Hibachi Steak with Grilled Wasabi Potatoes

Plain old meat and potatoes gets a major flavor overhaul with this Hibachi Steak and Wasabi Grilled Potatoes recipe, based on the wildly popular entree at the Cheesecake Factory.

Itching to get out and grill tonight? Try California-style Tri Tip, or Grilled Pork Chops for an easy, delicious summer dinner. Maybe pair it with some Mexican Rice and Black Bean Salsa for chip dipping.

Hibachi steak with grilled wasabi potatoes on a blue serving platter and a side of teriyaki sauce in a clear bowl.
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There’s no need to marinate the steak beforehand; after it’s grilled, all you have to do is slice it up and pour on the homemade teriyaki sauce. Then throw on some scallions and sesame seeds.

Hibachi, teriyaki, what’s the difference?

Hibachi, which translates to “fire pot,” refers to a Japanese style grill, as well as the dish prepared on it.

Teriyaki, which translates to “glossy grilled,” is a style of Japanese dish, using a shiny glaze made of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. The glaze is brushed onto the meat while it cooks.

What kind of steak works best for Hibachi-style cooking?

Look for a large, thin, flat cut like flank or skirt steak. Hanger steaks work well, too, but they’re a smaller cut of meat (each one is 8 to 10 ounces) so you may need quite a few, depending on how many you’re cooking for.

Of course, if strip steaks are on sale at the store, go ahead and buy them. A little marbling never hurt anybody.

Steak slices on a cutting board with a silver knife and fork and a clear bowl filled with teriyaki sauce.

3 Secrets to fantastic steak:

  1. Take the edge off: You should always bring your steak to room temperature before you cook it. This ensures speedy, even cooking.
  2. Light a fire: Get your cooking surface (grill, skillet, whatever), HOT. A hot surface equals a beautiful brown crust. Even if you like your steak still mooing on the inside, you want that dark crust on the outside.
  3. Let it rest: Allowing cooked steak to rest before slicing keeps the juices inside the meat, making your dinner extra juicy and mouth-watering.

How to make Hibachi Steak:

  1. Before you begin, take the meat out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you plan to grill, so it can come up to room temperature. Salt and pepper both sides of the meat right before you grill it.
  2. Next, prepare a gas or charcoal grill for direct grilling over medium high heat. Lightly oil the grates, then grill the steak directly over the heat, turning 2 to 3 times, until well browned.
    A cooked steak on a grill.
  3. Depending on your cut of meat, and how you like your steak, this could take anywhere between 6 and 10 minutes. Always check the internal temperature with a good meat thermometer.
  4. When done, remove the steak from the grill and tent with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes while you cook the potatoes and vegetables.
  5. Slice the steak into thin slices against the grain of the meat, then serve with a generous amount of sauce, lots of chopped scallions, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
    Plain old meat and potatoes gets a major flavor overhaul with this Hibachi Steak and Wasabi Grilled Potatoes recipe, based on the wildly popular entree at the Cheesecake Factory.

How to make the Teriyaki Sauce:

This thick and glossy teriyaki sauce took some experimentation, but what delicious experimentation it was! Loaded with ginger and garlic, it’s perfect for steak, shrimp, or chicken.

  1. Mix together the soy sauce, sugar, water, mirin, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes together in a small saucepan.
    Teriyaki sauce ingredients in various bowls.
  2. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer.
    Teriyaki sauce cooking in a silver pot.
  3. Then, take out a couple tablespoons of the sauce and pour it into a small bowl. Whisk the cornstarch into the sauce you removed to make a slurry. This will help the cornstarch dissolve without getting lumpy.
  4. Pour the cornstarch slurry back into the saucepan and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens up, about 10 minutes.
    Teriyaki sauce being poured from a silver pot into a clear bowl.
  5. Finally, remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the honey. Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature.

What is Mirin?

