An Easy Hibachi Dinner Party with EVO Grill is simple to accomplish with my step by step guide. I’d even say the results will be better than dining out at a traditional Japanese Steakhouse. It will certainly be a lot more affordable. For what you would spend on a family of 4 at a typical Japanese Steakhouse, you could invite ALL the neighbors over and feed them royally. Of course, if you aren’t fortunate enough to have your own EVO, you can prepare this menu indoors on a griddle top or with multiple skillets. Not as easy, but still a lot fun and way less expensive than going out. I just love how the EVO’s circular shape gathers my friends around I’m cooking!
Have you ever noticed how the dining room of any Hibachi Steakhouse restaurant on any given night always seems to be hosting at least two or three celebrations and anniversaries? Why not consider doing your next Hibachi celebration at home? You get to control the quality of meats and types of vegetables ( all organic and free range here) as well as being able to customize the flavors. Because while I enjoy the Hibachi experience as much as the next gal, I do usually walk out of the restaurant with the same two complaints. It was too expensive- you’re paying for the show and expensive equipment. And I would have enjoyed a bit bolder flavors. So, here is a simple menu to get you started making your own easy Hibachi dinner part. Let’s make the most popular meal ordered at a Japanese steakhouses-
Hibachi Style Chicken with Fried rice and Vegetables
If you or your kids enjoy the traditional milder flavor found in the hibachi steakhouse, follow the instructions for mild version.
Feeds 4-5 People
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, sliced in bite sized pieces (vegetarians can substitute one package extra firm or smoked tofu)
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced and chopped
- 4 cups mixed vegetables of your choice ( I used broccoli, peppers, scallions,and snowpeas) to use with stirfry and fried rice
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil ( can substitute vegetable)
- 4 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (or paste)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 cloves minced garlic ( 1 for mild),plus 1 clove minced and set aside
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger (omit for mild)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons sesame oil(2 for mild)
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce(omit for mild) plus more to serve at table
- I Bag frozen white or brown rice or 4 cups cooled rice
- 2 eggs beaten and seasoned with 1 t sesame oil, salt, and white pepper
- fresh herbs (cilantro or thai basil work well) to garnish
Mix the soy sauce, broth, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and lemon juice together in small bowl and set aside. You can use a broth paste reconstituted here or vegetarian broth if you not using meat in your meal.
Add salt, pepper, and reserved minced garlic along with 1 T soy sauce mixture to chicken.
Prepare Rice by adding peas, scallions, chopped peppers and 1/4 of onion into bag of frozen rice ( You could also use small shrimp or other vegetables like carrots here). Add 1 T coconut oil to top of bag.
It is very important that you have everything prepped before you begin cooking.
This is usually the most time consuming part of preparing your meal. But having all this done does allow you to enjoy the “show” aspect of the cooking more easily.
Like most people trying to get dinner on the table quickly, I have come up with several short cuts for making this meal at home that I’ll share as well. You can purchase pre-sliced vegetables from a salad bar or veggies prepackaged and prepped in places like Whole Foods. When making Fried Rice you need cooled cooked rice, so left over rice or frozen prepared rice (pictured) both work well.
I usually throw some frozen vegetable dumplings or spring rolls right onto my grill surface as I’m cooking to use as an appetizer.
It is also important that you preheat the grill (or pan ). Then add 1 T oil and rice mix when it is hot in order to achieve that smoky flavor of a traditional Hibachi table meal without burning up your oil. I set my EVO to Medium high. Inside I would recommend high heat. While rice is warming, you can begin preparing chicken and vegetables.
Add 1 T grapeseed oil each to areas where chicken and chopped vegetables will go. Add ingredients and begin stir frying. I sear the chicken about 3 minutes before turning. Stir vegetable s frequently.
Once chicken is halfway done, make a well in center of rice and add your beaten egg. Let egg set up for a moment. Stir together with two spatulas to combine.
Add 1/3 soy mix to rice, incorporate into dish and remove rice from heat.
Divide remaining soy mixture between the chicken and vegetables. Remove cooked chicken to warm plate.
Cover vegetables if needed (will depend on type you use-broccoli in this mix benefits) to steam for 2 minutes. Remove to warm platter and combine with vegetables or leave separate. Garnish with herbs and serve with sriracha or chili oil on side for a spicy option.
So there it is. An Easy Hibachi Dinner Party with EVO- ready in just 15 minutes. That’s faster than take out friends! And a lot better for your family. You could easily double or triple the portions to feed a larger crowd. I also love to grill up a second vegetable dish of traditional sliced zucchini and bean sprouts. Or feel free to add-in a second meat or seafood. The basic method is the same whatever you choose to use.
For an easy dessert idea, you can let guests grill some skewered pineapple sprinkled with brown sugar and a splash of rum right on the EVO and serve it with vanilla ice cream. I’ll post more Easy Hibachi at Home ideas and recipes soon.
Until then, Let me know how your easy Hibachi Dinner Party went!