Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce

Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce

This Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce recipe is a versatile, fiery accompaniment that balances heat, sweetness, tanginess, and umami flavors. It’s perfect for dumplings, spring rolls, or to add a kick to grilled meats and vegetables.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (Use tamari for a gluten-free option)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave syrup for a vegan option)
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (adjust based on spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional, adds depth)
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional for extra heat)


Prepare the Ingredients:

  1. Combine Soy Sauce and Vinegar: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce and rice vinegar. This forms the savory and tangy base of your dipping sauce.
  2. Add Sweetness and Heat: Stir in the sesame oil, honey, and chili garlic sauce. Mix until the honey is completely dissolved and the sauce starts to emulsify slightly.
  3. Incorporate Aromatics: Add the grated ginger, minced garlic, and lime juice to the sauce, whisking well to ensure everything is evenly distributed.
  4. Enhance Flavors: If using, stir in the fish sauce. This adds an umami-packed depth to the sauce that complements the spicy and sweet components.
  5. Garnish: Mix in the sliced green onions and sesame seeds. If you prefer your sauce with an extra kick, sprinkle the red pepper flakes as well.


  • Chill Before Serving: For the best flavor integration, let the sauce sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Presentation: Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl or individual dipping bowls. Garnish with a few more sesame seeds and green onion slices for presentation.

Tips for the Perfect Dipping Sauce:

  • Adjusting the Heat: The chili garlic sauce and red pepper flakes are key to the sauce’s spiciness. Start with the lower recommendation and adjust upwards to match your heat tolerance.
  • Storage: This dipping sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The flavors will intensify over time.
  • Serving Suggestions: While ideal for dipping, this sauce also works wonderfully as a marinade for meats or a dressing for Asian-style salads.

Enjoy your homemade Asian Spicy Dipping Sauce as a dynamic accompaniment to a variety of dishes, offering a multi-dimensional flavor that’s sure to elevate any meal or snack.

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