Last night, after putting my kiddos to bed in what can only be described as an Olympic-level feat, I remembered I had leftovers in the fridge. But alas, the meal was as exciting as organizing my sock drawer. So, in a desperate act of mealtime salvation, I opened up Pandora’s pantry and out came Yum Yum Sauce—the heart and soul of this post.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Does Yum Yum Sauce grant wishes or something? Frankly, it might as well. Trust me, if “OMG” could be bottled up, it would definitely taste like this stuff. With a name like Yum Yum Sauce, how can you not expect an eruption of deliciousness?
In this post, we’ll unravel the secrets of this sauce that I’m pretty sure was handed down to us from the flavor gods themselves. Once you take a bite of something—anything—covered in this divine creation, you’ll question how you ever survived life’s little hiccups without it.
Stay with me here, because, by the end of this whirlwind blog post, you’ll be a certified Yum Yum Sauce whisperer, turning even the tiniest kitchen fails (we all have them, no shame) into scrumptious victories. Get those taste buds ready; we’re going on a flavor roller coaster that you won’t want to miss!
- Mayonnaise – A creamy and rich base for the sauce.
- Water – Used to achieve the perfect consistency.
- Tomato paste – Adds a nice tomato flavor and helps thicken the sauce.
- Paprika – A touch of smoky flavor to the mix.
- Sugar – Sweetens the sauce.
- Garlic powder – A classic garlic flavor.
- Lime for juicing – A tangy and fresh taste to the sauce.
- Salt – Brings out all the flavors.
- Red pepper flakes – Adds a little heat, but the amount can be adjusted to personal preference.
- Get your ingredients together and prepped. You’ll need 2 cups of mayo, ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of tomato paste, ½ tsp of paprika, 2 Tbsp of sugar, 1 tsp of garlic powder, the juice of 1 lime, a pinch of salt, and ¼ tsp of red pepper flakes.
- Throw all your ingredients in a food processor and blend them up. Now, I know you could use a whisk for this recipe, but I highly recommend using a food processor or high-speed blender for an extra smooth sauce.
- Let the sauce sit in the fridge for a full day before serving. This is a step you don’t want to skip because it really helps the flavors meld together and gives you the best yum yum sauce.
- Have fun with it! You can use this sauce as a dip or as a topping for your favorite recipes. If you like it a little sweeter, add more sugar. If you want it spicier, add some extra red pepper flakes or even siracha sauce. It’s your sauce, make it the way you like it.
Serving Suggestions for Yum Yum Sauce
Yum Yum sauce is the ultimate dipping sauce for any meal! Here are some ways to enjoy this delicious sauce:
- Dipping Sauce: Serve it as a dipping sauce for your favorite fried foods like chicken nuggets, fish sticks, or onion rings.
- Salad Topper: Drizzle some Yum Yum sauce on your next salad for a creamy and tangy twist.
- Grilled Veggies: Use it as a marinade for your favorite grilled veggies. The sweetness of the sauce perfectly complements the smoky flavor of grilled vegetables.
- Rice Bowls: Add a dollop of Yum Yum sauce to your rice bowl for a delicious and creamy addition.
- Baked Potatoes: Serve it as a topping for your baked potatoes for a creamy and tangy twist.
- Burgers and Sandwiches: Spread some Yum Yum sauce on your next burger or sandwich for a creamy and tangy addition.
- Mac and Cheese: Stir in some Yum Yum sauce into your mac and cheese for a creamy and tangy twist.
Can I use a whisk instead of a food processor for this recipe?
Though you can use a whisk for this recipe, I highly recommend using a food processor or high-speed blender. The result is an extra smooth sauce! But if you don’t have one, a whisk will work, it just might not be as smooth and velvety.
Can I use a different type of mayonnaise?
You can use any kind of mayonnaise you like, but I recommend using a high-quality, full-fat mayo for best results. If you’re looking for a vegan alternative, you could try making your own mayo using a plant-based oil like avocado or coconut.
Can I add extra spices to the recipe?
Absolutely! Feel free to play around with the ratios of this sauce. If you like it a little sweeter, add more sugar. Not spicy enough? Add some extra red pepper flakes or even siracha sauce for a bold kick. You could even try adding some other spices like cumin or cayenne pepper for a different flavor profile.
How long should I refrigerate the sauce before serving?
Refrigerate for a full day before serving for best results. Trust me, the flavors will meld together and taste even better the next day. But if you’re in a hurry and can’t wait, it’ll still be delicious after just a few hours in the fridge.
Can I use a different type of juice instead of lime?
Fresh lime juice is the best way to add the perfect tang to yum yum sauce. However, you can definitely try using other types of citrus juice like lemon or orange if that’s all you have on hand. The taste will be slightly different, but still delicious!
Yum Yum Sauce
- 1 high-speed blender or food processor
- 1 serving bowl
- 1 spatula
- 2 cups high-quality mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the mayonnaise, tomato paste, water, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried basil, dried thyme, lime juice, salt, and red pepper flakes.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth and well combined, about 2 minutes.
- Pour the blended sauce into a serving bowl.
- Drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil over the top of the sauce and gently mix with a spatula.
- Cover the sauce and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving, or overnight for best results.
- Serve chilled as a dipping sauce or as a flavorful addition to your favorite dishes.
The extra-virgin olive oil adds a rich and luxurious flavor to the sauce and enhances its overall taste.
The dried basil and thyme add depth and complexity to the sauce, elevating it from a simple dipping sauce to a gourmet condiment.
Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.