Try this hibachi-style fried rice with yum yum sauce recipe if you’re craving some and don’t want to spend that much money at a Japanese Steakhouse. With regular pantry staples, it’s easy and cheap to recreate your favorite Japanese fried rice at home.
The Hibachi experience is always fun for everyone. I, for one, have always loved group dining and cooking like Korean BBQ and fondue. There’s just something great about having your food cooked in front of you or cooking it yourself while enjoying the company of friends and family.
It works especially well for ambitious eaters such as yours truly who don’t have the stomach capacity to match. The slow-paced eating gives your stomach time to settle so you can tuck in more food while enjoying good conversation. And while we can’t recreate the exciting group dining experience at home, we can recreate the flavors. So today we’re cooking some hibachi-style fried rice with yum yum sauce.
This recipe will take you to your favorite Japanese steakhouse with just a few simple pantry ingredients. There’s no need to fork over the expense of a hibachi meal when you can make the rice, yum yum sauce, hibachi veggies, hibachi noodles, and the protein parts of hibachi steak, hibachi chicken, or hibachi shrimp at home. Let’s get started.
How To Make Hibachi-Style Fried Rice with Yum Yum Sauce (1 Min Video)
What Is Hibachi Fried Rice?
Hibachi is cooking the cooking of meat, vegetables, seafood, noodles, and rice over super-high heat on a flat and hot grill. These usually involve a fancy show with a hibachi chef at Japanese steakhouse restaurants like Kobe and Benihana.
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. You can also use a regular skillet, as long as it’s wide and big enough to fit all the ingredients.
Hibachi rice is white rice cooked with onions, garlic and a mix of veggies like peas and carrots. The rice is then coated with a generous dollop of butter to make it creamy and a little soy sauce to give it some Asian flavor. Then it is seasoned with a little sugar, salt, and pepper.
What You Need For Hibachi Fried Rice
What is Yum Yum Sauce?
Yum Yum sauce is a pale orange-pink sauce also known as the famous mayo-based, creamy white sauce served as a dip for the meat, vegetables, seafood, noodles, and rice served at Japanese steakhouse restaurants like Kobe and Benihana. It’s also known as Japanese seafood sauce, shrimp sauce and yummy sauce, which are all used interchangeably.
What You Need For Yum Yum Sauce
HIBACHI FRIED RICE RECIPE TIPS
Rice – Cold refrigerated leftover white rice works best to make fried rice. When chilled, each grain is beautifully separated as opposed to being stuck together in clumps when freshly cooked. This separation makes the sauce distribute evenly. Long and short-grain white rice both work, and so does jasmine or basmati rice.
You can cook the rice over the stovetop, use the instant white rice, or invest in a rice cooker and let it do the work for you. Just remember to rinse the rice a few times before cooking to remove the starch so the rice isn’t gummy.
Stir-frying – I use a wok for cooking fried rice or noodles because of the efficiency of having more room to work with. At high heat, you’re going to be moving fast so you want lots of room to toss things around without having to worry about stuff flying all over the kitchen. Less babying, more tossing! Tossing also makes you feel like a pro, so a wok is good for the cook’s self-esteem. If you don’t have a wok and don’t want to spend the money or cabinet space on one, any other pan will do as long as all the ingredients fit with some room to stir it all around.
Butter – The butter gives this fried rice a creamy texture. This paired with some sugar is the magic that makes hibachi-style fried rice addictive and slightly different from your regular run-of-the-mill fried rice.
Veggies – I used regular frozen peas and carrots for this recipe but you can go for canned ones as well. You can also use frozen mixed vegetables that include corn, carrots, green beans, and peas.
Yum yum sauce – You can make this from scratch with the recipe or try out a store-bought yum yum sauce like this one. I’ve tried it out and it’s pretty great and close to the real thing for me, so it’s an option for folks looking for an even quicker meal. I suggest looking in your local grocery store first for it rather than buying it off Amazon since it’s half the price there.
This is as close as I could get to the recipe. I hope it’s close enough for you! Let me know how you like it in the comments below 🙂