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You can bring the Japanese way of cooking to your home with a mind-blowing invention: the Teppanyaki grill.
It’s just used all over the world and you can’t walk into any diner without seeing a flat surface grill plate.
And who can blame them for wanting to use the large cooking surface of this Teppanyaki grill and being able to cook multiple ingredients at the same time?
You can, of course, use this cooking style for several types of meals, and it’s just the best for hosting your dinner parties or doing a barbecue-style dinner with added stir-fry food.
It’s easy to get started in this type of cooking, and for beginners, I would recommend starting with a tabletop grill and see if it suits you.
I use stovetop grills myself now but bought a tabletop grill when I first started out and would advise you to get the Zojirushi Gourmet Sizzler, which is one of the best premium Japanese tabletop electric teppanyaki grills I’ve found for such a great price.
This way you can start creating your own teppanyaki dishes with ease and see if it’s for you, and eventually maybe upgrade.
- and chopped vegetables
They all taste fabulous when cooked on the Teppanyaki Grill.
Just check out this video with the tabletop grill:
The non-stick surface means not much oil is required while cooking.
Also, the drainage holes coupled with an oil drip tray ensure that your food stays fat- and grease-free, so actually the food cooked Teppanyaki-style is way healthier and retains its natural nutrients and flavor better.
You would simply love all these great meals that you can cook with a flat top grill plate.
Electric teppanyaki grills are designed for indoor use, while the gas ones are for outdoor grilling.
Teppanyaki uses very light seasoning and it mostly relies on using very fresh ingredients that are just full of flavor in and of themselves.
This style of cooking relies heavily on the ingredients and tries to enhance, instead of adding to the original flavor of the ingredients used.
Seasonings are however limited to:
- soy sauce
- salt and pepper
- and garlic, which is the main flavor when making stir-fried bean sprouts, or meat and chicken breast.
Let’s take a quick look at the different options you can buy. Each of these I found to be the best in their category. After this overview I’ll discuss each option more in-depth:
|Best indoor tabletop Teppanyaki grill: Zojirushi EA-DCC10 Gourmet Sizzler Electric Griddle||
|Best cheap Teppanyaki grill: Presto Slimline||
|Healthiest & best infrared Teppanyaki grill: Princess Japanese & Korean BBQ||
|Best kitchen countertop Teppanyaki grill: WeChef Professional||
|Best large electric Teppanyaki grill: Costzon 35 inch||
|Best indoor & outdoor stovetop Teppanyaki grill: Everdure Furnace||
|Best stand-alone outdoor Teppanyaki grill: Blackstone 1554 36″||
|Best portable grill top Teppanyaki grill: Little Griddle SQ180||
Best reversible teppanyaki grill: Legend Cast Iron Griddle
You can see the stovetop grill that I’m using right now is on there as well, but be sure to start with a tabletop grill if you’re just starting out. Especially if you want to use it for parties.
In this post we'll cover:
- 1 Teppanyaki grill buying guide
- 2 What goes into the cost of a stovetop teppanyaki grill?
- 3 Best types of teppanyaki home grills
- 3.1 Best indoor tabletop Teppanyaki grill: Zojirushi EA-DCC10 Gourmet Sizzler Electric Griddle
- 3.2 Best cheap tabletop Teppanyaki grill: Presto Slimline
- 3.3 Healthiest & best infrared Teppanyaki grill: Princess Japanese & Korean BBQ
- 3.4 Best kitchen countertop Teppanyaki grill: WeChef Professional
- 3.5 Best large electric Teppanyaki grill: Costzon 35 inch
- 3.6 Best indoor & outdoor Stovetop Teppanyaki grill: Everdure Furnace
- 3.7 Best stand-alone outdoor Teppanyaki grill: Blackstone 1554
- 3.8 Best portable Teppanyaki grill: Little Griddle SQ180
- 3.9 Best reversible teppanyaki grill: Legend Cast Iron Griddle
- 4 Features of a Teppanyaki grill
- 5 Stand-alone grills vs. built-in Teppanyaki grills
- 6 Benefits of using a Teppanyaki grill
- 7 How to use a Teppanyaki grill
- 8 Popular foods cooked on a Teppanyaki grill
- 9 Conclusion
Teppanyaki grill buying guide
There are a few things that go into the cost of a tabletop teppanyaki grill:
Type & fuel source
If you are using your teppanyaki grill indoors, it should be an electric device because this is the safest. Thus, electric teppanyaki griddles are the only truly safe choice for apartments and indoor settings.
An outdoor teppanyaki grill is usually fueled by natural gas or propane burners. These require a propane tank so you need to have a full one on hand to ensure you don’t run out of fuel mid-cook.
The quality of the cooking surface
This is probably the most important part of the grill as it is where you’ll cook your food (although it won’t do you any good if it can’t reach the right temperatures).
It needs to be of good non-stick quality so your teppanyaki dishes will be easy to move around (that’s a big part of the cooking style) and it should be easy to clean afterward.
The two best materials are stainless steel which is very easy to clean and you can use the Teppanyaki spatula and scraper on this type of surface.
Then, there’s the classic cast iron griddle. Cast iron is an excellent heat conductor and that’s why it’s the best material if you want the griddle to heat up and cook food evenly.
With a cast iron grill, the whole cooking surface will have the same temperatures so there are no hot or cold spots and you can utilize the entire surface.
The size of the grill
Another thing to look out for is the size of the grilling surface. You will probably need a fair amount of room if you’re going to be cooking teppanyaki style.
This way you’ll be able to move around all of the separate food you’re preparing without them interfering with each other.
The other thing about a large surface is the ability to use it at a party where you or your guests can all cook at the same time.
Outdoor teppanyaki grills are much larger than small countertop or tabletop electric cookers. But, those are more practical for couples and small apartments because they are easier to store and you can always batch cook if you need to make more.
