A trip to a hibachi is always a good time. No matter your entree, you can never go wrong with a generous serving of delicious Hibachi Noodles. This Japanese-inspired dish is made with yakisoba noodles, Teriyaki sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Enjoy with shrimp, chicken, steak or plant-based options.
Craving hibachi noodles without the price tag? Skip the restaurant and try this simple, foolproof recipe that’ll give you all the noodles your heart desires. With an authentic teriyaki sauce and a garnish of sesame seeds, you won’t be able to tell that it’s not takeout!
Want to take your hibachi noodles to the next level? Don’t skimp on the ingredients! Visit the Asian aisle of your grocery store or a specialty shop. Select a quality soy sauce and an authentic teriyaki sauce. This will make a huge difference in the taste of the finished product.
What Are Hibachi Noodles?
Hibachi noodles are made with yakisoba noodles. These are like a thicker, longer version of ramen noodles and they’re a staple in Japanese cuisine. Yakisoba noodles are made with wheat and are often served stir-fried. In fact, the word “yakisoba” loosely translates to “fried noodle” in Japanese.
When these noodles are simmered in a sweet umami sauce and stir-fried in butter, the result is hibachi noodles.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Yakisoba Noodles, Udon, Ramen or Linguini (see note)
- Unsalted Butter
- Soy Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Granulated sugar, or Brown Sugar
- Asian Sesame Oil
- Sesame Seeds or Green Onions, for garnish
How to Make Hibachi Noodles
1. In a skillet or wok over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
2. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, usually about 30 seconds.
3. Add the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and sugar to the pan and stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
4. Add the cooked noodles and toss until they are completely coated in the pan mixture. Follow up by adding the Asian sesame oil and tossing to continue mixing well.
5. Add the sesame seeds as garnish.
6. Finish up the garnish by adding the green onions, and serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks for Making Hibachi Noodles
- Use a quality soy sauce: This is not the time to use discount soy sauce! Use a quality brand such as San-J or Kikkoman and a low-sodium variety if you want it less salty. For a premium, plant-based umami sauce, check out the Yondu brand.
- Ensure the noodles are al dente: There’s nothing worse than mushy noodles here. If you are cooking noodles yourself, stop cooking once they are al dente.
- Serve hot: The noodles have the best flavor when served fresh out of the pan.
What Kind of Noodles Are Used in Hibachi?
Yakisoba is a popular kind of Japanese noodle used in hibachi cooking. These noodles are made from wheat flour and have a flavor profile reminiscent of Worcestershire sauce. Yakisoba noodles are often available at food trucks and Japanese restaurants. Hibachi noodles are prepared by cooking these tender noodles in butter, garlic and a sweet umami sauce.
If you want homemade hibachi and can’t source yakisoba noodles, you can use regular ramen noodles, udon noodles or linguine pasta.
How to Serve Hibachi Noodles?
Honestly, these noodles are tasty enough to serve on their own. A big bowl of hot hibachi noodles can be a super satisfying way to kill the munchies. These noodles are also delicious when paired with proteins like chicken, beef or shrimp. Veggie options include steamed broccoli and carrots or mushrooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Hibachi?
The hibachi is a traditional Japanese bowl used as a heating device. The bowl can be round or cylindrical and houses burning charcoal. Its primary use is to provide heat by radiation to a small area. These days, hibachis are considered artifacts.
In the US, the term “hibachi” is given to a small charcoal stove used for cooking in hibachi and teppanyaki restaurants.
What Sauce Does Hibachi Use?
Hibachi is all about that tasty combination of sweet and umami. To achieve this level of deliciousness, you’ll need to combine teriyaki sauce with soy sauce. Butter, garlic and brown sugar enhance the flavor of this irresistible sauce.
Are Hibachi Noodles Vegan?
Yakisoba noodles are made from wheat and are vegan-friendly. As long as you use only plant-based ingredients (such as butter), you can make this recipe 100% vegan.
Are Hibachi Noodles Gluten-free?
Authentic yakisoba noodles are made from pure buckwheat, making them naturally free of gluten. Despite having “wheat” in its name, buckwheat is a nutritious gluten-free food that can be eaten as a rice substitute. Thanks to this super ingredient, hibachi noodles are not only delicious, but they’re also guilt- and gluten-free.
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Hibachi Noodles Recipe
- Hibachi Noodles
- 1 lb. cooked yakisoba noodles or udon or ramen or linguini (see note)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
- optional sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish
- Cook the noodles if necessary according to the package directions.
- Place a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. When hot, add the butter and minced garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and sugar to the pan. Stir for about 30 seconds to let the sugar dissolve completely.
- Add the cooked noodles and toss using kitchen tongs to coat completely.
- Drizzle the sesame oil on top and toss a few times more.
- Garnish with optional sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve immediately one they’re own or with dishes like hibachi vegetables, hibachi chicken or hibachi steak.
- Noodles: Yakisoba are buckwheat noodles available in Asian grocery stores and online. If you can’t find any, the next closest approximation are udon noodles followed by ramen. Failing that, you can use linguini but you’ll need to cook it first.
- Sesame oil: Use Asian sesame oil made with toasted sesame seeds, as refined sesame oil lacks flavor.
- Reheating: To reheat hibachi noodles, place a nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, add one tablespoon of water followed by the noodles. Stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes until steamy hot and then serve.