This air fryer hibachi recipe tastes just as good as going out to a restaurant, if not better. The best part is it takes twelve minutes to cook, and you’ve got an amazing dinner on a busy night (with just a little preparation). If you have ever visited a Japanese hibachi, you probably enjoyed dinner cooked in front of you, and perhaps a small show from the chef performing tricks like fire-shooting volcanoes constructed from slices of onion rings. It’s a great option for date night, but typically comes with a slightly-higher dinner bill. Cooking the same thing at home doesn’t require a lot of time and delivers the same delicious flavor you’d get at your favorite Japanese place.
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Hibachi refers to the way the meal is cooked, typically on an iron griddle. In Japan, this cooking style is referred to as teppanyaki. The teppan is the metal plate used for cooking (sometimes a skillet) and yaki means the food is grilled. That said, can you make delicious, Japanese hibachi in an air fryer? I discovered that, with a simple recipe, it is possible to make an air fried hibachi recipe that is restaurant quality without a lot of fuss. The meal’s price tag of less than six dollars a serving also makes this an affordable dish.
Traditionally, the protein options available at your local hibachi restaurant include chicken, beef or seafood. For this recipe I chose beef, but you could follow the same process with either of the other options as well. While your air fryer will cook this hibachi recipe in 12 minutes, you will have to plan your meal in advance to get the most flavor by marinating the ingredients for at least an hour.
Begin by cutting up an onion, zucchini and your beef into a plastic freezer bag. Add shredded carrots and mushrooms to the bag and then cover the ingredients with teriyaki sauce. I recommend Kikkoman’s brand, which is a thick, rich sauce that works well as a marinade. If you have time, let the ingredients marinade in the bag inside your fridge all day until you’re ready to cook this incredible hibachi recipe.
Once you’re ready to cook, pre-heat the air fryer to 400 degrees. When it is heated, pour your ingredients into a glass Pyrex dish and cook for 12 minutes. Please note, the ingredients in this hibachi recipe made enough to cook two full dishes. While it is cooking, steam some white rice (or prepare fried rice) and you have a meal sure to please. Cooking this meal in the air fryer produces a mailliard reaction on both the beef and veggies, caramelizing the sugars from the teriyaki sauce and creating a nice browning and charring that’s full of flavor.
- Air Fryer, or Oven (50 degrees warmer)
- Oven Safe Pyrex Dish
- 1 Top Round or Sirloin Steak
- 1 Zucchini diced
- 8 oz Sliced Mushrooms one package
- 5 oz Shredded Carrots half of a 10 oz bag
- 1 Onion diced
- 1 bottle Terry Ho's Yum Yum Sauce
- 1 bottle Kikkoman Takumi Teriyaki Sauce
- Cut steak, onion, and zucchini into bit sized pieces. Added to a freezer size bag along with carrots, mushrooms, and enough teriyaki sauce to cover. Refrigerate for 1 – 8 hours, or until you're ready to cook.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Add your marinated meat and vegetables to a oven safe Pyrex dish, forming one layer.
- Cook for twelve minutes.
- Serve with rice and yum yum sauce.
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