Gyoza Dipping Sauce Recipe (+ How to Fry Dumplings)
Authentic Gyoza Dipping Sauce Recipe – This tangy, sweet, and savory sauce is perfect to pair with your choice of meat or vegetable potstickers. Plus, learn the easy steps to air fry frozen dumplings!
Why We Love This Gyoza Recipe
Gyoza – AKA potstickers or dumplings – is a beloved Chinese dish that is classic to enjoy before or alongside a hearty meal. While we absolutely love the gyoza themselves, dipping those tender pieces of wrapped minced meat and/or veggies in a sweet and tangy dumpling sauce is what really makes the entire dish irresistible!
Although it tastes bold and complex, this gyoza dipping sauce recipe is a simple no-cook condiment used for dunking Asian dumplings of all varieties. Today we are sharing a classic dumpling sauce recipe with additional add-ins to customize it with spicy heat or extra flavor.
However you make it, this easy sauce recipe goes well with any dumplings ( or spring rolls) you like… We have a lovely traditional Chinese dumpling, a.k.a. potsticker recipe, here on the site. We also have a paleo version for those sticking to a clean diet! You can make your choice of chopped meat (typically ground pork and/or ground chicken) or vegetable dumplings from scratch. Or you can buy premade dumplings from the freezer section of your local grocery store.
If you are buying premade freezer dumplings, we’ve also provided instructions for preparing them in the air fryer in under 15 minutes.
Ingredients For Gyoza Sauce Recipe
- Low sodium soy sauce – or sub tamari or coconut aminos
- Rice wine vinegar – for the smooth tangy taste
- Sesame oil – or other light nutty-tasting oil
- Honey – or agave
- Garlic paste – for the most delicious concentrated flavor, but can be subbed with minced garlic
Optional Add-ins –
- Chili garlic paste – for a spicy kick (or crushed red pepper flakes or chili oil)
- Ginger paste – adds a delightful punch of spice, but without heat
- Sesame seeds – for a nice texture and light nutty flavor
- Green onion – thinly sliced for a pop of freshness
Cook’s Notes: If you can’t find rice vinegar, use a smaller amount of apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. For heat, chili garlic sauce offers the best flavor, but sriracha and chili flakes or oil are also good options.
How to Make Dumpling Dipping Sauce
Set out a small mixing bowl. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
Add honey and garlic paste.
If using additional add-ins, add them at this time.
Get the Complete (Printable) Gyoza Dipping Sauce Recipe and VIDEO Below. Enjoy!
Cover the dipping sauce and allow it to rest at room temperature while you prepare the dumplings.
For the traditional pan-fried or steamed homemade gyozas cooking methods click here!
How to Air Fry Dumplings
Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Once hot, open the air fryer basket and spray the inside with cooking spray. Lay the frozen dumplings in a single layer at the bottom of the air fryer basket. Then spray the tops with oil spray.
Air fry the dumplings for 7 minutes. Then shake the basket to flip the dumplings and continue to air fry for another 4-6 minutes until crispy and golden on the outside.
Serve the pan or air-fried dumplings warm, with the homemade gyoza sauce on the side for dipping.
I mean, what doesn’t pair well with plump and savory fried dumplings and a sweet dipping sauce??
But really, it feels like there is no limit to what you can pair with dumplings… Serve them as an appetizer or side dish alongside other classic Chinese-inspired dishes like chicken with garlic sauce, Kung Pao chicken or beef, orange chicken, sesame chicken, or your other favorite mains.
For other sides, you might consider also enjoying air fryer potstickers with veggie-forward dishes like lo mein with vegetables, egg drop soup, easy hibachi fried rice, and/or our copycat recipe for Panda Express super greens.
Or simply enjoy a plate of gyoza with homemade sauce for a hearty snack!
Frequently Asked Questions
Swap the soy sauce for coconut aminos for a delicious soy-free dumpling dipping sauce recipe.
Frozen dumplings take about 11-13 minutes to air fry. Freshly made gyoza only needs about 7-9 minutes.
Store gyoza dipping sauce in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Looking for More Easy Air Fryer Recipes? Be Sure to Also Try:
- Easy Air Fryer Carrots
- Best Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Air Fryer Biscuits (from Scratch and Canned)
- Air Fryer Mushrooms (Breaded)
- Homemade Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks (or Frozen)
Gyoza Dipping Sauce Recipe (+ How to Cook Dumplings)
For the Gyoza –
- 1 package your favorite fresh or frozen dumplings
- Set out a small mixing bowl. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and garlic paste. If using additional add-ins, add them at this time. Whisk well.
- Cover the dipping sauce and allow it to rest at room temperature while you prepare the dumplings.
Pan Fry Dumplings –
- For traditional pan-fried or steamed cooking methods click here.
Air Fry Gyoza –
- For Air Fryer Dumplings, preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Once hot, open the air fryer basket and spray the inside with cooking spray.
- Lay the frozen dumplings in a single layer in the bottom of the air fryer. Then spray the tops with oil spray.
- Air fry the dumplings for 7 minutes. Then shake the basket to flip the dumplings and continue to air fry for another 4-6 minutes until crispy and golden on the outside.