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How to Cook Beef Teppanyaki

author image Ellen Douglas
Ellen Douglas has written on food, gardening, education and the arts since 1992. Douglas has worked as a staff reporter for the Lakeville Journal newspaper group. Previously, she served as a communication specialist in the nonprofit field. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.
How to Cook Beef Teppanyaki
Teppanyaki meat and vegetables. Photo Credit Igor Stramyk/Hemera/Getty Images

More a restaurant adventure than a specific recipe, beef teppanyaki has become famous for the experience of sitting gathering around a table-sized griddle while a chef prepares large amounts of beef, vegetables and other ingredients. To recreate the experience at home, set up electric griddles along counters or on one side of the dining table -- or simply stir-fry the ingredients on skillets at your stove. For authenticity's sake, don't use a Chinese wok -- teppanyaki translates to "stir-frying on a flat surface" in Japanese.

Step 1

Whisk together equal parts soy sauce, citrus juice and stock or water. Divide this dipping sauce into separate bowls.

Step 2

Prepare vegetables. Choices for chopped vegetables to cook with the beef include halved mushrooms, quartered bell peppers, peeled and thinly-sliced potatoes, unpeeled thinly-sliced Japanese eggplant, rinsed and drained baby corn, peeled carrots cut into thick sticks, sliced scallions and broccoli broken into florets. Set the raw vegetables on a decorative platter, if cooking for a crowd.

Step 3

Slice the steak thinly and place it on a separate platter.

Step 4

Spray two skillets or a large griddle with cooking spray, or spread a small amount of vegetable oil across the cooking surface. Turn the heat to high.

Step 5

Add the steak and mixed vegetables to the heat with a spatula or chopsticks. Cook the beef and mixed vegetables side by side on a large griddle, or put steak and vegetables in separate pans.

Step 6

Press the ingredients against the cooking surface. Cook for at least 5 minutes, flipping once mid-way. Add oil to the skillets or griddle if the food begins sticking.

Step 7

Remove the food from the heat source. The vegetables should be crisp-tender and the steak browned on the outside surface, with a light pink center.

Step 8

Serve the beef teppanyaki with cooked rice and shakers of seven-spice mixture, if desired. Set down individual bowls of dipping sauce and accompanying fresh pieces of ginger, scallions or daikon.

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