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yum yum sauce in a small bowl with a drizzling spoonful of sauce

Yum Yum Sauce

This insanely tasty yum yum sauce recipe is like you'd find at a Japanese steakhouse, but it's simple to make at home with less than 10 minutes of prep time! It's really versatile and pairs with so many things.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Japanese American
Keyword hibachi sauce, Japanese seafood sauce, yum yum sauce recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 (makes about 1.5 cups)
Calories 141kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg