Yum Yum Sauce #SundaySupper

Yum Yum Sauce

I have a secret. It’s a sauce.  One that every child loves!  I’m not kidding.  Not only that, they eat things that they would never, ever, ever eat if you tell them they can dip it in this sauce.  I’m not so sure that they even like the actual sauce as much as they like the name… seriously, even adults will eat almost anything dipped in Yum Yum Sauce.

I discovered it many moons ago.  When my older two were young, we went out to dinner with Ron’s parents and in an effort to keep the kids busy, we decided to go to a Japanese Steakhouse.  You know the ones, the chef stands in the middle and cooks and throw things all over the place. It keeps little ones so entertained, they hardly even realize that we are asking them to sit still for over two hours.

Well, on that particular night, Ron ordered his Steak, I ordered my Salmon and we ordered the kids Chicken.  As everything was up in flames in front of us, out came this little bowl filled with an Orange Sauce.   Ronnie, immediately dipped his finger in it and said “Yum.”  When his Chicken came out, he dipped it in the sauce and again “Yum.”  Ron gave him a piece of steak and again “Yum.”  Determined that my kids would love fish, I put a piece of Salmon in front of him.  He diligently dipped it in the sauce and said “Yum.”  This was just amazing but who was I to mess with such a good thing.  I placed a piece of broccoli in front of him, after inspecting it, he dipped it in the sauce… “Yum.” Green beans…”Yum.”

I realized at that moment, that this must be some type of Magic Sauce.  We are known for the No Thank You Bite at our home but I wasn’t hearing any No Thank You’s just Yum!  I asked our chef what kind of magic sauce this was and he replied “Yum Yum.”  Was he talking baby talk?  He reassured me he was not and that the name of the sauce was Yum Yum Sauce.

I had to have the recipe!  When I asked our chef, he blurted out mayo, paprika, tomato paste, and that was about it.  I spent the next couple of months perfecting my Yum Yum sauce.  It was magic, no matter what I put in front of my kids, if they could dip it in Yum Yum Sauce, they ate it!  After many attempts, I perfected it and today we not only use it as a dip but also as a marinade.  It is fabulous as a marinade on grilled Chicken and Fish.

Reis was in the kitchen creating some awesome Reisipes this week.  I love that he got me a glass of wine to go with my Yum Yum Chicken.  He can cook for me any day!

Yum Yum Salmon

I hope your family enjoy’s the Yum as much as we do!

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Yum Yum Sauce
This sauce is perfect on Fish, Chicken, Steak or Veggies. Also fabulous over rice.
Recipe type: Sauce
  • 2 Cups Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Juice of one Lime
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • *if you like some spice, add ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend in food processor
  2. Refrigerate for 24 hours prior to serving
  3. Use as a marinade and as a dipping sauce
  4. YUM!

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  1. Renee Dobbs says

    I am making this sauce this week! I have been looking for a different sauce to go with chicken. Thanks for sharing this today.

  2. juanitascocina says

    I have an abundance of salmon in the freezer and I’ve been looking for some way to prepare it all. This sounds yum (yum). 😉

  3. says

    Omg, I just love reisipes. That made me gasp and how cool his name sounds like that 😉 That yum yum sauce sounds delicious and I’m not gonna lie, we are totally trying this out. Maybe I can get the only picky eater I have left to try some things with the yum yum sauce. It reminds me a little of comeback sauce which is one of those sauces that when the kids were little I put everything in. For the record, your sauce is much more elegant and yummy sounding! haha
    Love the pic of Reis, concentrating so hard.

  4. diabeticfoodie says

    I’ll definitely need to get my yum on! The sauce sounds great as does the salmon. Is your son going to be a food blogger? He’s got the perfect blog name :)

  5. says

    ooh this sauce looks so versatile ! Will make a batch and will come in handy for those days when you need a quick marinade ! Thanks for sharing and hosting all the fab #SundaySuppers !!

  6. says

    What a great recipe…and it’s made from items I always have on hand! Love this!!! Excellent #SundaySupper post~

  7. says

    I am fully supportive of any sauce called Yum Yum. Looks super good. Would be great over salmon for sure. Thanks for another great week Isabel.

  8. smallwalletbigappetite says

    I don’t like mayonnaise so I never have it in the house, much to my husband’s dismay. I think I might surprise him and get some to make this sauce. It would make his day! Thanks for sharing.

  9. candice says

    I’m intrigued! Thanks for sharing this magic sauce. Can the sauce be used a marinade right after it’s blended in the food processor?

  10. says

    I make a sauce we call “fry sauce” that is also mayo/tomato based, but yours sounds better. It’s funny how kids will eat more when there is something to dip it in!

  11. MarcieR says

    I am not a person that normally feels the need to comment on a recipe. To be completely, bluntly honest, I get very annoyed by the people that say the recipe was ok but actually they changed most of the ingredients so therefore didn’t actually make the original recipe and (much less annoyed but still a little peeved) by the comments that are based on looks alone. (I really want to know what people thought after actually making the original recipe) Any how now that my silly rant is over I will say that I LOVE this sauce.
    *It is very close to what I get at my local Japanese restaurant. It really does need to set overnight.
    *The sauce was a little sweet so it really complimented my shrimp.
    **IT MAKES A LOT! Though I love it, I don’t think that I could ever use it all before it would go bad.
    * I used Hellman’s mayo and fresh lime juice (I”M not sure if it made a difference or not but it seems to be important in other similar recipes)
    * over all, it totally rocked!

  12. Toni says

    You have to use japanese Kewpie mayo to get this perfect! They say mayo at the restaurant but almost every one of the chefs told us Kewpie!


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