Food November 16, 2021

Brief History of Teppanyaki

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What is Teppanyaki?

Teppanyaki (鉄板焼き) is a style of Japanese cuisine that typically uses a propane-heated iron flat-top to add a smoky “grilled” flavor to the food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan (鉄板), which means iron plate, and yaki (焼き), which means grilled, broiled or pan-fried. Dishes commonly cooked with a teppan include steak, shrimp, lobster, rice, egg, finely chopped vegetables, okonomiyaki and yakisoba.


The concept of using a teppan to cook western-influenced food in front of patrons began in Japan in 1945 and found a home in America in the 1960’s, where it has become astoundingly popular. Typical ingredients used for Western-style teppanyaki are steak, shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken and assorted vegetables. These ingredients are usually cooked in vegetable oil for its neutral flavor and also garlic or regular butter to add a layer of richness.

Ingredients and Seasonings

Beef is without a doubt the most popular meat in teppanyaki due to the added richness from the marbling that renders into the meat at high temperatures, and the delicious sear that’s formed on all six sides of the cubed steak. At Zen Sushi & Grill we provide a wide selection of USDA Choice meat such as New York Strip, Filet Mignon and even Ribeye.

Light seasoning and fresh ingredients are the keys to teppanyaki’s success. This is especially important because teppanyaki-style cooking enhances rather than covers up the original flavor of its ingredients. Seasonings are usually limited to soy sauce, and salt and pepper. At Zen Sushi & Grill we provide a house-made mustard sauce for meats, and a ginger sauce for seafood and vegetables.

Overall Meal

At Zen Sushi & Grill, our teppanyaki meals are also served with our hearty homemade onion soup made with New York Strip and Filet Mignon, and also our tangy ginger salad made with fresh ginger dressing. Our primary focus is quality and that is something you can definitely taste when enjoying a lunch or dinner here.