What Sauce Do Hibachi Chefs Use On Rice? – Most Popular Recipes




Have you ever visited one of those Japanese steakhouses and enjoyed their tasty hibachi fried rice? But what sauce do hibachi chefs use on rice to make it sooo delicious?

Here you’ll learn how to incorporate the same tricks professional chefs do and the best part is – you don’t have to buy anything, but use ingredients you already have at home and make your own sauce!

Most Delicious Hibachi Sauce Recipes

Hibachi chefs have an entire arsenal of seasonings and sauces at their disposal. So you may wonder – which secret ingredients hibachi chefs use to make their rice taste just a little different than anywhere else.

Here they are – the most commonly used sauces and instructions on how to make them!

Garlic Butter

The most common “secret” ingredient that hibachi chefs use on rice is garlic butter. Although butter isn’t something we think about when talking about Japanese cuisine, it works perfectly with rice.

garlic butter

It is heavily used at hibachi restaurants and gets added to every dish, so it is also added to fried rice. This savory and compound butter is mixed in with other ingredients to create flavored butter.

Some hibachi chefs infuse additional flavors into this butter, such as ginger or lemon.

Garlic Butter Recipe

AuthorIvanaDifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 mins

 8 tbsp salted butter
 4 garlic cloves finely
 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1

Let your butter reach room temperature before you get started. When it is nice and soft, add it to a bowl.

2

Then chop or press garlic and finely chop parsley.

3

Add garlic and parsley to the bowl with the butter.

4

Finally, mix well until combined.

Ingredients

 8 tbsp salted butter
 4 garlic cloves finely
 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Directions

1

Let your butter reach room temperature before you get started. When it is nice and soft, add it to a bowl.

2

Then chop or press garlic and finely chop parsley.

3

Add garlic and parsley to the bowl with the butter.

4

Finally, mix well until combined.

Garlic Butter Recipe

That’s it! Your garlic butter is ready to use! It is important to note that the garlic button will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge and about 2 months in the freezer.

You can spread it on top of hot steak, toss it with fresh pasta, use it for stir-frying vegetables, stir it with hot rice, serve it with steaks, etc. There are really a million ways to use it.

Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is a very flavourful salty ingredient made from fermented soybeans and wheat. It is considered to contain a strong umami flavor. This sauce has been used in cooking for over 1,000 years.

soy sauce

It is often eaten with rice, noodles, and sushi and can be mixed with wasabi. The way it’s produced can vary significantly. In Japan, there are many different types of soy sauce.

Learn how to make soy sauce at home that is healthier, tastier and richer.

Soy Sauce Recipe

AuthorIvana

Yields1 Serving

 16 oz high-quality soybeans
 12 oz all-purpose flour
 1 gal freshwater
 16 tbsp salt

1

Cook soybeans for 1-1½ hours, then add the soybeans to a food processor and blend to a paste.

2

Pour pureed beans into a bowl and combine with flour. Place the bean-flour mixture on the clean surface and shape it into a log. Then cut the log into slices about ¼-inch in thickness. Arrange the soybean slices on a moist paper towel and cover them with another paper. Leave it to sit for seven days.

3

After a week, arrange them on a baking sheet and leave them to dry.

4

The next part is fermentation. So, take a pot, pour water and salt, stirring to combine. Add the soybean discs and cover. This step aims to dissolve the discs in salt water, which can take up to 6 months.

5

Stir the mixture daily. The discs should dissolve in salt water, which can take up to 6 months. It is important to stir the mixture daily.

6

Finally, when the soybean slices have completely dissolved, strain the mixture with cheesecloth into bottles for storage. Now, the soy sauce is ready for use.

Ingredients

 16 oz high-quality soybeans
 12 oz all-purpose flour
 1 gal freshwater
 16 tbsp salt

Directions

1

Cook soybeans for 1-1½ hours, then add the soybeans to a food processor and blend to a paste.

2

Pour pureed beans into a bowl and combine with flour. Place the bean-flour mixture on the clean surface and shape it into a log. Then cut the log into slices about ¼-inch in thickness. Arrange the soybean slices on a moist paper towel and cover them with another paper. Leave it to sit for seven days.

3

After a week, arrange them on a baking sheet and leave them to dry.

4

The next part is fermentation. So, take a pot, pour water and salt, stirring to combine. Add the soybean discs and cover. This step aims to dissolve the discs in salt water, which can take up to 6 months.

5

Stir the mixture daily. The discs should dissolve in salt water, which can take up to 6 months. It is important to stir the mixture daily.

6

Finally, when the soybean slices have completely dissolved, strain the mixture with cheesecloth into bottles for storage. Now, the soy sauce is ready for use.

Soy Sauce Recipe

Use it to flavor meats, seafood, veggies, soups, rice, etc.

Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil Recipe

For homemade sesame oil, you’ll need:

AuthorIvana

Yields1 Serving

 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
 ½ cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil

1

Toast white sesame seeds in a medium frying pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until nice and golden. Remove from the pan and allow to cook (around 5-10 minutes).

