Yum Yum Sauce Recipe – A Japanese Steakhouse Traditional Sauce

Whenever we go out to our local Japanese steakhouse, we always order extra Yum Yum sauce to go with the Hibachi Steak and Chicken.

Yum Yum sauce is a slightly sweet sauce made with mayonnaise and spices that pairs perfectly with steak and chicken.

Yum Yum Sauce
Japanese steakhouse Yum Yum sauce.

It is also known as Japanese white sauce in some restaurants. Quite honestly, this has always confused me, as every time that I have had it, it looks more pink than white.

When I made Hibachi Chicken at home (See Recipe for Hibachi Chicken), I would always be sure to buy a bottle of Yum Yum sauce. You can find it in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores.

Yum Yum Sauce
Mayonnaise in a Push Measuring Cup – Makes for easy measuring and clean up.

That was until I was forced to make my own Yum Yum sauce. You see, I was in the middle of making dinner when I realized that there was only a little left in the bottle.

I quickly looked at the ingredients label and decided to give a homemade version a try, minus the preservatives of course.

After a couple of attempts, I had made Yum Yum sauce that tasted just like our local restaurants.

The recipe that I use now is made with pure mayonnaise. I had attempted to make it with Miracle Whip spread and the taste definitely was not the same.

Yum Yum Sauce
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.

The addition of cayenne pepper helps balance the tart flavor of the mayonnaise and the sweetness of the sugar. Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste spicy at all.

However, if I know that I am serving it to those who like things a little hotter, I will add a little extra cayenne pepper.

And as for the paprika – don’t be afraid to try smoked paprika in this recipe if you have it on hand. The smoky flavor adds an additional layer of depth to this recipe.

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Yum-Yum Sauce

Japanese steakhouse sauce served with steak, chicken, or as a spread on sandwiches and wraps.
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 12


  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least one hour but preferably overnight.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Yum Yum Sauce Recipe – A Japanese Steakhouse Traditional Sauce
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