Wonton Dipping Sauce

Drizzle your wontons with a delicious layer of sweet, salty, and spicy.

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A pair of wooden chopsticks holding a wonton, dipping it into a dark wonton sauce in a clay cup, with more steamed wontons sitting in the background.

Wonton dipping sauce is an irresistibly tasty condiment that you can use to take your wontons, Thai dumplings, or dim sum to new heights of deliciousness. This recipe is easy to make with everyday pantry items: white vinegar, complemented by a rich dark soy sauce, and a wonderful kick from fresh chilies. The sweet, salty, and lightly spicy flavors meld together perfectly to complement your favorite steamed savory treats.

A steamed wonton being held between a pair of wooden chopsticks, with sauce dripping down, over a clay cup filled with a dark dipping sauce. More wontons are visible in the background.

Dipping sauce for wonton

Wontons, har gow, and dumplings are traditional appetizers of Chinese cuisine, and whether you prefer them deep-fried, boiled, or steamed, they are way better when accompanied by this flavorful wonton dipping sauce. Each dip into this balanced blend of sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness brings out the best in every bite.

When it comes to dipping sauces for wontons or dim sum, the options are endless. If you’re short on time or inspiration, a simple light soy sauce can do wonders. However, if you use this easy-to-follow recipe to give some Thai-inspired magic to your wontons, you’ll never go back to short on time excuses again. It’s guaranteed to add deliciousness with carefully selected, but simple ingredients.

Dipping sauce for dim sum in a clay dish, a pair of chopsticks, and steamed dim sum on steamed cabbage.

Making homemade sauce not only tastes way better, it also comes with other advantages. You can use fresh ingredients, and a homemade dip is free from preservatives and additives. It’s definitely a healthier and better option. Making your own sauce is also cheaper than getting a store-bought version, and preparing something from scratch is so rewarding at the end.

As always, feel free to adjust the flavor to suit your taste, and if you like things spicy then don’t forget to add extra chilies for a spicy kick. Whether you’re using this recipe for homemade shrimp wontons or store-bought, you’re in for an amazing meal!

A pair of chopsticks lifting a dumpling, nestled among other dumplings, with a clay cup filled with a dark, rich condiment in the foreground.

Thai condiments

My Thai food blog is loaded with condiments that pair perfectly with wontons, so don’t stick to just one sauce. From salty to spicy and tangy, you can find your perfect match right here. Shrimp-filled or vegetable-stuffed, there’s something for every type of wonton. Take a dive into my array of Thai dipping sauces and find your favorite one.

Overhead view of a steamed wonton being dipped into a clay cup filled with a dark condiment, surrounded by other steamed wontons and cabbage.
  • Thai sweet chili sauce – Nam jim gai is the Thai version of sweet chili sauce.
  • Spicy vinegar dipping sauce – Incredibly easy to make with just 4 ingredients – no cooking involved (rather spicy).
  • Thai tamarind sauce – Deliciously addictive, tangy, sweet, and spicy. This is a traditional recipe for Thai look chin, but this pairs amazing with wontons as well.

Quick & easy recipe

This wonton dipping sauce is whipped up without effort in no more than 10 minutes. Getting a store-bought sauce is easy, but this recipe is a game changer.

The great thing about it is that you can make this condiment in advance and store it in the fridge for up to a week. It’s perfect for busy days, and these pork filled dumplings can be made in advance as well, you can even store them in the freezer.


Clay or plastic cups filled with water, sliced red chilies, dark soy sauce, white vinegar, and white sugar, arranged neatly on a bamboo serving tray.
  • White vinegar – White vinegar is commonly used for wonton dipping sauces, but there are a few alternatives. Rice vinegar is popular in Asian cuisine and it provides a sweeter flavor. Apple cider vinegar is a good choice for a slightly fruitier and tangier taste. Rice wine vinegar is common in Chinese cuisine and can be a good alternative as well. Adjust the quantities of the alternatives to your taste preferences and taste as you cook.
  • Dark soy sauce – Dark soy sauce is a key ingredient which adds depth and umami to the sauce, as well as giving it a dark color.
  • White sugar – White sugar adds a sweetness which balances out the tangy, salty, and spicy flavors. Add it in bits and taste as you go, so you can adjust the sweetness to your taste. Optionally, you can sub for brown sugar.
  • Fresh chilies – Fresh chilies add a touch of heat to give the dip a spicy kick. I always use Thai chilies, such as bird’s eye chilies, which are pretty spicy, but you can use any type of chili peppers you prefer. Add more or less to adjust the spiciness.
  • Water

Step-by-step instructions

Total Time: 5 minutes

Place a wok or pot over medium heat and pour in water, white sugar, white vinegar, and dark soy sauce. Stir the mixture and cook until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and bubbles appear on the surface (±5min).Bird's eye view of a dark red sauce bubbling as it simmers in a wok.

Stir in the sliced red chilies and turn off the heat. Serve immediately for best taste.Overhead view of dipping sauce gently bubbling as it's simmering in a wok.

How to serve

Serve with wontons, dumplings, or any kind of dim sum which you can cook pan-fried, deep-fried, boiled, or steamed. Arrange them on a serving plate and add the dipping sauce in a sauce cup. Add a pair of chopsticks for each guest.

How to store

This sauce keeps incredibly well in a refrigerator. Let the sauce cool down to room temperature and store in an airtight container or mason jar in your fridge for up to one week.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

How long does wonton dipping sauce last in the fridge?

Wonton dipping sauce stores incredibly well in the fridge, up to one week. After cooking it, let the sauce cool down to room temperature and store it in an airtight container or mason jar.

What is in wonton dipping sauce?

Wonton dipping sauce can be made with several ingredients, depending on the recipe. Usually there’s a combination of savory, tangy, and spicy flavors coming from soy sauce, vinegar, chilies, and a sweetener. Sometimes sesame oil, garlic, or chili paste can be added. The ingredients can be adjusted to your taste, just taste as you cook.

Can I make this in advance?

Absolutely. You can make this wonton dipping sauce in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to one week. Wontons can also be made in advance, and you can even freeze them for later use.

Can I use this sauce with other food?

Yes, this sauce can be enjoyed with other appetizers as well, you can even drizzle it over stir-fries or noodle dishes.

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Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 15 mins
Servings: 6


This dipping sauce recipe for wontons comes together quickly with no more than a handful of ingredients.



  1. Place a wok or pot over medium heat and pour in water, white sugar, white vinegar, and dark soy sauce. Stir the mixture and cook until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and bubbles appear on the surface (±5min).

  2. Stir in the sliced red chilies and turn off the heat. Serve immediately for best taste.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 49kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12.2g5%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Sugars 12g
Protein 0.1g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • This recipe can be adjusted to your taste preferences, simply increase or decrease the quantities of the ingredients.
  • Store this dipping sauce in your refrigerator for up to one week in an airtight container or a mason jar.
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I owned my own Thai restaurant and have years of experience in various other Thai restaurants. I've been whipping up classic Thai dishes by my mother's and grandma's side since I was just a little girl. Now I'm sharing my deep-rooted passion with my authentic Thai recipes on this food blog.

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