Classic teppanyaki beef steak with sake / soy sauce recipe

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A Japanese beef steak with a soy-based sauce is really a true delight for any food lover.

It’s a simple and tasty recipe made with your own hands and will score brownie points with family and friends who would be coming over to spend time with you.

After all, who doesn’t love steak?

This teppanyaki steak recipe is very easy to prepare. All you need are some basic ingredients, like soy sauce, sake, and beef, along with some seasonings, like garlic and ginger. As long as you have a teppanyaki hot plate, you can make this dish easily in your own kitchen.

Teppanyaki steak with sake soy sauce

So, let’s get started with this tasty steak recipe which is so easy to make!

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How to make teppanyaki beef steak at home

Here are the things that you’ll need to make this teppanyaki beef steak and how to cook it (soy sauce-based teppanyaki sauce).

Classic teppanyaki sake/ soy beef steak recipe

Classic teppanyaki sake/ soy beef steak recipe

Joost Nusselder
A simple yet delicious Japanese steak dish.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 lbs prime beef rump to be cut into a 1-inch thick steak
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


  • Slice garlic thinly and set aside.
  • Mix sugar, soy sauce, sake, and water in a bowl to make the sauce. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the steaks.
  • Heat the teppanyaki on medium-high heat and add oil. Add sliced garlic and cook until browned. Move the garlic to the cool side if you have the room or remove it from the teppanyaki.
  • Add steaks to the teppanyaki and cook for about 2 minutes per side or however you like.
  • Add the sauce to a small pan and reduce it for a minute.
  • Place the meat on a dish. Pour the reduced sauce over it, then top with the garlic for garnish.
Keyword Teppanyaki
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Cooking tips

To begin, heat up your grill pan or teppanyaki pan on medium-high heat (this is the ideal teppanyaki temperature you are aiming for)

Brush the steak lightly with soy sauce and drizzle a few drops of sake over it.

This will add flavor to the meat while also ensuring that it stays nice and juicy.

I recommend rump steak, which is the perfect cut for this type of recipe. It’s tender and juicy, while also being simple to cook.

It comes from the cow’s backside loin, which is one of the most popular parts of the cow for cooking.

But you can use any type of beef cut that you like for this recipe, like rib-eye or sirloin.

Just be sure to cut it into thin, uniform slices so that it is cooked evenly on your grill pan or teppanyaki.

The principle behind teppanyaki is that the meat is supposed to be thinly sliced.

If you’re ready to splurge, you can buy Japanese wagyu beef, which is considered the finest beef in the world. It’s extremely tender and has a rich, buttery flavor that really makes this dish stand out.

If you want to, you can even marinate the steak with some soy sauce and other seasonings before cooking. This will give the meat an extra boost of flavor that you’re sure to love.

Substitutes & variations

If you prefer a richer steak sauce, try using Worcestershire sauce or some other type of soy-based sauce in place of the regular soy sauce.

But the shoyu really gives that classic umami flavor that pairs well with the beef.

You can also experiment with adding different seasonings to the steaks, such as ginger or black pepper.

When it comes to the sake, you can use dry sherry or white wine instead.

Just keep in mind that these might add a different flavor profile to the dish, so you may need to adjust your other ingredients accordingly.

Some people also substitute the sake with mirin, which is a type of rice wine that has a sweeter and more mild flavor.

If you are unable to obtain prime beef rump for this recipe, you can substitute it with a cheaper cut of steak, such as flank or skirt.

Just be sure to cook the steak for longer on each side so that it is nice and tender.

Think of this recipe as something similar to the Western Guinness Rib-Eye Steak, which also contains a soy sauce marinade.

Finally, if you don’t have a teppanyaki pan but still want to make this classic Japanese steak recipe, simply use a grill pan or cast iron skillet instead.

The cooking process will be a bit different, but the end result should still be delicious and satisfying!

What is classic teppanyaki beef steak with sake/ soy sauce recipe?

