Quick Potstickers with Dipping Sauce

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Potstickers are an easy appetizer or main dish. Make this homemade potsticker dipping sauce for a special extra touch that comes together in just minutes.

spooning out dipping sauce from platter of potstickers

When you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, it’s pretty normal to look toward the freezer section of your grocery store. There are so many tempting entrees, appetizers, and desserts that lurk there.

Unfortunately, their pictures often look better than their actual contents.

However, one practically fail-proof frozen item is the potsticker. They cook up quickly, are available in pork, chicken, and meatless varieties, and give you that restaurant feel without the pricy bill.

Potstickers are one of our family’s favorite quick and easy convenience meals. I confess, I don’t make the dumplings from scratch. I buy the bag with the Panda on it at Costco’s freezer section. But, I do make the dipping sauce.

A homemade potsticker dipping sauce comes together in just a few minutes, yet it elevates a humble frozen food to something special.

almond cookies chow mein rice and potstickers

Potstickers with Dipping Sauce

A ginormous bag of frozen potstickers costs about $10 and can serve our family 2-3 times, making it a pretty decent bargain for a convenience food.

This dipping sauce makes it, though. My friend Jessika shared it with me long ago, and I’ve tweaked it over the years.

What is potsticker dipping sauce made of?

Dipping sauces can range from savory to sweet, nutty to soy-based. This potsticker sauce is made up of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, pepper, and red pepper flakes. It’s a perfect mix of savory-sweet with a little kick from the ginger, garlic, and peppers.

bottles of potsticker sauce ingredients

What do you serve potstickers with?

It is so nice on a busy night to get rice cooking in the instant pot, toss a bag of stir fry veggies into a skillet, and start some potstickers in a pan. Mixing up a flavorful dipping sauce takes just a couple minutes more.

Up the ante a bit with these other take-out/fake-out recipes:

Hungry for more ideas? Check out my post over on The Kitchn about 10 different things to do with frozen potstickers.

How do you make Potsticker Dipping Sauce?

Potsticker sauce comes together quickly!

  1. Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a saucepan or microwave-safe dish.
  2. Heat over medium heat or microwave until hot.
  3. Stir to combine before serving with potstickers.

whisking Potsticker sauce in saucepan

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spooning out dipping sauce from platter of potstickers
Potstickers with Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Potstickers are an easy appetizer or main dish. Dress them up with this homemade dipping sauce that comes together in minutes.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian-fusion
Keyword: asian recipe, asian sauce, dipping sauce, potstickers
Servings: 4
Calories: 378 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 16 ounce package frozen potstickers
  • cooking oil for the pan
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger I buy this is a tube so I always have some
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  1. Cook the potstickers in a large skillet with a lid, according to the package directions.
  2. While the potstickers are cooking, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and peppers in a glass dish and microwave until warm. Alternatively, heat over low heat in a small sauce pot.
  3. Serve the potstickers with the dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values may vary.

Refrigerate leftovers promptly and store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Potstickers with Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 1610mg70%
Potassium 50mg1%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. AllieZirkle says

    This sounds oh so good! I think we’ll need to add this to our dinner list for next week, once the kiddos are back to school. I’m sure we’ll need a quick go-to dinner one of the nights.

  2. AllieZirkle says

    @AllieZirkle, Yum! Last nite we had potstickers & fried rice from the leftover brown rice from dinner the prior night. (repurpose with a purpose!) Hubby wanted to try the included sauce. Next time we’ll try your sauce because the included sauce was too twangy for the little kiddos. This is definitely a good cheap eat for a mid-week meal!

    🙂 Allie

  3. PatsyAnne says

    Please give me the recipe for the pot stickers… thanks ever so much,


    • Jessica says

      I buy them frozen at Costco. 🙂

  4. Susie E says

    I’ve discovered a great recipe for potstickers. It is flexible, easy, and makes a ton so you can freeze them for future meals. I start with the recipe found here: http://www.freezerdinner.com/recipes/mmmmm-pot-stickers/ but I tweak it to include whatever veggie I have on hand. I’ve read that the secret is to “overwork” the sausage so it will hold together. I just toss the ingredients it in the food processor while I get everything else together. I cook them by dropping them in boiling water. when they float to the top, viola! It impresses the kids every time.

  5. Ellen says

    No homemade potstickers for us post kids, either, though Alton Brown has a great recipe. But Trader Joes has awesome frozen ones…

  6. Liz C says

    A ditto with Susie on the homemade potstickers! There’s some preservative in the commercial ones that doesn’t sit well, so we make our own (in HUGE batches). It’s very, very easy once you get the hang of folding the pleats. I do use purchased wrappers (about $2 for 60). My recipe is very similar to the one Susie linked. I use a food processor to whirl the cabbage (I use regular green, not Napa), some carrots, green onion, and already-chopped fresh ginger, and I do overwork the mixture just a tad so it holds together really nicely.

    I spent $10 on our last batch… and made nearly 100 potstickers, so it serves us really well. They freeze like a dream, and cook from frozen exactly like the bagged ones do.

    I am 100% with you on the simplified holiday meals! We do “party food” inexpensively with homemade treats, and everyone loves it.

    • Jessica says

      Wow! That is impressive. I may have to try them now.

  7. Stacy says

    My friend, who is from China, taught me how to make potstickers years ago. I’ve not done it in a long time, but I should. It’s definitely something to get the kids in on and it’s not hard. You just sort of get a little assembly going and make tons of them. They are very good and I think very affordable. As I recall you just use the wonton wrappers, egg, ground meat, green onions, and some spices. Mix the filling together kind of like meatloaf or meatballs, then fill the wonton and pinch them closed with water. Then boil or fry. You’d want a recipe, of course, but I can tell you it’s easy if a little time consuming.

    Potstickers are probably my hands-down favorite convenience food, and I’ve also bought them many times, mostly from TJs. I never grow tired of them but my husband is not a big fan of them.

  8. Jane says

    Sesame oil for me is confusing to purchase, the dark one is very strong and all recipes never seem to elaborate on which oil to use, can you help with this, love to know what to use and when

    • Jessica says

      I buy the sesame oil that is in the Asian foods section. It is probably considered dark.

  9. Sarah Kawell says

    This sauce is delicious! However, after making it for two, we have some leftover. How would you recommend storing it, refrigerator or freezer? We didn’t doubled dip… 🙂

  10. Christine says

    Randomly bought some Sunday for the Super Bowl, but we did not need them. Cooked them last night with some fried rice and they were a big hit. I think I did them once years ago, but now they going on the regular menu. Plus, they are a great frozen backup meal when tired.

  11. Parker Tekin says

    What is that noodle dish and recipe in the background? (the pic with the cookies?) I’ll be trying the recipe tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

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