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Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce, the name says it all, a Japanese steak house mayo based sauce that is amazing. This popular sauce is light, sweet and tangy!

Popular sauces that are made from scratch are so easy and so much better. Think homemade Famous Fry Sauce, Tzatziki Sauce and Homemade Cheese Sauce.

Creamy, smooth tangy Yum Yum Sauce

Creamy, smooth tangy Yum Yum Sauce

Homemade Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce is a staple at Japanese Hibachi restaurants, although it’s not something you’d find handedly in Japan. It’s an North American thing, but oh is it good. Hibachi is a method of cooking meat, vegetables and seafood on a high heat metal cooking plate. This sauce is almost always on the table, with your meal.

This is so easy and simple to make you’ll wonder why you’ve waited so long to try it. You can find Yum Yum Sauce sold at stores, but this is so much easier and so much better!

How to Make Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients

Simple ingredients but big on flavor.

  • Mayo: The creamy base
  • Rice Vinegar: Adds a zing of deliciousness but is a MUST for that added touch in this Yum Yum Sauce
  • Tomato Paste: Do not substitute this with ketchup. Big no no.
  • Paprika: There are a range of flavors in paprika stick to the sweet not smoky ones
  • Garlic Powder: Flavor enhancer
  • Sugar: Counter acts the acid in the tomato paste and binds everything together.
  • Butter: May sound weird but it’s a crucial part of the yum yum
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste
  • Water: Thins the sauce to the right consistency.

Make it Yummy!

This must have sauce is so simple to make you won’t have to go to a Japanese Steak house to get it!

  1. Mix: In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients but the water together. Then thin with the water to desired consistency.

Mixing the ingredients for creamy smooth tangy Yum Yum Sauce.

Mixing the ingredients for creamy smooth tangy Yum Yum Sauce.

How to Use Yum Yum Sauce  

Similar to what many call “Fry Sauce” but different, this sauce can be used in a variety of ways. It’s so versatile, it should be a staple in your fridge for sure.

  • As a dipping sauce for shrimp
  • Drizzled over fried rice and noodles
  • With grilled chicken, meat and seafood
  • Slathered on hamburger and hot dog buns
  • With French fries and sweet potato fries
  • As a dipping sauce for potstickers and wontons
  • As a vegetable dip
  • With sushi and rice balls
  • In pasta salads
  • In potato salads
  • As a salad dressing
  • On baked potatoes

Creamy, smooth tangy Yum Yum Sauce.

Creamy, smooth tangy Yum Yum Sauce.

Tips and Storing Sauce

  • Variety: This is definitely a great base sauce, if you need to add more or less seasoning to your liking go for it. Add some cayenne, a splash of vinegar or extra pepper. You decide.
  • Let it set: The longer the sauce sits before you use it the better, if you can plan to make a day ahead. It gives time for the flavors to meld.
  • Store: This is best kept in the fridge for up to 10 days. However this is so easy to make and so good, you can make small batches and make it fresh every time you need it.

close-up of hibachi chicken on a plate

close-up of hibachi chicken on a plate

Recipes to Have with Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Author Alyssa Rivers

Servings 32 Tablespoons

Yum Yum Sauce, the name says it all, a Japanese steak house mayo based sauce that is amazing. This popular sauce is light, sweet and tangy! 

  • 1
    cup
    mayonnaise
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    tomato paste
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    rice vinegar
  • 1
    teaspoon
    paprika
  • 1
    teaspoon
    garlic powder
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    Sugar
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    Melted Butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3
    Tablespoons
    water
  1. In a small bowl whisk the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, tomato paste, paprika, garlic powder, sugar, butter and salt and pepper.

  2. Add water as needed to get the desired consistency.

Serves: 32

Calories54kcal (3%)Carbohydrates1gProtein1g (2%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol4mg (1%)Sodium56mg (2%)Potassium14mgFiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A62IU (1%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium1mgIron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.