This Keto Yum Yum sauce is a low-carb version of the Japanese-American steakhouse classic sauce with an added twist of umami: soy sauce! It is sweet and spicy with just the right amount of tanginess that makes it versatile enough to go with grilled meats and seafood, cauliflower fried rice, a keto “corn” tortilla salad, and keto tempura! I have even slapped this sauce on burgers with keto buns and dipped my zucchini fries in it – a true keto condiment for any and everything!
- What Is Yum Yum Sauce?
- How Do You Make Yum Yum Sauce Keto?
- What You Need To Make A Keto Yum Yum Sauce
- How To Make Keto Yum Yum Sauce
- Can You Make A Vegan Keto Yum Yum Sauce?
- Can This Recipe For Keto Yum Yum Sauce Be Made Gluten-Free?
- What To Enjoy Keto Yum Yum Sauce With
- The Recipe:
Japanese food has to be one of my favorite cuisines, especially for a keto diet (you should check out this keto-style miso salmon recipe from The Cheesecake Factory too).
The preparation is mostly whole, fresh foods prepared in a simple manner – keeping the natural flavors and nutrition intact, much like the way Teppanyaki restaurants, or Japanese steakhouses, serve most of these dishes.
What better to serve with delicious hibachi grilled meats and vegetables than a yummy dipping sauce (get the joke)?
A basic recipe for Yum Yum Sauce should have the three main flavors- sweet, sour, and spicy – and making a keto version is as easy as choosing a low-carb version of each!
And of course, if you want a little something extra, a splash of Japanese soy will make this already awesome condiment next-level!
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What Is Yum Yum Sauce?
Yum Yum Sauce (also known as White Sauce, Shrimp Sauce, Sakura Sauce, and Pink sauce) is a dipping sauce commonly found in Japanese steakhouses – in America! Yes, it is actually an American invention and thought to have been the result of the perfect cross-section of both cultures’ love of mayonnaise, the base ingredient. This mayonnaise and tomato-based sauce became so popular that Terry Ho, an owner of one of these Japanese steakhouses – Hibachi Express – began to mass manufacture the sauce and call it “Yum Yum Sauce” (now the mainstream reference to any mayonnaise dipping sauce served in a Japanese steakhouse). According to the ingredient list, this manufactured sauce includes mayonnaise, water, tomato paste, melted butter, garlic powder, sugar, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
How Do You Make Yum Yum Sauce Keto?
There are several variations, however, any version of Yum Yum Sauce can easily be made keto by paying attention to the ingredients and making substitutions where carbohydrates are likely to be found: the mayonnaise, the tomato sauce, and the sweetener.
Below are suggested keto substitutes for these ingredients:
|Original Yum Yum Recipe Ingredient||Keto Yum Yum Substitution|
|salad dressing mayonnaise (Miracle Whip)||real mayonnaise (Hellman’s)|
|tomato ketchup||sugar-free tomato ketchup, tomato paste|
|honey, maple syrup, sugar, corn syrup||erythritol, monk fruit, allulose, fiber syrup|
What You Need To Make A Keto Yum Yum Sauce
- measuring spoons
- measuring cups/measuring spoons
- spoon for mixing
- Mayonnaise (not salad dressing) – is for the creamy base
- Tomato paste – adds sweetness and color
- Rice vinegar – provides acidity and umami
- Smoked paprika powder – gives smokiness and slight heat
- Golden erythritol – adds a richer, sweet flavor than the light version
- Japanese soy sauce – for extra umami flavor
- Garlic powder – is a must-have
- Ground black pepper – balances out the seasonings
- Room temperature water – creates the perfect sauce consistency
How To Make Keto Yum Yum Sauce
Place the mayonnaise, tomato paste, rice vinegar, golden erythritol, soy sauce, ground black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and water in a bowl and mix together until smooth and a uniform, pink color.
Can You Make A Vegan Keto Yum Yum Sauce?
Yes, you can make a vegan AND keto Yum Yum Sauce by using vegan mayonnaise – some are even made with keto-friendly fats like avocado and olive oils.
Can This Recipe For Keto Yum Yum Sauce Be Made Gluten-Free?
Yes, this recipe can be made gluten-free by using a Japanese soy sauce that is labeled “gluten-free.”
Most people do not realize that their soy sauce contains gluten*, given the name of the product.
However, the process of making soy sauce includes combining soybeans and crushed wheat and fermenting them together for several days in brine.
Instead, gluten-free soy sauce is made with fermented rice instead of wheat.
Other Gluten-Free Alternatives To Soy Sauce:
Two other alternatives to gluten-free soy sauce are:
- Tamari – contains ONLY fermented soybeans and has a thicker consistency that soy sauce, is darker in color, and has a richer flavor.
- Coconut aminos* – is made from fermented coconut blossom nectar (the “sap” from coconut palms) and salt.
Bonus: Both of these contain up to 73 % less sodium* than Japanese soy sauce.
What To Enjoy Keto Yum Yum Sauce With
- Keto tempura seafood, meats, and vegetables
- Hamburgers with keto oat fiber buns
- keto sushi/sashimi
- stir-fry vegetables
- veggie “fries”
- hibachi – grilled seafood, meats, and vegetables
- salad with fried keto “corn” tortillas
- keto-style chicken wings or cauliflower “wings”
- raw vegetables (crudite)
- and so much more!
Quick Keto Yum Yum Sauce With a Twist
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl. Mix well until the sauce is uniform and a light pink color. Refrigerate the sauce or serve it immediately.
- Store this keto yum yum sauce refrigerated and in an air-tight container for up to 2 months. Shake or stir well before serving.
Have you tried Yum Yum Sauce?
Will you be trying out this keto version? Let us know in the comments!