The grill’s wattage is calculated in watts and refers to how powerful the grill’s heating element is.
Most small appliances like these electric grills use between 1000 – 2000 watts so they’re quite energy efficient. However, ones like the Princess brand uses 2500 watts so it’s powerful and you can cook at high temperatures.
The higher the wattage, the better, because the grill can cook at higher temperatures and distributes the heat more evenly.
The lower it is, the less the food tastes like authentic outdoor BBQ.
Is the teppanyaki grill compact and moveable? Can you take it with you on the go or when you’re camping?
Outdoor teppanyaki grills are usually large but they have wheels and a handle so you can pull them around the backyard or patio with ease.
If you want to get a tabletop electric grill, it should have some type of handle so you can maneuver it safely. Teppanyaki plates with side handles are the best.
The temperature settings are an essential part of any electric tabletop grill and for teppanyaki, you’ll want some extra flexibility.
This style of cooking involves playing around with the heat levels so it should be able to get hot enough for quick searing, but the settings also need to be flexible to be able to get precise temperatures.
Aside from the right cooking surface for cleaning, ideally, your grill should be able to be taken apart for easy cleaning.
At least the cooking surface should be able to be removed so you can thoroughly clean it without damaging any electrical parts.
Some grill plates like Little Griddle even has removable side handles so it’s easy to clean.
Some electric griddles have components that are dishwasher safe. However, for most teppanyaki grills, you can clean the cooking surface with soapy water by hand.
Handwashing is the best way to ensure the grill doesn’t get stretched and damaged. Then, while you’re cooking, you can always use the grill scraper to rub off stuck-on foods.
What goes into the cost of a stovetop teppanyaki grill?
A lot of the same things that go into the cost of a tabletop teppanyaki grill also go into determining the price of a stovetop one, although it’s also quite different.
The quality of the cooking surface
Of course, you’ll want a quality cooking surface here as well, but the materials you’re looking for aren’t the same non-stick or ceramic coatings.
For a stovetop teppanyaki grill, you’ll want to look for cast iron preferably, or a good quality stainless steel.
The size of the grill
Obviously, you’ll want to look for a bigger grilling surface to be able to make a lot of side dishes at the same time and prepare meals for your family or even a party at once.
Just remember that you’ll also have to fit it onto your stovetop so you should make sure that it fits your kitchen.
The added benefit of a larger stovetop grill plate is that you can set it atop a few different burners at the same time and get different heat levels on each of them for searing, grilling, or resting your food.
The temperature doesn’t play the same role here as it does with a tabletop grill because you can’t set the temperature on the grill surface itself.
Instead, you’ll want to look for a quality material that can withstand high temperatures on your stove burners.
Best types of teppanyaki home grills
There are 6 types of choices you can make when looking at a teppan grill for your home:
Best indoor tabletop Teppanyaki grill: Zojirushi EA-DCC10 Gourmet Sizzler Electric Griddle
- type: electric
- watts: 1350
- size: 23.63 x 15 x 4.38 inches
- cooking surface: 19″ x 12.5″
- material: aluminum + titanium nonstick
If you’re looking for the best authentic Japanese electric teppanyaki grill, the Zojirushi is the one that performs best, cooks the food fast, and doesn’t make the food stick.
Unlike Teflon or other similar cheaper nonstick coatings, Zojirushi uses a titanium ceramic coating that is truly nonstick and you can depend on it.
Be sure to use suitable plastic utensils to avoid scratching them but there’s not much sticky mess you need to remove.
The Zojirushi stands out from other similar grills because it also has a lid which is great if you want to make juicier foods, not just pancakes, and Japanese BBQ. You can also cook healthier because when you put the lid on, you can steam meats and vegetables.
Actually, you can make anything on this thing, so you don’t just have to use it for Japanese cuisine.
If you’re looking for an electric grill that actually heats up evenly on the entire cooking surface, the Zojirushi is great. It’s one of the few electric teppanyaki machines that has a heating element located separately from the plate.
Therefore, the flat plate heats up from hot air, not the heating element so air spreads out evenly and doesn’t get hotter over the element.
You can cook at 325 – 350 degrees without worrying about hot oil splattering all over the place. Even if you make sausages and eggs or greasy bacon, you won’t get oil splatter and the grill doesn’t get smoky.
Unfortunately, the grill doesn’t quite reach 400 degrees as advertised so it takes longer to cook some foods. Also, the titanium nonstick coating is fragile and gets scratched easily.
This grill is extremely easy to clean because all the pieces are removable so you can simply wash them. Just be sure to handwash everything to protect the nonstick surface.
So, overall, this is the best teppanyaki tabletop electric grill and it is more versatile than other similar products. It has a large cooking surface and you can make any type of food!
Best cheap tabletop Teppanyaki grill: Presto Slimline
- type: electric
- watts: 1500
- size: 22 inches
- cooking surface: 13×22 inches
- material: aluminum + nonstick
If you want a cooking area as large as the grill itself so you’re not wasting space, the Presto Slimline 22″ flat griddle is the best way to cook all your favorite Yakiniku dishes at once.
The Presto is one of the best teppanyaki flat griddles because it has a nonstick coating, heats up fast, and has temperature control settings so it’s easy to use for everyone, even beginners.
This product is great for indoor parties and the occasional grilling, especially if you love making breakfast and grilled foods at home.
It’s not quite a professional grill plate, but very close and a lot of fun and great to get you started.
And why would you need a professional piece of equipment for home cooking? If you’re looking to have a great time entertaining your guest, this one would be my choice.
You can use it to cook dinner at the table, as they would do in a restaurant, and maybe even try your knife tricks :)
Or you could have everyone cook their own meats and vegetables each on their own corner of the cooking surface. That’s also always fun to do.
