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Holiday Appetizers and 3 Asian Dipping Sauce Recipes

These Asian dipping sauce recipes for hoison, peanut, and sweet n sour sauces are perfect for holiday appetizers. You’ll save money and avoid unnecessary chemicals found in bottled sauces. This is a sponsored post for Collective Bias and its client, SeaPak.

How do you feel about hosting holiday parties? Do you love it or hate it?

Truth be told, I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to hosting. Because I’m a trained chef, I feel a lot of pressure to create awesome holiday appetizers and dinner party recipes. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE attending parties, but hosting just isn’t my thing. First of all, I have no place in my apartment for anyone to sit down. Unless you’d like to sit on our coffee table or squish yourself into our 2-person love seat.

I suppose you could find a spot on the cat condo if you’re really hard up to visit my place.

  2 delicious Asian dipping sauces - a sweet and sour dipping sauce and a peanut sauce - perfect for dipping or serve over noodles.

Secondly, I’m a horrible host, because I’m not a good mingler. I prefer to plant myself in the kitchen and whip up the party foods, forwarding the duties of platter passing off to Brian or some other exuberant social butterfly.

Lastly, like I just said, I’m a trained chef, so I feel self-pressured to make my party foods from scratch. I know that I shouldn’t care, but dangit, I really want my guests to love what they’re eating.

What I’ve recently realized, however, is that there are some REALLY good frozen party foods available these days. It used to be that frozen appetizers were loaded with preservatives, lacked flavor, and almost always ended up sort of mushy and blah when they came out of the oven. After some label reading, I found that really isn’t the case anymore. I came across Rich’s SeaPak Spring Rolls during a grocery trip at Wal-Mart, and I kid you not…they’re freaking delicious!  Aside of that, they’re almost all-natural, and affordable, too. Color me happily surprised!

I love pretty platters of party food. You DO know what the secret to creating a perfect platter is, don’t you?  EVERY appetizer looks 100 times more fabulous jazzed up with frilly toothpicks. Truth.

2 delicious Asian dipping sauces - a sweet and sour dipping sauce and a peanut sauce - perfect for dipping or serve over noodles.

See what I mean? Gorgeous appetizers! Oh, and the size is perfect for turning them into an easy meal idea during the week, too. Just add a tossed salad and you’re good to go!

I found some really creative ideas on SeaPak’s Pinterest page.

My favorite party appetizers are the ones that can be dipped into a sauce. Cheesy, sweet, or savory… doesn’t matter to me. I just love dipping sauce! Once upon a time, I relied on bottled sauces for that job, and I’d be willing to bet that many of you do the same thing. After all, they’re quick and convenient. The thing is, I get really sick from some preservatives, especially MSG, and it’s a notorious culprit in almost all bottled Asian sauces. That’s why I’ve started making my own.

I think when you see how easy and inexpensive my dipping sauce recipes are to make, you’ll want to hop on the homemade dipping sauce train, too.

Then you’ll taste flavor instead of pheno-chemically-something-or-other and you might even come back and leave a comment to thank me.  That would totally make my year.

2 delicious Asian dipping sauces - a sweet and sour dipping sauce and a peanut sauce - perfect for dipping or serve over noodles.

Hoison and Peanut Dipping Sauces + Homemade Sweet n Sour Sauce

These homemade hoison, sweet and sour, and peanut sauces will save you money and help you to avoid unnecessary preservatives like MSG that are often included in jarred Asian sauces.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 4 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 cup sauce (per recipe)


  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or black bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey molasses or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 15 drops Sriracha
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • All of the above, plus
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 4 to 5 drops Sriracha
  • 4 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch stirred and dissolved into 1/2 cup cold water



  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until combined. When you first begin whisking, it may not appear that the mixture will come together. It will take several minutes for the emulsion process to take place.
  • Alternatively, you can use a food processor to combine all ingredients.


  • Prepare the hoison sauce, then add 1 additional tablespoon of peanut butter and 4-5 additional drops of Sriracha


  • Combine catsup, sugar, soy sauce, and a vinegar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sauce has thickened. Cool slightly and it's ready to serve!
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  1. My husband was a chef for 20 years and he loves to cook for others, but like you, we don’t have much room in our house for parties. He always wants to make things from scratch, but I’ve introduced him to a few frozen foods that he can just jazz up with his amazing sauces. I bet he would love these spring rolls and even I could make your easy recipes so maybe I’ll treat him sometime soon! #client

  2. I don’t often buy appetizers but not only do I trust you but the pictures are making my mouth water. And I love the addition of homemade sauce options. They show that despite finding pre-made appetizers, you’ve made an effort in the enhancements. Perfect post for just before New Year’s, Chef Bec.

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