Want your favorite Japanese steakhouse hibachi vegetables at home? Cook up this quick and easy 20 minute recipe!
I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile now. With hibachi rice and yum yum sauce already on the blog, and last year’s hibachi noodles recipe, we need the veggies! Also last winter I had a pretty strong craving for zucchini, so it’s about time.
I split up the hibachi series because despite how easy the chefs make it look, there’s a lot of prep going on behind the scenes. So take your pick, go for rice or noodles and make sure you have some yum yum sauce handy for the veggies!
Now I kinda do have the flat hot surface to work with, similar to what they have at hibachi steakhouses if you count my griddle. But not everyone has one so I decided to do this in a skillet instead. Cast iron or regular non-stick will work just fine. But if you want to try the hot action of tossing on the griddle, be my guest!
At Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse, they usually have a mix of onions, garlic, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and zucchini. As usual with the rest of my hibachi series, I’m basing this off on what I’ve observed, so it could be different at your local steakhouse.
Let’s get started.
I bought pre-sliced carrots to avoid the hassle of slicing them myself. Also, they look awesome. You’ll want the carrots thinly sliced so they soften quicker and keep pace with the rest of the veggies. This is the veggie you’ll want to use as a benchmark for if the whole thing is done. When in doubt, check the carrots.
Now they usually dump all the veggies onto the grill in one go and let it cook off while handling the rice, noodles, or meat. So at the end of it all, everything will be super tender. If you like your broccoli crisper, add them in towards the end.
The same goes for mushrooms as they tend to shrink in size when cooked down. So if you prefer plump mushrooms, toss them in halfway through. You won’t need any additional liquid because the juice from the mushrooms is enough to go around.
If you want a healthier option from butter, try substitute butter or leave it out altogether and substitute it with more oil. And if you want kids to like this, add a little bit of sugar, about a teaspoon or so should be enough.
And that’s all there is to it. Remember to let them cook awhile because despite how flashy the chefs look when they toss it around, they also let the veggies sit there for some time while dealing with other stuff! Good luck and happy eats!
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