The electric ceramic griddle is a great family-size cooker. It’s very inexpensive and you can use it to cook all of your favorite teppanyaki dishes like sirloin steak in the comfort of your kitchen.
Since it has a non-stick surface, it’s easy to cook on this grill without the meat and vegetables getting stuck on the grill’s surface.
The griddle also has a drip tray that collects the fats and juices so the grill is easy to clean after each use because it’s removable.
One disadvantage is that the electrical cord is quite short so it might be hard to place on the table if your power outlet is farther away.
Now that you have an idea for a grill, you can get excited about the tools!
It’s the best cheap teppanyaki because you can use it on your table or countertop and it’s very budget-friendly but more durable than similarly priced griddles.
Zojirushi vs Presto Slimline
If you like to cook Teppanyaki on your countertop or tabletop, your best options are the Zojirushi and the Presto Slimline electric grills.
The first major difference between the two is the price: the Zojirushi is double the price of the budget-friendly Presto.
But, you have to consider the fact that Zojirushi is a traditional Japanese brand and this teppanyaki grill is specifically designed for this style of authentic cooking.
Thus, it has a lid too which is a feature that none of the other grills on my list have.
If you just want a simple flat griddle that heats up quickly and evenly, the Preso won’t disappoint. Actually, the Presto is a bit more powerful than the Zojirushi.
The Japanese grill is much better when it comes to clean cooking because it doesn’t require much oil and it doesn’t splatter at all.
If you put the lid on, then you can even steam your food. So, you can make delicate foods like fish and seafood (like these delicious Teppanyaki salmon recipes) without any of it sticking to the grill surface.
At the end of the day, these grills are very similar and made of the same aluminum nonstick material. It all comes down to what you’re willing to pay for a teppanyaki electric grill and if you’re a stickler for traditional teppan-style cooking.
Healthiest & best infrared Teppanyaki grill: Princess Japanese & Korean BBQ
- type: electric infrared
- watts: 1300
- size: 24.17 x 8.74 x 2.76 inches
- cooking surface: 209 sq. inches
- material: wood base and stone plate
If you want to cook the healthiest Japanese and Korean foods using as little oil as possible, the Princess stone teppanyaki grill is the most efficient infrared griddle.
Japanese and even Korean cuisine is known for its healthy dishes, but you’ll need the right tools to make sure you get the most out of your food.
If you like to make sure you can get great grilled vegetables and meats on skewers that don’t stick or even be able to toss your ingredients with great ease around on your cooking surface, without using a lot of oil, Princess Grill is your best bet.
Its ceramic non-stick surface is one of the best I’ve seen so you don’t need to use a lot of oil in the first place, but there’s a strategically placed hole right in the middle of the grill plate that just carries away all of the cooking juices, even from your meats.
This grill is more expensive than most other electric tabletop cookers but for a good reason. It’s made of natural and healthy materials that offer amazing heat distribution and retention.
Unlike the other electric grills, this one cooks via infrared and this infrared effect draws out the juicy flavors of the meat.
The grill base is made of sturdy bamboo wood and it has a stone ceramic flat plate. This offers amazing thermal conductivity so your foods sizzle on the whole cooking surface.
There are no hot spots and you can cook faster than with other electric teppanyaki griddles.
The ceramic plate is infused with crystals. These crystals increase the plate’s heat storage capacity so the one downside is that it takes longer for the grill to cool down after use. So, you need to be careful not to touch it for a while.
You can pick up the grill via the wooden handle-shaped edges and carry it around the kitchen because it’s pretty lightweight at 9.5 lbs.
The grill temperature can be adjusted in steps and it goes up to 482 degrees F, which is higher than all the other electric grills on the list. So, if you like to make sizzling steaks and Yakitori, this stone plate is the best choice.
Best kitchen countertop Teppanyaki grill: WeChef Professional
- type: electric
- watts: 2500
- size: 23.9 x 18.9 x 9.3 inches
- cooking surface: 23 x 16 inches
- material: stainless steel & cast iron plate
If you prefer an American-style stainless steel griddle, the WeChef is the electric grill many people rely on for the tastiest breakfast.
This griddle is at a similar price point to the Princess stone grill, but it’s a fully electric alternative for those of your more comfortable with a cast iron plate.
The advantage is that you can use your teppanyaki tools and accessories with this grill without scratching the cooking surface.
WeChef is the perfect electric Teppanyaki countertop grill for cooking meat, vegetables, scrambled eggs, and grilled cheese.
This is a powerful griddle and it comes equipped with thermostatic control that enables you to adjust its temperature to fit the desired cooking requirement for your different meals.
The grill is easy to use and is ideal for both commercial and home use. It fits onto most kitchen countertops because it’s a compact grill.
Also, my favorite feature is that it has special splash guards that prevent oil and grease splatter from getting all over your kitchen, furniture, and walls.
This is the feature all the other electric griddles lack and it makes the WeChef much more heavy-duty, even if you decide to make a ton of oily bacon. The splash guards are 2 inches tall and located on all 3 sides of the griddle.
This grill has adjustable feet so you can incline the cooker to make the grease drip into the grease collector pan.
When you’re done cooking, you can remove the grease tray and wash it. Overall, it’s just very convenient to use for any type of cooking.
Just be sure to wipe down the elements after cleaning and dry it well because the stainless steel gets rusty so I’m not convinced it’s made of the highest quality materials but the cast iron plate stays in good shape as long as you use plenty of oil when cooking.
But overall, this is like having your own small restaurant griddle station in your own home.
Princess Stone Grill vs WeChef Electric
These two teppanyaki grills are very different from each other. The WeChef is a restaurant-grade countertop grill with a stainless steel build. It has three side walls and splash guards for easy, mess-free cooking, even when you use lots of oil.
The Princess ceramic grill is a traditional Japanese and Korean stone cooker. This material is superior to steel because it offers amazing heat retention, distribution, and a hot spot-free cooking surface.
