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What kind of sauce to eat with egg rolls?

Egg rolls are a classic Chinese-American appetizer that can be found on nearly every Americanized Chinese restaurant menu. These crispy, cylindrical appetizers are filled with meat and vegetable fillings and are meant to be dipped in sauce before eating. But with so many sauce options available, it can be difficult to choose the right one to complement these tasty bites. Here’s an overview of some of the most popular and recommended sauces to serve with egg rolls.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and sour sauce is a staple condiment served with Chinese-American cuisine like egg rolls. It has a bright reddish-orange hue from ingredients like ketchup and hot chili sauce and gets its signature sweet yet tart flavor from rice vinegar and pineapple juice. The sweetness balances out the crispy, savory filling of an egg roll perfectly while the acidity from the vinegar cuts through the oiliness. This versatile sauce also contains diced vegetables like onions, bell peppers, carrots and pineapples chunks which provide a fresh crunch with each bite. Sweet and sour sauce is easy to make at home or purchase pre-made from a grocery store.

Duck Sauce

Duck sauce is another common pairing for egg rolls and other fried appetizers. Unlike its name suggests, this condiment contains no duck. Instead, it’s a thick, sweet sauce made from plums, apricots, sugar, vinegar and spices that has a mild, fruity taste. The sweetness of the duck sauce helps balance the salty, greasy flavors of a deep fried egg roll. And it contains chunks of plums or apricots that add texture. Duck sauce can be drizzled directly onto an egg roll or used for dipping. It’s available pre-made at any grocery store but also easy to whip up at home.

Mustard Sauce

For those who like some tanginess with their egg rolls, a mustard sauce is an ideal pairing. Chinese hot mustard or a DIY sauce made with ingredients like Dijon mustard, rice vinegar, honey and Sriracha can provide the perfect bite to cut through rich flavors. The acidity from the vinegar and heat from the mustard or hot sauce cut through the oil while the sweetness balances it out. Turn your egg roll into a flavor-packed bite by dunking it into a vibrant, pleasantly-spicy mustard sauce.

Soy Sauce

You can never go wrong with a simple dip into soy sauce. The salty, savory flavor of soy sauce perfectly complements greasy, crispy appetizers like egg rolls. It also has an umami taste that enhances the flavor of the filling. Pour some soy sauce into a small bowl for easy dipping. For extra flavor, mix in other ingredients like sesame oil, chopped green onions, Sriracha or finely grated ginger.

Plum Sauce

Plum sauce is a thick, sticky sauce made from plums, vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, chili paste and other seasonings. It has a sweet yet slightly tangy flavor that helps cut through the richness of egg rolls. The soft, jam-like texture also nicely adheres to the crispy egg roll shell. Plum sauce can be easily found already prepared in the Asian foods section of grocery stores. But it’s also simple to make at home with just a few ingredients. It can be served alongside other dipping sauces or used on its own.

Egg Roll Dipping Sauce Recipes

All of the above sauces pair deliciously with egg rolls, but the possibilities don’t stop there. Get creative and whip up your own signature sauce at home to serve alongside this appetizer. Here are just a few tasty recipe ideas:

Sweet Chili Sauce

For a milder, family-friendly sauce, combine ketchup, rice vinegar, garlic powder, ginger and chili paste or Sriracha. The ketchup base gives it a sticky, sweet flavor while the seasoning and chili add a subtle heat.

Creamy Orange Sauce

Mix orange marmalade with mayonnaise, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger and red pepper flakes for a lightly spicy, citrusy orange sauce.

Garlic Teriyaki Sauce

Combine teriyaki sauce, minced garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey and red chili flakes for a sweet yet gingery dipping sauce.

Spicy Peanut Sauce

For a nutty sauce with a kick, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, Sriracha and water. Garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.


Egg rolls deserve a flavor-packed dipping sauce that enhances their crispy, savory taste. Whether you opt for a traditional sauce like sweet and sour, duck or hot mustard or craft your own creative concoction, having a delicious dip on hand takes this appetizer to the next level. So don’t be afraid to get adventurous with your sauce pairing and keep trying new options until you find your perfect match.