Make Japanese-steakhouse-style Hibachi Vegetables at home in under 20 minutes. Here is a quick and easy recipe (vegetarian).
Here are some more recipes that are loaded with lots of veggies that you can try at home – Sweet and Sour Vegetables, Vegetables in Hot Garlic Sauce, Vegetable Stew, and Vegetable Fried Rice.
About Hibachi Vegetables
Hibachi Vegetables are a type of stir-fry that is popular in Japanese cuisine. These are popularly served at Japanese Steakhouses as a side dish with Hibachi dinners.
The word “hibachi” refers to the small, portable grills (flat hot surfaces) that are used to cook this dish.
Hibachi Vegetables Recipe is typically made with a variety of fresh vegetables, such as peppers, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli. They are cooked in a light sauce and served with rice.
Each restaurant has its own blend of vegetables. Some make it with only zucchini and mushroom and some add other vegetables to their stir-fry recipe. The sauce proportions may also change from restaurant to restaurant.
The recipe that I am sharing in this post is my own twist on this Japanese restaurant classic. You can definitely adapt to your taste.
At the restaurants, the vegetables are stir-fried on a large flat hot surface, but as we are making it at home, a wok or cast iron skillet works just fine.
If scaling the recipe, then fry in batches.
Vegetables – This dish is popularly made using zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli but you can definitely add your other favorite vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, bok choy, bean sprouts, yellow squash, water chestnuts, cauliflower, snow peas, etc to it.
You can also make this stir fry with a combination of different vegetables.
You can also add a protein of your choice like boneless chicken or shrimp along with vegetables.
Oil & Butter – For an authentic Japanese steakhouse-like taste, use a combination of oil and butter. You can use vegetable oil, sesame oil, light olive oil, or avocado oil.
To make the dish vegan, replace butter with oil or vegan butter.
Garlic & Ginger – Garlic & Ginger adds a slight hint of heat along with the taste.
Soy Sauce – Dark soy sauce will give these stir-fried vegetables a salty, slightly umami sweet taste.
Use low-sodium soy sauce for a healthier version. You can also add some teriyaki sauce, for added flavor.
Replace soy sauce with tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free version.
You can garnish the dish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.
How To Make Hibachi Vegetables
Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 2 tablespoon of butter (salted or unsalted) in a large wok over medium-high heat.
Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon minced ginger and sauté for 4-5 seconds.
Add 1 large zucchini (cut into batons), 1 cup thinly sliced onions, 1 cup broccoli florets, and 1 cup sliced button mushroom, and saute for a minute.
Now add ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and 2 teaspoon dark soy sauce and mix well.
Cook uncovered for 6-8 minutes until the liquid released by the vegetables is evaporated and the vegetables are slightly charred, stirring frequently.
Pro Tips By Neha
Buy pre-cut veggies to save time. They are easily available in supermarkets these days.
If using beans sprouts or greens like spinach, bok choy, etc, then add them at the end of the cooking and cook for a minute.
Squeeze a little lemon just before serving for a tangy twist.
Add little red pepper flakes, red chili sauce, or hot sauce for a spicy kick.
I personally like the veggies with a little crunch, but if you like them cooked, then cook them for a few more minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main difference between hibachi-style vegetables and teriyaki vegetables is the sauce. Hibachi vegetables are cooked in a light sauce, while teriyaki vegetables are coated in a thick, sweet sauce. Teriyaki is a Japanese cooking technique that uses a marinade of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin (a type of rice wine). This marinade gives the dish its characteristic sweet flavor.
Wash the zucchini ad wipe it with a kitchen cloth or paper tissues. Cut off ½ inch from both ends. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then cut each half into quarters lengthwise. Now cut each quarter into batons of the desired size. The batons should be of similar thickness for even cooking. There is no need to peel the zucchini.
Hibachi style vegetables are typically served with rice and green tea. You can also add chicken or shrimp to this dish to make it a complete meal.
To make a complete Hibachi Dinner, serve these vegetables with Hibachi Shrimp, Hibachi Fried Rice, Hibachi Noodles, Yum Yum Sauce, Hibachi Mustard Sauce, and Hibachi Chicken.
I don’t make steak at home, but you can this Hibachi Steak recipe if you want to make it.
Read my post on How To Make A Hibachi Dinner At Home for more details.
Hibachi Vegetables can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. If you make this dish ahead of time, be sure to reheat it until the vegetables are heated through before serving.
You can reheat them in a pan on low heat or in a microwave until the veggies are heated through.
You can also freeze hibachi style vegetables for up to 2 months. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
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The Best Japanese Hibachi Vegetables Recipe
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted, replace with oil for vegan)
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 large zucchini (cut into batons)
- 1 cup sliced onions
- 1 cup broccoli (cut into small florets)
- 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
- 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce (use tamari or coconut aminos for gluten-free)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Heat vegetable oil and butter in a large wok over medium-high heat.
- Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 4-5 seconds.
- Add zucchini, onions, broccoli florets, and mushroom, and saute for a minute.
- Now add salt, pepper, and soy sauce and mix well.
- Cook uncovered for 6-8 minutes until the liquid released by the vegetables is evaporated and the vegetables are slightly charred, stirring frequently.
- Serve hot.
Did you make this recipe? Let me know!