A Guide To Using A Teppanyaki Grill

Posted February 13, 2022 by in Lifestyle

You can make delicious stir-fried dishes right at home with a teppanyaki grill. Though it might seem intimidating at first, cooking with a teppanyaki grill is easy and fun to do with a bit of practice! Here’s everything you must know about how to use a teppanyaki grill. 

First, buy yourself a good quality teppanyaki griddle. It should be about 2 inch x 3 inch, so it fits on your countertop nicely without taking up too much space. You’ll also want one that has two sides for cooking since the point is to cook more than one dish at once.  

Teppanyaki Grill

Basic Steps in Using a Teppanyaki Grill Include: 

1. Preheat the grill. The hotter you can get it, the better! Most grills have a high setting of about 600°F. 

2. Oil up your food with cooking oil or bacon grease before placing it on the grill. This helps prevent sticking and adds extra flavour to your meals. Make sure to use oil/grease with a high smoke point not to burn when in contact with the griddle’s heated surface. Olive oil is not typically recommended for this purpose because its smoke point is too low (about 375°F). 

3. Sear each side of your food quickly, using tongs to flip it back and forth. This will give you some excellent grill marks and seal in the flavours. You can also use a spoon or small spatula for this step, depending on the food. 

4. Let your food finish cooking on more moderate heat. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn, but remember – it’s only teppanyaki, so every dish should be cooked quickly! If you’re not quite sure when your meal is done, go with less rather than more time on the grill. 

5. Plate up your freshly cooked dishes and enjoy! 

You’ll want to experiment with things like marinades, sauces, rubs, spices, and the thickness of foods when cooking. For example, rubs or spices can add a lot of flavour to your food while sauces and marinades tenderize it. Thinner foods tend to get done quicker, so you’ll want to take them off the grill before they get overdone. 

With a bit of practice, cooking with a teppanyaki grill becomes easy to use. You may even find yourself enjoying a few dishes from the comfort of your kitchen more than going out for dinner at an expensive restaurant! 

Seafood omelette teppanyaki known as Okonomiyaki made right in front of us in Osaka, Japan.

You can make dishes using a teppanyaki grill like steak, chicken, pork chops, shrimp, and battered vegetables. When using this type of grill, it is recommended to avoid using olive oil since it has a low smoke point and will burn when in contact with the griddle’s heated surface. Olive oil is better used when cooking with a sauce or marinade in which the food will be turned over frequently. It is best to use clarified butter, bacon grease or vegetable oil when using the teppanyaki grill since they have high smoke points and are suitable for grilling at high heat. Vegetable oil has a lower smoke point than clarified butter and bacon grease but still can handle the heat of this type of grill. Because of its liquid state, it should be poured onto the teppanyaki grill using a spoon or small spatula rather than directly from the bottle where there is a risk of splattering, and the hot surface may cause it to ignite if mishandled.