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Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

Try this EASY yum yum sauce recipe that is the closest duplication we've ever made to the Japanese steak house sauce.  Add a little spice and it's the same as PF Chang's!!

Okay, so if you have ever been to a Japanese steak house, you know the sauce I’m talking about.  It’s usually orangish, has a little spice, it’s a little creamy.  Bottom line, it often times will make the entire experience!  Add a little bit of this ‘yum yum sauce’ and wow it really makes the food delicious!  Our good friends introduced me to Japanese food a long time ago and she has really mastered making this sauce at home.  I literally can’t tell you how much I like it.  They invited us for dinner the other night and upon finding out I informed my wife I was bringing my camera.  I really want to share this amazing recipe with all of you!

The pictures do not do this sauce justice.  After begging Selina for the recipe, I now can reproduce it in my home (which is super exciting) when we make Japanese food!  If you want a Yum Yum Sauce recipe that will truly make your family and friends impressed, try this out.  It is truly a delicious sauce.

3.5 from 6 reviews

Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Cup Mayo
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ⅜ tbsp paprika
  • ⅜ tbsp garlic powder
  1. Whisk all ingredients until combined and then put place in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  2. I add like 3 tbsp of chicken broth/water to thin it out.



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  1. I make a seafood sauce too but mine is different. I will make yours and mine and compare :)

    1/2pint Mayonnaise
    1/2tsp. garlic powder
    dash of tabasco sauce
    3/4tsp. paprika
    1/4tsp. white pepper
    4oz water
    dash of salt
    1 1/2Tbsp. ketchup
    1/4tsp. black pepper
    6tsp. sugar

    I have been making this for years and can’t remember who I got it from. I love the name yum yum sauce.

    • LOL that’s what we’ve always called it….YumYum! I’d love to hear about the comparison!!

    • Hi. How long will this be good in the fridge?

    • Nothingface5384 says:

      My sister always talks about this when she goes to ohio sawa hibachi?
      she brought me a lil bit of it..
      To me it Tasted like sweet n sour sauce mixed with ranch
      pretty sure it was more pink and less orange
      I’ll have to test my theory my Tastebuds landed me to and also try this recipe since this is probably what it actually is

  2. I tried this recipe, and the only paprika I had was smoked paprika. It’s definitely delicious, but not quite the same as the sauce at the Japanese steakhouse. Next time I make it, I’ll just go get some regular paprika.

    • Dawn from Texas says:

      Try adding a tbsp or two of tomato paste, with those ingredients how is it so orange? I always add tomato paste to mine. and simple syrup for the sugar because then you don’t have to thin it out with broth.

  3. Denise thank you for giving the recipe a try, so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. How much is 3/8 of a tablespoon?

  5. Oh wow, I just made this and it is waaaay too sweet! Maybe I can tweak it to still make it work, but I suggest using less sugar.

  6. The recipe should have been 3 teaspoons instead of tablespoons. I hope you will give it a try again.

  7. Holy cow is this good! Made it last night and had a plate of french fries with it. I made the recipe strictly as directed, and am addicted! Reminds me of the homemade chip dip my dad makes – now I know his secret! Thanks so much!

  8. IT SAYS ONE HOUR COOK TIME but your recipe says make it and put in frig

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