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Yum Yum Sauce

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This creamy yum yum sauce has the best flavor and features a combination of tangy and sweet in just the right amounts.
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  1. Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Who doesn’t love the yum yum sauce that’s popular at many hibachi restaurants? It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and it goes with just about everything, whether you’re serving chicken, pork, or fish.

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Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2½ tablespoons ketchup 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SPICY: If you prefer a spicier version of this tangy sauce, you can add 1-2 teaspoons of hot sauce or sriracha.

ONION POWDER: You can substitute garlic powder for the onion powder in this delicious recipe.

PAPRIKA: You can substitute Spanish paprika for Hungarian paprika in this creamy sauce.

How to Make This Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you are a fan of this yummy sauce, make a double batch and keep it in the fridge for future dipping.

STEP ONE: Add all of the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk until the ingredients are completely incorporated and smooth.

PRO TIP:

A spoon may not be able to combine this sauce well enough. A whisk should give you the desired smooth texture.

sauce ingredients whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Spoon the sauce into a squeeze bottle or airtight jar with a lid. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving. 

PRO TIP:

The longer the sauce sits before you use it, the better as it gives time for the flavors to meld.

a jar full of Yum Yum Sauce with spoon

How To Serve

This versatile sauce is the perfect dipping sauce for so many dishes. Serve in a small bowl alongside french fries, grilled chicken breasts, shrimp, or pork. You could also use it as a salad dressing or topping on hot dogs and hamburgers.

Our homemade sweet and sour sauce and copycat Chick Fil A sauce are two more homemade dippings sauces that you need to add to your fridge.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftover creamy yum yum sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container or mason jar for up to 7 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the sauce may lose its creamy texture once thawed.

a jar of Yum Yum Sauce poured into a cup

This homemade yum yum sauce recipe has a tangy flavor and is made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The sauce is a delicious way to top off your meal no matter what you are serving. This favorite of Japanese restaurants will also be a great alternative to ketchup for all your dipping needs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this sauce?

We don’t recommend freezing this pale pink sauce as the consistency will not remain nice and creamy once thawed.

Is yum yum sauce spicy?

This homemade version of the popular sauce is not spicy, but has plenty of flavors. If you want to add more spice, a dash of hot sauce or sriracha will do the trick.

How long will the sauce keep in the fridge? 

This popular sauce should keep well in an airtight container or mason jar for up to a week.

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Yum Yum Sauce

5 from 1 vote
This creamy yum yum sauce has the best flavor and features a combination of tangy and sweet in just the right amounts.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 pint

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • tablespoons rice vinegar
  • tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the sauce ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and whisk until the ingredients are completely incorporated and smooth.
  • Spoon the sauce into a squeeze bottle or jar with a lid. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Notes

  • If you are a fan of this yummy sauce, make a double batch and keep it in the fridge for future dipping.
  • A spoon may not be able to combine this sauce well enough. A whisk should give you the desired smooth texture.
  • The longer the sauce sits before you use it, the better as it gives time for the flavors to meld.

Nutrition

Sodium: 2083mg | Calcium: 54mg | Vitamin C: 3mg | Vitamin A: 1866IU | Sugar: 34g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 247mg | Cholesterol: 151mg | Calories: 2018kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 47g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 113g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Fat: 206g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 40g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Maria says

    5 stars
    This is easy to make and tastes so good homemade – I’ll definitely be making this from now on!

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