Yum Yum Sauce

This Yum Yum sauce is a delectable Japanese Steakhouse sauce!It is an addicting drizzle that’s perfect, tangy, slightly sweet and delicious on ANY stir fry, rice, meat or veggies. It’s great on EVERYTHING!

What is Yum Yum sauce?

Yum Yum Sauce is a mayo-based popular dipping sauce that is commonly found in Japanese steakhouse or Hibachi restaurants. It is made primarily with mayonnaise, tomato paste and paprika, along with a few other flavor building ingredients. Creamy, savory, and a little sweet, the uses for Yum Yum sauce are endless. Try it on tacos, eggs, roasted or raw vegetables, as a dip for fries, with shrimp, over salmon, steak: anything you like!

Yum Yum sauce is incredibly easy to make at home by whisking a few ingredients together, then tasting and adjusting to your preference.It’s a super versatile sauce, used to add flavor to just about anything.


Here’s a quick rundown of everything you’ll need. Plus, ideas and tips for ingredient substitutions.

  • Mayonnaise – Mayo is the base for a good yum yum sauce, so choose your favorite brand. It will affect the final flavor.
  • Melted Butter – This adds a bit more richness and flavor.
  • Tomato Paste – Many recipes call for tomato paste, and it works great. However, if you’re looking for a spicier version, try the recipe with you can use sriracha, gochujang, chili-garlic paste, and even ketchup.
  • Honey – This adds a touch of sweetness. As an alternative, try agave nectar or white sugar.
  • Seasonings – I like spicy, so I use 1 teaspoon paprika, along with 1 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder. Adjust to your personal tastes. Smoked paprika will also adds a nice flavor to the sauce.
  • Water – If you’re using sauce as a dip, thicker is better (so either no water or only 1 tablespoon). If you’re drizzling or using sauce as a dressing, more liquid is better (so anywhere from 1 to 2 tablespoons).
  • Hot Sauce – Optional, for a spicier version. I’ll add in a dash or two, especially if I’m using tomato paste. You can also use rice vinegar for that particular pop of flavor for a milder version.


Tt’s so simple just throw the ingredients in a bowl and stir! Yes, it’s that easy.

It’s a mayonnaise-based sauce, with the next two ingredients being melted butter and tomato paste (or ketchup). Also, Yum Yum sauce typically calls for sugar, but we substituted it with maple syrup to keep it naturally sweet. Round it out with some garlic powder and paprika, and it’s done! Delicious and truly easy.

If you eat a vegan diet, you could use vegan mayonnaise and substitute coconut oil for the butter.


Some of my recommendations are :

  • Grilled or cooked meat,chicken,shrimp
  • Grilled, baked, or steamed veggies, especially broccoli, corn, carrots, and cauliflower.
  • Mild chips, like tortilla chips.
  • French fries.
  • Fresh savory salads.
  • And if you’re the type that can make sushi at home, this sauce would be great for dipping or drizzling.


When stored in the refrigerator in a air-tight container, yum yum sauce should remain good for up to a week.


Because of the mayonnaise in this recipe, I can’t recommend freezing the sauce.

TIPS TO MAKE perfect sauce

  • Use Good Quality Mayonnaise. Use a good Japanese mayo if possible, but any mayonnaise will work for this recipe. Use your favorite.
  • Taste, Adjust, Repeat. Not all yum yum sauces are equal. If you feel it tastes too much like mayo, add more tomato paste, cayenne and paprika. Try more hot sauce. Need more garlic? Go for it! I like to use extra hot sauce in mine.
  • Tomato Paste Alternatives. As mentioned, most base yum yum sauce recipes call for tomato paste, but some good alternatives include sriracha, gochujang, chili-garlic paste, and even ketchup. Try them all.

Other sauces you might like,

Pizza Sauce

Tahini Sauce

Cilantro Pesto



1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tbsp butter melted
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp cool water


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together mayonnaise, tomato paste, hot sauce, melted butter, honey, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and onion powder.
  2. Check consistency of the sauce. If needed, whisk in anywhere from 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to help thin it out. Tip: If you’re using sauce as a dip, thicker is better (so either no water or only 1 tablespoon). If you’re drizzling or using sauce as a dressing, more liquid is better (so anywhere from 1 to 2 tablespoons).
  3. Serve or use yum yum sauce immediately.

Recipe Notes:

  1. If tomato paste is not available, you can use sriracha, gochujang, chili-garlic paste, and even ketchup.
  2. Refrigerator in air-tight conditioner upto a week

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