These FIVE hotpot sauces are a MUST-TRY for the best hot pot companion. From savory to nutty, and from creamy to a little spicy, you will find a variety of hot pot dipping sauces in one place!

Whether you love Chinese-style steamboat or Japanese shabu restaurants, my dipping sauces are here to satisfy all your cravings. Simple to make with common ingredients, they will take your hot pot at home to the next level!

What do you do with the sauces? My Vegan hot pot is a fantastic choice to get you started!

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5 different flavors of delicious hot pot dipping sauces for a terrific hot pot at home!

Why homemade hot pot sauces are the best!

Homemade hot pot dipping sauces are super savory and come together super FAST. Plus, having batches of dipping sauces will definitely elevate your homemade hot pot!

  • Quick and easy – The ingredients are simply mixed together, so ZERO cooking is needed.
  • Fun to make – Get creative and make your own sauce combinations!
  • Tailored to your taste buds – You can adjust the ingredients to suit your personal taste and dietary needs.

What is hot pot sauce?

It’s a must-have condiment when you eat hot pot. If you visit Asian hot pot restaurants like Haidilao in Flushing, NY, you’ll see a HUGE selection of hot pot sauce bar with different flavors, thinly sliced meat, leafy greens, and fish balls that you can mix and match!

Similar to Western fondue dipping sauces, hot pot sauce or shabu shabu sauce come in a variety of flavor combinations. The most common choice of ingredients are regular or light soy sauce, fresh garlic, ginger, spring onions, and toasted sesame oil.

Flavor profiles and ingredients

Creating these delicious hotpot dipping sauce recipes is now simpler than ever, thanks to my hot pot ingredients list. This list includes items that can be easily sourced from your local Asian market or grocery store.

  1. Taiwanese shacha dipping sauce: savory and garlicky with a hint of seafood flavor.
  2. Garlic sesame sauce: creamy, garlicky, and savory.
  3. Chinese spicy chili garlic sauce: spicy sauce with a savory, and slightly tangy flavor.
  4. Japanese sesame miso sauce: creamy, nutty, and umami-rich from the miso paste.
  5. Spicy “peanut” sauce: nutty, spicy, savory, with a mildly sour and sweet flavor.

1. Taiwanese shacha dipping sauce

A close shot shows Taiwanese shacha hot pot sauce

Personally, I think Chinese bbq sauce is one of the best hotpot sauces. The best part is you only need a few key ingredients to make this savory hot pot dipping sauce!

Photo shows ingredients needed to make Taiwanese shacha hot pot sauce

Ingredients: Garlic, Shacha sauce, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, scallion, toasted sesame oil, Thai chili peppers (optional).

2. Garlic sesame sauce

Photo shows the sesame garlic sauce mixed in a bowl

If spicy flavor is not for you, this sesame sauce is a great alternative dipping sauce for hot pot! If you are allergic to nut butter, you can also use sunflower seed butter.

Photo shows ingredients needed to make garlic sesame dipping sauce

Ingredients: Chinese sesame paste, cashew butter, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, garlic clove, shiitake mushroom seasoning, water.

3. Chinese spicy garlic chili sauce

A close shot shows Chinese hotpot dipping spicy sauce in a bowl

My homemade Chinese hot pot sauce is a great all-purpose sauce for hot pot essentials. It’s perfect for dipping, glazing, or for garlic chili noodles!

Photo shows ingredients needed to make Chinese style spicy hotpot sauce at home

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

4. Japanese sesame miso

A close shot shows Japanese shabu dipping sauce mixed in a bowl

This Japanese hot pot sesame sauce is creamy without skimping on the rich umami flavor. It’s the perfect Japanese shabu shabu sauce and is an incredible Asian dressing, such as for this Spiral cucumber salad.
I recommend using organic white miso paste. For a soy-free alternative, use chickpea miso.

Photo shows ingredients needed to make Japanese style shabu shabu sauce

Ingredients: Chickpea or white miso paste, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, Chinese sesame paste, coconut aminos, toasted white sesame seeds, water.

5. Spicy peanut sauce

A close shot sauce the dipping peanut sauce in a bowl

My hot pot peanut sauce tastes a little sweet and spicy. The flavor is inspired by Taiwanese dan dan noodles. It’ll complement all other hot pot flavors.

Photo shows ingredients needed to make Chinese spicy peanut hot pot dipping sauce

Ingredients: Unsalted peanut butter, coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, water, Garlic chili sauce (optional), cilantro (optional).

Ingredient substitutions

  • If you can’t find Chinese sesame paste, use a blend of unsweetened peanut butter with tahini.
  • Use store-bought bullhead bbq sauce, if you want an easier hot pot setup.
  • Aged balsamic vinegar tastes naturally sweeter with a thicker consistency. You can also use a small amount of regular balsamic vinegar.
  • Miso paste: If you prefer a soy-free, use chickpea miso paste to go with the hot pot broth.
  • If you can’t have peanut butter, use creamy almond butter instead.

