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Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
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Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

This yum yum sauce recipe is just like the one you'll find in Japanese Hibachi restaurants, made with mayo, tomato paste, cayenne and paprika. My version has a bit more kick to it.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Keyword: mayonnaise, sauce, sriracha
Servings: 24 tablespoons
Calories: 22kcal


  • 1-1/4 cup mayonnaise use Japanese mayo, if possible, but your favorite brand will do
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste or use sriracha or gochujang for spicier versions - I make mine with 1 tablespoon spicy sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon honey or use agave, or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water or as needed for thinning
  • Dash of hot sauce for a spicy version, if using tomato paste


  • Whisk together all of the ingredients except for the water in a small bowl. Test for thickness and give it a taste.
  • Adjust with more tomato paste (or sriracha or gochujang) and seasonings to your preference.
  • For a thinner sauce, add water a tablespoon as a time then whisk to your preferred consistency.



Makes about 1.5 cups (24 tablespoons)
NOTES: Use a good Japanese mayo if possible, but any mayonnaise will work for this recipe. Use your favorite. If you feel it tastes too much like mayo, add more tomato paste, cayenne and paprika to your taste preference. I like to use extra sriracha in mine.


Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg