Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce is another one of my staple refrigerator items. I’m obsessed with it! I put it on my fried rice when I get takeout (okay fine i’ll admit… i’ve sometimes brought it to the restaurant… embarrassing I know).


Yum Yum Sauce


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, white sugar, rice vinegar, melted butter, paprika and garlic powder.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

116 thoughts on “Yum Yum Sauce

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    • I read a good bit of these comments and the comments of the comments are some of the funniest things I have every seen on facebook. Ha Ha

  2. Is that really all there is to this wonderful condiment that my kids put on EVERYTHING? That also cost me $5 something a bottle?
    My kid thinks it’s a little spicy tho… Could that just be the vinegar???

  3. From a guy that loves to eat. I have probably tried somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50 different yum yum sauces would recommend Miyabi’s chain, if you dont like yours sweet, it was by far the best.

  4. Why would you comment on here just to shit all over this recipe. Grow up and stop being a cyber soapbox wannabe bully.

  5. I had yum-yum sauce at a sushi show at the fair. The guy said it was mayonnaise with a bit of surachie (that Chinese or Japanese red hot sauce in the squirt bottle) for color and kick. We make it at home like that all the time. Tastes just like the sushi place…

    • sounds great…I have always wondered what that sauce is made off…when I make asian with rice I always put vegenaise on my rice and a tiny bit of Sambal Oelek…that crushed pepper sauce. I think that’s pretty close and a whole lot healthier. We don’t use Mayo because my son is allergic to eggs and Vegenaise is cholesterol free and dairy free.

      • “Just Mayo” from “Hampton Creek Foods” is a new brand of egg free mayo, and it is JUST like mayo!! much better than veganaise. It is highly recommended by Andrew Zimmern from food network! we bought it because of my son as well, and it BETTER than mayo. we tried Veganaise and i almost threw up….

  6. sounds good to me no matter how its written and just for the record a pound of lard can be good too :) sometimes good can be better than good for you…its all good in moderation.

  7. I make this with grated ginger (1 Tsp) or ginger powder (1 1/2 tsp). I always either whisk or use mixer to make really smooth and keep in glass jar. I mix the dry ingredients together really well first, then mix the wet in different one & add dry – it seems to work & taste better. It also adds a bit of a ‘bite’ to it without being hot.

      • Some people live their lives being negative. Can’t stand to be around them. Why reply if you don’t have something nice to say!!! No one really cares what they say anyhow!!! If I want to make the recipe, I will, whether it has transfat or not!! Have a blessed day!!!

      • I think the correcting of grammar is meant to be helpful not critical. We can learn from the mistakes of others.

      • Right….that was really meant to be helpful…. U mean critical….. It’s a recipe… no one cares about where the apostrophe is……

      • I care where the apostrophe is, as well, and also feel it was meant to be helpful. Personally, I find it difficult to trust the “recipe’s” of someone who can’t properly spell “recipes”.

      • “Personally, I find it difficult to trust the “recipe’s” of someone who can’t properly spell “recipes”…this comment made me giggle…maybe it was the stupidity coming from someone who is reading recipes (no apostrophy) online from STRANGERS. Lol

        The recipe looks delicious. As with any recipe..it is best to look through the ingredients and decide for yourself if it is “healthy” for you or not. Leave the pettiness behind and take this for what it is….a shared recipe.

      • I agree!!! There will always be those who have a need to correct…hopefully they felt better about themselves after doing so

      • Seriously? Taking time to criticize someone who is critical of grammar? Wow…Somebody is really out of something to do!

        Hee hee. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Hate me if you want. I get a hoot out of it!

      • I’d want someone to correct my grammar and spelling on a website. Free copy editing is a good thing.

  8. My mom makes something she calls “fry sauce”. It’s mayonnaise & ketchup! This looks and sounds really good, I think we’ll enjoy it! :)

    • Mine was too. It didn’t taste like the yum yum sauce I always get at DoMo steak and sushi hope it gets better after refrigerating for awhile. I live yum yum sauce.

    • I would whisk all the ingredients but the mayo together first, then whisk small amounts of that mixture at a time into the mayonnaise.

      • Thanks, I’m gonna try that next time I make it. I had given up and bought the yum yum sauce at Publix. But it has all kinds of yucky stuff in it, although it sure does taste good! Thanks for the advice!

  9. Thanks!!!! This was really good!
    I just changed the ingredient amounts a bit to suit my tastes…I like mayo!
    I doubled the mayo (yikes I know), reduced the sugar to 1 TBSP, reduced the vinegar to 1/2 TBSP. : ) thanks again.