How to make hot pot dipping sauce

Making sauces for hot pot is so easy, you’ll need to gather all the ingredients in one place and simply mix all them together! You can easily scale up or down my recipes for a family of 2 or a larger crowd!

  1. Select 1 to 2 of your favorite flavor profiles from the recipes below
  2. Gather all the ingredients and prepare them in advance.
  3. Simply mix all hot pot ingredients in a sauce bowl and that’s it!

Tip: Use Japanese or Chinese sesame paste

Traditionally, the sauces are made using Chinese or Japanese sesame paste. It has a rich aroma because of the roasted sesame seeds, which is a very different taste from tahini.

Whey buying hot pot ingredients online or at your local Asian grocery stores, make sure it is 100% pure, as some versions may contain blended peanuts.

Add water to your sesame paste one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired hot pot sauce recipe consistency.

Variations

My dipping sauces are perfect for DIY hot pot or shabu shabu at home but the best hot pot sauce mix is one that you can easily adapt. Here’s how you can elevate your hot pot meal:

  • Similar to most Cantonese hot pot, you’ll need soy sauce (or coconut aminos), garlic, ginger, spring onion, and sesame oil.
  • Add a few tablespoons of my Chili garlic sauce, but if you prefer store-bought, try Laoganma Spicy Chili Oil.
  • If you prefer store bought, try Haidilao sauce and Lee Kum Kee brand satay sauce. Both are popular hot pot soup bases.

Serving suggestions

There isn’t a single best way to enjoy my super versatile hotpot sauces. If you’re not sure what to have with hot pot, these mouthwatering hot pot side dishes and other hot pot ideas will give you a head start.

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5 different flavors. Which one would you pick? 😀

Common FAQ

What are the sauces made of?

Shabu shabu sauces come with different varieties. Usually, they consist of soy sauce, spring onion, garlic, ginger, and toasted sesame oil.

What is shabu shabu sauce made of?

It’s usually made with miso paste, sesame paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Some variations of shabu shabu dipping sauce also include dashi and/or mirin.

How does sesame sauce taste like?

Sesame sauce has a creamy and nut butter-like consistency. Any sauce made with sesame paste has a nutty and savory flavor.

How to store the dipping sauce?

Store the sauce in an airtight glass container in the fridge. I recommend using them in one week. If the hot pot sauce becomes too thick, add 1-2 tbsp of water to thin the sauce.

What supplies do I need to make hot pot?

You’ll need a 4 qt soup pot, a soup ladle, chopsticks, and a portable gas stove. However, a stovetop also does the job well.

Related recipes

If you’re looking for fresh ideas and flavorful inspirations for homemade sauces, check out these easy and tasty sauce recipes.

You can make super savory dishes by adding my Vegan oyster sauce. If you prefer a sweeter variation, the hoisin sauce is a perfect addition. You can also add Thai dipping sauce for a spicier taste.

Umami Tips

  • These sauces are super versatile. You can use them as dipping sauces for meat, vegetables, and noodles, or even add them to the flavored broth.
  • Feel free to adjust the flavor to your personal taste as there are no rules in making your own sauce combination!
  • You can easily adapt the recipe to serve a larger crowd!
  • The recipe quantity is written for 1 person. You can easily scale up the recipe for a larger crowd.
  • Pair these sauces with my vegan hot pot!
A close shot shows 5 hotpot sauce recipe in 5 individual bowls
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Hotpot sauces recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Author: ChihYu
Hotpot sauces with 5 different flavors you can use for hot pot dipping! From Chinese steamboat to Japanese shabu, perfect for hotpot at home! Each dipping sauce serves 1 person so that you can easily scale up the quantity for a larger crowd.
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Ingredients 

Taiwanese Shacha Hotpot Sauce

Garlic Sesame Sauce

Chinese Spicy Chili Garlic Hotpot Sauce

Japanese sesame miso sauce

Spicy “peanut” sauce

Instructions 

  • Pick and choose a flavor profile (or more) you like to use for your hotpot.
  • Gather all the ingredients and mix them in a dipping sauce bowl and that’s it!

Notes

  • The recipe quantity is calculated for 1 person so that you can easily scale up the quantity for more. 
  • If you can’t find Chinese sesame paste, use a blend of unsweetened peanut butter with tahini.
  • Use store-bought bullhead bbq sauce, if you want to make the sauce faster.
  • Aged balsamic vinegar tastes naturally sweeter with a thicker consistency. You can also use a small amount of regular balsamic vinegar.
  • Miso paste: If you prefer soy-free, use chickpea miso paste. 
  • If you can’t have peanut butter, use creamy almond butter instead.
  • Store the sauce in an airtight glass container in the fridge. I recommend using them in one week. If the hot pot sauce becomes too thick, add 1-2 tbsp of water to thin the sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 195kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 575mg, Potassium: 69mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 61IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dipping sauce
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese
Keyword: hot pot sauce, hotpot sauces
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