Learn how to make Hibachi Shrimp with homemade Yum Yum Sauce right in your own kitchen. This Asian-inspired dish is wholesome, nutritious, and tasty! This is a 30-minute recipe.

a plate of shrimp with broccoli

You can make hibachi shrimp right at home. Hibachi copycat recipes don’t need to be complicated. They’re quite simple but packed with flavor.

The best part about shrimp is how quickly it cooks. You can have this shrimp recipe cooked and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even get to my local hibachi restaurant and back within that time!

Olive oil, soy sauce or tamari, and lemon juice give the shrimp its classic flavor. Paired with hibachi sauce (“yum yum” sauce), it’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve it alongside fried or steamed rice and sautéed broccoli and onions, but any vegetable combination will taste delicious.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Make Japanese-style hibachi shrimp in less than 30 minutes!
  • Serve your hibachi shrimp recipe with white rice (use cauliflower rice for keto and low-carb diets) and sautéed veggies.
  • Homemade yum yum sauce just like at the hibachi grill.
  • This simple shrimp dish tastes just like it came from a Japanese steakhouse.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for hibachi shrimp with white sauce

Olive oil – Any neutral-flavored oil will work here. Butter works too, but it has a lower smoke point so be careful it doesn’t burn. Ghee is a great option if you want the butter flavor without the risk of burning.

Shrimp – You will need large, raw shrimp that’s peeled and deveined. Fresh or frozen shrimp both work, but be sure to thaw frozen shrimp to room temperature. Once it’s thawed, pat it dry so it will sear when it hits the hot oil.

Soy sauce – Soy sauce gives the shrimp that flavor you know and love. If you follow a gluten-free diet, be sure to use tamari soy sauce.

Lemon juice – Don’t forget a lemon! Freshly squeezed lemon is best friends with seafood, and for good reason! It adds a pop of flavor that can’t be matched.

Mayonnaise – Mayonnaise is the creamy base for the white sauce.

Ketchup – A little bit of ketchup gives yum yum sauce tomato flavor and acidity.

Sugar – To sweeten the sauce! If you’re on a keto or low-carb diet, just leave out the sugar.

Seasoning – Smoked paprika and garlic powder season the sauce for even more delicious flavor.

Recipe Steps

how to make hibachi shrimp

Step One

Pour the oil into a flat griddle or into a large skillet (at least 8-10 inches). Put the skillet over medium high heat and let the oil heat up for a few minutes. You can use your regular stovetop or an electric griddle.

Don’t skip the step of letting the oil heat up. It’s important the oil is hot before you add the shrimp.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Carefully add the shrimp into the skillet in a single layer. Let the shrimp cook for 2 minutes, then turn them over. Add the soy sauce and lemon juice to the skillet and let the shrimp cook for another 2 minutes.

Step Three

Use tongs to remove the hot shrimp to a serving plate.

cooked shrimp in skillet

Step Four

To make the sauce, stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, sugar, paprika, and garlic powder in a small bowl.

yum yum sauce in bowl

Step Five

Serve the cooked shrimp with your choice of sautéed veggies, rice, or noodles, with the Yum Yum Sauce on the side.

a plate of shrimp and broccoli

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can use shrimp with the tails on or the tails off for this recipe.
  • If you want to use frozen shrimp, make sure you have fully defrosted the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator before using.
  • If you don’t have a flat griddle for your stovetop, then you can use a large skillet for this recipe.
  • If you are on a Whole30 or low-sugar diet, leave out the sugar in the sauce and be sure to use sugar-free ketchup.
  • For a quick side, serve hibachi shrimp with a microwaveable pouch of white rice.
  • You can serve the cooked shrimp alongside any vegetables you like. Sautéed carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, or edamame are all delicious options! Green onions or sesame seeds are also a nice touch for serving.

FAQs

How should I store hibachi shrimp?

Store the shrimp in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat in the microwave or a hot skillet until heated through.

How do you know shrimp is cooked?

Raw shrimp is translucent and gray. Once it’s cooked it turns a pinkish opaque color. It also curls up a little into a c or an o shape. Shrimp cooks very quickly and only needs a few minutes per side to cook all the way through.

Can I make hibachi chicken or hibachi steak this way?

Yes, the method is the same! Just be sure to cut the chicken or steak into bite-sized pieces so they cook evenly and fast.

cooked shrimp tossed with sauce

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a plate of shrimp and broccoli

Hibachi Shrimp with Yum Yum Sauce


Description

Learn how to make Hibachi Shrimp with homemade Yum Yum Sauce right in your own kitchen. This Asian-inspired dish is wholesome, nutritious, and tasty! This is a 30-minute recipe.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or other neutral-flavored cooking oil
  • 1 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use tamari or coconut aminos for gluten-free diets)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from about 1/2 of a fresh lemon)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (leave out the sugar for keto and low-carb diets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Pour the oil into a flat griddle or into a large skillet (at least 10 inches). Put the skillet over medium-high heat and let the oil heat up for a few minutes.
  2. Carefully add the shrimp into the skillet. Let the shrimp cook for 2 minutes, then turn them over. Add the soy sauce and lemon juice to the skillet and let the shrimp cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Use tongs to remove the shrimp to a serving plate.
  4. To make the sauce, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, sugar, paprika, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve the cooked shrimp with your choice of cooked vegetables, rice, or noodles, with the Yum Yum Sauce on the side.

Notes

  1. You can use shrimp with the tails on or the tails off for this recipe.
  2. If you want to use frozen shrimp, make sure you have fully defrosted the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator before using.
  3. If you don’t have a flat griddle for your stovetop, then you can use a large skillet for this recipe.
  4. If you are on a Whole30 or low-sugar diet, leave out the sugar in the sauce and be sure to use sugar-free ketchup.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Japanese-inspired

Keywords: hibachi shrimp, homemade japanese shrimp, easy shrimp recipe

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