5 Minutes Yum Yum Sauce (GF)

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Tangy, creamy, and easy to make, Yum Yum Sauce, served in Japanese Hibachi restaurants, only takes 5 minutes for you to make at home with some pantry staples.

You’ll also love Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice, Bang Bang Sauce, Ginger Dipping Sauce, Hibachi Chicken and Hibachi Shrimp.

Suitable for gluten free diets. Weight Watchers points included.

a bowl of yum yum sauce with spoon inside

If the name of the sauce didn’t give you a hint as to how this sauce tastes, I can tell you that this Hibachi sauce is magically delicious!

Yum Yum Sauce is ready in five minutes with one bowl and a whisk. One spoonful and you will commit to making this Every. Single. Day. For real.

Great for serving with this quick Hibachi Fried Rice recipe, this easy Hibachi Chicken and Kani Salad.

Plus, we should all have a selection of five-minute sauces like this Bang Bang Sauce and easy Benihana Copycat Ginger Sauce, awesome Sriracha Aioli, lemon butter sauce in our back pocket.

It is the easiest way to add variety to our cooking!

What is Yum Yum Sauce

So what exactly is Yum Yum Sauce? It is a creamy savory mayo-based sauce normally served with seafood in Japanese steakhouses.

This magic orange hue goes with pretty much EVERYTHING, because as the name suggests, it’s yum! 

Guys, you can use it as a dip for veggies, grilled shrimps and fries or drizzle over top tacos, salads, rice bowls and make coleslaw with it.

a bowl of yum yum sauce ready to serve

Why You Will Love This

  • It is super fast to make.
  • This is a very versatile sauce; it can go on anything. And I mean anything!
  • You need only a few pantry ingredients to make this delicious sauce.
  • It is vegetarian and gluten-free.

Trust me when I say you’re going to want to have this awesome condiment in your fridge! So let’s get started on how to make the best easy Yum Yum Sauce recipe at home!

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Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients

Yum Yum Sauce is surprisingly easy to make. You only need 6 ingredients and they’re all items you probably already have in your pantry.

  • mayonnaise 
  • melted butter
  • tomato paste
  • maple syrup
  • paprika
  • salt
  • optional: cayenne pepper

How To Make Yum Yum Sauce At Home 

Get full ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  2. Grab a whisk and whisk it together till smooth. 
image collage showing the steps for making yum yum sauce

It is so good that sometimes I just eat it straight from the bowl! #foodconfession

Recipe Tips

  • Add more water if you prefer a thinner pourable sauce.
  • Skip the cayenne when making it for the kiddoes.
  • Add more paprika for a smokier flavor.

Ways To Change It Up

Here are some delicious ways to change up this easy sauce:

  • Add in a spoonful of sriracha.
  • Add in a spoonful of gochujang. (blend well!)
  • Swap for vegan mayo and vegan butter if you have vegan guests.
yum yum hibachi style sauce served in a ceramic bowl


Can This Yum Yum Sauce Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes – it tastes even better the next day once the flavor sets into the mayonnaise.

How Do I Store It?

Store the sauce in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, in the fridge. Due to it being mayo-based, do not let it sit out at room temperature for too long.

How Long Does It Last In The Fridge?

One week if stored properly.

Can You Freeze It?

No, because the sauce has mayonnaise, I would not suggest freezing it.

What Type Of Paprika Do You Use?

Smoked paprika gives the best flavor for this Yum Yum Sauce recipe.

top down view of a bowl filled with yum yum sauce

Serving Suggestions

Other Quick Sauces 

Weight Watchers Points

There are 7 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this delicious Hibachi style sauce.

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5 from 11 votes

Yum Yum Sauce

A tangy, creamy, and easy to make Japanese Hibachi Sauce
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Japanese, Western
Servings: 8
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy



  • 1 cup (230g) mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper optional


  • In a bowl, whisk to combine all the ingredients.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to one week.
  • Recipe yields 1 cup / 8 servings.
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  • Add more water if you prefer a thinner pourable sauce.
  • Skip the cayenne when making it for the kiddoes.
  • Add more paprika for a smokier flavor.
  • There are 7 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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  3. 5 stars
    Yum Yum!!! Was delicious with your insta pot fried rice recipe! I will definitely be making this again!

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you Ms. Bintu..! This yum yum sauce is what I’ve been trying to duplicate. It is about the same as Zax sauce. Zaxby’s is a popular chicken franchise here in USA. It was so good dipping my air fryer chicken tenders in it that I started dipping my fries as well 🙂 Thank you for your recipes and I always look forward to your emails.
    David Barnes

  5. I don’t have maple syrup so will my regular syrup work? Or add some other sweetener? Please advise.

  6. Thank you for including the nutritional content for your recipes, in the past few months, I have lost 38 lbs, just by watching my calories,keep the wonderful recipes coming.

  7. 5 stars
    I have got to try this sauce! It looks amazing! Great to dip with some Frecnh Fries tonight!

  8. 5 stars
    I am always running out of ideas for good restaurant style sauce. This yum yum sauce sounds like perfect match for my seafood tacos! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I love a sauce that will go with everything. This is a great recipe to have on hand!

  10. 5 stars
    I love yum yum sauce at restaurants and this recipe is exactly the same. Perfect on grilled steak.