Make Everyone’s Favorite Condiment: Yum Yum Sauce

Bowl of pink yum yum sauce

If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant before, you’ve probably had one of the most delicious condiments on the face of the earth; yum yum sauce. This stuff is tasty, and if you love adding a little something to your food before you eat, you may want to try it for yourself. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to make your way to a local restaurant to get a taste of the treat. Instead, you can make it yourself at home. Just take a look at these directions for making your own yum yum sauce so you can enjoy it just about any time you want.


First things first: Start by gathering all your ingredients in one place. You may have some of this stuff in your pantry already. If you don’t, you can easily pick it up at the store before you get started. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 16 ounces mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, less if you use ketchup
  • Hot sauce cayenne or dried red pepper flakes (optional)

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This is one of the easiest recipes to make once you get all of your ingredients together. Just measure them out, then put them all into a food processor together. You’re going to want to blend everything in your food processor for a few seconds to make sure everything is well-incorporated. You can add or reduce the spice level depending on how spicy you like your food.

When you’re done with the food processor, it’s time to store your yum yum sauce. While you can eat it right then and there, you’re probably going to want to save some for later too. Since it has mayo in it, you’ll want to store it in the refrigerator in a container with an airtight lid.

Now that you know how to make your very own yum yum sauce, you can eat it whenever you get a craving for it – whether you pair it with Japanese food or something completely different. Trust us, it’s going to be delicious.

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