This yum yum sauce recipe is like you'll find in a Japanese steakhouse, but it's easy to make at home with less than 10 minutes of prep time!
What is yum yum sauce?
Yum yum sauce is a mayo-based sauce that's often served in Japanese hibachi restaurants.
Some sauces/dressings are much better than the bottled kind you find in grocery stores, and yum yum sauce is one of them. If you can't get to your favorite Japanese restaurant, then this is a nice substitute that can easily be made at home. Everyone seems to make it/like it slightly different, so it's one of those sauces that with a little experimentation is simple to tweak it to your personal taste preferences.
I've made this sauce without the melted butter and it's still good, but I'd say the butter adds another layer of flavor that is definitely worth including.
I will mention that this isn't exactly an authentic Japanese recipe. It's a very North American thing.
What to serve with yum yum sauce?
It's delicious on homemade hibachi chicken (or just normal grilled chicken), grilled veggies, steak, shrimp, salmon, fried rice, or as a dipping sauce for pretty much anything. This sauce is quite addictive! 😛
How long does yum yum sauce last?
About a week in the fridge.
Other homemade condiments to try:
- Easy Caesar Salad Dressing (10 Minutes & No Blender!)
- Chipotle Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
- Cajun Remoulade Sauce Recipe
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Garlic and Herb Spreadable Butter
Questions about this easy yum yum sauce recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
Yum Yum Sauce
- 1 cup mayo (use Japanese mayo if you wish)
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 dash hot sauce optional
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Water (as needed)
- Microwave the butter in a small bowl to melt it, then let it cool for a few minutes. Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl (or a measuring cup like I did in the photo) and stir/whisk the sauce together until smooth. Give it a taste and adjust ingredients as needed. You can add some water to thin it (start with a tablespoon at a time) if needed.
- Transfer to a sealed container and store in the fridge (it'll last about a week or so). The flavors will meld the longer you leave it, so I highly recommend letting it sit overnight or at least a few hours before using if possible.
- I estimated the serving size to be about 2 tablespoons/person for the nutrition info.
- I used Hellmann's mayo in my recipe.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.