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
Recipe type: Sauce
This sauce is perfect on Fish, Chicken, Steak or Veggies. Also fabulous over rice.
  • 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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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy Kerschner July 8, 2012 at 8:16 am

I think I’d really like this with rice! :)


Renee Dobbs July 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

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


Lane R (@supperforasteal) July 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

I have always wanted to make this sauce, but never have. Mmm I’m thinking we will have a hibachi at home night soon where the sauce will be the star of the show!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen July 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

Between reading the recipe and your post I have to try this. I´m intrigued! Have a great sunday!


Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious July 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

that sauce looks so versatile! Must make.


juanitascocina July 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

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). ;)


The Daily Dish July 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

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.


Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) July 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

This is definitely “yum yum” sauce indeed!


bettyannq @Mango_Queen July 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

I love your take on salmon, which I just love, love for our suppers, any day of the week. Thanks for organizing this event. Tweet-chat with you later :-) Have a superb Sunday, Isabel !


familyspice July 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

We love salmon, too, your Yum Yum sauce sounds very yum-yum, indeed!


themessybakerblog July 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

I love yum yum sauce. This dish sounds amazing, and your little guy looks so happy preparing it. Happy #SundaySupper, Isabel!


girlichef July 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Awesome – I need this magical sauce in my house! Perfect kids in the kitchen post – saving! =)


diabeticfoodie July 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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 :)


sunithi July 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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 !!


Liz July 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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


Brianne (@CupcakeKaleChip) July 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

My little guy is a dipper too. I’ll have to try this, but I am not a big mayo person, so may swap in some Greek yogurt. Pinning it!


Fuller Family (@doggieatdinner) July 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

If this sauce can get my family to eat fish we will be eating it once a week!! Have to try it out!


Jerry July 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

OK. Yum Yum Sauce. I gotta give this a try.


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) July 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Uh…what can I say? Yum! I love sauces like this…saving to make next time I cook fish!


Kim Bee July 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm

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.


smallwalletbigappetite July 9, 2012 at 5:10 am

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.


Katy Stewart July 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

wow, thank you for sharing this magic recipe! This will solve a lot of problems for anyone cooking for little ones :)


Hezzi-D July 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The sauce sounds delicious. I bet it tastes great on salmon.


candice July 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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?


Kristen July 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

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!


MarcieR June 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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!


Toni March 13, 2014 at 1:43 am

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!


FamilyFoodie March 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I will try it. Thank you Toni!


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