Classic teppanyaki beef steak with sake/ soy sauce recipe is a popular Japanese dish made from prime cuts of beef that are marinated and cooked on a teppanyaki hot plate.

The “sauce” is the star of the recipe because it gives the beef a delicious umami flavor. Soy sauce is the essential ingredient that flavors the meat, whereas sake makes it tender.

This recipe is easy to prepare, requiring only a few simple ingredients and minimal cooking skills.

Whether you’re an experienced chef or a beginner, you’ll love the rich flavor and tender texture of classic teppanyaki beef steak with sake/ soy sauce.


Teppanyaki-style cooking originated in Osaka, Japan, in the 1940s and has since become a popular cooking style around the world.

Beef is one of the most commonly used meats in teppanyaki recipes due to its high quality and rich flavor.

It is often paired with a soy-based sauce to give it a delicious umami kick.

In fact, soy sauce and sake have been staples in Japanese cooking for centuries, typically used to flavor a variety of dishes, including fish, poultry, and meat.

How to serve and eat

This dish is usually served hot, either on its own as a main course or with sides like rice or vegetables.

Since the meat is a bit savory, steamed or lightly sautéed vegetables work particularly well.

Salads or pickled foods can also be a great accompaniment, as the light acidity helps balance out the rich meat.

You can also opt for some typical Japanese teppanyaki side dishes like ohitashi which is a Japanese Spinach salad.

Japanese turnips with miso or a seaweed salad would also be delicious.

French fries and roasted potatoes are other Western-style popular side dishes that pair well with teppanyaki beef steak.

Some people also like to drizzle a bit of teriyaki sauce over their steak for an extra umami kick.

For even more sauce, you can dip the steak in a dipping sauce like ponzu or mustard.

When eating teppanyaki beef steak, you’ll typically use chopsticks or a special pair of “teppanyaki” chopsticks that are designed for grilling.

Simply grasp the meat with your chopsticks, dip it in some sauce, and enjoy.

Find more tools you need for cooking teppanyaki style here

How to store

Teppanyaki is best stored in the refrigerator, where it can stay fresh for up to 3 days.

It’s best not to put any sauce on the steak until you’re ready to eat it, as the sauce can cause the meat to spoil more quickly.

Then you can make some fresh sauce when you’re ready to eat the reheated steak.

To prevent the steak from drying out, be sure to tightly wrap it in plastic wrap or store it in a tightly-sealed container.

If you have any leftover steak, you can also freeze it for later use.

Similar dishes

There are so many teppanyaki dishes to try. A Korean version of this dish is called Korean-style skirt steak.

It’s seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic. It tastes very similar to the recipe I just shared.

Some of the most popular options include teppanyaki beef teriyaki, chicken and shrimp teriyaki, and salmon fillets with teriyaki sauce.

Wagyu beef is also a popular ingredient in teppanyaki-style cooking, as it has a particularly rich and buttery flavor.

If you’re looking for similar Japanese meat dishes with sauce, you might also enjoy donburi, yakitori, or even tonkatsu beef!

For a more traditionally-inspired teppanyaki dish, you might consider trying teppanyaki tofu with ginger and daikon.

No matter what type of teppanyaki dish you prefer, there’s something for every palate and cooking style. So why not try them all?


If you are looking for a delicious and satisfying Japanese dish, then classic teppanyaki beef steak with sake/ soy sauce is a classic you must try!

This recipe is simple to prepare and features a flavorful marinade made from soy sauce, sake, and other seasonings.

The meat is cooked on a hot teppanyaki grill, resulting in juicy, tender slices of beef that are full of rich flavor.

Soy sauce and sake are staples in Japanese cooking, and they pair perfectly with high-quality beef to create a dish that is both savory and satisfying.

Whether you are an experienced chef or a cooking novice, this dish is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Also read: want more teppanyaki steaks right from the grill? Try these top recipes!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.