A good dipping sauce can take vegetables, fried foods and desserts from good to sublime. So it's worth it to keep a few dipping sauce recipes under your belt that you can use as a secret flavor weapon. Below are some of our favorite dipping sauce recipes - all of which take just minutes to make and will easily kick up everything from spring rolls and dim sum to croquettes and cake.
THAI SOY DIPPING SAUCE
Minced garlic and chopped scallions and chilies are the foundation of this delectable soy-based dipping sauce. Use it to dip spring rolls, shrimp wontons or any of your favorite fried foods.
Why use regular mayo when you can whip up a killer aioli? This garlicky sauce is perfect for dipping croquettes and fries but also tucked into burgers and sandwiches.
While unfamiliar to most Americans, this Northern Italian dipping sauce is a must-have in your repertoire. Its delicious blend of garlic, anchovies, butter and olive oil make it the perfect accompaniment to raw vegetables and slices of crusty bread.
Dal is one of those recipes that goes all the way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Unlike dishes such as biryani, brought to India by the Moghuls, it is one of those foods that has always been there. It is therefore a building block of Indian culture.