4 of the Best Teppanyaki Steak Recipes you can make yourself

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  September 5, 2020

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You must have heard it said that Asians cook the best and most exotic food recipes at least once in your life.

Well, if you’ve ever been to South East Asia, then you’ll know that it’s true.

The Japanese, particularly, are world-class food experts and lovers. They even have food festivals to celebrate how good their food is!

Japanese teppanyaki steak recipes

But the glory of their world-renowned cuisines is not found on the streets, but in those tiny and sometimes big establishments that exist to entertain and lavish your sense of taste.

This is the expensive Wagyu beef being prepared as a delicious steak in Japan:

Whether it’s the sushi, ramen, unagi, soba, shabu-shabu, or the tonkatsu you can bet that it’ll be stuffed with dozens of ingredients that will stimulate your palate.

But the ingredients and the cooking methods are just one side of it because the other thing that helps Japanese chefs create great delicacies is the teppanyaki grill.

Teppanyaki Grill

The teppanyaki grill is a Japanese design iron griddle to cook a variety of foods that could be grilled, stir-fried, or sauteed.

Teppanyaki comes from two Japanese words with the first word being teppan which means “iron plate,” and yaki meaning grilled, broiled, or pan-fried.

You will find it common in Japanese restaurants in Japan and elsewhere to have at least one teppanyaki grill which will serve you kaiseki (multi-course meal), which oftentimes surprises foreigners due to the variety of food selections.

 

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This, plus a wide array of Japanese wine to choose from like the:

These and many others will make your trip to one of Tokyo’s teppanyaki restaurants very memorable.

Now let’s see what you can do if you had your own teppanyaki grill at home. Here are some of the best teppanyaki steak recipes and more info on doing it at home.

Steak and Shrimp Recipe

There is almost no difference between the Japanese beef steak and traditional western steaks, except for the sauce.

Ever since Buddhism came to Japan in 552 BC the Japanese people did not eat meat and only in the 1860s when the country ended its closed-door policy (and with some western influence) did the Japanese considered eating meat as part of their diet.

Although they also had a more practical reason for avoiding eating meat and it has to do with farming.

They needed the cows to help plow the field for rice planting and so it was counterintuitive to reduce their population just for food.

Teppanyaki Steak and Shrimp Recipe

This particular teppanyaki steak and its unique sauce is made from
soy sauce and it has been a favorite among the populace of Japan. Eat this great seafood meal with the shrimp chili sauce – ebi chili – and have a cold beer or fruit drink to go with it and your shrimp
teppanyaki delicacy will be complete!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Teppanyaki
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $20

Equipment

  • Teppan plate
  • Rice cooker or cooking pot

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tsp Japanese soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp liquid seasoning (maggi)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium white onion sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper cored and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup sugar snaps
  • 12 large prawns (sugpo) shelled with tails left on
  • 4 medium squid (pusit) cleaned, tentacles removed, and cut into rings
  • salt to taste
  • 5 cups Japanese rice steamed
  • 400 gr steak cut into large strips

Ebi chili sauce (or you can buy a store bought chili sauce, but this is more delicious!)

  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 green onion use the white part (and you can use the green part for topping)
  • 2 tsp Doubanjiang (spicy chili bean paste)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 1/5 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (roasted)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

Make the teppanyaki steak

  • Heat a small amount of the oil on the teppanyaki plate (or in a small frying pan). Sauté bel pepper, carrots and sugar snaps just until tender, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
  • Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil on the plate over medium-high heat. Melt 2
    tablespoons of butter. Sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic; sauté
    until fragrant. Turn heat down to medium and add the steak strips.
  • Grill the steak strips until the desired colour (rare, medium, well done) is achieved.

Make the seafood teppanyaki

  • While grilling the bell pepper in the previous part, mix together the mirin, soy sauce, and liquid seasoning in a bowl and add the shrimp and squid rings to the mix.
  • Turn heat to high. Add the shrimp and squid mixture to the plate. Cook just until shrimp turns pink and squid turns white. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Ebi chili sauce

  • Whisk together all of the ingredients until all of the paste and ketchup has been dissolved into the mix, add some extra water if the sauce remains to thick.

