This is how to make authentic Yum Yum sauce like the popular Japanese Steakhouse Sauce! Yum Yum sauce is a Hibachi restaurant condiment typically made in-house from mayonnaise, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. It’s sweet and tangy, and the most delicious over Fried Rice, smothered over vegetables, or dipped into chicken! You’ll love this homemade dipping sauce!
This Asian sauce is way better than the bottled stuff! Many Hibachi restaurants make it in-house and it’s so easy to make! We love it with our homemade mayonnaise and Canned ketchup. For more mayonnaise-based sauces check out our Thousand Island Dressing or Spicy Mayonnaise.
What is Yum Yum Sauce?
It’s a mayonnaise-based Hibachi sauce that is orangey-pink and most popular at Japanese restaurants. Although similiar to spicy mayonnaise it is not the same sauce served with sushi rolls. Hibachi yum yum sauce is more of a Japanese steak sauce with a sweet and tangy flavor making it perfect with steaks, meats, veggies, or rice.
Recipes for yum yum sauce sometimes go by different names like shrimp sauce, pink sauce, or Hibachi sauce. However, this yummy sauce isn’t just for Asian food, you can easily serve it with fried foods, grilled meats, rice bowls, or burgers.
Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients:
Homemade yum yum sauce has simple ingredients. The main ingredients are apple cider vinegar and ketchup. Although you could use rice vinegar or mirin, apple cider vinegar is the perfect rice vinegar substitute that is easy to access and is sweet to taste.
- Mayonnaise- is the creamy base of this sauce. Our homemade mayonnaise has the perfect tang and creamy consistency. Restaurants typically buy bulk mayonnaise at restaurant supply stores that aren’t neccasarily the high end brands.
- Ketchup- gives this sauce a tang and pinkish-orange color. You could use tomato paste but since it’s flavorless you may need to spice it up.
- Powdered sugar- blends better into the sauce than granulated sugar. It’s also what cuts the acidity and adds sweetness to the sauce.
- Apple cider vinegar- is what gives the sauce an Asian twist and tangy-sweet flavor.
Tip: Make it spicy by adding sriracha, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce.
How To Make Yum Yum Sauce:
This is one of the easiest sauce recipes to make from scratch with minimal ingredients! I consider it healthy when made with my homemade mayonnaise and ketchup but whether you want to keep this recipe easy using store-bought it’s still going to taste good! Grab a mixing bowl and whisk to do it yourself and whip up this sauce!
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Mix until there are no more streaks in the mayonnaise. You can mix this with an immersion blender if you wish.
- Pour the sauce into a plastic squeeze bottle or airtight container. Allow the flavors to mix together for at least 2 hours or overnight. The longer it sits the better flavor! Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks and always store in the fridge after each use.
Tips for the Best Yum Yum Sauce:
- For a thicker consistency refrigerate the sauce until it sets a little firmer. The Japanese Steakhouse sauce I replicated was more on the thinner side and light.
- This Yum Yum Sauce recipe is gluten-free and contains no wheat. Be sure to check labels on the mayonnaise or other ingredients you buy for any traces of wheat if you have a sensativity.
- Make ahead sauce and store in the fridge for a quick condiment to have on hand for stir-fry dinners. Also the flavors blend better the longer it sits.
- If using granulated sugar blend with an immersion blender so the crystals dissolve and blend better into the sauce.
Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
- 1 small mixing bowl
- 1 Wire Whisk
- 5 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, powdered sugar, and apple cider vinegar until smooth.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours for sauce to set and the flavors to blend better.
Nutrition per serving