If you love Asian food, chances are that you have eaten pot stickers with some type of dipping sauce.
My family loves all types of dumplings, especially when they can dip them in a variety of sauces.
Some like sweet while others prefer spicy.
The problem for us was that three hungry boys could eat a ton of dumplings and pot stickers and the bill at even a family Asian restaurant could get astronomical.
So what’s a frugal mom to do?
As much as my family loves Asian food, eliminating it was not a viable option, but we needed to find some alternatives.
Restaurant pot sticker alternatives
The first choice for this frugal mom is always to make it myself.
Have you ever make homemade pot stickers?
It’s not the easiest thing to do, and it’s time consuming.
I started by making filled wontons for wonton soup.
They were delicious, but with three kids, they weren’t worth the time and effort.
It looked like my boys would have to go without dumplings, or I would have to get comfortable with large dinner bills.
Enter Trader Joe’s Pot stickers!
These lovely gems are $2.99 for an entire bag in my part of the world.
And they are delicious!
Seriously, my kids make a meal out of one bag.
They take about 15 minutes to cook, and with this dipping sauce, you can make them your own in every way.
I know there are plenty of different dumplings and pot stickers out there, but for the price, I don’t think you can beat these.
The best part?
My kids and I prefer the chicken so it’s even better for us.
Let’s talk about the Pot sticker dipping sauce
A good sauce can make eating dumplings an experience you’ll never forget.
So can a bad sauce.
The difficulty comes when we have differing ideas on what a good or bad sauce is.
The base of this sauce is a bit salty for me, so I adjust it to fit my taste.
One of my sons loves the saltiness but wants a bit more spice.
The other two sons and my husband are big spice lovers.
They challenge themselves and each other to try spicy foods.
With this recipe, you can adjust according to your taste so everyone has a delicious dumpling experience.
Tips for Pot sticker dipping sauce success
Normally I start with telling people to gather their ingredients and that’s good advice here too, but there’s more.
In addition to the main four ingredients, consider how you want to personalize this recipe before you make it.
If you like them sweeter, substitute Ponzu for Teriyaki or add a teaspoon of orange juice.
Prefer bold flavors that aren’t spicy?
Add some ginger or a 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper sauce.
Sauces develop flavors as they sit, so you can make this sauce and store it in the fridge for up to three days before using.
So now that you’ve seen some of the variations, let’s get to the recipe.
Pot sticker dipping sauce recipe
This recipe is for one serving of sauce. Multiply as needed for additional servings.
In a small bowl, add
1 tablespoon Teriyaki sauce
1/2 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
1 teaspoon Black Bean Garlic Sauce
1 teaspoon Mirin
Whisk together all of the liquid ingredients and taste. Add any personalized additions 1/4 teaspoon at a time, whisking and tasting as you go.
Pour into individual serving dishes if making multiple servings.
There aren’t many steps to this recipe, but I always feel like it’s a good thing to show the cooking or making process.
I hope you enjoy your very own version of this easy to make sauce.
Follow along with pictures of the mixing process.
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Final notes about this sauce
I understand that nothing beats dumplings from your favorite take out place, but sometimes the budget makes that hard to do.
Other times, you just don’t want to make the effort to go out.
You might love your take out dumplings but feel “meh” about the dipping sauce.
Whatever the case may be, this sauce can add to or supplement your favorite Asian dumpling meal.