Spicy Soy Sauce

Turn up that soy! Sure, soy sauce with a little wasabi thrown in adds some tasty heat to sushi, pot stickers, and other Asian dippables. But how about going the hot pepper route? It’s easy to do, and the heat hits in a totally different way. Not the nasal heat you’re used to with wasabi, more of a full mouth explosion.

If you want a slightly chunkier sauce, try adding in some sliced onion or minced jalapeño or serrano chilies. It adds a little depth to the sauce and more fire too. 

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Spicy Soy Sauce

4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Servings 16 servings
Calories 39 kcal


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger powder
  • 1 small onion optional, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper optional, minced (or serrano pepper)


  • In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except the onion and chili pepper, until fully combined.
  • If you prefer a sauce with some additional ingredients (and potential heat) layered in, add in the onion and/or the chili pepper and stir.


1 teaspoon fresh ginger can be substituted for the 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger powder. We prefer the ground ginger since it tends to be spicier.


Calories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 406mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.2mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 24, 2022 to include new content.
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