Mirin is a sweetened Japanese rice wine that is similar to sake, but lower in alcohol and sweeter. It’s usually not very difficult to find, if you have a grocery store with a good Japanese section, because it’s a staple of Japanese cuisine.

If you can’t find mirin, you can substitute dry sherry, sweet marsala wine, or rice vinegar. (Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar for every tablespoon of rice vinegar you use, to make up for the missing sweetness.)

What is wasabi?

Wasabi paste and wasabi powder, also known as Japanese horseradish, is pungent condiment sold in little squeeze tubes and cans. It can be found in Asian markets and specialty shops.

Wasabi in the U.S. is actually a combination of regular horseradish, dry mustard, and starch, because real Japanese wasabi is very difficult to find, and usually very expensive.

For this recipe, wasabi paste and powder can be used interchangeably. Store the remaining wasabi paste in the refrigerator—the dried powder can be stored in the pantry.

Grilled potatoes on a grill.

How to make wasabi-crusted potatoes:

  1. Before you can grill the potatoes, you must par-boil them so they cook faster over the hot coals.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil, then add the potatoes and boil for 5 minutes. Don’t overcook them, or they’ll be too mushy to skewer.
  3. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a bowl. Add the wasabi, sesame oil, and salt, toss the potatoes until well-coated.
  4. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, thread them onto skewers. If you’re using bamboo skewers, don’t forget to soak them in water for 30 minutes before you use them; soaking keeps skewers from catching on fire.
Hibachi steak with grilled wasabi potatoes on a blue serving platter and a side of teriyaki sauce in a clear bowl.

Hibachi Steak with Grilled Wasabi Potatoes Recipe

Plain old meat and potatoes gets a major flavor overhaul with this Hibachi Steak and Wasabi Grilled Potatoes recipe, based on the wildly popular entree at the Cheesecake Factory.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 531kcal
Author: Meggan Hill



  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger from one 6-inch piece, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • 2 ½ pounds hanger, skirt, or flank steak
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced scallions for serving
  • Toasted sesame seeds for serving


  • 24 baby potatoes about 2 pounds, scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Wasabi paste
  • 1 teaspoons Salt
  • Metal or bamboo skewers (see notes)


To Make the Teriyaki Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan combine soy sauce, sugar, water, mirin, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer. Remove 2 T. sauce to a small bowl and whisk in cornstarch. Return to the saucepan and continue simmering until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in honey, and cool to room temperature while preparing the rest of the meal, or cover and refrigerate for up to one week. Bring to room temperature before using.

To Make the Hibachi Steak and Wasabi Potatoes:

  • Remove steak from the refrigerator and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  • Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water and 1 T. salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add potatoes and parboil for 5 minutes (do not overcook). Drain and cool slightly, until you can handle the potatoes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add sesame oil, wasabi paste, and salt and toss to coat. Thread the potatoes on to skewers lengthwise.
  • Season the steak with on both sides with salt and pepper. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat (about 375°F). Oil the grill rack. Grill directly over medium-high heat, turning 2 to 3 times, until well browned, about 6 to 10 minutes total depending on desired doneness. Check the temperature with an internal thermometer (see notes for temperatures). Remove to a platter and tent with foil while grilling the potatoes.
  • Grill the skewered potatoes over medium-high heat, turning 2 to 3 times, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove to a platter.
  • Transfer the steak to a cutting board and slice against the grain. Serve with the teriyaki sauce and grilled potatoes, garnishing with scallions and toasted sesame seeds.


If using Bamboo skewers, they must be soaked for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.
For desired doneness, cook beef until thermometer registers:
  • Rare: 115°-120°
  • Medium-Rare: 120°-125°
  • Medium: 130°-135°
  • Well-Done: 150°-155°
Inspired by the Cheesecake Factory.


Calories: 531kcal
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  1. PK

    Love the recipe. Perfect!5 stars

  2. Jennifer

    Delicious! I always order this at Cheesecake Factory so I’m thrilled I can make it at home now! Had it last night and the family loved it!5 stars

    1. Meggan

      So glad you loved it, and so glad I can save you the trip! ;) -Meggan

  3. Lucy Nguyen

    I love Steak. I’d love to try out this recipe.

