Benihana Ginger Dipping Sauce

Benihana Ginger Sauce is the perfect complement to chicken, steak, seafood, and veggies. Recreate the classic Benihana Japanese steakhouse experience at home with this copycat recipe.

Overhead view of copycat Benihana ginger sauce in a bowl with cooked chicken pieces around it.

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What Makes Benihana Ginger Sauce So Good? 

How often have you asked for more of Benihana’s famous ginger-soy dipping sauce? Probably a lot. After all, it is one of the chain’s most popular condiments.

The combination of citrus, soy, and fresh ginger helps to bring out the flavor of grilled food, but it is much more versatile. Check out the section below for more ideas on how to use this Japanese steakhouse ginger sauce. 

Why You Should Try This Recipe 

This recipe is unbelievably easy and quick, but the taste is still incredible. The sauce has just the right acidity and saltiness levels that allow the flavor of the ginger to be the star of the show.

Unlike other online recipes, this version has no additional sugar, so it is not overly sweet and retains a bit of a bite from the ginger. 

Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Sauce Ingredients

To make Benihana Ginger Dipping Sauce, you’ll need:

  • White onion
  • Ginger root
  • Ground ginger
  • Lemon juice
  • Light soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
Copycat Benihana ginger sauce ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Use fresh lemon juice if you can. It will make a huge difference to the taste of the sauce. Add some lemon zest for an extra citrus touch.

Rice vinegar is sometimes called rice wine vinegar. But they are the same ingredient, so don’t worry if your bottle has either wording. If you don’t have rice vinegar, a decent substitute is using an equal amount of white wine vinegar and adding a pinch of sugar.

For soy-free and gluten-free ginger sauce, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

How to Pick Out the Freshest Ginger

Ginger is the heart of this dish, and you want to use the best and most fresh ginger root you can find. If you don’t often cook with ginger, selecting which to buy in the store can seem daunting. Here are three tips that can help make it much more straightforward:

  1. Avoid any ginger that has thick, dry, or wrinkly skin. Choose ginger that has thin, smooth skin instead.
  2. Look for ginger that is solid to the touch. Pressing the ginger lightly with your fingers shouldn’t cause any marks.  
  3. The piece of ginger should feel heavy for its size.

How to Make Ginger Sauce

To prepare the Benihana ginger sauce recipe:

  1. Peel and rough chop the white onions.
  2. Use a spoon to scrape off the skin of the ginger root. Rough chop the ginger.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in the jar of a blender or food processor and pulse several times. 
Copycat Benihana ginger sauce ingredients in a blender.
  1. Puree the sauce until smooth. 
  2. Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and store for at least two hours to allow the flavors to meld. 
Bowl of copycat Benihana ginger sauce and cooked chicken pieces around it.

What to Serve It With Hibachi Ginger Sauce

Do you wonder what else you can use the ginger sauce with? Here are some ways to use it and serving suggestions:

This sauce works as a dipping sauce as well as a marinade. It gives almost anything off the grill a touch of Asian flare. Try it with beef, chicken, pork, and shrimp. It’s also great with egg rolls and wontons. Drizzle it over grilled vegetables for a light side dish or vegetarian sandwich filling. 

Use Benihana ginger dipping sauce as the basis for a salad dressing by blending one part of the sauce with three parts of olive oil and serving over simple salad greens. You can also brush the salad dressing over a piece of salmon before roasting it in the oven. 

How to Store Ginger Sauce

Keep hibachi ginger sauce in an airtight container in the fridge, but for the best flavor, bring it up to room temperature before serving. 

How Long Does Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Sauce Last?

This sauce will stay fresh in the fridge for three or four days. Make sure to shake the sauce well or give it another blitz in the blender before serving because it will separate. 

Piece of chicken dipped in copycat Benihana ginger sauce on a fork.

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Benihana Ginger Sauce

You can make Benihana Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Dipping Sauce just like they do at a restaurant. 
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Benihana’s Ginger Dipping Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 10kcal


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 ounce ginger root
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  • Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.


Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Jean James

    This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t even approximation of Benihana’s sauce.
    Theirs is thick – this is thin
    Theirs is reddish brown – this is just brown
    Theirs taste like ginger – this tastes like soy sauce.

    Like I said, not bad, but not Benihana.

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