Homemade Hibachi Steak with Mushrooms (Benihana Copycat Recipe)

Benihana’s Hibachi Steak is loved by all. You can recreate this dish at home in under 30 minutes. It’s easier than you think to recreate this masterpiece.

Homemade Benihana Hibachi Steak and mushrooms on a platter.

Benihana’s is known for its hibachi steak. Although going to Benihana is a fun outing, you can duplicate this steak at home. It starts in a skillet and finishes in a delicious soy-ginger sauce.

Not only does the sauce enhance the flavor of the steak, but it’s also a great recipe for entertaining. The key is to select the best steak – here’s a video showing how Benihana does it.

The Benihana Story

Like all the best Japanese stories, the history of Benihana began with the descendant of a samurai warrior (Yunosuke Aoki) and a coffee shop in Tokyo. Just after the war, Aoki, a popular entertainer, had the idea to open a coffee shop with his wife, Katsu.

They called their shop Benihana, and because of food staple shortages, Aoki rode his bike more than twenty miles to buy real sugar for his shop.

The Tradition Continues

After college, Aoki’s son Hiroaki (or Rocky, as he became known) moved to the U.S. to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant. He wanted to combine his father’s knack for doing something unusual with truly memorable food.

As Rocky didn’t have very much money, he began life as an entrepreneur by selling ice cream in Harlem while going to school at night to study restaurant management. The ice cream venture turned out well thanks in part to the colorful Japanese cocktail umbrellas Rocky added to his treats. In this way, he managed to save up $10,000 so he could open his first Benihana restaurant in 1964.

The First Benihana

The original Benihana is still going strong on West 56th street in Manhattan. It features an authentic Japanese farmhouse look and delicious food cooked on steel teppanyaki grills right in front of the eyes of customers.

Highly trained teppanyaki chefs delight customers with theatrics and intricate knife work. You can watch a demonstration. The chefs slice and dice and dazzle your eyes. And, the food dazzles your taste buds. It’s one of the best shows in New York City.

Make your own Benihana hibachi steak at home. Although this steak dish is called hibachi steak, at Benihana the steak is actually cooked on a teppanyaki grill.

Don’t have a teppanyaki grill? No worries – this recipe improvises with great results. However, it’s advisable not to try to imitate the Benihana knife tricks!


  • Soy sauce
  • Chinese cooking wine
  • Sugar
  • Garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Sirloin steak
  • Soybean oil
  • Mushrooms
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Ingredients you will need to prepare a copycat Benihana Steak at home.

How to Make Steak Hibachi

  1. Combine soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil to make the marinade.
  2. Place steak in the marinade and marinate for at least 1 hour before cooking.
  3. Remove steak from marinade and cut it into bite-size pieces.
  4. Heat a skillet to medium-high, add soybean oil, and then steak pieces.
  5. You want to cook the steak on high heat, it won’t take very long to cook the steak to perfection.
  6. When the steak pieces are close to being cooked, add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir and continue to cook until mushrooms are softened and steak is cooked through.

Homemade Benihana Hibachi Steak with mushrooms on a plate next to a bowl of rice.

What is the difference between hibachi and teriyaki steak?

The real difference between the two is in the sauce. Both dishes are cut into bite-sized cubes, but teriyaki steak is cooked with a glaze. Teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, and optional spices. Hibachi steak is not cooked with a sauce, but it is served with a sauce you can dip the meat into.

What cuts of beef are best for hibachi?

To make the best hibachi steak you will want to use a cut of beef that is tender and lean. Sirloin works very well, tenderloin also works well, it is tender and lean.

Can you cook this hibachi steak recipe on a griddle?

Ideally, you want to cook this steak on high heat on a griddle, but if you do not have a griddle you can use a skillet. I recommend either using a stainless steel skillet or a cast-iron skillet. You do not need to adjust the temperature for when you cook the steak in a frying pan.

Complete your meal with these side dishes

  • You could make up some garlic butter, and cook benihana hibachi chicken on the grill, don’t forget to finish it with a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Cook up some Benihana fried rice
  • Make up a benihana salad and be sure to serve it with some ginger salad dressing
  • Make some homemade teriyaki sauce and serve it with your steak

Do you want to have your own typical restaurant experience at a hibachi restaurant? You can turn your own dining room tables into teppanyaki tables, now you just need to get a family member to practice their knife skills for your family!

How to store and reheat hibachi steak

You will want to store your steak in an airtight container for up to 5 days in your refrigerator. If I know I am going to have some left over steak, I cook is very rare and then I reheat the rare steak in a skillet. This way your meet still has a really nice texture when you serve it.

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Homemade Benihana Hibatchi Steak and mushrooms on a platter

Benihana Hibachi Steak

Make your own Benihana Hibachi steak with mushrooms at home. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: hibachi steak
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 295kcal


  • 20 ounces sirloin steaks cut into 4 steaks

Steak Marinade

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons Soybean Oil
  • 8 large Mushrooms sliced thick
  • 4 dashes Salt
  • 4 dashes Black Pepper


  • Prepare steak marinade, and place meat in the marinade for at least 1 hour before cooking. Remove steak from marinade and cut into bite-size pieces. Heat a skillet to medium-high add oil, and then steak pieces. When the steak pieces are close to being cooked through, you may need to add a little more of the soybean oil add the mushrooms. Season steak and mushrooms with salt and pepper.


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 2203mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3.3mg

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. jorge

    5 stars
    I thought this was fairly close. While grilling your own steak isn’t very entertaining, it is still good.

  2. Fred lopez

    Is there anyway you can send me recipe to cook hibachi steak and rice. I’ve been going to restaurant and paying close attention to step, just not to sure of ingredients. They use two types of brown liquid one on rice which not sure what it is and both on steak. Also what is the green butter and can I get at market? Thank you look forward to reply.

    • Dan

      5 stars
      My son and I ate at a Japanese steak house last night and I asked what the two different brown sauces were. The chef told me soy and teriyaki sauce. The pink dipping sauce is call Yummy sauce and the red dipping sauce is ginger sauce.

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