Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce Recipe

Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce Recipe

This Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce recipe blends the fiery kick of chili, the tangy zest of lime, and the savory depth of soy sauce, creating a versatile and irresistibly spicy accompaniment for dumplings, spring rolls, grilled meats, or vegetables. It’s quick and easy to prepare, ensuring you have a deliciously bold sauce ready in minutes.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (use tamari for a gluten-free option)
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil (adjust according to spice preference; include the chili sediment for extra heat)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup for a vegan alternative)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional, adds a depth of flavor)
  • 1 small green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (adjust for more heat)


Combine the Base:

  1. Mix the Soy Sauce and Vinegar: In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and rice vinegar. This mixture creates the savory, tangy foundation of your dipping sauce.
  2. Add Oils: Stir in the chili oil and sesame oil. These oils introduce a spicy kick and a rich, nutty aroma.

Incorporate Sweetness and Aromatics:

  1. Sweeten: Blend in the honey (or agave syrup), ensuring it’s fully dissolved into the mixture.
  2. Add Garlic and Ginger: Mix in the minced garlic and grated ginger for a sharp, aromatic punch.

Final Touches:

  1. Lime Juice: Squeeze in the juice of one lime for a bright, acidic lift.
  2. Fish Sauce (Optional): If using, add fish sauce for an extra layer of umami.
  3. Green Onion and Sesame Seeds: Stir in the chopped green onion and sesame seeds for added flavor and texture.
  4. Red Pepper Flakes: Adjust the heat with red pepper flakes, adding more if you prefer a spicier sauce.

Serving and Storage:

  • Serve: Enjoy this sauce immediately as a dipping sauce, or use it as a marinade to infuse dishes with bold flavor.
  • Store: If there are leftovers, store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The flavors will continue to meld and intensify.

Tips for Success:

  • Adjusting the Heat: The spice level of this sauce can easily be customized by altering the amount of chili oil and red pepper flakes.
  • Serving Suggestions: This sauce is incredibly versatile. Serve it with dumplings, spring rolls, or as a condiment for grilled meats and vegetables.
  • Variations: Feel free to add or substitute ingredients based on your preferences or dietary needs. For example, you can include a bit of chopped cilantro or mint for a fresh twist.

This Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce is sure to be a hit, bringing a vibrant mix of flavors that enhance any dish it accompanies.

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