Tuesday, July 16


Yum Yum Sauce (also known by White Sauce, Sakura Sauce or Japanese Steakhouse Shrimp Sauce), has been a common ingredient in Japanese steakhouses for many years. This sauce has also been found in sushi restaurants, but it is becoming more common.

Following popular demand, I did some research to find the best Yum Yum Sauce. This is a mixture of many recipes I found online, and a few batches that I made in my kitchen.

**Special Note** This sauce can be made with heavy mayonnaise, Miracle Whip and low fat, non-dairy mayonnaise. All of these versions taste horribly different from the Yum Yum sauces I tried at my local steakhouse. Kewpie Mayo is my only experience with mayonnaise that tastes even remotely like it. If you prefer a stronger taste or cannot find Kewpie Mayo in your area, I recommend heavy mayonnaise.

This tutorial will require:

1.5 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

1.5 Tbsp Mirin

1 Tbsp Melted Butter

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder (5ml).

1 tsp Paprika (5ml).

1 cup Kewpie Mayo (237ml).

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (2.5 ml)

1 teaspoon granulated Sugar

1/4 cup water

Microwave safe dishes

Whisk or fork


Sauce container (I use repurposed sauce bottles, empty sriracha bottles work well for this!)

This recipe yields approximately 1.5 cups Yum Yum Sauce

Making Yum Yum Sauce

  1. Place 1 Tbsp butter in a microwave-safe bowl. The butter should be microwaved until completely melted. I used my 700-watt microwave for this purpose. Your microwave time may differ slightly.

Butter to melt

melted butter

You will get broken glass and small messes in the microwave if you try to melt butter in a glass container. It takes very little time to melt butter. I would not recommend setting the microwave on for more than 15 seconds.

  1. Mix 1 cup Kewpie Mayo into a bowl. Add the butter to the top.

Kewpie Mayo

melted butter and kewpie mayo

  1. Measure out the garlic powder and then add 1 tsp.

Adding garlic powder to make Yum Yum Sauce

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of paprika to the mixture.

Adding paprika to Yum Yum Sauce

  1. Add 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper to the mixture.

Adding cayenne pepper to Yum Yum Sauce

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar to the mixture:

Adding sugar to Yum Yum Sauce

  1. Mix 1/4 cup water with the mirin and rice wine vinegar together and mix all ingredients together.

Yum Yum Sauce

  1. The last step is crucial: Cover your bowl or pour the sauce in a container and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least one night. This allows all the flavors to combine! You can’t make it taste good if you don’t let it sit for at least a night.

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