This quick Potsticker Sauce is easy to make with just 3-ingredients! It’s savory, tangy, and has a hint of sweetness. It’s the perfect dipping sauce for gyoza, dumplings, spring rolls, and more!
Just made a fresh batch of potstickers? You have no excuses not to make a potsticker dipping sauce to pair with it.
This is so much better and tastier than anything store-bought. It takes seconds to make and tastes so addictive.
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Why this recipe works
This sauce might look cumbersome to make, but trust me, you could make it in your sleep.
- Just 3 ingredients. No hard-to-find ingredients are needed, just pantry staples and grocery store basics.
- Perfect flavor and texture. The texture is thinner than other Asian sauces but perfect to coat the potstickers nicely. It’s salty, umami-forward, with just the right amount of sweetness.
- Easy to customize. You can change up the flavor and spice level depending on your preferences.
- Versatile. Who said this sauce is just for gyoza or dumplings? It works as a dipping sauce for fries, veggies, or even a marinade.
This dipping sauce for potstickers is easy and calls for pantry staples that you’ll likely already have. Here is what you’ll need:
- Chili sauce. Use any chili sauce you like, depending on how hot or mild you want. I like choosing a milder flavor, especially if serving it to others.
- Soy sauce. Tamari or gluten-free soy sauce also works.
- Brown sugar. Just a pinch to balance out the salty and spicy flavors.
- Sesame oil. Optional, but it gives it a lovely sesame flavor.
How to make potsticker sauce
Potstickers sauce is easy to make: just remember to use a large bowl to prevent any spillage.
- Mix the sauce. Add everything into a small bowl and whisk together.
- Serve. Transfer the sauce to a serving dish and enjoy with fresh potstickers or dumplings.
- Omit the sweetness. If you prefer a more umami and spicy sauce, skip the brown sugar completely.
- Add sesame oil. While most potstickers have sesame oil in their filling, intensify the flavor by adding a drop or two to the sauce.
- Add chili oil. A more traditional twist: add 1-2 tablespoons of chili oil. Be sure to mix well, so there is little separation.
- Make it thicker. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch.
- Skip the chili. For a simple, thin sauce, mix soy sauce, sesame oil, and brown sugar.
Storing and freezing instructions
To store: Leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days. Be sure to give it a good mix before serving.
To freeze: We do not recommend freezing the sauce as it will become gummy once defrosted.
More Asian sauces to try
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk all the ingredients until smooth and combined.
- Transfer into a serving dish and serve with potstickers or any appetizer of choice.
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