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Wonton Dipping Sauce

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This wonton dipping sauce recipe is so simple and easy, perfect for dipping your favorite fried, steamed, and boiled snacks. It’s a sweet, savory, and spicy sauce that’s perfectly balanced and easy to customize to your taste.

Wonton dipping sauce with Thai wontons around it.

Use this sauce for dipping pork and shrimp wonton and kanom jeeb, Thai dumplings. It’s amazing with any kind of dim sum and har gow variations.

Wonton dipping sauce recipe

Whenever I’m having some Thai or Chinese snacks like wontons, har gow, or steamed dumplings, I dunk them in this amazing wonton sauce and take them from good to can’t stop eating great. It doesn’t matter if you like them fried, boiled, or steamed, this wonton dipping sauce makes everything taste better!

I get that sometimes a drizzle of light soy sauce might seem like the quickest fix, but give this recipe a go and add some Thai twist. It comes together with simple ingredients, and you can even make it ahead of time.

Wonton dipping sauce in the center with kanom jeeb around.

Making your own dumpling sauce at home is a total win. You can customize the flavors and make it just right for you. And it’s healthier too – no weird preservatives or additives here! Plus, it’s cheaper compared to most store-bought bottles, and honestly, nothing beats the feeling of a perfect homemade dip.

As always, feel free to adjust the flavor to suit your taste. And if you like it spicy, just toss in some extra chilies to turn up the heat.

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.

Wonton sauce surrounded by dumplings.

The great thing about this wonton dip is that you can make it in advance and store it in the fridge for up to a week. It’s perfect for busy days. Dim sum, wontons, and dumplings can also be stored in your freezer!

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Ingredients for wonton dipping sauce labeled: water, sliced chilies, dark soy, vinegar, and white sugar.
  • 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 for adding depth and umami to the sauce, as well as giving it a dark color.
  • White sugar – White sugar adds a necessary sweetness that balances out the salty and spicy flavors. Add it in small amounts and taste as you go, so you can adjust the sweetness to your taste.
  • Fresh chilies – Fresh chilies add a touch of heat to give the dip a spicy kick. I always use Thai chilies like bird’s eye chilies and Jinda chilies, they’re pretty spicy. You can use a mild type of chili if preferred.
  • Water

How to make spicy wonton sauce

Red wonton sauce bubbling in a wok.

Step 1: Place a wok or pot over medium heat, then pour in water, white sugar, white vinegar, and dark soy sauce. Stir the mixture and cook until the ingredients are well combined and bubbles begin to surface, about 5 minutes.

Wonton dipping sauce ready in a wok.

Step 2: Add the sliced red chilies, remove from heat, and serve immediately for the best flavor.

Kitchen tools

  • Cutting board and sharp knife for slicing chilies
  • Spatula or spoon for stirring
  • Sauce cup for serving
  • Wok or saucepan

More wonton dip sauce options

My Thai food blog is full of Thai sauces for wontons. Whether you like them with shrimp, pork, or packed with veggies, my collection of dipping sauces can make every wonton better.

If you’re craving a little sweetness, go for my Thai sweet chili sauce, nam chim gai. It’s a classic Thai dip that’s versatile and great with most appetizers. This Thai tamarind dipping sauce is the perfect blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet – it’s perfect with just about anything. Thai hot sauce is perfect for spicy food lovers, and Thai green chili sauce is perfect with shrimp wontons.

How to serve

Serve this up with your favorite wontons, dumplings, or any dim sum like steamed garlic chive dumplings. Just lay them out on a plate, place your dipping sauce into a small bowl, and hand out chopsticks to everyone. Easy and tasty!

Here are some of my favorite Thai appetizers to serve with your wontons: Thai egg rolls, vegetable spring rolls, and Thai shrimp rolls with peanut sauce.

How to store sauce for wontons

Pour any leftover sauce into a clean, airtight container, bottle, or mason jar, and keep it in the fridge. It’ll stay fresh for up to a week, but I bet you’ll be dipping into it long before then!

Freezing: You can freeze the sauce in a freezer-safe container. Thaw it in the fridge overnight.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this in advance?

Yes, you can make this wonton sauce ahead of time. Store it in the fridge and it’ll be good to go whenever you need it.

Can I use this spicy wonton 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.

What is wonton sauce?

Yes. This is a versatile sauce that can be paired with grilled meats, grilled fish, steamed vegetables, and more.

Is this sauce gluten-free?

No, this recipe is made with dark soy sauce. For a gluten-free sauce, use a gluten-free soy.

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Wonton Dipping Sauce

Wonton dipping sauce with Thai wontons around it.
This quick and easy wonton dipping sauce is ready in minutes, perfect for adding flavor to your favorite dumplings!
Praew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Dipping sauce
Serving Size 6

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 chilies finely chopped

Instructions

  • Place a wok or pot over medium heat, then pour in water, white sugar, white vinegar, and dark soy sauce. Stir the mixture and cook until the ingredients are well combined and bubbles begin to surface, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the sliced red chilies, remove from heat, and serve immediately for the best flavor.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Use this sauce for dipping pork and shrimp wonton and kanom jeeb, Thai dumplings. It's amazing with any kind of dim sum and har gow variations.

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