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Yum Yum sauce in a bowl with steak.

5 Minute Yum Yum Sauce

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup sauce 1x


Yum Yum Sauce! just like the sauce from Japanese hibachi restaurants – and it’s SO EASY. Perfect with grilled chicken, steak, veggies, rice bowls, wraps, and more.


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  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or agave
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose spice mix (garlic powder, paprika, etc.)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. That’s it. You’re done. Rock on.



I like to leave the water for last so I can control the thickness (sometimes I want it to be more runny to drizzle on things, and sometimes I want it more thick for more of a dip). For the spice mix, I usually just have something on hand that is a generic grill seasoning or chicken seasoning or something and that works just fine. If you don’t have a mix on hand, start with a little garlic powder and then add paprika or cayenne to taste.

  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

Keywords: yum yum sauce, hibachi sauce