Who doesn’t love hibachi? I know I do, especially the fried rice. I’ve been cooking fried rice since I was 10 years old. It was my “specialty.” No idea how it came to be or why I was so obsessed with it. It’s a lot simpler than you may think. A very wise man once told me (Japanese steak house hibachi chef) that all you need is soy sauce and butter. He called it “peanut butter” because you slightly melt the butter and mix in the soy sauce during prep. And yes, it actually does look like peanut butter.
I make mine just like the pros. I wish I could say the above image is my own hibachi grill that I keep in my living room but it’s not. However a wok is the next best thing (I highly recommend you pick one up. A wok can be used for a lot of asian cuisine). I use canola oil, butter, less sodium soy sauce, white onion, peas, carrots, and one fried egg. It’s lighter, lower in sodium, and healthier than your typical takeout. If you have leftover white rice in the fridge this is the perfect way to get rid of it for a killer side dish. Throw everything in a wok and cook on high heat for 5-7 minutes. It’s that easy.
- 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice (or previously cooked)
- ¼ cup carrots, finely chopped
- ¼ cup peas
- 1 egg
- ½ cup white onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon canola oil, for frying
Peanut butter sauce:
- 2 tablespoons less sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Cook white rice using instructions on box, let cool and set aside.
- Meanwhile, chop all vegetables into finely chopped pieces.
- To make the "peanut butter sauce," place butter in microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften, stir in soy sauce and garlic powder until mixed. Set aside.
- In a large skillet or wok, bring oil to medium-high heat.
- Fry one egg until no longer runny and break into small pieces using the tip of a spatula
- Add vegetables to the wok and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add rice and stir in "peanut butter" sauce until well mix. Cook for an additional 5 - 7 minutes. Serve immediately.