WeChef has a traditional grease trap whereas the Princess has an interesting grease slot in the middle of the plate which lets all the oil and fats drip down.
That’s the reason why the Princess is considered to be one of the healthiest electric infrared cookers on the market.
So, if you want to make very healthy Japanese bbq and are generally interested in healthy cooking methods, the Princess griddle is worth the investment. Ceramic material is great for oil-free grilling, especially for delicate meats, fish, and seafood.
If you want a speedy and practical restaurant-style griddle for bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, and pancakes, the WeChef is much more powerful and will make your food sizzle. Just be prepared to smoke up the house a bit so avoid cooking right near the fire alarms.
You’ve got to decide between a premium stone grill that’s very well built or a simple yet durable American griddle. I guess it depends on your cooking style!
Best large electric Teppanyaki grill: Costzon 35 inch
- type: electric
- watts: 2000
- size: 35 x 9 x 4.4 inches
- cooking surface: 316 sq. inches
- material: aluminum & nonstick coating
If you have a large family or you love to entertain guests with tasty indoor barbeque, you have to try the extra-large Costzon grill which at 35″ can fit meats, veggies, and even foods like cheese and tofu.
This electric Teppanyaki grill comes with 2 nonslip egg rings and 8 wood spatulas. That means you can cook your favorite meals on these grills for your family and friends, including restaurant-style breakfast.
It has a large cooking area (316 sq. inches), which is enough for you to entertain your family or guests at a party.
Since this grill comes with several spatulas, it means that you can get everyone involved in the cooking, which can make everyone happy. Interesting, isn’t it?
Japanese yakiniku traditions are all about communal cooking where each person can cook his or her own foods.
The Costway electric Teppanyaki grill has a non-stick surface, which means it requires very little or no oil when cooking. This means you can make healthy dishes with no added fats.
In addition, it comes with a drip tap that helps in draining any excess oil and fat when cooking.
This means the grill assists in offering healthy and low-fat meals. In addition, the non-stick surface allows you to clean the grill without any challenges after cooking.
One interesting thing about this grill is that it has an adjustable thermostat, which features 5-temperature settings ranging from low to high.
Therefore, you can easily adjust the suitable temperature you need for the food you are cooking.
So, you don’t have to worry when cooking things like beef, chicken, vegetables, and fish since the temperature control ensures that you cook every meal to perfection.
The grill’s handles are covered with an insulated cover, which means you can move the grill to your kitchen or garden conveniently and safely.
Furthermore, its legs have non-slip pads that protect your cooking platform from the heat produced by the grill. In addition, the non-slip pads ensure that your grill is stable when cooking.
One interesting thing about this grill is its portability as it is ideal for camping, caravanning, and traveling as well.
Some customers note that the cooking plate has some uneven heating spots around the edges and it takes a bit longer to heat up than the Preso Slimline grills but overall since it is a larger cooking surface, it’s to be expected.
If you want to have fun entertaining at home with an easy-to-use grill, I highly recommend the Costzon because it performs better than the competing Mellcom grill.
Best indoor & outdoor Stovetop Teppanyaki grill: Everdure Furnace
- type: stovetop & grill top
- size: 17.1 x 10 x 3.4 inches
- cooking surface: 170 sq. inches
- material: stainless steel
Are you uninterested in electric teppanyaki grills? If you want a portable griddle plate you can use on the stovetop or on your outdoor grill, the Everdure Furnace is the one flat griddle most pitmasters recommend.
Though it’s designed for the Everdure outdoor propane grills, it’s a very thick plate that heats up fast on other heat sources too.
I like how versatile it is because when you don’t feel like firing up the patio barbecue, you can prepare food in the kitchen for your family.
It’s also great for use on the barbecue since it’s easy to move and quite large. Since it has handles, you can move it from one side of the grill to the other easily.
It’s also great for using on a regular charcoal barbecue so you have some extra space to grill Teppanyaki style on a charcoal grill.
You can use it on any type of fuel, because of its very sturdy stainless steel construction. It can literally withstand any temperature you would want to throw at it so you just have to focus on moving your food around so it doesn’t get burned in the heat!
The stainless steel surface is durable and doesn’t scratch easily so you can use spatulas and grill scrapers just like a Japanese chef.
Also, since it is 304-grade stainless steel, it doesn’t rust and has anti-corrosion properties so even though it’s a pricey grill plate, it will last you for many years of barbecuing.
It’s not the largest teppanyaki plate but it’s suitable for cooking for up to 4 or 5 people. If you’re making skewers you can squeeze even more of them on there.
There’s not much to complain about with this product except the price which is a bit high for stainless steel but compared to the competition, it’s much more heavy-duty and doesn’t warp at all under high temperatures.
Best stand-alone outdoor Teppanyaki grill: Blackstone 1554
- type: propane grill
- number of burners: 4
- size: 62.5 x 22 x 36 inches
- cooking surface: 720 sq. inches
- material: alloy steel
If you’re looking for the ultimate outdoor Teppanyaki gas grill to replace your regular grill, then there’s no better option than the Blackstone 1554. This extra-large grill is every barbecue lover’s dream!
With 4 burners and a huge cooking area, it’s a full-size grill for fun backyard or camping grilling experiences with family and friends.
Imagine that you can make up to 72 hot dogs at once or 28 hamburgers. That’s enough for an entire softball team and then some!
This is just amazing when it comes to outdoor cooking. If you’re into grilling at all, you’ll love the features of the Blackstone 1554.
Most griddles have 2 burners but this one has 4 burners so you can easily make different cooking areas for grilling your ingredients and then letting them rest on another part of the grill, which is the essence of teppanyaki cooking.
The design is very practical and portable because the grill has 4 sturdy legs and they all have wheels so you can move the cooker around without any heavy lifting.
