How to Cook Japanese Teppanyaki

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How to Cook Japanese Teppanyaki
Guests can prepare their favourite vegetables and meat during teppanyaki. (Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The sizzle of food hitting an iron pan is one of the most common sounds in Japanese cooking. Teppanyaki is a Japanese style of cooking that involves grilling on a hot iron skillet. The name is a literal Japanese translation of this method: teppan means iron pan, and yaki means grilled. Creating your own teppanyaki party is simple with the right tools and foods, and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fresh meat, either pork, chicken, beef
  • Paper towel
  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Yakiniku sauce
  • Electric teppan cooker
  • Three large serving platters
  • Sliced raw vegetables
  • Large bowl
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Cooked soba noodles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Rinse all the meat under running water. Pat them dry with paper towel.

  2. 2

    Place the meat on the cutting board and slice it thinly against the grain - this makes it more tender. Place the meat in the bag and pour enough yakiniku sauce over it to marinade the meat. Insert it in to the refrigerator and allow it to marinate for eight hours or overnight.

  3. 3

    Turn on the grill and bring it to full heat. Remove the meat from the fridge and place it on one of the platters. Allow it to come to room temperature, which will take about 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Pour the sliced vegetables in the large bowl. Drizzle the oil over top an toss them to evenly coat them with the oil. Place them on the second platter.

  5. 5

    Place the soba noodles on a third platter, easily accessible by those eating. Pour the remaining yakiniku sauce that has not touched the meat in to a separate small bowl for dipping.

  6. 6

    Place several pieces of meat, along with several vegetables, on the grill. Cook them thoroughly, flipping them over once or twice to cook both sides. Remove and serve with soba noodles and dip the meats in the yakiniku sauce.

Tips and warnings

  • A variety of other Japanese sauces and marinades can be used to accompany teppanyaki cooked meat and vegetables.
  • Common vegetables cooked are mushrooms, onions, carrots, peppers, Japanese egg plant, and bean sprouts.
  • Always make sure the meat is cooked before consuming it.

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