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Yum Yum Sauce is the perfect combination of savory and sweet in a Japanese steakhouse staple. It can be used with chicken, shrimp, or fried rice. Give it a try to have hibachi night at home.

overhead view yum yum sauce in small glass jar with spoon

One of my favorite type of restaurants to visit for casual dining is any hibachi restaurant or Japanese steakhouse. It is a great way to have dinner and entertainment at the same time because the meal is prepared on a flat top grill right in front of you. The cooks usually grab your attention by turning a stack of sliced onion rounds into a flaming choo choo train or spinning around their big metal spatulas in interesting ways.

If you have never been then I definitely encourage you to give it a try. However, you can get the same flavors at home in your very own kitchen by making it yourself. This upcoming week I will be sharing with you a few of the popular recipes and the simple no-fuss way to create it yourself.

What recipes will LaKita be sharing?

  1. Yum Yum Sauce
  2. Fried Rice
  3. Hibachi Vegetables
  4. Hibachi Chicken
  5. Ginger Salad Dressing
  6. Hibachi Shrimp
  7. Hibachi Steak
  8. Japanese Steak Sauce

Today we’ll kick things off with my favorite pink sauce also known as yum yum sauce.

What is Yum Yum Sauce?

Yum yum sauce is a condiment that can be found at most hibachi restaurants. It is pink or pale orange in color and has a savory, sweet, and smoky flavor that goes perfect with fried rice, chicken, and shrimp. The sauce is creamy and loaded with seasoning.

What ingredients for this yum yum sauce recipe?

ingredients to make yum yum sauce on sheet pan

  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Water
  3. Ketchup
  4. Sriracha
  5. Rice wine vinegar
  6. Sugar
  7. Garlic powder
  8. Ground ginger
  9. Dry mustard
  10. Smoked paprika
  11. Ground black pepper
  12. Salt

How to make homemade yum yum sauce:

Place the mayonnaise in a small bowl.

mayo in white bowl next to red whisk and napkin

Add in the water, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, and sriracha sauce and whisk together.

ingredients for yum yum sauce in white bowl with red whisk

Add the granulated sugar, garlic powder, ground ginger, dry mustard, smoked paprika, ground black pepper, and salt.

seasoning added to white bowl with red whisk to make yum yum sauce

Whisk all the ingredients together until thoroughly combined and smooth.

ingredients for yum yum sauce mixed together in white bowl

Store in a jar with a lid or airtight container with a lid in the refrigerator to use anytime.

close up side view of homemade yum yum sauce in glass jar

Tips to make the best yum yum sauce:

  • Use regular full fat mayonnaise. Substitutions may change the taste of this recipe.
  • May substitute rice wine vinegar for distilled white vinegar.
  • For a more spicy version simply increase the amount of sriracha.
  • Store any unused sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container or jar up to 1 week.
overhead view yum yum sauce in jar

Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce is the perfect combination of savory and sweet in a Japanese steakhouse staple. It can be used with chicken, shrimp, or fried rice. Give it a try to have hibachi night at home.
5 from 11 votes
Print Rate
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: yum yum sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 197kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper or white pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until combined and smooth.
  • Store in an airtight container with a lid or jar in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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side view yum yum sauce in glass jar with spoon

Want recipes to use this yummy sauce with? Try these:

Have any comments, questions, or other delicious ways to use this easy sauce? Please share them in the comments below!


20 Comments

  • Reply
    Marta
    March 12, 2020 at 11:23 PM

    5 stars
    Girl, my friends feen for yum yum sauce. I can’t wait to make it for them!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:08 PM

      Yes! It is so good on everything. Hope they enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Capri
    March 13, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    5 stars
    Yum Yum sauce is the best! Especially with steak and rice. I look forward to trying this recipe

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:09 PM

      Thank you! It goes perfect with steak and rice!!

  • Reply
    Desirée
    March 13, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    5 stars
    Oh, YES!! Needed this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:09 PM

      Thank you!!

  • Reply
    Tamara J
    March 13, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    5 stars
    So happy I found this recipe! It is our fave when we visit hibachi restaurants. I’m definitely going to make it for a dish I have planned!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:10 PM

      Thank you Tamara! It is my favorite as well, I always ask for extra to put on everything.

  • Reply
    portia
    March 14, 2020 at 12:50 AM

    You are so talented with the homemade Yum Yum sauce! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:15 PM

      Thank you so much Portia!

  • Reply
    Jayne Rain
    March 15, 2020 at 3:39 PM

    5 stars
    This Yum Yum sauce is definitely a keeper. One of the best I have tried.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:22 PM

      Thank you Jayne! Glad you enjoyed it!!

  • Reply
    Katrina Adams
    March 15, 2020 at 11:58 PM

    5 stars
    I love Hibachi grills too!! I am glad you shared this recipe so I can make it home now!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:22 PM

      Thank you Katrina!!

  • Reply
    Aline
    March 16, 2020 at 12:44 AM

    5 stars
    Whaaaaaat! That’s so easy to make!!! I need to make it ASAP!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:22 PM

      Yes Aline, so easy and delicious!!

  • Reply
    Jazz
    March 16, 2020 at 11:31 PM

    5 stars
    I love this sauce on hibachi veggies and chicken!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:24 PM

      Yes it is so good on those!!

  • Reply
    Kaluhi
    March 17, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    5 stars
    Def trying this out for my bbq days!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:24 PM

      Thank you Kaluhi. Yes, please do!!

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