Teppanyaki: Iron Plate Cooking


Griddle cooking usually brings up images of a short order cook frying hamburgers, right? Teppanyaki is Japanese griddle cooking and it’s a lot more than hamburgers. Characterized by fresh ingredients in bite sized portions, teppanyaki is a communal way of dining with friends and family because you eat while everyone cooks their own portion on a centrally placed hot griddle.

Even at a restaurant where the chef is doing the cooking and doing tricks with his spatulas and building “volcanoes” with a tower of onions, guests are seated with complete strangers and everyone has a good time. Diners wait while the teppanyaki chef juggles pepper shakers, flips shrimp pieces into the air, and deftly slices cubes of steak with astonishing speed.

Typical ingredients are cabbage, bean sprouts, onions, bell peppers, shrimp, chicken, steak meat and sausage. Dipping sauces are used for flavoring sometimes, but these little mouthfuls can also be enjoyed with very light seasoning that serve to enhance the original flavors of the ingredients.

In the home environment, your electric griddle can replicate the teppanyaki experience. You don’t need to juggle knives to entertain your guests. They will entertain themselves just by being able to cook their own dinners on the tabletop griddle. Other typical dishes cooked on the griddle are okonomiyaki and yakisoba, two classic favorites that everyone enjoys making because there really is no wrong way to cook them.

Okonomiyaki is a mix of meat, vegetables and batter, in a savory pancake meets pizza kind of dish; while yakisoba is a distinctively Japanese chow mein. Both dishes require the cook to personalize his/her cooking method by the choice of ingredients, order of frying, and use of cooking utensils. No wonder it’s more fun than frying a hamburger! If you ever get the chance, try “iron plate cooking” at home–you’ll feel like an iron chef.

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About Bert Tanimoto

Oldish father of two youngish kids. Zojirushi enthusiast and professional writer. California resident with roots in Hawaii and Japan. Classic rock, popcorn movies, audio books, spam, sushi and cone filtered coffee. Guilty pleasures include donuts and pop bands like ABBA and Wham!.

4 thoughts on “Teppanyaki: Iron Plate Cooking

  1. I have been eyeing the Zojirushi EA-GP35-TA Griddle on several sites. The interchangeable plates look awesome! Only, it’s a japan domestic model, so the voltage issue comes up. Is there a US model that comes with those plates? Can one by a US base model and purchase the takoyaki/yakiniku plates separately? Thanks!

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for your inquiry.
      As you mentioned, the plates are interchangeable. However we cannot recommend using those plates on the US-model for liability reasons. We currently do not have any model that come with the plates, but we are always working on developing products that our fans find useful to have at home! We apologize for the inconvenience. If you need further assistance, please contact our Customer Service Department https://www.zojirushi.com/captcha/customer_service.php. Have a great day!


      Zojirushi Staff

    • The model shown in the photo, the Gourmet Sizzler┬« Electric Griddle EA-DCC10, comes with a stainless steel spatula with a blunted end that is safe for use with the product. We advise against using sharp-edged metal spatulas found in stores.

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