What is Teppanyaki?



鉄板焼き or teppan-yaki is a Japanese word to describe a cooking style. Teppan mean “iron griddle” and yaki is referred to as grilled, broiled or pan-fried. Authentic Japanese restaurants use this method of high-heat cooking to bring out unique flavors while entertaining their guest with their chef skills.


火鉢 – Hibachi (fire bowl) and teppanyaki are sometimes used interchangeably, however, they are two different styles of Japanese cooking. Hibachi uses open flames in a heatproof bowl to cook their food. Hibachi uses wire or open grates as their cooking surface area. Since the teppanyaki uses a solid iron griddle, it allows for smaller ingredients like rice and diced vegetables to be cook. It’s also much more entertaining to watch the chef use the entire griddle!