  10. It actually doesn’t have ANY vinegar. Milk is used instead of water. The basic ingredients are Hellmans mayo, garlic powder, paprika, butter, tomato paste, white sugar and milk. You can thin it out with a bit of water though.

    • Yeah, the vinegar doesn’t really work if you are wanting the sauce you drench your rice in BUT, it is FANTASTIC on salad!! Oh my, I’ll be making it with and without vinegar now! Thanks for the recipe!!

      • Yes but doesn’t it contain some ginger? The server at my Japanese Restarant calls it ginger dressing! Just wondering, I have tried the original recipe and also your recipe and I have not been able to achieve the same taste. I think I will just add some next time and try it out!

    • Michelle, Do you have amounts for the ingredients you listed? I was not a fan of the vinegar in a dipping sauce either.

  11. I totally embarassed my daughters dad when I asked for this with my sushi IN HAWAI’I! Ive always heard it called shrimp sauce but notice the main ingredient is mayonnaise. I believe it is mostly a southern thing and regaurdless is the best thing ever! Goes great with most things asian and seafood.

    • it si called shrimp sauce at the japanese steakhouses here in the north..it is to be used with the shrimp that comes with meal…..

  12. Love this stuff!! I’ve been looking for a recipe that is similar to what I got at our local Japanese steakhouse and this the the closest by far.

  13. I look forward to trying this out. I’m from Florida and miss my local Hibachi grill called Osaka’s. We always called the sauce there “white sauce”. Can’t wait!

    • I’m also from MI. Osaka’s is good. Try Joto’s in FL. THE BEST! Very casual but the food is awesome. The best yum yum sauce.

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  15. I make a similar sauce for sushi, 2 parts real mayo, 1/2 to 1 part sriracha sauce (i dont really measure, just squirt the ingredients in a small condiment bowl and taste til i get it right.) i stir in about 1/2 tsp of flying fish roe ( the tiny little red ones – which i keep on hand in the freezer because they will not keep, i love the crunchy texture they add. That’s it. Some sushi restaurants call it spicy mayo. Looking forward to trying your recipe for supper club fondue party as a dipping sauce, thanks for posting your recipe

    • i used to work at a hibachi place, and we didnt use vinegar when we made it. we used mayo, water, sugar, and a tiny bit of tomato paste ( which gives it that color) .

      • Let it sit overnight, Mine was too vinegary as well, I went to finnish it off the next day, and it was wonderful.

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  18. The sauce we get in our area is rather spicy but you can’t stop eating it. it is so good. I am on a mission to find out what is in their sauce. They mix two together a dark sauce taste like not so sweet Teriyaki with the pinkish one.

  19. I tried another recipe for Yum Yum sauce. My roommate liked it but I wasn’t a fan. We’re making hibachi for dinner this week so I may try this one instead!

  20. Making this today and adding sriracha for some heat (we love the heat!). We’re going to use if as a raclette sauce! Can’t wait!

    • Nope! Just think about the ingredients, none of them are really ingredients that expire. The only thing is the mayo so check that expiration date but mayo doesn’t expire for a long time

    • arigatos by me in st pete fl makes thiers to bottle and sell. they put on their bottle to use within 2 weeks of made on date. i would go with that to be safe.

  21. I made this today and it’s good just leaves a garlic taste. What can I do to tone down the garlic?

  22. my husband LOVES this stuff (I thinks it’s awful but that’s just me). Here they call it shrimp sauce and I don’t really know why, there is no seafood anything in it and everyone puts it on their rice! I’ll definitely be trying this out for him, he would be one happy hubby!

    • It’s called seafood, or shrimp sauce, because where it originates from, it’s typically used ON shrimp, and seafood, not because it has it in it.

  23. If you have any access to an Asian market you can buy Kewpie brand Mayo and Siracha hot sauce, mix the two together and you have the same thing, but lazier :)

  24. Loved it!!! Made a couple changes the second time around…
    Only used 2 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar,
    Added 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce, and then added 1/2 milk to thin it out!!! Tastes just like all the Japanese Steakhouses in our area!! We’ve all simply called it Orange Sauce!

  25. Thin it with a little bit of milk…..makes it nice and smooth. Add some cayenne to make it spicy.

  26. I am tooooo ready to make this I am making it today or tomorrow….we have a restaurant named Zuki Hibachi Grill and it has this sauce called YUM YUM just like this and I hope it turns out tasting the same!! I am OBSESSED with the sauce from Zuki lol so Thank you so much for posting recipe!!!

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