Essential tools to get the most out of Teppanyaki

The Tools you need for Teppanyaki | These are the 13 essentials

Teppanyaki is a Japanese term that means “grilling on an iron plate.” In a conventional Japanese cooking style, meats like seafood and steak and dough-based foods such as yakisoba or fried noodles and rice are integrated into the cuisine.

If you are on the lookout for excellent tools to use with your grill, you’re on the right page. The following are some of the tools that will enable you to cook in your teppanyaki grill with ease.

Best Teppanyaki Tools to buy

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  1. heavy-duty tongs
  2. 2-tine pot fork
  3. turner
  4. grill scraper
  5. grill spatulas
  6. kitchen shears
  7. grill basting cover
  8. squeeze bottles
  9. griddle stone
  10. chef hats
  11. bowls
  12. chopsticks
  13. cutting knives

Heavy-duty tongs

Tongs are a type of kitchen tool that is specifically designed to lift or grip ingredients or food items rather than holding those with bare hands. There are several kinds of tongs that are made according to their specified usage. Some are simply like nippers or pincers, but most of the tongs fall into these types:

  • Tongs that have long-arm structures, have small flat circular ends, and are pivoted to a joint near the handle are specifically used to hold delicate food items or objects. The usual fire tongs, which are used for handling coal pieces and putting them over the fire without getting your hands dirty or burning them, belong to this type. Tongs that are used for grilling and serving spaghetti or salad belong to the same class. These types are designed in such as a way that the user can conveniently turn, rotate, or move the food in a delicate manner. This also allows users to fetch a full serving in just a single grab.
  • Tongs that are made up of a single metal band that is bent round or those that have one or two bends that are joined together at the head through a spring are called sugar tongs or asparagus tongs. These usually comes in silver color and have claw-shaped or spoon shaped ends. These are specifically used to serve lump sugar and the like.
  • There are also tongs that have a joint or pivot that is located near the gripping ends. These are used to hold heavy and hard objects. Tongs of this type include blacksmith’s tongs, crucible tongs, and driller’s round tongs.

My absolute favorite for Teppanyaki are these Black Kitchen Tongs, and they’re just not that expensive. Stainless Steel and easy to use.

2-Tine Pot Fork

A 2-tine pot fork is used for holding or picking up meat. This fork has the same shape as the regular fork, but it is a bit bigger and has tines that curve outwardly.

This gallery is comprised of the original work meats (2) by Janine, K i n g s o f T e p p a n y a k i by J a s o n B o l d e r o and teppanyaki christmas eve by Fredrik Rubensson on Flickr under cc.

Since you’ll be using these a lot with cooking Teppanyaki style, I’d recommend stainless steel ones, like these Cangshan TS Series carving forks.

The curves are specifically made to pierce thin beef slices. A two-pronged fork is also used to steadily hold the meat while carving it. The Cangshan actually have a patented ergonomic design so they’re great if you’re going to be cooking a lot.

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A pot fork is a must-have tool for both home and commercial kitchen. It is not only used for dishing up beef, but it can also be used to hold chicken or turkey in place. Pot forks are usually made up of stainless steel with a riveted wooden handle. This utensil is durable and very practical to have in your kitchen.


The turner is usually referred by many people as spatula. When looking for a turner in a shop, most kitchen shop employees direct you to spatulas, which is a bit frustrating.

Essential teppanyaki tools - grill turner and knife

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This is sometimes called a pancake turner. It’s just not the same. As its name suggests, this tool is specifically used to turn food for it to be cooked on the other side. This is also used for lifting and removing food items. These are commonly used when preparing bacon, hamburgers, fish, eggs, cookies, potatoes, and pancakes.

Turners come in a wide range of sizes and shapes and are made up of different materials.

I love these Stainless Steel Metal Spatula Set by Anmarko because they look the part and give you a few different sizes.

Inexpensive turners like these are great and still stainless steel. Those that are sold in kitchen shops are made up of silicone-covered metal or nylon.

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Silicone- or nylon-made turners are excellent to be used with non-stick cookware. These tools are tempered so that it can withstand a temperature of 400 to 500°F (204 to 260°C).

As with conventional turners, the higher the temperature the turner can withstand, the more expensive it is. But please be careful not to leave the spatula in the cookware as it will cause it to warp or melt.

This gallery is comprised of the original work Teppanyaki! by petter palander and Chef preparing the course by City Foodsters on Flickr under cc.

