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Yum Yum Sauce (w/ Unrefined Sugar)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Yum Yum sauce is a creamy hibachi sauce for meat, seafood, veggies and rice. Make this healthier gluten free condiment with unrefined sugar!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup full fat paleo mayonnaise *see notes
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened ketchup or 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon melted clarified butter (for lactose free, use ghee)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika *see notes
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 23 Tablespoons water *see notes


  1. Combine ingredients in a medium size bowl. Whisk or beat together until creamy. 
  2. Taste and season with salt/pepper to your liking. 
  3. For best flavor, refrigerate in an airtight container for 8-24 hours before serving.
  4. When not using, refrigerate in an airtight container. It will keep for up to 7 days.


  1. Paleo mayonnaise is made with cold pressed plant oils, not industrial oils. Ex: olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, or naturally refined coconut oil. 
  2. For a smokier flavor, use smoked paprika.
  3. For thinner sauce, use 3 Tablespoons water.
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: N/A
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 53
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 100.4 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 11.9 mg

Keywords: yum yum sauce, Japanese white sauce, sakura sauce, hibachi sauce