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!
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!
- Mix: In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients but the water together. Then thin with the water to desired consistency.
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
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.
Recipes to Have with Yum Yum Sauce
- Garlic Ranch Chicken Skewers
- THE BEST Grilled Shrimp
- Cashew Chicken Stir Fry
- Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice
- Crispy Onion Rings
Yum Yum Sauce
- 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
In a small bowl whisk the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, tomato paste, paprika, garlic powder, sugar, butter and salt and pepper.
Add water as needed to get the desired consistency.