Kimchi and Honey Dipping Sauce Recipe

Vicky Wasik

If you've never heard of kimchi paste, you're not alone. It's a simple combination of red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, sugar, lime juice, water, salt, and fish sauce, but the easiest way to get it is to buy it at Korean grocers and Asian specialty markets, where it's often labeled as "kimchi base." It's punchy and sharp, tangy, and incredibly invigorating. To turn it into a dip for dumplings, we temper it with honey, sesame seeds, and melted butter to create a smooth sauce that's intensely sweet, spicy, buttery, and just a little nutty all at once.

Notes: Kimchi paste/base is sold at Korean or Asian specialty markets, and online from Mama O's. If unavailable, combine 8 tablespoons Korean gochujang with 1 tablespoon liquid from a jar of kimchi. Leftovers will stay emulsified but harden in the fridge. Microwave on high power for 15 to 30 second or heat gently on the stovetop to soften.

Recipe Details

Kimchi and Honey Dipping Sauce Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 8 servings
Makes 1 cup


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 9 tablespoons kimchi paste (see note)

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add kimchi paste, honey, and sesame seeds. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until emulsified and combined into a rich sauce. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
89 Calories
9g Fat
3g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 22mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)