The usual cookware surface temperatures can exceed up to 650°F (343°C), which is beyond the limits of a lot of turners. There are turners that are designed with slots for juices and fats to drip through.

Grill scraper

A grill scraper is a tool that is particularly used to clear up cooking grills. Cleaning the grill is done by scraping the food particles that stick to the surface.

Scrapers for flat-surfaced grills come in various designs, which range from a putty knife to a more complex tool that has a hand protector to prevent user from being burned.

The more complex variations of grill scrapers are suitable for professional cooks and chefs. There are also scrapers that are designed for wire grills, which have notches in the blade edge to fit the wires of the grill.

It sounds like a simple tool but having one that does the job like this one makes all the difference.

Grill Spatulas

Grill spatulas are long-handled tools that are intended to keep your hands away from the fire as you grill. There are various models of grill spatulas, which are used to turn grilled pizza, packed hamburgers, and large swordfish steaks. These tools are designed to provide comfort and ease for the users while grilling.

The ideal spatula should be wide enough to handle broad swordfish steaks or pizzas but not too wide to manipulate crowded burgers or meat. Super wide spatula heads that measure around 5 inches are perfect for swordfish steaks but not suitable for crowded meats.

On the other hand, a spatula variation that has a head measurement of 3 3/8 inches is enough to manipulate crowded meats and large swordfish steaks. Spatulas that have a head measurement of 4 inches offers both dexterity and support.

Kitchen Shears

Kitchen shears are tools that are especially designed for food preparation. These tools are more flexible than the conventional cutting scissors. Their handles are usually made up of rubber or plastic.

The handles are textured for easy gripping and cutting. The blades of kitchen shears have a notch for users to easily cut poultry joints. Different parts of the handle have teeth that can serve as bottle or jar openers, and some have a screwdriver-like protrusion to break open lids.

The scissors has 2 sections or sides that function together to cut food items. These 2 sides are detachable so that each side can be conveniently washed or dried. The blade is durable and is composed of stainless steel or aluminum.

Choose those shears that have blades that have medium opening, enough to cut food items but not too wide to cut small food items or ingredients. Many shears are intentionally designed to cut thin bones of chicken breasts. Ensure that that the blades have the capacity to fully cut hard food items with ease and comfort.

Grill Basting Cover

Grill basting cover is an essential tool for Teppanyaki

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Grill basting covers are intended to keep food warm and moist before it is served. A grill basting cover is also used to protect your stovetops and other kitchen equipment from greasy splashes and to keep the grilling area clean.

This way, the cleanliness and functionality of your kitchen equipment are maintained. Eggs, steaks, bacon, burgers, chicken are among the food items that cause greasy splashes on your kitchen equipment and stove.

Basting covers come in various sizes and shapes to fit stovetops and pans. Some are rectangular and some are circular. These tools come with cool-touch handles to avoid injuries or burns while cooking.

Since these are made up of durable materials, these tools are expected to last for a long period of time. Basting covers are excellent tools for restaurants, food trucks, cafeterias, and even at home.

I like the PolkaGirl Grill Steaming Dome which is made specifically for Japanese Teppanyaki Grill.

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Squeeze bottles

Essential Teppanyaki tools - the squeeze bottle

This is a text overlay image of the original work Teppanyaki chef by Kārlis Dambrāns on Flickr under cc. What a great action shot of a squeeze bottle!

Squeeze bottles are excellent kitchen tools to allow you to have control over your ingredients while cooking. These tools enable you to be a master of your culinary specialty.

Through these, you can definitely put the precise amount of your liquid ingredient. These are very useful especially if you are handling costly ingredients. I think you can just get a pretty cheap one from Amazon. This is not the item to spend loads of money on.

Griddle Stones

Griddle stones are disposable tools that are intended to protect, clean, and maintain grill and cookware surfaces with efficiency and ease. If you are constantly using your grill or griddle in your kitchen, definitely you need something to clean and maintain it.

These Griddle stones can last a long time. These stones can evenly clean grills or griddles without leaving sulphurous taste or odor. Moreover, these stones have the capacity to prevent cookware and grills from rust.

These are made up of pumice stone that effectively remove stubborn cooked grease that build up in your grill or cookware.

Chef hats

In recent times, chef hats are intended for fashion purposes and to keep hair from falling into the food. In the past, chef hats or chef toques are used to designate work affiliation or signify chef rank, depending upon the height of the toque.

For instance, chefs who wear high toques are high ranking. The pleats in the hats also represent the number of recipes, specifically egg dishes, that the chef has specialized.