  4. I’m about to eat my phone this just made me SO HUNGRY! Looks fabulous lady and thanks for the awesome grill giveaway too!

  5. Wow. This is such an incredible giveaway it runs the risk of upstaging your recipe. But you managed that risk expertly. It’s a lip smacker. And your photos are gorgeous. Well done, Meggan.

  6. Ooh, Meggan … never heard of this type of steak, but I love the taste of wasabi … and those skewered potatoes really do sound divine. The grill sounds pretty cool, too. We would certainly be the coolest couple on the block with that in our back yard as I don’t think many people around here have this sort of thing!5 stars

  7. Your recipe looks amazing!  And we could definitely use a new grill, ours is so old! 

  8. Love the blog update! This hibachi steak looks absolutely fabulous. My husband and I have been talking about getting a grill and this fancy one looks amazing!

  9. Your photos are amazing. I don’t even usually like steak, but that one looks absolutely delicious. Love the grill as well. 

    1. meggan

      Thank you, Portia! I am always trying to cut back on my red meat consumption, but only so I can save it for amazing meals like this one. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Wasabi potatoes, lovely idea! The steak is calling me and your photos are beauties. 5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you, Kevin! Would you believe that not many people look for wasabi potatoes on Google? But no matter. They are fabulous and everyone should be making them. :) Thanks for your kind words!

  11. rachel cartucci

    I think this grill is so amazing. I think it would make a huge difference in my cooking. I know I would use this grill almost daily if I had it. I am impressed.

    1. meggan

      Thank you, Rachel! Especially in the summer, a grill is such a great choice for cooking. I find myself using mine more than I ever thought I would!

  12. Alison H.

    I love the grill & that recipe is drool-worthy!

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much, Alison! :)

  13. I love it when an entire meal is cooked on the grill. There is nothing I don’t love about this entire dish and really have to try those wasabi potatoes.5 stars

    1. meggan

      The wasabi potatoes are amazing! Even my picky husband (who has likely never heard of wasabi) was impressed. And with hot SoCal summers just around the corner, grilling is essential.

  14. Firstly, LOVE the new logo!! Secondly, this Hibachi steak is calling my name!! The Japanese blood in my veins totally loves this type of food. And that grill! What an AWESOME giveaway!! :) PINNING!!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you!! I love the new logo as well! The grill is the fanciest one I’ve ever heard of, no doubt. I mean: infrared technology?? Hello!!! Thanks for the pin!!!

  15. O MY GOODNESS! When I saw this photo pop up yesterday, I couldn’t WAIT for you to post the recipe. I love everything about this, and I’m so happy we get to do this together! Pinning immediately. Obviously. ;)

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much! :) Wish we were neighbors, we could make everyone else jealous with our fancy grills and amazing food, ha ha!! ;)

  16. Jan R

    Looks awesome…I want one!

    1. meggan

      Thank you Jan, good luck with the giveaway!

  17. Susan

    Both the grill and the recipe sound wonderful.  ‘Nuf said!

    1. Radiah


    2. meggan

      Thank you so much, Susan! :) Always a pleasure!

  18. Stephanie Phelps

    The food looks amazing and the grill is so high end and nice! 

    1. meggan

      Thank you Stephanie, it’s definitely a fancy grill! I appreciate you stopping by! :) Good luck!

  19. KimL

    I have been searching for a recipe like this – I just have to try it!  That grill rocks by the way!

    1. meggan

      I was searching for a recipe like this too! There really aren’t many “Hibachi Steak” recipes in Google, and the ones I found were pretty awful. So I just had to wing! :)

  20. Natalie

    This dish looks fabulous! This grill looks like it can make some seriously good food!

    1. meggan

      Thank you Natalie, everything is better on a grill. :)

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