Hibachi Steak

Do you know the answer to, “what is Hibachi steak?” If not, don’t worry — you’ll find out today. In this post, we’ll answer the question and give you spectacular recipes to try at home.

What is Hibachi Steak?

This dish takes its name from the cooking implement we use to prepare it. A Hibachi is a traditional grill in Japanese culture. It consists of a metal plate that you position over a charcoal or wood fire.

It’s much like our American grills, and by using the correct recipe, we can replicate the flavor of a traditional Hibachi steak.

What makes this recipe special is the unique mix of ingredients. Traditionalists use a mixture of white vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, pepper, and sugar to create a smoky, delicious meal.

This meal is perfect for those spur-of-the-minute meals because you don’t marinate the steak overnight. You grill it, cut it into pieces, and toss it in the sauce. You can then serve it with white rice, soy sauce, ginger sauce, or teriyaki sauce.

Hibachi Steak Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. sirloin steak (remove most of the visible saturated fat)

Marinade

  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves

Mustard Sauce

  • ½ cup reduced-fat mayo
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot mustard

Vegetable Side

  • 1 cup of mushrooms, lightly chopped
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Seasoning to taste

Benihana Rice

  • 2 cups leftover white rice
  • 4 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 4 sliced green onions
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Mix the steak ingredients and marinate the meat for about 20 minutes. While waiting for the beef, carry on with the remaining ingredients.

The mustard sauce comes together quickly. Simply stir all the ingredients together before preparing the vegetables.

Warm the oil in a pan over high heat and add the vegetables. Season to taste and cook until mostly done but still slightly crispy. Add the soy sauce, ensuring that you coat all the vegetables, and then set to the side.

Using the pan again, melt the butter over high heat, stir in the garlic, and fry it for 30 seconds. Then add the rice, stir in the soy sauce, and heat it through. Finally, create a well in the rice and scramble the egg and green onions.

While waiting for that, cook the steak over medium to high heat until done to your liking. It will take between 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes before cubing and serving with the sauce of your choice.

Cheat When You’re Short on Time

The recipe below is far simpler and quicker than picking up takeout and tastes delicious.

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. sirloin or fillet steak, cubed
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp butter

Simple Sauce

  • 1 ½ tbsp teriyaki sauce or mirin
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • Pepper as necessary

Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients for the sauce and place to one side.
  • Set the stove to medium-high and melt the butter. Toss the garlic and fry until aromatic. Stir in the steak, be sure to coat every piece, add the mixed sauce, and stir well.
  • Fry for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring until you have a nice sear on the beef and the sauce reduces. Add some sesame oil and serve with rice or noodles.

Alternate Recipe for Steak Leftovers

This sauce requires a little more effort, but the taste is well worth it. It’s also a great way to use up that leftover steak. Simply cube it to get it ready.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger
  • Pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients and place them in a pot on the stove. Stir well and cook over high heat until it comes to a boil. Stir constantly to prevent the mixture from burning. As soon as it begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cook slowly for three minutes.

Stir the steak in and either serve or allow it to cool.

Now that you can answer the question, “what is Hibachi steak?” what will you learn next? Why not find out more about a London Broil or choose the best cut of beef? Our extensive knowledge base is ready for you to explore.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.