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Homemade Yum Yum Sauce (Shrimp Sauce)

The Best Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe (Japanese Shrimp Sauce)Easy 5 -Ingredient Homemade Yum Yum Sauce, AKA Shrimp Sauce at Japanese Hibachi restaurants.

Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe (Japanese Shrimp Sauce)
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Even the most health-conscious people I know throw caution to the wind, and drown their food in sauce, when Yum Yum Sauce is present.

Yum Yum Sauce is most often found in Japanese Hibachi restaurants. It’s sometimes called Shrimp Sauce or White Sauce, although it’s slightly salmon-pink from the addition of tomato and spice.

Making Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe (Japanese Shrimp Sauce)

You can serve Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe as a drizzle with stir fry dishes. Or use it as an all-purpose dipping sauce for seafood, veggies, chips, and pretty much any other hand-held food you can dunk.

We love to drizzle a little Homemade Yum Yum Sauce over Hawaiian Ahi Poke and Crispy Fish Tacos as well!

5-Ingredient Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe (Japanese Shrimp Sauce)

You can buy pre-made Yum Yum Sauce at the grocery store. However, I find the bottled variations are cloyingly sweet from the use of high fructose corn syrup.

Our Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe requires only 5-ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make. With just mayonnaise, sugar, ketchup, rice vinegar, and Lawry’s Seasoning Salt you can make amazing restaurant-style white sauce to pour over everything.

Best Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe (Japanese Shrimp Sauce)

I like using classic Lawry’s Seasoning Salt to cut down on ingredients, because it contains all the spices needed for shrimp sauce. You can easily adjust the seasoning to taste. You can adjust the sweetness to taste as well.

You can even use low fat mayonnaise to lighten-up this beloved dipping sauce.

Perfect Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe (Japanese Shrimp Sauce)

Homemade Yum Yum Sauce is a fabulous condiment for summer. Make a batch and keep it in the fridge for fish fries, veggie trays, and all your asian inspired dishes!

Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Recipe (Japanese Shrimp Sauce)
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Homemade Yum Yum Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Easy 5 -Ingredient Homemade Yum Yum Sauce, AKA Shrimp Sauce at Japanese Hibachi restaurants.
Servings: 1 cup



  • Mix all ingredients together. Whisk in 3 tablespoon water to thin out the sauce.  Taste and add more seasoning salt if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 324kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 591mg, Potassium: 11mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: Sommer Collier

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8 comments on “Homemade Yum Yum Sauce (Shrimp Sauce)”

  1. How long does it stay good in refrigerator?

  2. Made with Splenda, add just a touch less that you would for sugar because to does make it very sweet. Is delicious, my husband and I ate it all in one dinner!  Highly recommend!!

  3. Excellent recipe!
    Puts reg cocktail sauce to shame!!!

  4. This is a fantastic recipe. It tastes as good, if not better than the shrimp sauce we get from a local jap house. It was a little too sweet for me, so I added an extra tsp of vinegar. Another thing I added was about 1/2 a cup of Sriracha. That was just personal preference, though.  

  5. So easy to make and WAY better than the store-bought stuff. Thanks again!

  6. Could you use Splenda (or another alternative sweetener) instead of sugar?

    • Absolutely! If you have an alternative sweetener you prefer, go with that! Make sure to check the packaging for substitution measurements. Not all sweeteners convert as 1:1 ratio.