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 steakhouse Yum Yum sauce.
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 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, it would work well as a sandwich spread or dressing for shrimp or chicken salad.
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 recipe 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 ingredients you will need to make homemade Yum Yum sauce: mayonnaise, ketchup* (tomato paste), sugar*(erythritrol), garlic powder, onion powder, paprika** and cayenne.
*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.
Now add the sugar or erythritrol.
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.
The sauce is also great with veggies and other foods though.
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).
Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup ketchup (use tomato paste in keto version)
- 2 tbs sugar (use erythritrol for keto/diabetic)
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp 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.