People who own this grill are saying that it’s a great value for the money because it offers amazing heat distribution from all 4 burners and you don’t get hot spots or burning oil flareups.
A cool feature with this griddle is that it has a battery-powered push-button which just means you push the button and it turns on so there’s no prepping required on your part.
The grill has a good grease management system – either a front grease drain or a rear grease drain but it collects it all so you can empty it out and wash it easily.
Overall, it’s a very well-built grill – the body is made of black powder-coated steel which holds up well in inclement weather but the actual cooking surface is made of rust and scratch-proof cold-rolled steel. That means you can use your metal tools to scrape and scrub as needed.
Although it’s a propane grill, you can also convert it to natural gas by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
One thing you should know is that running teppanyaki grills is different so the controlled burners are useful because you don’t have proper ventilation like with charcoal grills.
The only thing that is a bit problematic is that you have to season the griddle with oil. This is unclear to many people so they wonder why the food sticks. Don’t worry you can still make healthy recipes but just add a bit of your favorite vegetable oil first.
If you’re looking for a tabletop teppan that can be used on outdoor gas you should check out these we wrote about
Best portable Teppanyaki grill: Little Griddle SQ180
- type: grill top
- size: 13 x 18 x 3 inches
- cooking surface: 234 sq. inches
- material: stainless steel
Do you love the grill you have at home already and don’t want to switch it out for a flat-top teppanyaki griddle? The Little Griddle is the ideal solution because it’s portable and has side walls so grease doesn’t drip over your good grill.
The Little Griddle SQ180 Professional Series Griddle is the perfect Teppanyaki grill for outdoor cooks who want to have quality and professional results. Although it’s very affordable, it’s made of real stainless steel so it’s heavy-duty and scratch-proof.
This is one of the ultimate performers when it comes to outdoor cooking and it’s easy to bring with you as an addition to any normal BBQ.
It is made of heavy gauge stainless steel and has a decent cooking area. It’s smaller than the surface of the large Blackstone freestanding grill but still has enough space, just like an electric grill.
One notable thing about the Little Griddle is that it transforms your griddle into an outdoor kitchen, where you can cook a wide range of meals. This grill allows you to bake and even saute, just as you can do on your normal cooking stove.
Therefore you can make breakfast classics like hashbrowns and sausages, or make steak and even grill fresh fish.
The reason I personally prefer this one over the simple reversible plates is the high sidewalls. These prevent the grease and oil from dripping off onto the grill surface below so you don’t make a smoky and sticky mess while grilling.
You also get a wide grease tray to trap excess fats and it makes clean-up easier.
In addition, it has an underside cross-bracing that promotes even heating. If you use it on your charcoal grill, you’ll have to control the temperatures well but it’s a bit easier on propane and gas grills.
The grill is easy to clean and it delivers gourmet results for any serious outdoor cook. Plus, when you’re finished, the removable handles allow you to move the grill easily.
Best reversible teppanyaki grill: Legend Cast Iron Griddle
- type: grill top & stovetop
- size: 20 x 10 inches
- cooking surface: 200 sq. inches
- material: cast iron
I’m sure you’ve heard people raving about cast iron griddles – they’re known for superior heat distribution and retention and since they require seasoning, the food, especially meat is more flavorful when grilled.
So, if you want the alternative for the Little Griddle stainless steel griddle, then I recommend the Lodge cast iron reversible plate which allows you to cook teppan-style or using ridged grates.
Cooking teppanyaki-style food at home is great and when you feel like having bbq, you can use this plate on your gas stovetop.
Note that this is not induction friendly (find induction-friendly Teppanyaki grill plates here) but you can use it outdoors over a campfire.
The Legend Cast Iron Griddle for gas stovetop is a 2-in-1 reversible teppanyaki plate you can use to cook the best foods at home. It’s a really good size because 20 x 10 inches fits over two burners at once so you can cook plenty of yummy food.
One side has a smooth griddle which is exactly like Japanese teppanyaki pans and the other has a ridged side for Western-style steaks and grilled foods.
This type of griddle will last you a lifetime because it’s made of a durable cast iron material but it has a scratch-free finish. This means you can use it will all the tools I will recommend later on.
You have to season this griddle yourself with vegetable oil every once in a while but trust me, the food will taste amazing!
Also, since it’s real cast iron, there’s no toxic or unhealthy nonstick coating on it so if you want a simple and healthy way to prepare food, this plate is a great option!
Little Griddle Stainless Steel vs Legend Cast Iron
If you’re looking for the most versatile portable griddle plate, the Legend Cast iron is a universal plate – therefore, it can be used on gas cooktops, outdoor grills, campfires, and firepits.
Thus, whenever you feel like making teppanyaki, it’s ready to go in minutes.
On the other hand, the Little Griddle Stainless Steel is a great portable griddle that you place on top of your charcoal, pellet, or propane grill.
It’s got one major advantage over the cast iron plate – it has tall sides so the greasy drippings don’t get all over your grill underneath.
The cast iron plate is flat on one side and ribbed on the other but it has flat edges so you might get some oil splatter now and then.
Another factor to consider is that you need to season the Legend cast iron plate before use.
With the Little Griddle, you can practice authentic Japanese-style teppan cooking using all your favorite tongs, spatulas, and scrapers because that cooking surface is durable.
So here’s the bottom line:
- If you want to cook on the stovetop more, choose the Legend Cast Iron reversible plate because you can cook Japanese-style or Western-style.
- If you like to grill outdoors, the stainless steel Little Griddle offers great heat distribution and easy cleanup without having to get your regular BBQ grill dirty.
Features of a Teppanyaki grill
- They have a smooth surface that is either ground or polished. This ensures easy cleaning after use (here’s how to do it easily with simple vinegar).
- The edges are raised stainless steel plates that effectively contain oil during the preparation of your meals.
