Skip to Content

Yum Yum Sauce

READY IN 10 MINUTES! Yum Yum Sauce is Perfect, tangy, slightly sweet and delicious on ANY stir fry, rice, meat or veggies. Shoot! It’s great on EVERYTHING

Want to have your family BEGGING for more dinner? Serve it with this sauce and YOU will be the Kitchen Rock STAR of your dreams! No JOKE!


White bowl of pink shrimp sauce with broccoli in background

Shrimp Sauce ready for dipping!


Step 1. 

Measure your ingredients out and using a LARGE bowl pour them in the bowl together. 

Blue bowl with mayonnaise in it and a smaller bowl with hot sauce

Adding all the ingredients to the bowl.

Step 2. 

Whisk those ingredients together REALLY good until no lumps remain. 

A blue bowl with ingredients being whisked

Whisk it, Whisk it REAL good!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What Is Yum Yum Sauce?

Yum Yum Sauce is a white mayo based sauce that is often offered at Japanese Steakhouses. The chef cooks in front of you and then offers about three sauces with your meal?

One of the sauces that are typically offered is the Yum Yum Sauce (the white one). This is that sauce!

How Do You Make Yum Yum Sauce?

If you search the internet for a recipe, you will find advice saying, “Just mix mayo and ketchup together”.

WHAT? No! Do not just mix mayo and ketchup together. Please, just follow my recipe below. You won’t be disappointed!

Can Yum Yum Sauce Be Made Ahead?

Yes! Of COURSE! It is BEST when made the day before! Letting those flavors mingle in the fridge makes it taste SO MUCH BETTER!

Can I Freeze Yum Yum Sauce? 

No, Unfortunately you can NOT freeze Yum Yum Sauce. Most anything made with Mayonnaise will not freeze well. The mayo separates and is clunky and totally unappealing once it has been frozen. 

How Long Does Yum Yum Sauce Keep?

  • This keeps for about a week or maybe a little more if you keep it in a container with a lid in the refrigerator. 
  • Never leave Yum Yum Sauce out for more than 2 hours


  • Allow this yum yum sauce to sit in the fridge for a while before you add more sugar or before using on your food because  the flavors have to get to know each other first!
  • Pour This on EVERYTHING! It makes an excellent dip for chips, veggies and breads. Yum Yum is perfect on eggs and noodles. I believe you could pour it on a rubber tire and munch away!
    This recipe makes a large quantity and should stay good in your fridge for at least a week and probably more. (I just had some last night that had been in the fridge for 2 weeks).


Easy Two Ingredient Rice Dish
Roasted Chicken and Veggies (One Pan Dish)

Teriyaki Chicken

Shrimp Sauce, Japanese White Sauce  which is all the same thing!

Mom’s Holiday Brown Rice

yum yum sauce dripping down the edge of the white pitcher with green rim

Too good to stay in the container!



Be sweet and leave me a 5 STAR COMMENT 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 below, please. It helps others to find the recipes here at Loaves and Dishes.

Please sign up for the newsletter and get your FREE copy of “9 Secrets to Immediate Kitchen Confidence”! 

A photo of a bowl of Yum Yum Sauce beside a plate of broccoli and rice for Yum yum sauce

Yum Yum Sauce

This is the recipe for Yum Yum Sauce.  Easy and simple
5 from 6 votes
Print Pin Save Rate
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Yum Yum Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Rest: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 169kcal


  • 2 Cups of Mayonnaise
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ Cup of water
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or other hot sauce.


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl – may add extra sugar to taste.
  • Allow to sit in refrigerator for at least an hour before serving so that flavors can meld.


  • Be ABSOLUTELY SURE that you are using Garlic POWDER and Onion POWDER and not garlic salt and onion salt.  If you use the salt version, this recipe will be WAY too salty. 
  • Some folks like to add some melted butter and more sriracha and cayenne.  This gives more flavor without a ton more heat. 
  • The whisking sometimes seems to take forever.  No worries, just keep at it and the lumps WILL eventually whisk out.  
  • I find that either Hellman's, Dukes or Blue Plate mayo work best for this recipe.
  • It is fine to substitute a mayo substitute (like a vegan mayo) if you need to for dietary purposes. 
PRO TIP: Make this the day BEFORE you plan to use it and it will taste so much better once the flavors have had time to meld. 


Nutrition Facts
Yum Yum Sauce
Amount Per Serving (3 tbs)
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 320mg13%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 232IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Mention @loavesanddishes or tag #loavesanddishes!

***This recipe first appeared on Loaves and Dishes on April 18, 2019 and has been updated with new information, recipe tips and frequently asked questions***


Perhaps I’ve shared before that I do a lot of chanting of the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus tells us in his Sermon on the Mount that this is the way to pray and that God already knows of our wants and needs. So, I take Jesus at his word and simply say the Lord’s Prayer.

He DOES seem to know without me spelling it out.

Matthew 6:9-13

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

   on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

   as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

   but deliver us from the evil one.’


Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Monday 20th of January 2020

I made this recipe and instead of sriracha sauce I used Louisiana hot sauce. I also felt for my taste that it needed just a little more boost of sweetness so I added a tablespoon of honey. This recipe turned out amazing! I will definitely be making this alot. Thank you for sharing!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Glad you love it and that you could use substitutions that worked for you! :)


Saturday 5th of October 2019

Quick to make and delicious!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Hi Judy! Thanks for leaving a comment! I appreciate it very much! Glad you enjoyed it!


Monday 16th of September 2019

This is awesome, had never ate any until this year with my grandson, from restaurant, so as I grave it, there's not but 1 near by where I live, so I tried this, just made my second batch, just as good if not better than theirs. So now I can have it anytime. And longer it sits the better. Thank you for this..

Wendi Spraker

Monday 16th of September 2019

Hi Cookie! I'm so glad you enjoyed this sauce. It is a favorite at my house too. Thank you so much for swinging back by and letting me know!


Friday 6th of September 2019

This sounds delicious & I plan to make it.. The "Nutrition Label" provides calories per serving, however doesn't state the size of one serving. A tablespoon? Two? Thank you for such an interesting and helpful site.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 6th of September 2019

There you go, it's updated now. 3 Tbs.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 6th of September 2019

Hi Sandra, Let me see if I can go in and update the recipe card right now. Inquiring minds want to know!!!

Cecelia Carr

Friday 6th of September 2019

I love this site. I love the recipes. I LOVE the hearts that can be released when you like something. I love the sharing you do with us.

Thank you.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 6th of September 2019

Cecelia, Do you know what? I appreciate this so much! I've had SUCH A HARD WEEK and your statements of LOVE have me in tears. Thank you! :)


Want My 9 Secrets to Immediate Kitchen Confidence?