Japanese Hibachi Vegetable Recipe | Delicious & healthy

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 19, 2020

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Hibachi is a Japanese term for cooking food on a traditional and large cooking grill.

This cooking device is mobile and makes it perfect for locals to prepare delicious Japanese street food in front of the customers.

This portable food system uses heated charcoal as fuel, which is used for grilling meat, vegetables, and seafood dishes.

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Just like every other cuisine, Japanese cuisine is a combination of both traditional and modern food, and this blend is what makes it so beloved even in the states.

However, to enjoy the authentic and real flavors with the Japanese touch that we all love so much, people love the Hibachi style of cooking the best.

Hibachi style cooking is not only limited to Japan but is even popular in all western parts of the world.

It is considered the main preference of people when opting for Japanese food.


In this article, I want to show you how to make a great vegetable recipe for all of you who want a break from grilled meats, or just use it as the perfect side dish!

Hibachi grilled vegetable recipe

Hibachi grilled vegetable recipe

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A lot of preparation is needed in order to make the perfect Vegetable Hibachi. Even the size in which the vegetables are sliced matters. A brief detail of all the ingredients for a street style Vegetable Hibachi is given below:
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 1 large zucchini sliced
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup large mushrooms in parts
  • 2 tbsp butter optional
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 carrots sliced length wise
  • 1 small broccoli sliced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ tbsp sesame seeds


  • Slice all of the ingredients and marinade the zucchini in the oil with garlic powder. You can marinade all of the vegetables but I like to keep the rest to a more natural flavor myself.
  • Heat up your hibachi grill with your binchotan charcoal, that would of course be ideal. But if you don't have those don't worry. You can also grill these on any type of grill, or melt the butter in a pan over medium heat level.
  • First add the sliced onion to the grill, make sure the slices are large enough not to fall through the grates (as with all of the vegetables of course). Heat them for about three minutes.
  • Add the other vegetables to the grill or pan for about four minutes each while the onion has been on the grill for three minutes. If you're using a pan or wok and are stir frying, make sure you fry them separately.
  • Finally, mix the grilled vegetables up in a bowl and add the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and some salt and pepper to taste. I do like to keep the broccoli with a nice bite from the grill and will often times keep those separate from the mixing bowl and without sauce, just to give the dish more of a crunch.
  • Give it a final touch by sprinkling your sesame seeds on top.
  • Your vegetable Hibachi is ready.
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Note: This is a just simple style Vegetable Hibachi. You can choose from so many vegetables that are almost all delicious coming from the grill and mixed in with some of the sauce.

Heat is really important in Hibachi style cooking, as you can read in my article about hibachi temperature here.

You should definitely check that out to learn more about temperature control when cooking.


Local street food sellers don’t use a specific unit of measurement to make their delicious dishes. Everyone follows a different procedure and style, which makes them unique.

However, all of them use the same basic ingredients. It’s just the sauces and cooking techniques that make them stand apart. Since vegetable hibachi is made at an extremely hot temperature, and it takes a maximum of fifteen minutes to prepare it, one should always make sure that he/she has all the ingredients ready.

I’ll assume that you will be using a pan for this homemade style, but the traditional grill will also work, of course, just keep an eye on the sizes of your sliced vegetables so they’ll be able to fit on the grill.


The homemade style uses what one has at hand at the time, so it’s kind of like leftover day, or whatever is seasonal, and you can pick up at the market.

Therefore, there are no formal restrictions for ingredients. The basic and necessary ingredients are given below.


  1. Heat the pan for some time by adding sesame oil
  2. Stir fry the broccoli and carrots in the hot pan for about three minutes. Take out these tenderly fried vegetables and put them in a separate bowl
  3. Cook the mushroom on their own and tenderize them until they have a golden-yellow color. Add them to the mixture of broccoli and carrots
  4. And lastly, just heat the bell peppers. When everything is prepared, mix them up and add teriyaki and soy sauce, salt and pepper according to your taste
  5. Give a final touch to the vegetable hibachi by adding sesame seeds

You can also add some of these grilled Japanese eggplants. They’re a great side-dish and a pretty decent meat substitute because of all of their protein. I have six recipes in that post you can try.


