This quick and easy Gyoza Sauce is made with three simple ingredients and takes just five minutes to make! Enjoy this salty, tangy, and optionally spicy dipping sauce with Japanese gyoza, potstickers, or dumplings.
Gyoza is my all-time favorite Japanese appetizer, especially when they’re served with savory, tangy, and umami-rich gyoza dipping sauce. Gyoza sauce is super easy to make at home – all you need is five minutes and three ingredients. So whether you love making your own homemade gyoza or you keep a stash frozen in your freezer, this easy gyoza dipping sauce recipe is a must-have whenever the craving hits.
What is Gyoza Dipping Sauce?
Gyoza dipping sauce, also known as gyoza sauce, is a sauce specifically made to pair with gyoza -Japanese dumplings filled with meat and vegetables that are pan-fried, steamed, or boiled.
The traditional gyoza dipping sauce is a mix of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and often a bit of chili oil to give it some kick. Some variations may also include sesame oil, minced garlic, green onions, or a small amount of sugar to balance the tanginess. The aim of the sauce is to have a balance of salty, tangy, and a little bit of spicy to complement the flavorful filling of the gyoza.
How to Make Gyoza Sauce
1. Combine the ingredients: Combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil (or chili oil) in a small bowl.
2. Season to taste: Adjust the seasoning to taste by adding more vinegar or oil as desired.
3. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with freshly chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
Ingredient Additions and Substitutions
- Chili oil or chili flakes: If you like a bit of heat, add a little chili oil, red pepper flakes, or Sriracha.
- Honey or sugar: For a touch of sweetness, you can add a bit of honey or sugar. This also balances out the salty, tangy flavor. If you’re adding sugar, you may need to gently heat the sauce in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves.
- Garlic and ginger: You can add fresh garlic or fresh ginger or garlic powder, or ground ginger. Start with a little and add more to taste.
- Soy Sauce: To make this sauce gluten-free, use tamari or coconut aminos.
- Rice wine vinegar: If you don’t have any rice wine vinegar on hand, apple cider vinegar will work.
- Sesame oil: Instead of sesame oil, you can use a neutral-flavored oil, but it won’t give the same rich, nutty flavor.
What Goes with Gyoza Dipping Sauce?
Gyoza dipping sauce is most commonly paired with Japanese Gyoza, but it can be served with various dishes due to its savory, tangy, and umami flavor profile.
- Spring Rolls/Egg Rolls: The sweet, tangy, and salty combination of the dumpling sauce makes it a great dip for fried appetizers like spring rolls or egg rolls.
- Potstickers: Potstickers are Chinese dumplings that are quite similar to Gyoza. They are typically pan-fried on one side, giving them a unique crispy and tender texture.
- Stir-Fried Vegetables or Noodles: Stir-frys benefit from a drizzle of gyoza sauce. This sauce pairs especially well with dishes that include ingredients like tofu, mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli, and bok choy.
- Tempura: Tempura is a popular Japanese dish where seafood and veggies are coated with a light batter and deep-fried.
- Rice Dishes: Drizzled over rice, the sauce can enhance the flavor of fragrant jasmine rice or even fried rice.
- Grilled or Roasted Meats: You can also use gyoza sauce as a marinade or glaze for chicken, beef, or seafood, or serve it on the side as a dip.
How Long Does Gyoza Sauce Last?
This quick gyoza sauce will keep for about one week when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It is not recommended to keep sauce that has already been used.
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If you try making this Gyoza Sauce Recipe, please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to hear your thoughts.
Gyoza Dipping Sauce
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil - or chili oil
- Whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil (or chili oil) in a small bowl.
- Adjust the seasoning to taste by adding more vinegar or oil as desired.
- Serve your gyoza sauce alongside gyoza, potstickers, or dumplings for dipping, and garnish with freshly chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)
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