Easy Dumpling Sauce Without Soy Sauce Recipe

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Cooking up some potstickers and want something to dip them in? Searched your cupboards but can’t find a lick of soy sauce around? Well, this dumpling sauce without soy sauce recipe is here to save the day and you can easily throw it together while your dumplings are cooking!

Using a collection of easy-to-find Asian sauces (and some are definitely optional if you don’t have all of them on hand) and coming together in a manner of minutes, you will never buy a pre-made dipping sauce again.

So if you’re wondering how to make a great dumpling, wonton or potsticker dipping sauce without soy sauce, you’ve come to the right place. This dumpling sauce is tasty and easy and sure to be the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

Dumpling Sauce Without Soy Sauce
Potsticker Sauce Without Soy Sauce

How to Make Dumpling Sauce without Soy Sauce

Much like my stir-fry sauce without soy sauce or my peanut dipping sauce, this dumpling sauce uses a number of different Asian sauces that are easy to find in most grocery shops (I can find everything with no issues where I live in the Czech Republic and the international aisle isn’t normally super well-stocked).

The sauces used are hoisin, fish sauce, sriracha, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, mirin and sambal oelek. Mixed together this has a great, complex flavour that is perfect for dipping all kinds of dumplings.

Key ingredients for this dumpling sauce recipe
Key ingredients for this dumpling sauce recipe

To make the sauce, add the hoisin to a small bowl. Hoisin sauce adds a nice sweetness to this dumpling sauce without the need to add any extra sugar – which you can’t say for many other dumpling sauces.

To the hoisin, add sriracha and sambal oelek. These both add heat and provide different flavours. If you’re not into spicy foods, feel free to leave one of both of these sauces out.

Adding the hoisin, sriracha and sambal oelek
Adding the hoisin, sriracha and sambal oelek

Then, mix in some toasted sesame oil and some fish sauce. I love using fish sauce in lots of things – it has unbeatable umami and the saltiness is a great sub for soy sauce.

Next, add in a bit of mirin (which is a Japanese cooking wine that, again, adds to the sweetness of the dipping sauce) and some unseasoned rice wine vinegar to add a bit of brightness and acidity.

Adding the sesame oil, fish sauce and mirin
Adding the sesame oil, fish sauce and mirin

Now, simply dilute the sauce with a little bit of water and whisk until everything is well combined.

Whisking the sauce together
Whisking the sauce together

Taste to adjust for saltiness, sweetness or acidity, adding a bit more of any of the sauces (or diluting with more water) until you’re happy with the flavour.

Dumpling Sauce Without Soy Sauce

Dumpling Sauce Without Soy Sauce

Yield: 8-10 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This dumpling dipping sauce is flavourful but doesn't use any soy sauce!


  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) hoisin sauce
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) fish sauce
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) sriracha
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) rice wine vinegar
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) toasted sesame oil
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) mirin
  • 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) sambal oelek


  1. In a small bowl, add hoisin, fish sauce, sriracha, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, mirin and sambal oelek. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add 60ml (1/4 cup) water to the bowl. Whisk to combine. Taste to adjust for seasoning and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is automatically generated and provided as guidance only. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

This dipping sauce for potstickers without soy sauce is a great addition to any dumpling meal. It’s also super easy to make and keeps in the fridge for a long long time!

Are you looking to make a wonton sauce without soy sauce? Have any questions about the recipe? Let us know in the comments!

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Maggie is the creator behind No Frills Kitchen. She is a world traveller, home cook and recipe developer who loves to experiment with new cuisines and techniques at every chance she gets. No stranger to improvising and making do with the equipment and ingredients she has available, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Read More

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