Although you can certainly eat it as a side dish, vegetable Hibachi acts as the main course. It can be served with a lot of appetizing and mouth-watering sides like boiled rice (with one of these sauces!), bun, bread, coleslaw, etc.

The quick street style vegetable hibachi is mostly served alone. While at a traditional and fancy restaurant, it is served with an appetizing second food course.



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Each serving of Vegetable Hibachi contains enough calories for a regular and healthy person. It is a complete meal and not a snack.

Here are all the nutritional facts for one serving of vegetable Hibachi:

Total Calories 40 calories per 100 gram serving
Fat Content 2 grams
Carbohydrates 4 grams
Protein 1 gram
Sodium 850 milligrams


This is another basic hibachi vegetable recipe you can try out at home.



  1. Start by heating your butter and oil in a large skillet or a wok over medium to medium-high heat
  2. Once the large skillet or wok is hot, and the butter is melted, add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion becomes soft
  3. You can then add the remaining vegetables
  4. Pour in the soy sauce and teriyaki. Add salt and pepper to taste

The total time for this hibachi vegetable side dish is about 10 minutes. You just want to cook the vegetables until they are tender. You can then serve this dish over rice. Fresh chopped green onion sprinkled over this dish is also good.


Many say that the success of good rice for hibachi vegetables is making sure you include plenty of butter and soy sauce. It is also better to use at least day-old rice because it won’t clump together, and it fries up nicely. Jasmine is also one of the best choices for rice for your hibachi side dishes at home. If you do not like fried rice, then steamed rice also works.


If you prefer noodles over rice or you want more of a variety to go alongside your hibachi vegetables, then hibachi noodles is a good contender.



  1. Heat up your wok over medium-high heat and melt the butter
  2. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic and sauté
  3. Toss in the noodles and coat with the garlic and butter. The noodles should have been boiled until they were al dente
  4. Next, add in the sugar, soy sauce, and teriyaki and stir everything together until combined
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  6. Remove from the heat. To finish the hibachi noodles, drizzle on the sesame oil and then mix
  7. You can then sprinkle sesame seeds on top, if desired

To the hibachi noodles, you can then add sautéed vegetables, including zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms. Season everything with some soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

The vegetables should be cooked on the grill for about ten minutes or until they are tender. You can also finish the vegetables off with sesame seeds as well. Total cook time for this hibachi noodles and vegetables dish is approximately 20 minutes with about 10 minutes of prep time.


Several different vegetables, along with the right sauces when cooked, make for a delicious Vegetable Hibachi. It has multiple flavors, and each restaurant and street food vendor uses his/her own techniques and methods to prepare it.

Whatever sauce and secret expertise they use, one thing is clear, it is one of the best dishes in Japan.

Sauces like teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, etc. are used to give Vegetable Hibachi a flavorful taste.

Since it contains only tendered vegetables, it is very beneficial for health. It can be a perfect dish of choice for both vegans and vegetarians (just look out for which sauces you choose so there’s no fish or anything like that used in it).

It is liked by Japanese people because it is a very light meal.


Japanese Teriyaki sauce is commonly known as Hibachi sauce. It also contains further add-ons like soy sauce, sugar, sake, mirin, and some other spices. You can also find a simple honey teriyaki sauce as well if you want a little more sweetness.

This sweet fusion of flavors is often referred to as Yum Yum sauce. Each Japanese restaurant makes their delicious secret sauce for uniqueness named Hibachi Sauce.


When taking the time to make any or all of these Japanese hibachi vegetable recipes at home, you will find yourself feeling as if you have been transported to an authentic hibachi steakhouse. You will have all the flavor without the high price tag.

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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.