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Yum Yum Sauce

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Yum Yum Sauce is the pale pink sauce that you have probably enjoyed at your local hibachi restaurant.

This sauce is packed with flavor and is perfect to pair with seafood, veggies, chicken, and fried rice.

spoonful of pink sauce

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Once you realize how easy it is to make homemade sauces at home, you’ll be making them all the time. I love making Jack Daniels sauce, honey BBQ sauce, and now this yum yum sauce.

It plays nicely with chicken, pork, steak, veggies, and fried rice.

No matter what you choose to dip, you’ll love the flavor. You’re gonna want to put it on everything.

white cup of yum yum sauce in front of fried rice

NEVER HEARD OF YUM YUM SAUCE? LET ME TELL YOU WHAT’S IN IT:

Each restaurant will have slight variations, but the base will always be mayonnaise. Specifically Japanese mayo (which is made with only egg yolks & apple cider vinegar), but “regular” will work as well (western mayo uses whole eggs and distilled vinegar).

I find that a store brand mayo works best in this sauce because the big guys (i.e. Hellman’s) has a stronger flavor.

It only takes about five minutes to prepare and is made with basic pantry essentials.  

To get the pale pink hue, you’ll add either ketchup or tomato paste. If you want to control the sugar, opt for tomato paste.

ingredients laid out to make pink sauce

INGREDIENTS

  • Mayonnaise
  • Water
  • Ketchup
  • Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Ginger
  • Onion Powder

Drizzle on eggs, potatoes, and the list goes on. This pink sauce can be used on any and everything. 

whisk in bowl of sauce

WHAT IS THE REAL NAME OF YUM YUM SAUCE?

Depending on which restaurant you go to, you’ll hear this sauce called yum yum sauce, Sakura sauce, white sauce, seafood sauce, or sometimes Japanese vegetable sauce.

HOW LONG DOES THIS SAUCE LAST?

You can keep this sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 7-10 days. After that, you will want to toss out any leftover sauce you have as it could be spoiled. 

CAN I MAKE THIS SAUCE AHEAD OF TIME?

Absolutely! If you want to make this a day ahead of time, go right ahead. Just whip it up and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Stir well and then serve as you normally would. 

This sauce has to be made at least 1 hour in advance. It needs time to let the flavors come together. 

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Unfortunately no you can’t freeze this sauce. Since it takes just 5-10 minutes to make, it is easy enough to make when you get to craving it. 

CAN I DOUBLE IT?

Absolutely! You can easily double or triple this recipe. Simply whip up as much as you want in a bowl or mixer. Then store in the fridge until you are ready to serve. 

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spoonful of pink sauce

Yum Yum Sauce

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Yum Yum Sauce is the pale pink sauce that you have probably enjoyed at your local hibachi restaurant. This sauce is packed with flavor and is perfect to pair with seafood, veggies, chicken, and fried rice.
4.74 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 8 servings
Calories 212 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or tomato paste
  • 2 Tb sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder

Instructions
 

  • To a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, water, ketchup, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, ginger, and onion powder.
  • Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour for the flavors to come together.
  • After an hour, give the sauce a stir and serve.

Notes

Use a store brand mayo instead of name brand (Hellman’s, etc.) because they will have milder flavor and lend better to this sauce.
If you’re using tomato paste instead of ketchup, you may need to add more sugar for balance. Taste as you go.
Store covered in the fridge for 7-10 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 392mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 118IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Angela says

    5 stars
    So easy with simple ingredients. The best!

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