The Yum Yum Sauce Recipe is going to be your favorite shrimp sauce recipe to make in the future! The pink Yum Yum Sauce is flavorful and easily prepared fresh at home.
Wondering what’s in the sauce and what makes the yum yum sauce that special?
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What is Yum Yum Sauce?
Yum Yum Sauce is a popular Japanese Hibachi Steak House Sauce. Usually, this flavorful sauce is used as a shrimp dipping sauce or as a sauce served with steaks.
The yum yum sauce is a non-traditional dipping sauce and is not common in Japan, however, this shrimp dipping sauce is popular in the US and Canada mostly.
My Yum Yum Sauce obsession
A few months ago I found a tube of yum yum sauce in the supermarket shelf (the same one from here) and it looked like a lighter shaded cocktail sauce or it also reminded me of a shrimp Louie Dressing.
I bought it and served it that night as a dipping sauce with a batch of homemade fish sticks instead of the usual Tartar sauce for a change.
It was bombastic!
The tube was so small it got over very quickly and because it was not cheap, I decided I needed to make my own!
The yum yum sauce recipe obviously needed mayonnaise and since it can’t be that much different to a thousand island dressing I started to experiment with different ingredients.
Finally, I came to the conclusion that the yum yum sauce recipe needed to be creamy, slightly sweet and sour.
My Yum Yum Sauce is even better then the store bought version!
Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients to make from scratch
To make this sauce you need basic ingredients. This includes Paprika. Now if you don’t have Paprika in your spice rack, go and buy some right now!
Paprika is an essential spice and you are going to find a lot of good uses for it to enhance your food in the future.
Paprika is a sweet and mild dried red capsicum/pepper, commonly used in central European cuisine and especially in the Austro-Hungarian cuisine.
So if you want to add some flavors and color to a dish you use Paprika powder as it is not spicy hot, compared to cayenne pepper or chili powder.
Then, of course, get some sugar, black pepper, mayo, and tomato paste and I like to add a few drops of lime juice too and Tabasco sauce to give the yum yum sauce recipe the extra edge if you know what I mean. 😀
How to make yum yum sauce easily and fast?
To prepare yum yum sauce from scratch you will need to combine all the above-mentioned ingredients for the pink shrimp sauce.
First, add the mayo to the mixing bowl and whisk it smooth so that no bits are left, then add all the other ingredients.
You can choose to add lemon/lime juice and or Tabasco to make a different yum yum sauce flavor variation. Another idea is to add a few drops rice vinegar instead of the Tabasco and lime juice.
If you are adding more Tabasco you are making a spicy yum yum sauce.
Eventually, I want to try another yum yum sauce version with horseradish to give the pink shrimp sauce some bite.
Do not substitute the tomato paste for tomato ketchup in the yum yum sauce recipe. It just doesn’t turn out the same way it’s suppose to.
Can I make my yum yum sauce vegan or gluten-free?
You can prepare your yum sauce vegan and gluten-free by using a mayonnaise or other ingredients which are labeled as vegan or gluten-free.
How to store yum yum sauce?
You can double the recipe too and make more. In that case, store in an airtight container or jar with a lid in the fridge.
This comes handy when you plan on making the yum yum sauce recipe in advance for a planned BBQ or party.
It’s so simple to make it fresh from scratch in less than 3 minutes that you don’t really need to store a lot for the future.
There is no need to freeze the yum yum sauce, it holds well in the fridge if stored in a proper airtight container.
Can my yum yum sauce go bad?
The yum yum sauce can only get bad if you keep it outside at room temperature over a longer period of time.
Also, make sure to store the yum yum in an airtight container or in a bowl covered with cling foil in the fridge. If you keep the yum yum sauce in the fridge uncovered, it will turn hard and unappetizing.
How to use Yum Yum Sauce?
You have a few options and ways to use your yum yum sauce
We love to dip our shrimps/prawns or other seafood in a freshly made yum yum sauce. I even got some fresh calamari the other day, fried them and enjoyed the calamari rings with the pink sauce.
You can also serve the sauce with chicken, such as Schnitzel, bite-sized nuggets or chicken roll ups. Any protein-rich white meat is well paired with the yum yum sauce.
Sometimes I like to make myself a quick afternoon lunchtime wrap and that’s when I usually boil an egg and cut some cabbage and spring onions small and wrap it all up with an added drizzle of yum yum sauce to add some flavor.
Yum Yum sauce is high in flavor so at times you just need a little of it to change your whole food experience.
For example, you could also cut some carrot, celery, and radish into large sticks and use the yum yum sauce recipe as a dip. That way you make sure to cover your amount of vegetable nutrition for the day and that too with a flavorful sauce!
Also, use the yum yum sauce for…
- japanese fried rice
- seafood in general
- kani (imitation crab sticks)
- fish Tacos
- on salad variations
Useful tools to prepare and store the yum yum sauce:
Quick Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe just below:
- 2 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon plain liquid Tomato Paste (not the highly concentrated version!)
- ⅛ Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1 Teaspoon powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika Powder
- optional: a few drops Lime Juice
- optional: a few drops Tabasco Sauce
- In a bowl add the Mayonnaise and Tomato paste. Mix it all well.
- Then add the remaining ingredients, Black Pepper, Sugar and Paprika and combine to a smooth creamy sauce.
- If you want you can also add Lime juice and/or Tabasco sauce to your yum yum sauce for a little more flavor. Tabasco adds a bit of zing! Don't add too much lemon and Tabasco sauce as the acidity can turn the sauce more liquid. A few drops is enough.
2. Don't use homemade mayonnaise for that, it won't come out the same way.
3. Use only tomato paste for this yum yum sauce. Don't use concentrated tomato mark or tomato ketchup.
4. See for all serving suggestions and ideas in the post
5. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Where can you buy Yum Yum Sauce?
Never tasted yum yum sauce before? Wondering what it’s like? Try a ready-made yum yum sauce.
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