For the first recipe we are starting big. A complete Hibachi dinner for 2!

We found an awesome recipe from B. Coop from the website Coop Can Cook.

And oh boy, can she cook.

It looks a bit overwhelming maybe when you look at it, but have faith.

She will guide you thru the process all the way.


Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

For 2 persons

What you need:

Yum Yum Sauce:

1 1/4 cup mayo

1 tsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp paprika

1 T melted butter (unsalted)

1 tsp tomato paste

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

2-3 T water

Ginger Sauce:

1/2 onion (chopped)

2 T lemon juice

1 T grated ginger

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 tsp white vinegar

1/4 tsp sugar

Hibachi Rice:

2 cups cold, cooked rice (white rice)

1 T sesame oil

2 T butter

2 T soy sauce

1/2 sweet onion (chopped)

1 large egg

chopped green onions

Hibachi Noodles:

1/2 lb or 6 oz noodles (Udon, Rice, Ramen, or Linguine)

2 tsp sesame seed oil

1 T garlic butter

2 T soy sauce

1 T teriyaki sauce

Optional: 3-4 green onions (chopped, both the white part and green part, separated)

Hibachi Vegetables:

1 large zucchini (quartered)

1 sweet onion (chopped)

1 T vegetable or canola oil**

1 tsp sesame oil

1 T soy sauce

1 T garlic butter

pinch of salt

Hibachi Steak and/or Chicken:

1 pound of chicken breast and/or sirloin steak (cut into bite-sized pieces)

1 T vegetable or canola oil**

1 tsp sesame oil

2 T garlic butter

2 T soy sauce

1 T teriyaki sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Hibachi Shrimp:

1 lb raw shrimp

1 T vegetable or canola oil**

2 T garlic butter

1 T soy sauce

1 T teriyaki sauce

lemon juice (optional)

Garlic Butter:

1 stick unsalted butter (softened at room temp)

1 T minced garlic

1 tsp chopped parsley

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

One of my goals is to show my Cookies how to make restaurant quality meals in your own kitchen. Call me crazy, but I truly believe anyone can cook with the right guidance. Good food looks intimidating. Especially, when the chefs are flipping eggs in hats, lighting fires, and juggling spatulas! Coop can’t teach you that unfortunately. BUT, I can show you how to make a Hibachi dinner at home that will rival your favorite restaurant!

For me, the highlight of a Hibachi meal is the Yum Yum Sauce! I pour that stuff over the entire plate! It’s surprising that something so good is so easy to make using very few ingredients. Just be sure to make the sauce a day or at least a night in advance to give those flavors time to bloom. 

I’m using a cast iron, two burner griddle for this. I love this thing! It allows me to cook two components of the Hibachi dinner at the same time. Making me feel like a real pro in these streets! But, you certainly don’t need it. You may use separate pans, skillets, woks, or even an electric griddle. No need to purchase extra tools just for this. Use what you have!

I use two types of oils. Vegetable oil and sesame oil. The sesame oil is used mainly for flavor which is why it is added in at the same time as the soy sauce and other flavoring agents. It adds that Hibachi flavor I’m used to from the restaurant. It also has a thicker consistency than other oils. A little goes a long way. We want to use it sparingly, so be sure to stick to my measurements.  If you can’t find the sesame oil, don’t worry. The taste will be perfectly fine without it. And, the vegetable oil is used to coat the cooking surface to prevent sticking and burning, of course.

When it comes to fried rice, I like to have my rice cooked and chilled in the fridge a day before cooking. But, Hibachi rice is a little less demanding. You never want to cook your rice and then immediately use it for these type of recipes though. I like to cook the rice a couple of hours before using it to allow it to cool some. This prevents it from getting mushy and overcooked. I only use eggs and sweet onions in my Hibachi rice, because that is the way it is prepared at my favorite, local Japanese restaurant. But, feel free to add peas and carrots to your liking.

Hibachi veggies! Use your faves! I kept it simple and just used sweet onions and zucchini in this recipe. But, I have used broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms as well. Customize your Hibachi dinner to you and your family’s taste.

As for the protein, I only used steak and shrimp in the video. However, I do provide you with the steps for chicken as well. Hibachi is fairly simple cooking. The same cooking method is basically used for all of the protein. The cooking time is really the only variable.

I’m able to find garlic butter in my local supermarket. But, if it’s hard to come by in your area, I gotcha covered! Garlic Butter is very easy to make at home as well. And it really takes the flavors of the Hibachi meal up a few notches! The recipe is below. 

Hope my recipe is helpful and encouraging enough for you to try this dinner idea for your family! It’s very fun and not as complicated as it looks! 

Happy Cooking,

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