Lightly Fried Japanese Vegetables
Most people associate the word teppanyaki with Japanese and beef because teppanyaki beef is the most common of the dishes. However, the little known fact is that any dish that is prepared in a teppan can be referred to as teppanyaki.
This means that if you see anything getting cooked in a teppan when you visit your favorite teppanyaki restaurant, be it chicken, eggs, beef, vegetables, pork or even seafood, you might as well call it teppanyaki.
Vegetable teppanyaki involves a mixture of a variety of vegetables prepared in a teppan. These vegetables may be bean sprouts, cabbage, mushrooms, beans, courgettes, capsicum and carrots. The dish is usually served with freshly steamed rice and meat that is prepared in the same teppan.
Preparing vegetable teppanyaki is relatively easy and the only hard part comes in form of preparing the vegetables. It is important that they are sliced accordingly so as to cook evenly.
The cooking vessel you use in cooking vegetable teppanyaki will play a major role in the outcome. It is important to use a teppan or something similar because cooking it in something different like a wok will produce different results.
The accumulation of liquid in one area will stew the vegetables rather than grilling them. I use this one from Amazon to cook on my stovetop, but I also have some tabletop grills in my buying guide for you to look at.
- ¼ white cabbage, julienned
- 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, julienned
- 4 chopped spring onions
- 1 thinly sliced small white onion
- 1 thinly sliced small red capsicum
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- Sea salt
- Sesame oil
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Heat up a teppan/large griddle to high temperatures.
- Add sesame and wait until it is near smoking point before adding the vegetables. Leave it in the teppan or griddle until one side partly turns brown.
- Create a mixture of the light soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and mirin then sprinkle it over the vegetables. Stir the vegetables to create some moisture. Cook the vegetables for up to 2 minutes while making sure it is still crispy.
- Add any necessary seasonings such as sea salt then serve with toasted sesame seeds.
Vegetable teppanyaki is a favorable dish especially on an outdoor barbeque. Use heavy iron skillet or griddle with very high heat for best results when cooking indoors. This recipe serves up to 4 side helpings and is best served with teriyaki meats and rice.
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Stir-Fry Vegetables Teppanyaki salad
The stir-fry method of cooking has its origin in Japan, where a meal is made using in a wok (conventional), metal pan, or bowl, and high heat to prepare meat or vegetables.
Stir-fry is common worldwide since preparation time is minimal, end results are splendid and almost anyone can prepare a stir-fry meal. For the best results, fresh vegetables in season should be used. You may also try with bok choy, zucchini, snow peas or yellow squash.
PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 10 minutes
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- 1 medium-sized onion, sliced thin
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup diagonally sliced carrots
- 1 cup ginger, ground
- 2 cups sugar snap peas
- 2 teaspoons sesame seed, toasted
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large red bell pepper, shredded
- 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
Nutrition information (per serving)
TOTAL FAT: 2g
- Heat up your wok pan for 1 to 2 minutes over a stable top burner on medium heat. A wok usually starts to smoke at the right temperature. Allow a drop of water into your pan, if it darts on the surface then the temperature is right for cooking. Choose a pan that can contain all your ingredients while making stir-fry.
- Measure 1-2 tablespoons of oil and put into the pan. Not much oil is required for stir-frying. At this point, seasoning for your dish can be added as preferred.
- Add the cut ingredients, carrots and onions first and stir-fry for two minutes. Add remaining vegetables and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes until vegetables are tender-crisp.
- Add any sauces for the stir-fry at the end. You may add any sauce you wish to your dish. It is favorable to add controlled amounts of sauce as too much of it will result in a much dish, and also lower the heat of the wok. Add garlic powder, soy sauce, ginger, and stir-fry until they mix together. Sprinkle with sesame seed.
- Let the stir-fry cook and reduce slightly in the next 3-4 minutes. Stir as required. If you are daring, perform a flick with a rapid hand motion but don’t overdo this. In the next few moments, ensure that the sauce and vegetables are cooked.
- Empty your stir-fry on its own, or use the ideas provided to creatively spice up your meal. Serve over cooked rice, if desires.
Tips for the best stir-fry vegetable Teppanyaki
- Slice vegetables uniformly for even cooking.
- If using a fryer, make the flame hotter. It has better results.
- Peanut and safflower oil are more heat tolerant than other vegetable oils.
- To keep the vegetables crisp, don’t cook for too long or add too much sauce.
- If possible, add herbs such as basil and even cilantro.
- It is fascinating how the wok will allow you to keep the ingredients away from the cooking area, and their temperature is kept steady but they don’t overcook. When you are done cooking the meat, shift it to the wok’s edge.
- Add sauces by swirling them into the sides to keep the wok hot.
- Tweak your sauces to the preferred tastes.
- Some sauces contain fortifications such as minced ginger or garlic. If they don’t, consider adding some to the stir-fry.
- Add meat to vegetables evenly and allow enough time for the meat to sear.
- Add dry vegetables to a wok to avoid ending up with a braise. It also prevents sogginess.
- Heat the wok correctly, then quickly remove from heat in a swirl to avoid smoking.
Some common questions around Japanese vegetables
Since some of you asked us some questions around Japanese vegetables, we thought we would answer the most common ones, right here in the post:
What vegetables do Japanese people eat?
- Kabocha: a sort of Squash
- Negi: which is like a Japanese Green Onion
- Daikon: Mooli
- Shiso: Perilla
- Naga-imo: Japanese Mountain Yam
- Renkon: which is Lotus Root
- Take no Ko: Bamboo Shoots
Does Japan have vegetarian food?
Traditionally, no. But they do have a heavy focus on steamed vegetables in their dishes, and since a lot of meals consist of the main platter of rice and a lot of side dishes, you could choose to eat only rice and the side dishes that are vegetarian. A lot of restaurants in Japan are starting to become more vegetarian focused.
How do japanese eat vegetables?
The vegetables are usually side dishes with steamed or grilled vegetables. In Japan you have a small bowl of rice or dashi or miso broth and you eat together from several side dishes of meats and vegetables that are set on the table.