Creamy, sweet, tangy, and salty Yum Yum Sauce is a delicious condiment that instantly bumps up the flavor of whatever you put it on! It’s one of the most popular hibachi sauces at Japanese teppanyaki restaurants, and it’s commonly eaten on fried rice and grilled meat.
If you’ve ever been to a Japanese hibachi restaurant, you’ve probably tried Yum Yum Sauce. It’s definitely a fan favorite hibachi sauce!
Japanese teppanyaki restaurants (what we typically refer to as hibachi restaurants here in the U.S.) are so much fun. Everyone sits around three sides of a rectangular table. On the fourth side of the table is an iron griddle where the chef makes your meal right in front of you.
But delicious food is only half the fun of teppanyaki!
The chef makes the cooking of the meal itself into a show. They will typically do tricks like toss ingredients, make a stack of onion rings and light it on fire to look like a volcano, and fancy handwork involving cracking eggs, chopping vegetables, and spraying oil and sauces.
Of course each chef has their own unique skills, so each show is one-of-a-kind. It’s a blast.
There are a few different types of hibachi sauce that bear noting. There’s a thin tangy ginger sauce, a thicker sweet and salty tonkatsu brown sauce, and another sauce that goes by a few different names: Yum Yum Sauce!
You can also find this called Japanese white sauce (which is a little confusing because it’s actually a pale pink/orange color), Japanese hibachi sauce, Japanese steakhouse sauce, shrimp sauce, sakura sauce, and yummy sauce.
Call it whatever you want, but I like the term Yum Yum Sauce because as silly as it sounds, it really is fitting.
The Best Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
Most recipes you’ll find for this mayo-based sauce are a little different. You can play with the ingredient amounts to come up with something that suits your personal tastes.
I like to include garlic, ginger, and white pepper for a kick. And if you really want to level up, use fresh garlic and ginger!
Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients
- Mayo (use Japanese mayo if possible)
- Sambal oelek
- Rice vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Honey (or sugar)
- Toasted sesame oil
- Garlic powder
- Dried ginger
- White pepper
- Sweet paprika
How to Make White Hibachi Sauce
This sauce is very easy to make. Just stir together all ingredients and it’s done!
How to Store Yum Yum Sauce
Store this sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Variations on This Recipe
- Instead of ketchup, use 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
- For a richer flavor, add 1 tablespoon melted butter.
- If you like a completely smooth sauce, omit the sambal oelek and add up to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
- To reduce the salt, use low sodium soy sauce or omit the soy sauce.
- For sweet flavor without floral notes, omit the honey and add sugar to taste, starting with 1 teaspoon.
- To bump up the flavor even more, omit the garlic powder and dried ginger. Add 2 cloves crushed garlic and 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger.
Yum Yum Sauce FAQs
What is Yum Yum Sauce Made Of?
This is a mayo-based sauce with a few other ingredients to create a balanced flavor profile. Many recipes include a sweet ingredient (such as sugar or honey), rice vinegar for tanginess, cayenne pepper or hot sauce for spicy heat, and ketchup or tomato paste for color.
What Does Yum Yum Sauce Taste Like?
This rich and creamy mayo-based sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and salty flavors with a touch of spicy heat. It really packs a punch of flavor! I like to add garlic, ginger, and white pepper for depth.
Is Yum Yum Sauce Actually Japanese?
No; according to NPR, Yum Yum Sauce is an American condiment.
What Do You Use Yum Yum Sauce For?
This popular Hibachi sauce will add a punch of flavor to whatever you pair it with! Here are a few ways to use it:
- Drizzled on fried rice and noodles (I hope it’s not completely faux pas, but I’m dying to try it on Thai Noodles)
- Along with grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp
- As a decorative drizzle or dip for dumplings, eggrolls, spring rolls, or sushi rolls
- Dolloped on top of Egg Roll in a Bowl
- As a dip for raw vegetables, such as bell pepper, broccoli, and cucumber
- Or use it instead of ketchup as a dipping sauce for French fries or onion rings
- Enjoy it any way you’d eat mayo, including as a condiment for sandwiches and burgers
More Delicious Sauce Recipes to Make
- Toum (Middle Eastern Garlic Sauce Recipe)
- Homemade Chick-Fil-A Sauce Copycat
- Pesto Sauce Recipe
- Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
Yum Yum Sauce
- Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until using.
- Net Carbs: 1g per serving (2 tablespoons)
- Recipe Yield and Serving Size: This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups for a total of 24 (2-tablespoon) servings.
- Gluten Free Version: Use tamari sauce instead of soy sauce to make this gluten free.
- Look for Japanese Mayo: Use Japanese mayo if you can find it.
- Ketchup Substitute: Instead of ketchup, use 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
- Richer Flavor: For a richer flavor, add 1 tablespoon melted butter.
- For a Smooth Sauce: If you like a completely smooth sauce, omit the sambal oelek and add up to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
- To Lower the Salt: To reduce the salt, use low sodium soy sauce or omit the soy sauce.
- Honey Substitute: For sweet flavor without floral notes, omit the honey and add sugar to taste, starting with 1 teaspoon.
- Fresh Garlic and Ginger: To bump up the flavor even more, omit the garlic powder and dried ginger. Add 2 cloves crushed garlic and 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger.
- Storage: Store Yum Yum Sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.