Hibachi steak bites with fried rice

Bringing the flair and flavor of a Japanese steakhouse to your home kitchen can transform an ordinary dinner into an extraordinary culinary experience. This Hibachi Steak Bites with Fried Rice recipe does just that, marrying the savory richness of steak with the comforting taste of fried rice, all complemented by the creamy indulgence of homemade yum yum sauce. The first time I prepared this dish, it was for a family dinner aimed at recreating our favorite hibachi restaurant experience. The outcome was nothing short of spectacular, drawing rave reviews from everyone at the table. The steak was tender and flavorful, the fried rice was perfectly seasoned, and the yum yum sauce added a delightful creamy kick that tied everything together beautifully.

Steak Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1.5 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Steak Preparation

  1. Sauce Preparation: Mix soy sauce and cornstarch together and add remaining ingredients.
  2. Steak Seasoning: Lightly season steak cut into bite-sized pieces with salt and pepper.
  3. Cooking: Over medium-high heat, add steak and cook until browned, approximately 1-2 minutes on each side, and remove from heat.
  4. Final Touch: Add in sauce and add steak back in, allowing it to coat the steak and thicken.

Fried Rice Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked day-old cold rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 green onion, chopped and screwed
  • 2 tbsp oil

Fried Rice Preparation

  1. Sauté: Over medium-high heat, add oil to skillet or wok and add in onions, peas, and carrots, cooking until tender.
  2. Eggs: Push ingredients to one side and add in eggs to scramble. Then, push those aside as well.
  3. Rice and Seasoning: Add in rice, then soy sauce, followed by sugar and oyster sauce. Stir up all the ingredients and toss in green onions.

Homemade Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp water

Yum Yum Sauce Preparation

Mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Adjust the thickness by adding water as needed.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 4
  • Calories per serving: Varies depending on serving sizes and ingredients used.

Preparation Time

  • Total Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. Steak Choice: For tender bites, use a high-quality cut like sirloin or filet mignon.
  2. Rice Prep: Day-old rice works best for fried rice as it’s less sticky and fries up better.
  3. Yum Yum Sauce: For the best flavor, let the sauce sit for a few hours in the fridge to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Vegetable Variations: Feel free to swap out or add additional vegetables according to your preferences.
  5. Serving Suggestion: Serve the steak bites and fried rice with a side of steamed vegetables for a complete hibachi experience.

FAQ Section

Q: Can I make the fried rice with fresh rice? A: It’s best to use day-old rice for texture, but if you’re in a pinch, spread fresh rice on a baking sheet and let it cool in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Q: Can I substitute the soy sauce? A: For a gluten-free option, use tamari. For a lower sodium option, use reduced-sodium soy sauce.

Q: What can I use if I don’t have oyster sauce for the fried rice? A: Hoisin sauce is a good substitute, though it’s sweeter, so you might want to adjust the sugar accordingly.

Q: How do I store leftovers? A: Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Q: Can the yum yum sauce be made ahead of time? A: Yes, making it ahead of time actually improves the flavor as it gives time for the flavors to blend.

This Hibachi Steak Bites with Fried Rice recipe is a splendid way to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home. The process is surprisingly simple, but the flavors are complex and deeply satisfying. Whether you’re looking to impress guests or just treat yourself and your family to a special meal, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite.