Let's make some homemade Yum Yum Sauce (aka Hibachi sauce), just like they serve at your favorite Japanese Steakhouse. The popular pink sauce recipe is easy to make and it is tastier than store bought versions of hibachi Japanese steakhouse sauce.
Use as a dipping sauce for meats, sushi and appetizers or pour Yum Yum sauce over your fried rice... so good!
Yum Yum Sauce
This mayonnaise based sauce is often served in Japanese hibachi restaurants as a dipping sauce for shrimp or drizzled on fried rice or grilled meats. It is somewhat similar to fry sauce, but Yum Yum sauce does not contain mustard. I personally prefer to use it mostly as a shrimp sauce or for dipping fresh vegetables in.
Japanese restaurants also use Yum Yum sauce as a salad dressing. As you can see the sauce is very versatile. While not traditional uses, the Japanese steakhouse sauce would work well as a sandwich spread or dressing for shrimp or chicken salad too.
Try dunking some battered chicken planks in the sauce or topping stir fried veggies or seafood... yummy!
My version of the Japanese hibachi sauce does not include hot sauce, since my daughter isn't a fan of spicy foods. Feel feel to add a splash or two when mixing your batch though. It is a tasty addition.
How to Make Yum Yum Sauce
Yum Yum Sauce is so easy to make seasoned mayonnaise tomato based sauce. Don't buy it bottled, what you need to make it is probably already in your pantry. Printable recipe card below. Also see below for a low carb version for those on the Keto diet.
The recipe yields 30 tablespoon servings.
Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients
The ingredients you will need to make homemade Yum Yum sauce: mayonnaise, ketchup* (tomato paste), sugar*(erythritrol), garlic powder, onion powder, paprika** and cayenne pepper. Some also like to add 1 tablespoon melted butter stirred into the sauce.
*The ketchup and sugar are only items you will need to swap to make Keto Yum Yum sauce. Substitutions are in parentheses.
** smoked paprika is a nice swap, especially to serve with vegetarian dishes
Scoop mayo into a medium mixing bowl.
Add the spices and mix well.
Now add the sugar or erythritrol to the mayo mixture.
Mix in the ketchup or tomato paste next. It is best to refrigerate the sauce a few hours before using, but you can serve it right away if you need to.
As it is known as a seafood sauce, it is not surprising it's a great dip for my baked Popcorn Shrimp.
Don't ignore the french fries or veggies though, the sauce is delicious on those as well.
Keto Yum Yum Sauce
Substitute tomato paste for the ketchup and erythritrol for the sugar in the recipe below. Measurements will remain the same. The Keto version has less than a half gram of carbohydrate per tablespoon (about 0.4 grams), yet still has the great flavor you expect.
sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.
Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
- 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
- ¼ cup ketchup (use tomato paste in keto version)
- 2 tablespoons sugar (use erythritrol for keto/diabetic)
- ½ teaspoon paprika regular or smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Refrigerate a few hours to let flavors meld together (can be used immediately, if need be). Always store in refrigerator and use within a week.