions over the sauce for an added touch of flavor and visual appeal.

Serving Suggestions:

  • With Fish: Serve this sauce on the side for dipping or drizzle it over the top of grilled, baked, or fried fish just before serving.
  • As a Marinade: This sauce can also be used as a marinade for fish or seafood. Marinate for at least 30 minutes before cooking to infuse the flavors.
  • With Other Seafood: While perfect for fish, this versatile sauce is also great with shrimp, scallops, or squid.

Tips for the Perfect Dipping Sauce:

  • Adjusting the Heat: The amount of chili paste or sriracha can be adjusted depending on how spicy you like your sauce. Start with less and add more to taste.
  • Balance the Flavors: Taste your sauce after mixing and adjust any components as needed. Sometimes a little extra lime juice or honey can perfectly balance the heat and savory elements.
  • Storage: This dipping sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The flavors will continue to meld and develop over time.

This Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce is sure to add a lively kick to your fish dishes, offering a flavorful complement that enhances rather than overpowers the natural taste of the seafood.

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