Hibachis are charcoal-style grills which originated in Japan in the 1800s, according to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary. Hibachi-cooked food is a popular choice in Asian restaurants. Hibachi-cooked food also happens to be a good choice for the calorie-conscious.
Hibachi-cooked food is, as the name implies, food cooked on a hibachi. Hibachi-cooked foods have distinct grill marks and are available in many areas.
Nutrition facts vary based on what type of food you select, and how it is prepared. Plain grilled chicken contains 67 calories per ounce, according to Fat Secret, while a side of grilled vegetables available at a popular Mexican restaurant has 70 calories. Hibachi-cooked meals can also be good choices; one popular hibachi chicken meal offers a manageable 353 calories.
Grills, including hibachi grills, are good tools for healthy cooking, according to nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger. Charcoal fires add flavor and pleasant texture without the calories that come from creamy pan sauces or sugar-laden glazes.
When ordering hibachi-cooked food in restaurants, be careful about add-ons. Krieger notes that sauces used in restaurants can sometimes contain as much fat as the food itself. Krieger recommends ordering sauces on the side, so that you can control the amount you use.
- Merriam-Webster: Hibachi
- “The Food You Crave”; Ellie Krieger; 2008