4-Ingredient Dumpling Sauce (Dumpling Dipping Sauce)

This super quick Dumpling Dipping Sauce is easy to make with 4 simple ingredients. It’s savory, tangy, and a little spicy. The perfect sauce for gyoza, potstickers, spring rolls, and more!

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Anyone else keep a bag of frozen potstickers in their freezer at all times? ✋✋✋ Like, for emergencies…

I love that I can pop a handful of them into the microwave (or the air fryer) for a quick + easy lunch or snack. And while they only take like 3 minutes in the microwave, that gives me just enough time to whip up a small bowl of my favorite dumpling dipping sauce!

I mean… a plateful of Japanese gyoza is only complete when it’s served with some sauce. This version is tangy, savory, and a touch spicy. It’s the best dipping sauce you can keep in your fridge at all times.

The best part is it takes 1 minute to stir together using 4 ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.

Spoon in small bowl of gyoza dipping sauce flecked with pepper flakes and green onion..

I usually serve mine up with gyoza or, when I’m in a rush, these air fryer potstickers.

Gyoza is a type of pan-fried Japanese dumpling. They take after traditional Chinese dumplings (called Jiaozi), which stuff meat and vegetables into a thin dough. While Jiaozi can be boiled, fried, or steamed, gyoza is almost always pan-fried and steamed.

These crispy potstickers have gorgeous golden brown bottoms and soft, doughy tops that are begging to be dipped in a sensational sauce.

This dumpling sauce recipe has a little bit of everything to complement every bite: tang, salt, spice, and umami. Serve it alongside your favorite store bought or homemade dumplings or even spring rolls, cucumber salad, and tempura.

Dumpling sauce ingredients

This dipping sauce is made with only 4 ingredients:

  • Soy sauce – This salty condiment is the base of the dipping sauce. If you’d like to lower the amount of sodium in the sauce, make sure to use a low sodium soy sauce. 
  • Rice vinegar – While this is the best option, apple cider vinegar or white vinegar can be used instead.
  • Sesame oil – This adds a savory balance to the sauce.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – Just a pinch of these spicy flakes add complexity and heat.

How to make dumpling sauce

Mix all of the dumpling dipping sauce ingredients together in a bowl and serve! It’s that easy.

Spoon in small bowl of gyoza dipping sauce.

Customize the flavor

You can customize the flavor of your gyoza sauce with all kinds of additions. Bring on the spice, make it a touch sweeter, or enhance the savory elements. Use any of these add-ins:

  • Chili oil
  • Sliced green onions or fresh chives
  • Grated or minced garlic cloves
  • Grated ginger – I love to buy the tubes of ginger that are stocked near the fresh herbs in the produce section
  • Hot sauce or gojuchang
  • Sugar – white, brown, cane, or coconut sugar will all work
  • Dried chili peppers
  • Sesame seeds
  • Citrus zest – lime, lemon or even orange
Spoon in small bowl of gyoza dipping sauce.

How long does it last?

Store the sauce in an airtight container or jar in the fridge and it will stay fresh for up to 1 week.


  • Gluten free – To make gluten free dumpling sauce, replace the soy sauce with tamari, coconut aminos, or gluten free soy sauce.
  • Make it sweeter – By replacing the regular soy sauce and sugar with kecap manis.
  • Spicy dipping sauce – Add 1 teaspoon of sriracha, gojuchang, or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Lower the sodium – If you don’t have low sodium soy sauce, you can slightly dilute the strong salty flavors with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Too tangy? Add ½ teaspoon of sugar to tone it down.

Serving suggestions

This is a dipping sauce recipe at heart but it can also be used as a quick dressing for salads and noodle dishes:

Gyoza being dipped into sauce with chopsticks.

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Spoon in small bowl of gyoza dipping sauce.

Dumpling Sauce Recipe

This super quick Gyoza Dipping Sauce is easy to make with 4 simple ingredients. It’s savory, tangy, and a little spicy. The perfect sauce for dumplings, potstickers, spring rolls, and more!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)

Optional Add-Ins


  • Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl and enjoy.


Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 
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Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 543mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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