2

Then pour the toasted sesame seeds and vegetable oil into a bullet blender. Blend until combined.

3

Strain the oil through the cloth to capture a lot of sediment and transfer it to a clean jar.

Ingredients

 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
 ½ cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil

Directions

1

Toast white sesame seeds in a medium frying pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until nice and golden. Remove from the pan and allow to cook (around 5-10 minutes).

2

Then pour the toasted sesame seeds and vegetable oil into a bullet blender. Blend until combined.

3

Strain the oil through the cloth to capture a lot of sediment and transfer it to a clean jar.

Sesame Oil Recipe

sesame oil

There is the classic combination of soy sauce and sesame oil often used on rice.

Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum sauce is super creamy with sweet, spicy and tangy flavors. Although this sauce is a famous Japanese Steakhouse sauce, it didn’t originate in Japan, it’s an American invention. But now it’s a part of Japanese Hibachi grill dishes.

yum yum sauce

Yum Yum Recipe

AuthorIvana

Yields1 Serving

 1 cup mayonnaise
 2 tbsp tomato paste/ketchup
 2 tbsp butter, melted
 1 tbsp garlic powder
 2 tsp onion powder
 1 tbsp smoked paprika
 3 tbsp sugar
 hot sauce (optional)

1

Combine all ingredients into a small food processor and blend until fully incorporated. If you don’t own a food processor, you can do it by hand with a whisk.

2

Place it into a container and leave it for at least 2-3 hours. The sauce is done.

Ingredients

 1 cup mayonnaise
 2 tbsp tomato paste/ketchup
 2 tbsp butter, melted
 1 tbsp garlic powder
 2 tsp onion powder
 1 tbsp smoked paprika
 3 tbsp sugar
 hot sauce (optional)

Directions

1

Combine all ingredients into a small food processor and blend until fully incorporated. If you don’t own a food processor, you can do it by hand with a whisk.

2

Place it into a container and leave it for at least 2-3 hours. The sauce is done.

Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

You can serve it with Japanese food, grilled veggies, spread it on deli sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, etc.

Ginger Sauce

If you’ve been to a Japanese Steakhouse before then you know how the ginger sauce is irresistible. Both ginger sauce and yum yum sauce are the most popular Japanese hibachi sauces. You can mix it with fried rice, noodles and hibachi grilled vegetables.

Ginger Sauce Recipe

AuthorIvana

Yields1 Serving

 ½ cup chopped yellow onion
 1 ½ tbsp chopped fresh ginger root
  cup tamari
 3 tbsp rice vinegar
 1 lemon (juice)
 2 tsp brown sugar

1

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

2

Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 5 days. Makes about 3/4 cup ginger sauce.

Ingredients

 ½ cup chopped yellow onion
 1 ½ tbsp chopped fresh ginger root
  cup tamari
 3 tbsp rice vinegar
 1 lemon (juice)
 2 tsp brown sugar

Directions

1

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

2

Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 5 days. Makes about 3/4 cup ginger sauce.

Ginger Sauce Recipe

ginger sauces

Can You Use Sake?

Sake is a classic Japanese alcoholic drink and it’s available in a myriad of varieties. It can be used with sushi and other Japanese meals to enhance the flavor of other ingredients. If you use sake with rice, it will create a more distinctive, full flavor.

Some use sake for doing theatrical fire tricks (like the infamous onion volcano). Don’t try it at your home. 🙂

Other Ingredients to Add to Your Rice (to Make it More Delicious)

Now, when we solve the sauce mystery, the other ingredients are very simple. Most often hibachi chefs use vegetables like onion, carrot and pea. Also, there are scrambled eggs and natural-flavored oil as primary cooking oil.
Keeping it simple is often the best recipe.

vegetables

What Kind of Rice is The Best For Hibachi?

Yes, here we talk about sauces, but using the right type of rice is a very important factor when you’re trying to make this dish. Most hibachi restaurants use short- or medium-grain rice for their fried rice. Short-grain rice tends to be more sticky than long-grain varieties, causing it to clump together.

Medium-grain rice is perfect for fried rice because it’s sticky enough to easily eat with chopsticks, but you can still get individual grains.

There is one key step you should follow to get the best-fried rice – use day-old rice instead of fresh hot rice. If you let the rice cool down before using it, that allows a lot of moisture to be released.

Bonus – Serving Suggestion

Serve it with Japanese curries on the side and with hibachi chicken and you’ll have a complete dish.

hibachi rice and chicken

To Wrap It Up

Different hibachi chefs and restaurants will each use their own unique blend of sauces and spices. But some commonly used things will help you replicate this delicious restaurant-style Hibachi fried rice at your home.

Also, remember these few things – keep your ingredient list short and use cold, day-old rice to achieve the best results.



Ivana
Ivana is always desirable for adventures so she was working in restaurants on the Croatian coast, participated in Caffe barista tournaments, led a gardening business, and more. She is a healthy food enthusiast, prefers vegetarianism, and practices yoga. In her free time, she likes to study ancient Buddhist scriptures as well as psychology.