Hotpot Dipping Sauce Recipe

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Who doesn’t love a good hotpot meal? And what’s a hotpot without the perfect dipping sauce to elevate the flavors of your ingredients? If you want to recreate that authentic hotpot experience at home, mastering the art of making the ideal dipping sauce is necessary.

Here, I’ll walk you through a delicious hotpot dipping sauce recipe that will take your dining experience to the next level. From savory soy sauce to spicy chili oil and fragrant garlic, learn how to blend these flavors to create a dipping sauce with your taste buds dancing. So, prepare your chopsticks, and let’s dive into the world of homemade hotpot dipping sauces!

Hotpot Dipping Sauce Recipe

What Is The Most Famous Dipping Sauce?

Chinese hot pot dipping sauce is arguably one of the most famous dipping sauces worldwide. It is a flavorful and customizable sauce that perfectly complements the variety of ingredients typically enjoyed in a hot pot meal. The beauty of this sauce lies in its versatility – you can adjust the ingredients and proportions to suit your taste preferences, whether you prefer it spicy, savory, or tangy. 

This dipping sauce adds an extra layer of enjoyment to hot pot dining with a base of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and chili paste. Its popularity transcends borders, making it a beloved choice for those seeking a delicious and interactive dining experience.

Ingredients Of Hot Pot Dipping Sauce

Garlic – (3 – 10 cloves)

Adding garlic to the sauce creates a perfect balance of savory and tangy flavors.

Hot Water -(1 Tbsp)

Hot water is often used as a base for the sauce, which dilutes and mixes the other flavors. It preserves its strength by reducing garlic’s overtones while preserving its pungent taste.

Soy Sauce – (2 Tbsp )

The umami flavor of soy sauce enhances the taste of various meats and vegetables cooked in the hot pot. The dipping sauce’s savory and slightly salty flavor complements the other components, creating a harmonious blend.

Chinese Black Vinegar- (1 Tbsp)

Aromatic and flavorful vinegar enhances the dining experience by giving the sauce a tangy and slightly sweet taste. In hot pot meals, its deep, rich color and complex flavor make it a popular choice for dipping sauces.

Chili Flakes ( 1 Tbsp)

Adding smoke, earth, and fruit can enhance the sauce’s flavor. Heat is provided at a medium level.

Sesame Paste – (1 tbsp)

To create this paste, toasted sesame seeds are ground into a paste. Like tahini, Chinese sesame paste is made entirely of sesame seeds, but it is typically roasted, giving it a much stronger flavor. Normally, I use homemade sesame paste.

Sesame Oil -(½ Tbsp)

This gives it a taste that is a little sweet and salty. It makes the sauce taste and smell better. The taste of this food is very rich compared to other foods.

MSG -(½ tsp)

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a popular ingredient in hot pot dipping sauces, often used in modest amounts like ½ teaspoon. MSG is known for increasing the savory umami flavor of meals.

Salt -(¼ Tsp)

Salt can enhance the overall flavor profile by balancing savory notes. To avoid overpowering the other flavors in the sauce, use salt in moderation.

Ground Black Pepper- (¼ Tsp)

Hot pot dipping sauces commonly contain ground black pepper. The hot pot’s flavor is enhanced by its savory, slightly spicy flavor, which adds depth and complexity to the sauce.

How To Make Hot Pot Dipping Sauce

Step 1 : 

The first step is to mash the garlic. Put the remaining ingredients in a bowl and cover with hot water.

Step 2: 

To make the sauce, combine black vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, black pepper, MSG, and chili flakes in a bowl. To the water, add the garlic and water.

Step 3: 

Use a spoon to add the sesame paste. Add as much sesame paste as you like to the hot dips. It will change both its taste and texture for the better.

Serving Suggestion 

Hot Pot sauces are extremely adaptable, so there is no one best way to enjoy them. You can get started with these delicious hot pot side dishes if you need help deciding what to serve with hot pot.

  • Dip meat, fish, and prawns into the sauces. In my opinion, the best foods are those that have a vegetable base, such as, mushrooms, tofu, lotus root, tong ho, bean curd, steamed rice, or fish meatballs.
  • You can eat hot pot sauce with radish or savory rice paper dumplings. With them, you can enjoy gluten-free wonton soup and Paleo egg rolls.
  • These sauces can also be used as glazes. You can use the glaze to make marinated beef kabobs, grilled chicken drumsticks, or lemongrass pork more juicy.

Variation Of Chinese Hot Pot Dipping Sauce

Taiwanese Shacha Dipping Sauce

I love Asian barbecue sauce for hotpots. Making this tasty hot pot dipping sauce requires only a few simple ingredients.

What do You need?

  • coconut aminos, 
  • rice vinegar, 
  • scallions, 
  • toasted sesame oil, 
  • Shacha sauce
  • Thai chili peppers and 
  • Salt

Garlic Sesame Sauce

If you prefer spicy food, you can use this sesame sauce as a dipping sauce instead of tangy sauce. You can use sunflower seed butter if nut butter makes you sick.

What do You need?

  • Garlic 
  • Chinese Sesame Paste, 
  • Rice Vinegar,
  • Butter, 
  • Shiitake Mushroom Seasoning, 
  • Coconut Aminos, 
  • Shiitake Mushroom Seasoning, 
  • Water.

Chinese Spicy Garlic Chili Sauce

Chinese hot pot sauce is great for a variety of things. You can use it as a glaze, a dip, or as a glaze for garlic chili noodles.

What do You need?

  • toasted sesame oil, 
  • Garlic chili sauce, 
  • balsamic vinegar, 
  • Sichuan peppercorn powder,
  • rice vinegar, scallion, 
  • sesame seeds, and 
  • oyster sauce

Making Process Of Variety Hot Pot Dipping Sauce Flavors

  • You can choose the recipe above that you like best based on its flavors.
  • Prepare all of the items ahead of time.
  • You need to mix everything in a sauce bowl.

How To Store Hot Pot Dipping Sauce?

It is best to make this hot pot dip just before dinner. You can make it and store it in the refrigerator for up to a day. The dipping sauce shouldn’t be frozen.

Hotpot Dipping Sauce Recipe

Hotpot Dipping Sauce Recipe

Hotpot dipping sauce is a must-have for any hotpot meal. This recipe will guide you through the process of making a delicious and flavorful hotpot dipping sauce.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings6 people
AuthorNaomi Rogers


  • 3 – 10 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Hot water
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese Black Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Chili flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Paste
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • ½ Tsp MSG
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground black pepper


  • Start by mashing the garlic.
  • Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and cover with hot water.
  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil, salt, MSG, black pepper, and chili flakes.
  • Add the hot water and garlic.
  • Put a spoonful of sesame paste on top.


Sodium: 575mg | Calcium: 55mg | Potassium: 69mg | Calories: 264kcal | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 18g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 13g

Final Words

Enhancing your Chinese hot pot experience with the perfect dipping sauce is an art. The right combination of flavors can elevate your meal to new heights, adding a delicious and personalized touch to each hot dips. 

Whether you prefer something spicy, tangy, or savory, experimenting with different ingredients and creating your signature dipping sauce can make your hot pot dining experience unforgettable. So, get creative, mix up your favorite flavors, and enjoy the culinary adventure of crafting the ideal Chinese hot pot dipping sauce for your next gathering.

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