Easy, 5-minute Yum yum sauce recipe just like the one that you will find in Hibachi restaurants! It’s creamy, savory, slightly sweet, a bit spicy, so rich, and absolutely delicious.
What is yum yum sauce?
Yum yum sauce is a famous Japanese steakhouse sauce served in Hibachi restaurants in the US and Canada. It uses mayonnaise as a base so it’s quite creamy, it’s savory and sweet at the same time and gives richness to your food. So easy to make at home, and very delicious!
Not only does Yum Yum sauce have the best name ever (whoever came up with the name is a genius!), but it’s also incredibly delicious! I put Yum yum sauce on almost everything that I eat, I mean, fries, burgers, tacos, roasted vegetables, as a salad dressing, because why not?! This stuff is good!
However, Yum yum sauce is mainly paired with Hibachi steak, chicken, shrimp, and fried rice, and noodles. Speaking of Hibachi recipes, have you tried my Instant Pot hibachi recipes? They’re so popular, and I urge you to try them ASAP.
Yum yum sauce ingredients
As I said, the ingredients are sooo simple and are things that you probably already have in your kitchen. You will need:
- Mayonnaise – this sauce uses mayo as a base, and if you’re looking for a vegan version then check out my homemade vegan mayo recipe.
- Unsalted butter – if vegan use sunflower butter or coconut oil.
- Tomato paste – you can substitute with ketchup if you like.
- Sugar – to add some sweetness to the sauce. You can substitute with maple syrup if desired.
- Garlic granules – or garlic powder.
- Paprika, and cayenne powder – if you like smokey flavors, then go for smoked paprika.
How to make yum yum sauce?
This is sooo simple! When I say it’s a 5-minute sauce, I mean it, it won’t take you more than 5 minutes to make.
Melt your butter, gather all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, and whisk until smooth.
Depending on the type of the mayonnaise that you’re using, you may need to thin your sauce out a bit with water. Just add water by very small quantities like 1 tablespoon of water, and whisk until you reach the desired consistency.
The consistency should not be too watery, nor too thick. So be careful not to end up with too much water added to the sauce.
Also, make sure to check out my Benihana copycat ginger sauce! It’s SO good!
How to store Yum yum sauce?
I store Yum yum sauce in sealed glass jars in the fridge for up to 1 month.
The jar that you see in my picture below is a Weck jar. I use for storing sauces, spices, seeds, and more! They’re so handy and quite cute.
Recipes that pair so well with this tasty sauce
- Hibachi steak
- Hibachi chicken
- Hibachi shrimp
- Shrimp and broccoli
- Chicken and broccoli
- Beef and broccoli
- Oven-baked fries
Also make sure to check out my condiments category page for more sauces, seasonings, and other basics.
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Yum Yum Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder or garlic granules
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste or ketchup
- 2-3 tablespoons water to thin the sauce out
- Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Thin out with water if needed by adding very small quantities and mixing.
- The calculated nutrition values are a rough estimate.
- Store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
- You can substitute the tomato paste with ketchup, the sugar with maple syrup, and the butter with coconut oil.