- It comprises a removable stainless steel drawer that holds and enables easy disposal of waste and food residue.
- Cast iron gas burners at the center of the grill plate provide the heat.
- As items are placed further away from the cooking center, temperature drops.
- The burner system is conveniently adjustable to modulate the cooking temperature (here’s what you need to know about teppanyaki grill cooking temperature).
- A push-button igniter is furnished onto the burner controls.
- It is environmentally friendly since it used clean electric energy.
- It is easily installed and requires only a cutout and one drilling for fastening. It fits most counter-surface materials.
As we have seen from above, many grills can cook such meals. So why is a Teppanyaki grill so special?
- First and foremost, a Teppanyaki grill assists you to cook food very quickly, and this makes the grill ideal for individuals who are always in a hurry or anyone cooking food for the family or at a party. Therefore, this allows you to avoid having ready food sitting on a grill for long before people start eating it.
- Teppanyaki grills are suitable for individuals having cookouts or camping trips. Even though you might be forced to serve one person at a time, you don’t have to make each person wait for long.
- Teppanyaki grills are made of durable and strong material. In addition, it is very easy to clean the grills because of their design and the material used to design them. You can easily scrape off food from a Teppanyaki grill compared to scraping off food from a BBQ. Lastly, most Teppanyaki grills are smaller than BBQs, which makes it very easy to grease them up again for seasoning.
- Because it is very easy to clean a Teppanyaki grill, you don’t have to worry about cleaning your Teppanyaki grill after using it as you would worry about cleaning your BBQ. If you fail to clean your BBQ after using it, the food particles can harden, which makes it even harder to clean the grill. However, the food residue is very easy to clean when it comes to a Teppanyaki grill. In fact, most of the Teppanyaki grills come with a drip tray or grease tray for catching oil and grease dripping from food. This makes your cooking experience even better.
- It is very easy to use a Teppanyaki grill in your home kitchen. They are the perfect cooking accessories for cooking seafood like prawn and shrimp, skewers, beef, vegetables, and other meals. In addition, Teppanyaki grills are perfect if you want to have an additional meal course. Let us say you are hosting a party and all your vegetables get finished. You can easily cook an extra batch of vegetables long before anyone notices it.
- This makes a Teppanyaki grill the ideal cooking partner for parties or big social gatherings. This is because you don’t have to worry about cooking excess food since you can always prepare something when people get hungry.
- Another distinctive feature of a Teppanyaki grill is the unique taste of the food you cook. One thing you should know about using cooking using a Teppanyaki grill is that it allows you to use spices, which still using fresh food products to prepare your food. When you combine this with the Teppanyaki cooking style, you get the opportunity to enhance the flavor of the food you prepare instead of destroying it because of the spices and seasonings.
Teppanyaki grills usually use beef as their primary source of meat. In addition, they use dark-leafy green vegetables as well as onions and carrots for their vegetables.
Tabletop teppanyaki-style barbecue grills
No kind of weather should hinder you from enjoying your favorite grill. Then why not equip yourself with an indoor tabletop teppanyaki grill?
With this kind of indoor electric cooker, you can start grilling in a couple of minutes.
Why choose a tabletop open grill?
This kind of grill is the best for all social gatherings and there is no greater joy than having everyone chipping in to do some cooking.
Well, you can even let each person cook their own food just like they would in a Japanese restaurant.
Minimal ingredients are required and there is an option of getting pre-made ingredients from the supermarket.
Since the size of the grill doesn’t take up much space, it can also be used to make sit-down meals where guests can cook and talk during the meal. A more spacious grill can cook more than 8 portions at a time while using a wooden spatula.
Extra-large grills are impractical because you just don’t need such a large cooking area inside – a Costzon 35″ is large enough!
A tabletop open Teppanyaki grill is easily portable and this saves a huge chunk of time used to move equipment from and to the kitchen because you just enjoy the food at the same place it’s cooked.
They also incorporate a unique flavor, and if you need a grill there are online stores with a variety of options to choose from.
To sum everything up, a tabletop Teppanyaki grill is your go-to grill for entertaining guests no matter the weather, and it also does not require rocket science to install and maintain.
Some pointers when using a tabletop teppanyaki grill:
- These grills are efficient as they maximize the available heat and very little energy goes to waste.
- It can be used both indoors and outdoors with equal performance. The weather may be a hindrance for outdoor use as they are electrical.
- No oil should be added when cooking meat. On the grill, the fat melts and it is sufficient to have the meat cook on its own juice.
- Start grilling on low heat and then gradually increase it.
- Do not directly turn on high heat since if there is no food on the surface, the cooking station may warp. Turn off the grill as soon as you’re done.
- If there are stubborn food residues on the surface, scrub lightly with warm water and washing liquid.
- Use the right equipment modified for non-stick cooking to avoid chipping off the non-stick layer.
- There are some grills that have a combination of grooved and flat surfaces. Food prepared on this kind of surface has grill marks similar to those on a charbroiler.
- Almost all grills and griddles are open excluding those with a combination of closed griddle and grill.
Stand-alone grills vs. built-in Teppanyaki grills
It’s great to have a fun and innovative way of cooking, or just getting to know a new style of cooking could be an amazing pastime.
Having a grill at your outdoor cooking space or just in your yard incorporates all the normal kitchen activities while letting you unwind.
If you will work from an existing deck or patio then a standalone grill is the best option. However, a Built-in grill is better suited for new designs of a deck or patio.
The following is a dissection of each type of grill, with all the pros and cons of both.
Benefits of a standalone Teppanyaki grill
A standalone grill is adaptable to suit your outdoor area. It is a very portable grill that can just be moved to any location for camping or caravanning, or if you want to use your deck or patio.
Having a standalone grill like the Blackstone for your deck or patio is more economical. However, it will not have all the features of the Built-in grill.
