Whether you’re snacking on a dumpling, feasting on roast chicken or crunching down on fresh vegetable crudités, a good dipping sauce can make all the difference. Here, 11 recipes for dipping sauces for every occasion.
1. Mint-and-Date Dipping Sauce
Padma Lakshmi calls this sauce “liquid heaven.” She purees sticky dates with fresh mint, lemon juice and chile, creating a sweet, bright-flavored and slightly spicy sauce. It’s stellar with kathi rolls but also great on a sandwich.
2. Peanut Dipping Sauce
Coarse, flavor-packed peanut butter is incredible in this fragrant Burmese-inspired dip. Try it with raw vegetables.
3. Dumpling Dipping Sauce
This four-ingredient sauce is super-simple to make and is delicious with any type of dumpling, from pork to tofu.
4. LocoL Dipping Sauce
Chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi season their awesome tomato-based spicy sauce with Korean chile paste and use it with everything from fries to onion rings to chicken.
5. Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
This indispensible dipping sauce is served with every Vietnamese meal.
6. Spicy Citrus Dipping Sauce
Superquick and vibrant, this terrific sauce is best with grilled shrimp or fish.
7. Lemon-Oregano Dipping Sauce
The perfect dip for artichokes.
8. Grainy Mustard Dipping Sauce
Serve this piquant sauce with juicy meats like lamb.
10. Ginger-Ponzu Dipping Sauce
This tangy sauce is essential for crispy tempura.
11. Honey Dipping Sauce
A touch of fish sauce gives this sweet, sticky sauce terrific complexity. Serve it with grilled chicken.