Yum Yum Sauce (Hibachi Sauce)

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This homemade Yum Yum Sauce (Hibachi Sauce) tastes like your favorite Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse. It is tangy, sweet, and savory and comes together in just 5 minutes (vegetarian, gluten-free).

Yum Yum Sauce served in a bowl.
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About Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce, also called Hibachi Sauce, Pink Sauce, White Sauce, Sakura Sauce, Seafood Sauce, or Japanese Shrimp Sauce, is a popular accompaniment served at Japanese Hibachi Steakhouses.

This pale pink sauce is drizzled on their grilled meats, seafood, sushi, vegetables, and even rice and noodles, taking their taste to another level.

This Japanese sauce is super creamy with sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors. Making it at home is incredibly easy and by using a few simple ingredients, you can whip yourself a batch in under 5 minutes.

Like most condiments, you can buy this delicious mayo-based sauce at grocery stores, but making it home has many advantages.

The homemade sauce tastes much better than the bottled one as it uses high-quality ingredients. It is very economical to make at home and free of any preservatives, artificial colors, or stabilizers.

The homemade yum yum sauce recipe is Keto friendly, vegetarian, and gluten-free, and the recipe can be easily halved, doubled, or tripled.

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Ingredients

Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients.

Mayonnaise: Use full-fat mayonnaise for the best result. To make an eggless version, use eggless mayonnaise.

Tomato Paste: Tomato paste is an important ingredient in this hibachi sauce recipe. It adds a lovely pink color and a tangy taste to the sauce.

Paprika: Paprika adds to the pink color and gives a subtle hint of spiciness. You can choose between plain or smoked paprika.

Cayenne: To make your sauce a little spicy and hot, add cayenne pepper. It will balance the otherwise creamy and sweet sauce. Adjust the amount as per your liking. You can also replace it with hot sauce.

Butter: Butter gives an incredible flavor to this sauce. Melt and cool it before mixing it with other ingredients. You can use salted or unsalted butter.

Sugar: Add a little sugar to balance the tang from the tomatoes.

Mirin – This is the secret ingredient that Hibachi restaurants add to their sauce to give it a very authentic Japanese flavor. You can replace it with rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or Sake.

Store-bought sauce mostly has xanthan gum added to the yum-yum sauce recipe to stabilize the sauce. It is a natural ingredient and has no side effects. You can also try adding ½ teaspoon xanthan gum to your recipe.

How To Make Yum Yum Sauce

Whisk together

  • 2 cups of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon melted and cooled butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

until smooth and creamy.

All the ingredients mixed in a bowl.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for at least 1 hour or, at best, overnight for the flavors to meld together. Serve!

Ready yum yum sauce.

Pro Tips By Neha

Replace mayonnaise with sour cream or yogurt for a taste change.

Add in some sweetener for a sweetish sauce. Honey, sugar, and fruit juice can help sweeten the sauce.

Spice it up with some sriracha sauce, curry powder, or even wasabi paste. You can also add a little extra cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

Give it some depth of flavor with soy sauce, fish sauce, or anchovy paste.

Add some crunch with chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, or crumbled bacon.

Thin it out with milk or chicken broth instead of water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Japanese hibachi sauce Japanese?

No, although this sauce is a famous Japanese steakhouse sauce, it didn’t originate in Japan, and you won’t find it in restaurants in Japan.
It is an American invention and is now an integral part of Japanese Hibachi restaurants and hibachi grills all across North America and Canada.

How to make Japanese shrimp sauce without tomato paste?

If you don’t have tomato paste, you can use ketchup instead. It might not fetch you the best result but it is close enough.

When you are using ketchup, remember not to use sugar, as ketchup already has sugar.

How to make vegan hibachi sauce?

You can use vegan mayo instead of regular mayo and coconut oil instead of butter to make a vegan version of this sauce.

Serving Suggestions

This Japanese steakhouse shrimp sauce is very versatile and can be served with almost everything.

You can serve this delicious sauce with steamed shrimp, Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice, vegetables, Fish Fingers, Air Fryer Frozen French Fries, baked potatoes, stir-fries, and chicken.

I make a big Hibachi dinner at home, including Hibachi Fried Rice, Hibachi Noodles, Hibachi Chicken, and Hibachi Vegetables, and serve this sauce on the side. It creates a Japanese Steakhouse experience right in the comfort of my home.

You can serve it with your steaks, wraps, and sandwiches. Serve it with your starters and with mains.

It pairs well with any grilled stuff. Be it chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or veggies, serve this sauce.

You can also serve it on the side with sushi and rice balls or use a dip for dim-sums, wontons, and potstickers.

It can be slathered on hamburgers and hot dogs, too.

Serve it as a dip with deep-fried snacks or appetizers.

You can thin it with warm water and use it as a salad dressing.

Storage Suggestions

It is so easy to make this yummy sauce that you don’t need to store it. You can make it fresh anytime you want.

If you still need to make it, store it in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

It doesn’t freeze well due to mayo being its main ingredient. It will split while defrosting.

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This homemade Yum Yum Sauce tastes just like your favorite Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse. It is tangy, sweet, and savory and comes together in just 5 minutes.
4.30 from 24 votes

Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

This homemade Yum Yum Sauce (Hibachi Sauce) tastes just like your favorite Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse. It is tangy, sweet, and savory and comes together in just 5 minutes.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups plain mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (plain or smoked)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon melted and cooled butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (use rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar if mirin is not available.)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
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Instructions 

  • Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Cover and chill for atleast 1 hour before serving.

Video

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Notes

This recipe will make approximately 2-¼ cups of sauce.
If tomato paste is not available, you can use tomato ketchup instead. Skip adding extra sugar in that case.
Add more or less seasoning to your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 532kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 58g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 513mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 370IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Can’t wait to try boom boom and yum yum sauce. I have tried Sheetz and I think this will be great! Thank you.