Benefits of a built-in Teppanyaki Grill
A built-in Teppanyaki grill is quite a package. It is spacious and can be partitioned into a counter and a space for the actual grilling. It also safeguards the components of your grill from getting damaged.
Built-in grills add sophistication to your outdoor space, make an area for indoor and outdoor cooking, and create a boundary between your grilling space and deck or patio.
This protects your family from having to be around the hot grill all the time. A built-in grill is perfect if you are designing a deck or patio.
What fits your home better?
Deciding which kind of grill is best suited to your needs may get overwhelming. These are some of the considerations to have in mind before getting one:
- The role of your outdoor space
- Design of your patio or deck
- The intended time at which the grill might be in use
A standalone teppanyaki grill is economical for budget constraints and having it on your deck or patio is more suitable.
If you have a large yard that you intend to use for barbecues then a built-in grill in an actual outdoor kitchen is probably the way you want to go, and some space for the grill should be kept in the design.
Taking your time into consideration is also important. If grilling absolutely is your thing and it’s possible for you to do it every other day, purchasing a built-in grill would be the best choice.
If the grill might be in use less often, it is much better to invest in developing another area for your home with that same space, like a play area or a lounge area with a nice sofa.
Benefits of using a Teppanyaki grill
- It adds inventiveness and presentation to cooking: The Teppanyaki grill is very suitable for parties and is very fun to cook with.
- It can be used both indoors and outdoors: Since all of the electric components are well fixed and are also well insulated, the Teppanyaki grill is safe for use anywhere. Other features such as high-quality stainless steel make this kind of grill durable and useable in all climates.
- Heat maximization: All the heat generated is only transferred to the food and nothing else. Food is always in direct contact with the heat of the cooking surface and cooks regardless of the temperature.
- Cooks a vast number of dishes: A Teppanyaki grill can cook anything according to the conventional Japanese way of cooking. Vegetables, meats, and even seafood can be conveniently prepared. The number of dishes that can be cooked on a Teppanyaki grill is immense (you can even make Teppanyaki icecream!).
- Multi-functional space saver: A Teppanyaki grill can be used as a warmer or extra space for preparation when there is nothing cooking.
- Energy-saving: The Teppanyaki grill requires just a single source of heat and all the heat is directed to the food.
- Healthy: Since all food cooked is freshly prepared, and you need little oil on the cooking surface, it is mostly very healthy.
- Universal design: There is no need for lifting and moving pans and other stuff to and fro the kitchen. This also allows even the physically challenged to prepare a meal within a short time.
- No chemicals and low maintenance: The cooking surface is easily cleaned with available kitchen stuff like cooking oil, no toxic material is used. Wiping regularly before and after use increases its efficiency.
Everyone can help to grill Teppanyaki at home
Gone are the days when you have friends coming over and you’re doing all the cooking, and they’re doing all the partying!
Now, you can cook food and kick it at the same time. And, this has all been made possible by teppanyaki.
You can stir fry your vegetables; in fact, all your friends can each get their own little portions that they want to do and cook all on their own.
It allows for cooking your fried meals all on one appliance with a minimum of hassle.
So, if you don’t want to stay trapped in the kitchen when everyone else is having fun, take the food and make it part of the party with something like this, and you’re good to go!
By and large, teppanyaki grilling is perfect for traveling, especially for camping and caravanning holidays.
Most teppanyaki grills also feature adjustable temperature control and a removable oil drip tray. They are easy to clean with their non-stick coated surface and have a large cooking surface.
It’s very much like a stovetop on a dining table, all in one. It lets you be a chef and a host at the same time, without even leaving your seat.
You would like this grill a lot for preparing your dinner over the weekend. It lets you entertain your guests and it’s fun for others too. The grill can be safely used outdoors or indoors since it has no open flame and uses electricity instead of gas.
It’s easy to assemble and can use it on porches, decks, and patios almost anywhere.
Since all you need to operate it is a power source, you plug it in, turn your heat on and you’re set.
The center can reach up to 430 degrees, which is just the right temperature to sear meat fast. Whereas, a stove or gas grill would have to be much hotter than that to get the same results.
But ideally, you want a good grill that heats the whole cooking surface evenly.
How to use a Teppanyaki grill
It usually comes with different cooking and temperature settings, so if you don’t want it too hot to burn everything, it’s really easy to use it.
If you are new to Teppanyaki style cooking and this is the first time you’ll be using it, it’s best to heat it up to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 120 Celsius.
This way, you can get the protective coatings off they apply at the factory.
You need to turn off the griddle when the coating starts to melt and wipe the surface clean with a good quality commercial cooking surface cleaner.
You must rinse the griddle top well before seasoning. Then, you can use some oil to begin seasoning the surface before cooking.
What temperature does the Teppanyaki grill need to be?
The griddle works best when you heat it up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, or 150 Celsius, and add a small amount of vegetable oil.
You can rub that in on the griddle surface with a soft cloth so that it’s rubbed right into the cooking surface of the teppanyaki plate.
This seals the surface and helps to make it non-stick.
Then, you have to wipe away excess oil and repeat it until the cooking surface appears shiny.
Remember to preheat the griddle 10 minutes before cooking, cut up the food prior to cooking, and not cut directly on the teppanyaki cooking surface.
Initially, place the food onto the preheated surface toward the back of the griddle, that way you can cook your food almost the same as on a skillet. With the large surface though, you can stir it in a continuous motion.
It works just like a stovetop since this gadget is like a skillet and a grill, all in one. They are also very portable with their easy-grip carry handles.
You can’t use pots and pans on it and over time the shiny surface may get some scratches from regular use.
But, cleanup is pretty simple – all you have to do is wipe it down with a rag dipped in a little hot water. You can also rub a scraper over the top surface to remove any burned food that might still be on there.
However, it is best to just go ahead and clean the top coating with a commercial-grade cooking cleaner and rinse well.