However, nowadays, protecting the food from falling hair is the main intention of these hats.

As the years go by, chefs have adjusted to more practical types of headwear. In the recent time, you will likely observe that chefs are wearing hair net, skull cap, or baseball cap.

However, there are still culinary industries that require chefs to wear the traditional hats.

It’s just fun to have one on, and it might make a nice gift like this one.

Teppanyaki Japanese bowls

Lastly, you will need some bowls for all your sauces and marinades to dip your meat and vegetables in. These don’t have to be anything fancy, but considering you’re probably going to be grilling at parties with family or friends, you might as well buy some nice bowls to serve from.

Teppanyaki bowls are often ceramic, with decorations from the region they’re from. I invested in these Japanese 8.25″ Ramen Noodle Bowls by Yokohama Gifts when I hosted the first party where we cooked Teppanyaki on the table together.

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But of course you can always get some more affordable bowls like this Saikai Pottery Traditional Japanese 5 piece set.

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This gallery is comprised of the original work @ Teppanyaki by Elin, And we have come to the end at last. by Falchion and IMG_2870 by jit bag on Flickr under cc.

Chopstick are an essential part of Japanese cuisine, and while you might not necessarily use it while cooking (I do though), it is a must have when eating your cooked Teppanyaki meal.

I like my chopsticks to have a little weight to them like these Hiware wooden Japanese style chopsticks.

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Teppanyaki Cutting knives

Next to the scraper, you’re knife is the best tool you have for preparing the food right onto the grilling surface.

The grill turner and a sharp knife are the essential tools of Teppanyaki grilling

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My go to knife for Teppanyaki is this DALSTRONG Japanese Gyuto knife, which is really well balanced so you can use it in combination with a turner. Plus it’s really sharp for easy on-the-grill-plate cutting.

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A simple Teppanyaki recipe to make with these essential tools

Now that you have identified and gathered the tools that you need in order for you to cook a teppanyaki cuisine, you may try this simple teppanyaki recipe:


  • boneless and skinless chicken breasts (4 pieces)
  • red pepper (1 piece)
  • green pepper (1 piece)
  • green onions (4 pieces)
  • miniature corn cobs (8 pieces)
  • bean sprouts (4 ounces)
  • sesame oil (1 tablespoon)
  • soy sauce (4 tablespoons)
  • mirin (1 tablespoon)

Also read: these are the top Hibachi Chefs tools you’ll ever need

Cooking steps:               

  1. Gather all the tools and ingredients.
  1. Cut the chicken breasts at about a thickness of ¼ inch at a slight angle.
  2. Remove the seeds of the peppers. Slice the corn cobs, onions, and peppers thinly. Place the sliced ingredients on a plate together with the sliced chicken and bean sprouts.
  3. Heat the teppanyaki grill or griddle. Then brush sesame oil on it. Put the vegetables and chicken slices by batches. Ensure that the ingredients have enough spaces in between so that they can be thoroughly cooked.
  4. Mix together mirin, soy sauce, and ginger. This mixture serves as a sauce for the vegetables and chicken.

There you go! You can now enjoy this simple teppanyaki food. This recipe makes 4 servings, and it only takes around 30 minutes to prepare this delectable teppanyaki cuisine.

After using your griddle, always remember to clean it after each use. You can do this by gently scraping it using a spatula and wiping it with a paper towel. For hard-to-removed food particles, pour hot water onto the surface. Wipe with a paper towel and dry thoroughly.

Final Thoughts

Teppanyaki is a combination of traditional cooking styles and contemporary art performance to create an amazing culinary and visual feast. The usual ingredients used for teppanyaki cuisines are assorted vegetables, chicken, scallops, lobster, shrimp, and beef. The most common oil that is used to cook teppanyaki ingredients is soybean.

After preparing all the ingredients, selecting and preparing the appropriate teppanyaki tools is key. There are wide range of teppanyaki equipment and tools, which include those that are mentioned earlier. Thus, it is very essential to list down all the cooking tools that you need before purchasing.

If you are on a tight budget, you probably need to prioritize the most needed tools. Other factors to consider when buying cooking tools are price and durability.

If you think you need to consult with culinary professionals, then do so. Having the appropriate teppanyaki tools makes cooking faster and easier.

Are you planning to buy teppanyaki tools? Check out this site. They offer a wide range of teppanyaki griddle tools and accessories.

Also read: these are the things they do with Teppanyaki tools at Benihana

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