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Hibachi Shrimp

Enjoy succulent hibachi shrimp at home with buttery shrimp seared in a rich Asian-inspired sauce and cooked in only 5 minutes. Pair it with some hibachi rice, noodles, veggies and the addictive Yum Yum sauce.

A plate full of hibachi shrimp, hibachi rice and hibachi vegetables with a side of yum yum sauce.

Today we’ll be making some hibachi shrimp to wrap up the hibachi series. If you’ve missed out, we’ve made hibachi steak and hibachi chicken and paired them with hibachi rice, hibachi noodles and some hibachi vegetables to enjoy the full hibachi experience at home.

These perfectly seared shrimp are sauteed in butter and garlic then tossed in a soy-teriyaki base as your choice of protein to compliment your rice, noodles and veggies. They have that gorgeous sear and the signature taste you’ll find in most Japanese steakhouses. Dip it in some creamy Yum Yum sauce and you’re set. Let’s start searing!

Hibachi shrimp being seared in a cast iron skillet.

What is Hibachi Shrimp?

Hibachi is the cooking of meat, vegetables, seafood, noodles, or rice over super-high heat on a flat top grill. These usually involve a fancy show with a hibachi chef at a Japanese steakhouse restaurant like Kobe or Benihana.

Hibachi shrimp are seared over high heat in butter, garlic, an Asian stir-fry sauce made with soy sauce and teriyaki or mirin and finished with a drizzle of sesame oil.

To make this at home, you don’t need a flat surface like the fancy hibachi grill. A good wok or cast iron pan will work just as well to achieve the same level of sear.

A plate full of hibachi shrimp, hibachi rice and hibachi vegetables with a side of yum yum sauce.


Shrimp – I used raw, peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp with tails on. You can opt for tails removed and smaller-sized shrimp, like large or medium. We want raw shrimp for this recipe. You can technically use cooked shrimp but it would have to be a quick toss over the stovetop while mixing them in with the sauce.

Shrimp tends to cook really fast and will taste rubbery if overcooked. The trick is to wait for them to go from translucent gray to opaque white and pink. When the shrimp shrinks and curls into a tight C-shape that’s when you know it’s overcooked, so keep an eye out for that while searing.

Soy sauce – Feel free to substitute soy sauce for some low sodium soy sauce. You don’t have to add any salt to the dish as there’s enough sodium from the soy sauce. My preferred brand is La Choy and you should be able to find it in most regular grocery stores.

Sesame oil – A little sesame oil goes a long way so a quick drizzle towards the end is enough. Think of the oil as a finisher to add a deep and nutty flavor. My go-to brand of sesame oil is Kadoya. Skip this if you don’t like the taste.

Hibachi shrimp being dipped into a bowl of yum yum sauce.

Sear – Stir-fry the shrimp until it has a little bit of sear around the edges and has absorbed the sauce. Since shrimp cooks super quickly, you’ll want to prep everything in advance so you can work over high heat without overcooking it.

Pan  You can stir-fry this in a regular skillet or a cast iron skillet, but a wok would be the best option since there’s more room to toss things around to get the perfect sear.

Yum Yum sauce – This is the creamy mayo-based sauce they serve at hibachi places. I’ve included a recipe to make it from scratch in the notes but you can also buy a bottle of the pre-made sauce from your regular grocery store. I’ve used Terry Ho’s Yum Yum sauce many times and love it. I had no problem finding it at my regular grocery store, so try there first before buying online.

And that’s about it. Enjoy your hibachi shrimp and have fun deciding if you want to pair it with hibachi rice or hibachi noodles and a side of hibachi vegetables.


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A plate full of hibachi shrimp, hibachi rice and hibachi vegetables with a side of yum yum sauce.

Hibachi Shrimp

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2


Enjoy succulent hibachi shrimp at home with buttery shrimp seared in a rich Asian-inspired sauce and cooked in only 5 minutes.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce/mirin
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add in shrimp and do a quick stir to mix well.
  4. Pour in the sauce and toss to fully coat the shrimp in the sauce.
  5. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked and the sauce has cooked down.
  6. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil (optional before serving hot with hibachi rice, hibachi noodles, or hibachi vegetables.
  7. Enjoy!


Yum Yum Sauce (4-6 servings)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce/ketchup
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon mirin (optional)
1–2 tablespoons water, add until desired consistency

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins

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