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The Best Asian Dipping Sauce You'll Ever Taste

If you're looking for a versatile, easy-to-make Asian dipping sauce perfect for sushi and dumplings, then you've come to the right place. This recipe for the best Asian dipping sauce is perfect for any time you want a  kick of delicious Asian flavor.

An Asian Dipping Sauce for Sushi and Dumplings

Sushi being dipped  in a sauce.

Try this if you are looking for a dipping sauce that is a little more flavorful than you typically get with your takeout order. You'll love it with dumplings, too!
I predict this recipe for Asian dipping sauce will become a favorite of yours.  It is my go-to dipping sauce whenever we enjoy sushi or Chinese dumplings at our house.  I also use it when I want to make a quick stir fry.   

Reasons to Love This Dipping Sauce

It's Flavorful:  This sauce gets its big flavor from sesame oil and ginger paste.  These flavors combined with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar make a sauce you'll love.

It's versatile: This dipping sauce is perfect for a wide range of dishes, from spring rolls and dumplings to grilled meats and seafood. It's also great as a marinade or dressing for salads. Make a quick stir fry of fresh vegetables and add this sauce at the end for delicious flavor.

It's easy to make: With only a few ingredients and minimal prep time, this sauce is easy to make and doesn't require any special equipment or techniques.

It's healthy: This dipping sauce is low in calories and fat, making it a healthy alternative to store-bought sauces that are often high in sugar and preservatives.

Asian Dipping Sauce Video

Tips for Making Asian Dipping Sauce

Don't skip the chill time: Allowing your dipping sauce to chill in the refrigerator will give the flavors a chance to meld together and create a more complex taste.

Adjust the flavors to your taste: Feel free to adjust the soy sauce and ginger to suit your taste. Do you want your sauce a little sweet? Add a little honey.

You can easily make more or less of this Asian dipping sauce by remembering the 3-2-1 ratio of ingredients.  It is three parts soy sauce, two parts rice wine vinegar, and one part sesame oil.  Then add as much ginger as you like.

Take care with your presentation. Since that introduction to sushi several years ago, we have enjoyed sushi at home and in restaurants many times.  One of the things I love about sushi restaurants is the care taken in the presentation of the sushi.  So much pride is taken in plating sushi.  It is a feast for your eyes as well as your mouth!

Pouring dipping sauce into individual bowls.

Use small, individual bowls so everyone can have his or her own sauce bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I substitute other types of vinegar for rice wine vinegar?
A: While rice wine vinegar is the traditional vinegar used in this dipping sauce, you can substitute other types of vinegar, such as apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. However, keep in mind that this will change the overall flavor of the sauce.

Q: How long will this dipping sauce last in the refrigerator?
A: This sauce will last for several weeks if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, the flavors may start to diminish after a few days.

Q: Can I make this sauce ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make this sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. In fact, allowing it to chill for at least an hour before serving will enhance the flavor.

Q: Can I use ground ginger instead of ginger paste?
A: While you can use ground ginger, ginger paste will give your dipping sauce a more intense and fresh flavor. If you don't have ginger paste on hand, you can make your own by blending fresh ginger with a little bit of water.

Q: Is this dipping sauce gluten-free?
A: As long as you use a gluten-free soy sauce, this dipping sauce is gluten-free. Be sure to check the label of your soy sauce to make sure it doesn't contain any wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients.

This dipping sauce helps to make it a treat to have sushi or Asian dumplings at home.  I hope you'll love it!

Asian sauce, ginger sauce, dipping sauce
Yield: 6
Author: Donna Urso
Asian Dipping Sauce

Asian Dipping Sauce

This quick Asian dipping sauce is packed with flavor and perfect for sushi or dumplings. Use it as a marinade, too.
Prep time: 5 MinInactive time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 5 M



  1. At least one hour before serving, mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Set aside on your counter to let the flavors combine. Serve with your favorite sushi or Chinese dumplings.
  3. You can easily make more or less of this Asian dipping sauce by remembering the 3-2-1 ratio of ingredients. It is three parts soy sauce, two parts rice wine vinegar, and one part sesame oil. Then add as much ginger as you like.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

2.32 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.33 g

Carbs (grams)

0.64 g

Fiber (grams)

0.14 g

Net carbs

0.51 g

Sugar (grams)

0.10 g

Protein (grams)

0.70 g

Sodium (milligrams)

438.50 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00 mg

Nutritional information is approximate.

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  1. Why wait an hour?

  2. I find that waiting allows the flavors to meld together. Try it and see what you think.


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