Lemon Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Yum Yum Sauce

Lemon Ginger Shrimp Skewers + Yum Yum SauceRecreate your favorite hibachi restaurant at home with these juicy, lemon ginger shrimp skewers dipped in refreshing, homemade yum yum sauce. The flavors are a divine contrast. While the shrimp are tangy, the yum yum sauce is cool and creamy. Every bite contains complex and contradicting flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

For me going to a hibachi restaurant has always been a memorable event. Between their unique atmosphere and the quality of their food, I pretty much remember each and every time I’ve eaten hibachi. I even remember as a kid seeing the onion volcano for the first time. I was utterly amazed and delighted. (I hope you know what I’m talking about!).

This shrimp skewer recipe brings the thrill and excitement of hibachi right to your home. While I don’t recommend you attempt knife tossing in your kitchen, I do recommend eating this recipe when you’re in the mood for something fun and refined. The yum yum sauce is so fresh, you’re going to want an entire bottle of it in your fridge at all times. The shrimp are so tangy and complex, you’ll be shocked by how much flavor something so small can contain.

Considering all the flavor and fun this dish has, you’d think it’d be difficult to make, but that’s not the case. In fact, it’s pretty simple. The only caveat being you have to plan ahead since the shrimp have to marinate overnight.

I actually like entrees that allow me to do most of the work ahead of time. The first reason being that I don’t have to cook much the next day when I’m hungry and ready to eat. The second reason being the anticipation. I get to look forward to a great meal, because yes, I daydream about upcoming meals…Anyway, for this recipe I like to make the yum yum sauce the night before when I make the shrimp marinade. If you go this route, be sure to store the yum yum sauce in a tightly sealed jar or container in the refrigerator (and to not eat it all before you eat your shrimp skewers!).

I hope you have as much fun as I did making these shrimp skewers and transform YOUR kitchen into your own hibachi place. As always leave me a comment with any questions, comments, or if you would like to further discuss onion volcanoes.


Shrimp Skewers

  • 1 & 1/2 lbs. medium (20 – 30 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on
  • kabob skewers
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Yum Yum Sauce

  • 1/2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. & 1 tsp. milk
  • 3/4 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper


  1. In medium bowl, combine ginger, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Pour into large ziplock bag along with shrimp. Marinate in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Whisk together butter, mayonnaise, milk, tomato paste, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Refrigerate in sealed jar or container.
  3. Preheat oven to broiler setting. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Slide 3 to 4 shrimp onto each kabob skewer, piercing each shrimp twice, and lay onto baking sheet.
  4. Once oven is heated, broil shrimp on baking sheet for 1 minute on top rack. Remove from oven. Flip each skewer. Broil another 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with yum yum sauce. Yields 4 servings.
Lemon Ginger Shrimp Skewers

Be sure to check out this recipe and more at Fiesta Friday #109 co-hosted by Little Sweet Baker and thebrookcook.


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