Yum Yum Sauce is so easy to make and just as good as your favorite Japanese hibachi restaurant!  You’ll love this tangy, savory, sweet sauce on any meat!

yum yum sauce in bowl

YUM YUM SAUCE!  To go along with our Hibachi Chicken post from earlier this week of course!  We can’t have hibachi without this stuff, it is so good!  This sauce is made with super simple ingredients and you probably have most all of them in your pantry!  It took several tries and experimenting, but I am happy to say this tastes just as good as the restaurant!  Yum Yum Sauce is made of mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, sugar, paprika and water to thin the sauce out.  That’s it!  It’s really just a matter of the right ratios of ingredients to get the flavor you want!  You could easily also serve this over London Broil or any chicken at all like Baked Chicken Breast or even Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs!

This might be the shortest post I’ve ever made on this blog!  But, the recipe is really self explanatory.  You’ll just grab a bowl, or a jar and whisk everything together!  As far as vinegar goes, I like rice vinegar best so use it if you can.  If not, apple cider vinegar will absolutely do just fine.  I like to thin our sauce out quite a bit and typically use about 3 Tablespoons of water.  I do this so we can drizzle it over the meat.  You can also keep it thicker and use it as more of a dipping sauce.  Once everything is mixed up, it really is best to let this sauce chill for several hours to let the flavors combine.  I’d say at least an hour, and really up to 24 if you can.  Yum yum sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

hibachi chicken with yum yum sauce



5 from 211 votes

Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce is so easy to make and just as good as your favorite Japanese hibachi restaurant!  You'll love this tangy, savory, sweet sauce on any meat!
Prep 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Servings 8



  • Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth, using only 1 Tablespoon of water to start, and adding more as needed for desired consistency.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving for best flavor.
  • Store leftover sauce in a tightly sealed container or jar for up to 5 days.


Serving: 2TBSP, Calories: 200kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
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  1. 4 stars
    i followed this recipe completely and it tasted just a tad off to me and my boyfriend and my dad. i ended up adding a little bit more sugar and mustard and then it tasted perfect. overall still a good recipe tho, it tasted ok after the first attempt, it just didn’t taste as spot on as we wanted it to.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve tried several Yum Yum sauce recipes over the years. I’ve even tried buying the bottles sauce from the grocery store. This recipe is hands down the closest to the sauce found at hibachi restaurants. It is delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it was easy to make and will now be my go-to recipe for making Yum Yum sauce.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight with some homemade hibachi chicken, fried rice and veggies! it was SO GOOD. My ONLY criticism would be maybe it’s a TAD to much sugar. 1/2 tbsp (instead of 1 full tbsp) is the perfect amount!

  4. I just wanted to make a single serving of this so I just measured with love. Turned out great, but adding some sriracha really elevated it. Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    Great sauce! Very tasty and easy to make too! I always order extra yum yum sauce from the Japanese restaurant for take out. They charge me $1. per ounce in a little cup! I made hibachi style shrimp and vegetables at home, but was craving the white sauce. Found this recipe, Ill never buy yum yum sauce again!

  6. 5 stars
    This is so easy and tasty! I used kewpie mayo and definitely don’t skip the sugar because that makes it perfect. It’s going on teriyaki burgers and probably many other things in the future. Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    We used this sauce for hibachi chick and it was so good. I would definitely recommend it. Five stars.