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Asian Dipping Sauce


This highly flavorful dipping sauce can also be doubled as a dressing, or sauce, for salads, vegetables and proteins such as tofu and tempeh.
  • Serves: 1 cup
  • Active Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
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  • Success Rating: 100% (?)
    0% - I fed it to the dog


Step 1: Starting the Sauce

Starting the Sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1⁄2 tsp sweetener (such as sugar, agave, rice syrup)
  • 1/4 cup ponzu
  • 1 to 2 tsp minced fresh ginger*
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup water, as needed
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced*


To start the sauce, place all of the ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn down the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 30 seconds or so, or until the sugar has melted, and then remove from the heat.

*Note: A good tip for the ginger and garlic — use a microplane zester to finely zest the ingredients. Using a piece of frozen ginger works well here. Also note that this sauce is still also very good without the ginger and garlic.

If needed, add a touch of water to balance out the tartness—keeping in mind however that the sauce it supposed to have a good punch to it.

Step 2: Finishing the Sauce

Finishing the Sauce
  • 1 green onion, finely minced


To finish the sauce, pour the mixture into a bowl and add the finely minced green onion.

While this sauce is best when first made, it will keep for several days, in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator. Note: If making ahead, it is best to add the green onion just before serving so that it maintains it’s vibrant green color.

Serve this sauce with your favorite Dumplings or Potstickers, such as these <a href =“/recipes/5239/text”>Plant-Based Sichuan n’ Chicken’ Dumplings, or use as a sauce for vegetables or rice dishes.


  • Melania  R
    Melania R
    Hello dear admins, have to say thanks for your great job, i found very nice reciepts here!
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Melania, You are welcome! It is very good to know that you enjoyed them. Eric
  • Megha J
    Megha J
    Tried this tonight. So simple and so yummy. Used it over a diced cucumber tomato salad. So good ! Thank you.
  • Kirk B
    Kirk B
    Great to hear Megha!!! Thanks for sharing! Chef Kirk
  • Lorraine  H
    Lorraine H
    What is ponzu?
  • Kirk B
    Kirk B
    Hi Lorraine! So Ponzu is very popular in Japanese cuisine - it's a is a citrus-based sauce that tends to be sort of tart - in my opinion. Very tasty - a nice condiment! Thanks for learning with Rouxbe! Chef Kirk
  • Tim A
    Tim A
    I’ve found that hoisin for the sweetener works nicely too. As does a shot of sriracha if you like a little more heat.
  • Keeley H
    Keeley H
    I just found an excellent recipe for making paleo ponzu sauce for putting in this. My husband has to eat paleo because of an auto-immune disease so I am always trying to adapt delicious looking recipes to be paleo friendly. This Asian Dipping Sauce recipe looks amazing and I can't wait to try making it! I'm going to use honey as the sweetener and see how it turns out.
  • Kirk B
    Kirk B
    Thanks for your great comments Keeley - we appreciate and thank you for engaging with your Rouxbe Community! All the best, Chef Kirk
  • Myles P
    Myles P
  • Thelma M
    Thelma M
    Now I know how white sauce was made. Thank you so much.
  • Nathaniel K
    Nathaniel K
    I cannot wait to try this recipe. I am always experimenting with Asian dipping sauces and I really like the sounds of this one!
  • Sophia K
    Sophia K
    so I have both lemon and lime Ponzu, my choice ?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Your choice!
  • Jesus A
    Jesus A
    best place for recipes
  • Jolene B
    Jolene B
    This recipe looks so good but what is ponzu?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Jolene, ponzu is basically a citrus flavored soy sauce used for dipping or as an ingredient.
  • Sandi K
    Sandi K
    I've always made a severely abbreviated version of this (soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and sesame seeds) for a variety of dipping applications which has worked well in a pinch, but I must try this one... looks great, thank you!
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    can i use this as a marinade?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Hi Riaz, yes, you can use this sauce as a marinade. ~Eric
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    how can i replace ponzu?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Hello Riaz, please replace the ponzu with soy sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice to taste. ~Eric

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