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A staple of Japanese hibachi restaurants in North America, this creamy Yum Yum Sauce recipe is so easy to make and versatile enough to put on just about anything.
Sometimes known as shrimp sauce, Yum Yum Sauce is a staple condiment of the Japanese steakhouse. Its thick creamy texture and distinctive tang not only make it a delicious addition to your sauce rotation, but it’s quick and easy to put together. Whether you’re drizzling or dipping, this homemade sauce is about to be your new favorite secret ingredient.
- Mayonnaise: For a richer flavor, consider using full-fat mayonnaise – whether store-bought or homemade – when preparing the recipe.
- Rice Vinegar
- Sugar: White granulated works best.
- Spices: Onion powder, garlic powder, paprika (mild or smoked).
- Water (Optional): Use only if you need to thin out the sauce.
How to make Yum Yum Sauce
Mix the Ingredients: In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients except the water. Using a spatula or a whisk, mix until you have a smooth, dense consistency and a salmon color – slightly orange and pink.
If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a little water and stir. Repeat until you have your desired consistency.
Chill: For extra flavor, cover your yum yum sauce and let refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, or even better, overnight. This allows the flavors to meld together and give a richer, yummier taste when served.
How to store
In The Fridge: Transfer your mixed yum yum sauce into an airtight container. It’ll keep for up to 7 days. Use a clean utensil every time you scoop some out to help maintain its freshness.
I wouldn’t recommend trying to freeze the sauce. Because of the mayo base, the sauce tends to separate when it thaws.
Ways to use Yum Yum Sauce
- Coat grilled meat and seafood: This is the traditional use of yum yum sauce. Try drizzling it over grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp for an authentic taste of the steak house.
- Serve with fries: Try drizzling over French fries or sweet potato fries and topping with fresh chopped herbs or your favorite toppings for ultimate loaded fries.
- Use as a vegetable dip: Serve with broccoli, carrots, and cucumber to make a great crudité appetizer or snack.
- Add to Asian-inspired recipes: Drizzle over sushi or use it as a dipping sauce for potstickers, onion rings, and wontons. Or, use as a creamy sauce for fried rice or noodles
- Use as a spread: Replace mayo or ketchup in burgers and sandwiches.
- Use as a creamy salad dressing: It’s great with potato salads or pasta salads.
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The Best Yum Yum Sauce
- In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients except the water. Using a spatula or a whisk, mix until you have a smooth, thick consistency and a salmon color – slightly orange and pink.
- If your sauce is too thick, add a little water and stir. Repeat until you have your desired consistency.
- For extra flavor, cover the sauce and let refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, or even better, overnight. This allows the flavors to meld together and give a richer, yummier taste when served.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.