Hey dumpling fanatics! We’re huge fans of eating Asian style dumplings and our easy dumpling sauce recipe is quick and delicious. Dunk your potstickers in it or use it as a wonton chili sauce. If you’re using the frozen dumplings, then it’s a restaurant style meal in minutes.

spoonful of homemade dumpling sauce recipe

Homemade Easy Dumpling Sauce

When you buy frozen dumplings, frozen potstickers or wontons there’s always the packet of sauce that comes with it. Sure, it’s ok tasting but making this easy homemade dumpling sauce will rock your world. You can customize the flavors to your personal taste and savory level. It’s a win-win sauce and our family loves this sauce beyond words. We’re even thinking of bottling and selling it!

chopstick holding potsticker in dumpling sauce or wonton chili sauce

Best Sauce for Air Fryer Dumplings or Potstickers

Use this homemade sauce when you’re air frying frozen potstickers, dumplings or gyoza. It takes just a few minutes to cook air fryer frozen dumplings. Or when you make a homemade dumpling or potsticker, this is the perfect sauce to dip. And while these are cooking in the air fryer, make this simple sauce. Within about 20 minutes you can have great healthy dumpling dinner and sauce to dunk it all in. You can also make our homemade chili crunch recipe which is way better than buying chili crunch at Trader Joe’s or other brands. Remember, this is a great wonton chili sauce that tastes just like the restaurants.

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Customize Level of Spice

This quick sauce can be customized to your spice preference. The spice comes from the chili crunch/chili crisp. But you can also use sriracha or chili garlic sauce. Make this easy dumpling sauce recipe to your personal taste.

chopstick holding potsticker in dumpling sauce

Dumpling Sauce

Customize the flavors of the sauce to your liking! Add or omit any of the ingredients you prefer. That’s the best part about making a homemade sauce. Add extra chili crisp or chili crunch for an extra kick of spice. The hot water helps dissolve the sugar, but if it isn’t hot, make sure to mix enough to dissolve the sugar.
Makes enough sauce for about 8-10 dumplings, potstickers or wontons (works great for egg rolls too). You can always make bigger batch and store in the fridge to keep on hand. Keeps for at least a month stored in the fridge.
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  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) rice vinegar , black vinegar, or distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) hot water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) chili crisp , optional (or chili garlic sauce or other hot sauce)


  • In bowl, combine all sauce ingredients (soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, hot water, sesame oil, garlic, sesame seeds, and optional chili crisp). Mix to completely dissolve sugar.
    Dumpling sauce ingredients in a bowl
  • Cook the dumplings, potstickers or wontons, in the air fryer or using your favorite method to package instructions.
    Potstickers in air fryer basket
  • Dip dumplings in sauce and enjoy!
    Dipping dumpling in sauce

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 31kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 811mg, Potassium: 39mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 0.2IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Dumpling Sauce on Chicken Wings?

Definitely yes! OMG, the dumpling sauce is so good when drizzled over some crispy hot chicken wings. The flavor is amazing, savory, lightly spicy and addicting. Serve it on game day, weekend parties or just as any appetizer. You’ll love it. Here’s our list of amazing air fried chicken wings or douse the sauce over simple air fryer chicken wings.

Other uses for Dumpling Sauce

Dumpling sauce is perfect for egg rolls too! The flavors are ideal to go together. It can also be used for a rice bowl sauce, as a dressing, to flavor up pork chops or chicken. As a sauce for fish or simple veggies. The uses are endless!

How to Store Homemade Dumpling

It’s best to store this easy dumpling sauce recipe in air tight jars or air tight containers. As this recipe is written, the sauce can be stored for about 3-4 weeks in the fridge. If you add fresh chopped green onions in the sauce, then the sauce will last for about 4-5 days. After that, the green onions will go bad. Hope you enjoy our easy dumpling sauce recipe!

soup dumpling in spicy wonton chili sauce

Best Brands of Chili Crisp or Chili Crunch?

Over the last years a new generation of brands have come into the chili crunch crisp market. From more traditional brands to new brands with unique spices, there’s something for everyone. We love the S&B Crunchy Garlic with Chili Oil. Great texture and savory flavor. Just a touch of heat & sweet. If you want more heat, the others are fantastic options too!