Make up the plates

  • Divide rice amongst 4 bowls. Top with seafood teppanyaki and add the steak strips next to it. Garnish with spring onions, if desired and serve the sauce seperately.

These are some of the ingredients you might not have right now to make this recipe:

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How to Cook Teppanyaki Steak at Home

Owning a teppanyaki grill will give you the opportunity to cook those exotic Japanese recipes at home and impress your family and friends with your cooking prowess.

If you go online, you’ll find a lot of teppanyaki steak recipes.

Perfect teppanyaki steak

Food websites and blogs know just how good this particular recipe is and so they try to come up with a variety of ways to cook it.

And that’s not bad actually, because it means that you’ll have plenty of options too when cooking the teppanyaki steak at home.

How to Cut the Beef

The secret to cutting the perfect slice of beef whether for the usual western-style steak or the Japanese teppanyaki steak is to cut the meat against the grain.

But how do you know how to identify the grain of the meat?

Well, the grain of the meat is where the muscle fibers run across the slab of meat when you put it on the table.

So you cut against it or across it and you have to make sure that your knife is exactly perpendicular to those muscle fibers.

How to cut teppanyaki steak

Make sure to cut the meat into 1-inch thick slabs before preparing them to be made into teppanyaki beef steak.

Now the reason why you should cut against the grain is to shorten up those meat fibers, which makes the meat more tender.

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

Ingredients

• 1-2 cloves garlic
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
• 2 Tbsp Sake
• 2 Tbsp water
• 1×10 kg rump primal beef to be cut into a 1-inch thick steak
• salt and white pepper
• Oil

Cooking Instructions

• Slice garlic thinly and set aside.
• Mix sugar, Soy Sauce, Sake, water in a bowl to make the sauce. Set aside.
• Sprinkle salt and pepper on the steaks.
• Heat frying pan at medium-high heat and add oil. Add sliced garlic and cook until browned. Remove garlic from the pan.
• Add steaks to the same pan and cook about 2 minutes per side or however, you like. Add the sauce, coating the meat with the sauce, and remove the meat from the pan. Reduce the sauce for a minute.
• Place the meat on a dish; pour the reduced sauce over them, then top with the garlic for garnish.

Sirloin Steak with Garlic Butter

Sirloin steak differs from other steaks because this particular type of meat is cut from the back of the cow (mid-section) which has more lean meat than fat, and is very tasty if done right.

If you want to sizzle something exotic in your teppanyaki grill at home, then it might as well be the sirloin steak with garlic butter.

Teppanyaki grill steak recipe

It has a totally different taste than this beef Misonoko recipe we have, and this recipe is very easy to prepare and with your very own teppanyaki grill at home, you will never make a mistake in cooking something as delicious as those sirloin steaks served in 5-star restaurants.

All you need is :

First, prepare the garlic butter and you do this by melting the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, then add the minced garlic cloves.

Set aside the garlic butter and pre-heat the teppanyaki grill.

Sprinkle the garlic powder over the sirloin steaks, then put them into the grill and cook until it turns light brown, once cooked put it in a separate plate and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes.

Then brush the top liberally with the garlic butter, do this until the sirloin steaks are saturated and then serve it to your guests.

Marinade Recipe

There are dozens of marinade recipes that you can find on the web and they are good for all kinds of meat which include beef, pork, chicken, fish, shrimp, mussels, lamb, and others.

The marinade will turn those chunks of meat into an extraordinary delight that will deeply overload your sense of taste.

You’ll have a variety of options with these marinade recipes and you could even cook them in your teppanyaki grill all at the same time.