Off and on, you must rub a light coating of vegetable oil over the surface of the grill to prevent rust when not in use.
Teppanyaki comes in many varieties and sizes. In regions with hot temperatures and a lot of bad weather or rainy seasons, you just don’t have to worry because it is like a stainless-steel grill that you can keep outside all the time.
You don’t even have to cover it.
This disruptive invention has truly transformed the way cooking is done at home.
Not only does it facilitate partying and having a good laugh with your friends, but it also adds flavor to the food by enhancing cooking quality.
Teppanyaki grilling indoors
The most common grilling method over the centuries has been directly cooking over a flame.
This was the basis for Japanese housing which had a multipurpose fireplace that served both in domestic chores as well as cooking.
The fireplace was ideally located at the center of the main room which was a gathering place for the family.
With time, approximately 2000 years or so, charcoal derived from wood became the most used source of fire in Japan.
This was convenient since it facilitated the evolution of grilling methods to the ones which we know currently.
The Teppanyaki grill is widely used to prepare foods in most restaurants just in front of the diners.In the United States, restaurants that have this custom are known as Japanese Steak Houses.
Hibachi grills have their heat derived from sources not essential to the Teppanyaki grill such as charcoal.
Cleaning and using your Teppanyaki grill
- To remove food residues, add some water around the cooking station. Reheat until there is some clear bubbling in the water going on.
- Tongs should be used to grasp a paper towel or rag since the surface and liquids are still hot. Continue cleaning until all remaining food particles are gone.
- The stubborn stains should be removed when the surface is cold. Utilize a non-scratch nylon mesh cleaning pad.
- Scrub the cooking section while moving along the direction of the grain from one edge to the other. Avoid moving in concentric circles. Use a wet cloth to rinse.
- Make a paste to remove difficult stains. Let it sit on them for about 60 seconds and rub gently. Rinse well afterward. Remember all work should be done edge to edge following the direction of the grain, and on a cold surface.
- Lemon juice can remove heat discolorations. Cut a lemon in half and rub it gently on the discolored part. A better shine is obtained if you use vegetable oil and a rag.
- Non-stick cooking spray can be applied on the surface or on a paper towel to avoid over application.
- Remove all oil remnants using a paper towel or a clean rag to avoid staining your clothes.
Ensure that you clean your cooking station regularly since even the smallest stains can have an impact on the stainless steel with time.
Also, do not use common steel pads, wire brushes, or scrapers since they might alter the integrity of the invisible shield making it susceptible to corrosion.
Some griddles are strong and you can use special Teppanyaki scrapers (find the essential Teppanyaki accessories reviewed here) without scratching the surface.
Bleaches are also advised against. These can be chlorine bleaches, Ajax, or any abrasive and household acids since they also damage the stainless steel properties of the Teppanyaki Grill.
Popular foods cooked on a Teppanyaki grill
Food cooked on the Teppanyaki grill is made in front of the guests after making their orders. There are a variety of meat dishes, vegetables, and seafood that can be made on this grill.
If you like seafood, you’ll enjoy how good it tastes on a teppanyaki grill.
Steak, fillet, and beef mignon are some of the meats: these are cut into suitable sizes, and sauces are added during, but mostly after preparation (try these two recipes for Teppanyaki sauces for your next cookout).
Yakitori skewers are also very popular and they can be made with chicken, offal, fish, beef, and pork.
Veggies include onions, zucchini, and much more.
Meals include steamed or fried rice, salad, and soup. It is important to have prepared the vegetables before cooking them.
Teppanyaki grills are not only reserved for commercial places but can also be used privately indoors. Only use electric or stovetop plates when grilling indoors.
What type of oil can I use?
When grilling your meat and vegetables on a grill plate, like with Teppanyaki, you need to use some type of oil to put on the plate.
Here’s the best oil to use:
Soybean oil is the most chosen oil to stir fry the ingredients on a Teppanyaki grill. Often times stir-frying noodles or cabbage with sliced meat is prepared with vegetable oil or animal fat and you see the use of a mixture of both fat and vegetable oil a lot.
Soybean oil is used more often than you think and is not limited to its use in Japanese cooking. It’s also an ingredient in many salad dressings and baked goods.
It’s available all year round and it’s low in saturated fats. I buy mine from Amazon and have it delivered to my house.
The Teppanyaki grill is very fast when it comes to food preparation and you won’t need to keep a constant eye out as you wait for the food to be ready.
Another good thing about this grill is that it’s made from materials that are easy to clean, and this means that you don’t have to waste much effort to remove a lot of stains.
In the end, you are at liberty to use the Teppanyaki grill to its fullest capacity without worrying about the cleaning aftermath.
It sometimes feels that you are spending more time cleaning than cooking, am I right?
All this has been eliminated for the ultimate cooking experience. Also, cooking food on a Teppanyaki grill is a healthier option since excess fat drains into a drip tray, removing all unwanted oil.
A good grill like the Zojirushi is a great investment because it’s designed with all the important features in mind and most importantly it doesn’t cause a smokey mess in your home!
Today, we have seen most of the trading cooking methods being overshadowed, mostly because of advances and changes in cooking technology.
There is a lot of complex and hybrid cooking units available out there, and this makes it very challenging for people who choose to cook their food in a more traditional style to find the necessary cooking equipment.
Teppanyaki grilling is one of the traditional cooking methods that are very interesting. Yes, you might have heard about the Teppanyaki grill before, but most of the people have not.
This cooking method is very common in Japan since this is where it started. However, some people in the western world have not heard of it or seen it.
I use a stovetop grill plate myself nowadays, but some of my friends have the Costzon and it’s just great fun at a party.
All these grills are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Therefore, your Teppanyaki grill choice will depend on the features and your budget. In addition, the size of the grill will also be a big determinant for the grill you choose.
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