Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce For Hot Pot

Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce For Hot Pot

This Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce for Hot Pot brings a perfect balance of heat, zest, and umami to the table, enhancing the communal joy of hot pot dining. It pairs wonderfully with a variety of hot pot ingredients, from tender slices of meat to fresh vegetables and silky tofu. This recipe captures the essence of traditional Asian flavors, offering a spicy kick that can be adjusted to suit your palate.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (use a gluten-free version if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil with sediment (adjust according to desired spice level)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce (for umami depth; vegetarians can substitute with mushroom sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (for a tangy lift)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns, ground (optional for a numbing effect)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped (optional for freshness)


1. Combine Soy Sauce and Vinegar

Start by mixing the soy sauce and rice vinegar in a bowl. This combination forms the tangy base of your dipping sauce.

2. Add Oils for Flavor

Stir in the chili oil and sesame oil next. The chili oil introduces a vibrant heat, while the sesame oil contributes a rich, nutty aroma.

3. Incorporate Umami and Spices

Add the oyster sauce (or its vegetarian substitute) to the mix for an umami punch. Follow with minced garlic, grated ginger, and finely chopped green onions for freshness and a slight kick.

4. Final Touches

Sprinkle in the sesame seeds and, if using, the ground Sichuan peppercorns for an optional numbing sensation that’s characteristic of many Sichuan dishes. If you enjoy a hint of freshness, add the chopped cilantro last.

5. Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the sauce in individual bowls, allowing each person to dip their cooked hot pot ingredients into it.
  • Offer additional condiments on the side, like more chili oil, vinegar, or soy sauce, so guests can adjust their dipping sauce to taste.


  • Adjust the Spice: The beauty of this sauce is its adaptability. Start with less chili oil and Sichuan peppercorns, tasting and adding more as desired.
  • Texture and Flavor: The sediment in chili oil adds both flavor and texture to the sauce. Look for chili oil that includes these flavorful bits.
  • Serving: This dipping sauce is best served fresh but can be made a few hours ahead and kept at room temperature to let the flavors meld.

This Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce for Hot Pot is sure to add an extra dimension of flavor to your next hot pot feast, offering each diner the chance to personalize their experience with just the right level of heat and savoriness.

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