Check out some of the amazing marinade recipes below and how to cook them:

Marmalade Shrimp

Ingredients

1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon marmalade

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon miso

1 teaspoon garlic

1 teaspoon honey

Lemon wedges, for serving

Cooking Method

Lemon Garlic & Rosemary Marinade Chicken

Ingredients

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

Olive oil

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp rosemary

Cooking Method

Mix together ingredients. Pour it over chicken (or other meat) and let it sit for about an hour before grilling.

Marinade Steak

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Garlic Rosemary-Marinated Lamb Chops

Ingredients

1 teaspoon finely chopped lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried
1 tablespoon olive oil
Four 1 1/4-inch-thick loin lamb chops (about 1 pound total)

Cooking Method

Preheat the broiler. In a small bowl stir together the zest, the garlic paste, the rosemary, the oil, and pepper to taste, rub the lamb chops with the marinade, and let them marinate on a plate for 20 minutes.

Broil the lamb chops on the rack of a broiler pan about 4 inches from the heat for 4 to 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare meat.

Teppanyaki Steak Nutrition Facts

The two main benefits of teppanyaki steaks are:

They help build muscle mass and decrease the risk of stroke.

They also lower your blood pressure and can even help preserve your bone mineral density and help reduce the risk of kidney stones.

It also helps regulate body fluids that control the electrical activity of the heart and other muscles.

People who suffer from hypokalemia (potassium loss) can experience some weakness and may get tired easily.

It can also lead to much more like breathing difficulties and even, in some cases, mood changes; which is why it’s important for you to take at least 100mg of potassium daily.

It’s got quite a different structure and nutrition than Pork.

Beef Tenderloin Nutrition Facts (Based on a 2,000-calorie diet)

Serving Size 3 oz (85 g)

Per Serving % Daily Value*

Calories 179 N/A
Calories from Fat 77 N/A
Total Fat 8.5g 13%
Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g N/A
Monounsaturated Fat 3.2g N/A
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Potassium 356.15mg 10%
Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g N/A
Protein 24g N/A

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1%
Iron 17%

Iron and calcium are also found in steaks plus the added marinade mix, sauce, salads and/or bread, mash potato or rice should give you enough energy and nutrients to get through the day.

Even in the food pyramid meat, poultry and fish ranks on the second-highest level of importance in terms of the recommended daily allowance to have a healthy body.

But, of course, you’ll need to include every food recommended in the food pyramid in your diet in order to take advantage of all the nutrients that your body needs.

Seasoning

The seasoning for most steaks are as variating as the recipes themselves – even the Japanese teppanyaki steak have its unique flavor.

Steak seasoning usually involves cornstarch, sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper and other herbs and additives, but they’re all designed to augment the taste of the steak more than the usual burnt flavor from the meat.

But for this article we will only talk about the most common seasoning for steaks as the seasoning for the teppanyaki steak was already discussed above.

Ingredients

• 2 tablespoons sea salt flakes
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 tablespoon black pepper
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Preparation

Sometimes teppanyaki steak seasoning adds soy sauce and paprika to the mix to give it an exotic taste.

If you think you can come up with an amazing seasoning mix yourself, then by all means try it, because we need new and non-traditional flavors to introduce to people.

Experimenting a few herbs, vegetables, chili powders, peppers and other liquid extracts from fruit trees that would have a great taste after thoroughly mixing them in the saucepan can make a big difference.

Temperature

You would want to maintain a temperature between 232 – 260 degree Celsius when grilling your teppanyaki steak.

Perfectly grilled steaks expel that juicy taste in your mouth at the moment you take a bite from it and you have the knowledge of the cook or chef to thank for that, but using the best teppanyaki grill is also detrimental to the outcome of every food recipe you’ll serve your guests.

So if you’re new to this, then just keep in mind two things: 1) buy the best teppanyaki grill and 2) arm yourself with food recipe knowledge as well as a lot of practice cooking before you become ready for the real thing.

Grill Time and Output

• 15 – 17 minutes (medium rare)
• 25 – 27 minutes (medium well done)

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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.