Easy Gyoza Sauce Recipe

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By Barbara Hodge • Last Updated: October 17, 2023
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Easy Gyoza Sauce Recipe

Authentic Japanese Gyoza Sauce made super easy at home. You’ll love these six dumpling sauce variations for your next dumpling dinner. Learn how to make gyoza dipping sauce tonight!

Gyoza Sauce

Authentic gyoza sauce has a perfect balance and harmony of of spiciness, depth of flavour and smoothness to compliment the gyoza. The umami rich flavor explosion is what keeps people coming back for more gyoza!

Gyoza dipping sauce should round out the dumpling flavour and make you keep reaching for gyoza. Yes, it can be dangerous, as it’s so hard to stop. I’ll show you the art of gyoza sauce which families around Japan enjoy everyday.

This recipe for gyoza sauce will bring aauthentic Japanese flavour to your dinner table. Make some dumplings with this sauce and watch them disappear from the kitchen table!

Bring joy into your life and share it with loved ones. Read on!

dipping gyoza into Gyoza Sauce
Credit: Instagram @tsutaus

You Will Love this Dipping Sauce

You never know what’s inside in store-bought gyoza sauce. We got tired of checking the endless list of ingredients and preservatives in pre-made gyoza and sauce. We wanted fresh, homemade gyoza and gyoza sauce. And the best thing, it’s easy to make the same change in your kitchen!

Easy and quick

No need to wonder shop-bought dumplings are vegan friendly or not. Gyoza is easy to make more than you think, and even gyoza wrappers can be made with only two ingredients. And this dumpling dip sauce is a great friend for them.

Gyoza is easier to make than you think. Even the gyoza wrappers are made with only two ingredients. And this dumpling dip sauce is a simple and super tasty must have accompaniment for them, and so easy.


Gyoza is Japan’s soul food and among the most popular dishes in Japan.

Gyoza sauce is ‘gyoza no tare‘ in Japanese. Tare means sauce. When people speak of gyoza in Japan, it means yaki gyoza, or pan-fried dumplings. This homemade gyoza sauce is perfect for yaki gyoza. The ideas for this recipe are from my family meals when I was a kid.


Once you become comfortable with making this, you vary it as much as you like. Experiment and find the best matching sauce for the ingredients of gyoza you create. Let me know which one you liked in the comments below.

I’ve added six sauce variations to spark your inspiration. They are all vegan friendly!

Gyoza Sauce Ingredients

Traditional Japanese gyoza dipping sauce recipe uses three basic ingredients:

  • Japanese rice vinegar
  • Japanese soy sauce
  • Rayu (Japanese chili oil)

Tangy, pungent and umami rich, this gyoza dip is almost addictive.

When you combine salt, acid, oil and heat, they create an intense umami flavour that explodes in your mouth!

Japanese rice vinegar and soy sauce create perfect harmony and balance for this dipping sauce.

Rice vinegar: Japanese rice vinegar is milder and more mellow than other types of white vinegar. You can use it for sushi rice, pickling, ponzu and various dishes.

Soy sauce: My favorite is Japanese “Kikkoman Yuki Organic Soy Sauce”. You can use it for many dishes. I don’t use tamari often. Kikkoman also makes gluten free soy sauce.

RayuJapanese chili oil is made with sesame oil and Japanese chili. Rayu is a must for this recipe. It can be found at your local Japanese supermarket. It’s also getting common to find it at your everyday local supermarket these days.

How to Make Gyoza Sauce

Gyoza Dipping Sauce in a container
Credit: Instagram @tomorestaurant

Making this traditional dip sauce is really straightforward. What you need is to combine the ingredients in order – that’s pretty much it.

Add Japanese rice vinegar first and then Japanese soy sauce, half and half, on a small plate. Stir and combine with chopsticks or a whisk.

Then top up rayu drops on the surface. Now, you have a translucent light brown sauce in front of you that has shiny red gem sprinkles on top. That’s it!

What you need to do now is to dip the freshly cooked crispy gyoza jump into it and enjoy!

Gyoza Dipping Sauce Variations

Once you master the basics, make your own best gyoza dipping sauce!

Garlic and ginger dumpling sauce

Want some extra spice and a stronger flavour? Add minced garlic, ginger and sesame oil to black rice vinegar and soy sauce. Replace rayu with red chili flakes. Sprinkle sesame seeds.

Sweet chili gyoza sauce

Sweeter chili dumpling sauce works perfectly well with fried or deep-fried gyoza. If you reduce or remove the chili, kids enjoy this sauce too! Combine fresh red chili, sugar, garlic, rice vinegar and salt. The idea of this sauce is from Thai sweet chili sauce.

White pepper & vinegar sauce

You never know how it goes until you really try this combination. When white pepper meets Japanese rice vinegar, it’s a true flavour explosion, something that you never experienced before. This sauce perfectly matches with crispy and golden coloured fried dumplings!

White pepper and Japanese rice vinegar are a match made in heaven! The resulting flavour explosion matches the crispy and golden coloured fried dumplings perfectly.

Ponzu gyoza sauce

Tangy citrus combined with soy sauce – ponzu, is one of the indispensable ingredients in Japanese cuisine. Replace soy and rice vinegar with ponzu. Then add a tablespoon grated radish. This vibrant, refreshing sauce is perfect with juicy dumplings. For a spice kick, top off with shichimi, Japanese seven spicy chilli powder.

Sichuan style red dumpling sauce

Oh yes! I love this red Sichuan style sauce. Combine soy sauce, Sichuan chili oil, sesame oil, sugar and a pinch of Sichuan peppercorn powder. Throw in chopped cilantro.

Dumpling sauce without vinegar

What happens if vinegar is in short supply at home?. Try this for your gyoza dumplings tonight. Combine lemon, spring onion, salt and pepper with the soy.

How to use gyoza sauce

This authentic Japanese dipping sauce can be used for other dishes:

  • With noodles to dip
  • For deep fried spring rolls
  • Vietnamese rice paper spring rolls (replace rayu to srilacha)
Easy Gyoza Sauce Recipe

Gyoza Sauce (3 ingredients)

Barbara Hodge
Authentic Japanese gyoza sauce made super easy at home. You’ll love these six dumpling sauce variations for your next dumpling dinner. Learn how to make gyoza dipping sauce tonight!
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Course Appetizer, Cooking Basics
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Japanese, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 people


Japanese gyoza sauce

  • cup soy sauce (I use Japanese soy sauce)
  • ¼ cup Japanese rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon rayu

Garlic and ginger dip sauce

  • cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup black rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon  garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon  ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon  sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon  sesame seeds

Sweet chili gyoza sauce

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 fresh red chili minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced

White pepper & vinegar sauce

  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Ponzu gyoza sauce

  • ½ cup ponzu
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil

Sichuan style red chili oil

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sichuan chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro or spring onion
  • 1 pinch sichuan chili peppercorn powder

Gyoza sauce without vinegar

  • 2 lemon
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon spring onion


  • Combine the ingredients with a whisk or chopsticks. Serve with crispy and juicy just cooked gyoza dumplings!