Thai-Style Dipping Sauce is tangy, sweet with a hint of spicy heat. It’s an absolutely delicious sauce perfect for grilled meats, kabobs, Asian inspired food like egg rolls and potstickers.
A great sauce is a secret weapon to make any main ingredients that much better.
This Thai-style Dipping Sauce takes about 5 minutes to make with only a few flavor-packed ingredients.
What you can dip in it had endless possibility (we’ve listed some favorites below).
One taste of this tangy, sweet sauce and you’ll be hooked.
Sweet & Tangy Dipping Sauce
Made with signature flavors in Thai food dishes, it’s an exotic sauce perfect for ordinary dishes like chicken wings.
From finger foods to grilled meats, everything tastes better with the sauce added!
Distilled White Vinegar – this stronger vinegar this ingredient adds the tang to balance the sweet for a mouthwatering sauce.
Turbinado Sugar – it’s a less processed sugar cane sugar, turbinado has larger granules, and retains some of the molasses giving it a richer flavor perfect for this recipe.
fresh Ginger root – a signature flavor adding an exotic tropical aspect.
Red Pepper Flakes – a little bit of fiery spice. Not enough to really call the sauce ‘spicy’ but enough to make it a bit fiesty.
fresh Cilantro – another signature flavor in Thai cuisine.
Want it spicier? Add a bit of sriracha to meet your heat preference.
How Much Sauce Does the recipe Make?
1 1/4 cups dipping sauce. Because the sauce it so light in texture, a little goes a long way.
How to Make this Dipping Sauce – Step-by-Step
STEP 1: In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar and ginger (photo 1). Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved, stirring periodically (photo 2).
STEP 2: Add the red pepper flakes (photo 3) and fresh chopped cilantro (photo 4). Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Serve in a few small bowls for dipping. OR a ramekin per guest for personal dipping.
How to Use it
The possibilities are endless for this delicious dipping sauce. Here are some favorite pairings:
- Satay skewers (chicken or beef)
- Chicken Kabobs
- Thai-style Grilled Chicken Thighs
- Eggrolls or Pot Stickers
- Thai Chicken Meatballs
- Baked Sesame Wings
- Vietnamese Spring Rolls
- Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
How to Store it
The sauce can be left at room temperature the day it is made.
For longer storage, refrigerate in a sealed container (a glass jar is preferable) for up to 1 week.
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Thai-Style Dipping Sauce
Sweet and tangy Thai-style Dipping Sauce is lightly spicy and a delicious choice for grilled and roasted meats, Asian-inspired foods and much more!
- ¾ cup White Vinegar
- ¾ cup Turbinado Sugar granulated sugar can be substituted if needed
- 1 1-inch piece fresh Ginger peeled and diced (approximately 2 teaspoons)
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon fresh Cilantro diced
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine white vinegar, sugar and ginger. Cook until sugar dissolves approximately 5 minutes.
- Add red pepper flakes and cilantro.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving (serve at room temperature not hot).