Try this Homemade Benihana Fried Rice Recipe for dinner tonight! Made with just a few basic ingredients, this dish is a quick and easy way to feed a family.
Benihana began in New York City in 1964 serving Japanese teppanyaki-style food. Teppanyaki consists of dishes like rice, noodles, and meats all cooked on a large flat grill.
This fried rice recipe however can be made on a regular frying pan with similar results. We’ll even use a unique garlic butter mixture to give it that trademark flavor just like from Benihana.
This Benihana chicken fried rice is a great quick and family-friendly recipe that can be made with leftovers. And since everything cooks together in one pot, it’s easy to clean up afterwards!
All About The Benihana Fried Rice Ingredients
Since it’s the main ingredient in this recipe, the type of rice you use matters.
Most hibachi fried rice recipes use Calrose rice, which is a medium grain and slightly sticky rice. Oftentimes long grain rice is preferable for fried rice because it has a lower starch content.
Here’s a breakdown of three different types of rice popularly used in fried rice:
- Medium grain: This type of rice has a lower amount of amylose, which makes it softer and stickier when cooked. It’s a staple in Japanese hibachi restaurants and is what’s used for this Benihana Fried Rice.
- Long grain: This type of rice has more amylose, which gives it a firmer texture when cooked. Popular long grain rice varieties include jasmine and basmati.
- Brown: Brown rice contains the germ and bran, so it has a chewier outer texture. This also gives brown rice a nutty flavor and makes it high in fiber.
Safflower oil is the variety of oil that Benihana typically uses for their fried rice. The word Benihana actually translates to “red safflower” in Japanese!
Safflower oil is very similar to vegetable oil and has a high smoke point as well. High-quality expeller-pressed safflower oil has a smoking point of 460°F.
If you can’t find safflower oil, other high smoke point oils like avocado oil or almond oil will work too.
What I love about fried rice is that you can use whichever vegetables you like. Benihana fried rice uses a blend of cubed carrots and peas, which add texture and sweetness to the dish.
You can buy frozen or canned peas and carrots at any grocery store. I prefer frozen because they are firmer and hold up better when fried.
If carrots and peas aren’t your cup of tea, you can use other vegetables like cabbage, onion, and broccoli.
Eggs are essential in fried rice and act as a flavor booster. The egg absorbs the butter and soy sauce and gives you that savory umami in every bite.
Eggs are also an excellent source of protein and fatty acids. The yolk contains high amounts of fat, which helps give this dish more richness.
Soy sauce is made from fermented soybeans, salt, and wheat. It has a strong salty taste, which helps bring out the flavor of other ingredients like vegetables and meats.
Dark and light soy sauce are both used in Japanese cuisine. Light soy sauce has more flavor, whereas dark soy sauce provides color.
Easy Tips for the Best Benihana Fried Rice
- Use a regular pan or wok instead of a teppanyaki grill. Teppanyaki grills aren’t common in the home, but a good quality pan will give you similar results to Benihana.
- Make your fried rice with cold or leftover rice. Cold rice has less moisture than freshly cooked rice, and won’t get soggy when fried.
- Add whatever proteins you like! There are no rules for fried rice, so feel free to swap out the chicken for beef or even tofu.
Benihana Fried Rice Recipe
- Prep Time10 min
- Cook Time10 min
- Total Time20 min
- Cook the Chicken
Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat the pan and add a drizzle of oil.
Cook the chicken until opaque. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into 1/2 inch cubes and set aside in a bowl.
- Scramble the Eggs
Set the frying pan to medium heat and add oil. Scramble the eggs in the pan until cooked.
Transfer the scrambled eggs to the bowl with the chicken.
- Fry the Vegetables
Add the diced onion, peas and carrots to the hot pan and fry for two minutes. When the carrots are soft, add sliced green onions.
Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the egg and chicken.
- Add Rice to Pan
Set the pan to medium heat and add more oil. Add cooled, cooked rice to the pan.
Use a spatula to spread the rice out so it fries evenly. Cook the rice for 3 minutes, turning frequently.
- Combine All the Ingredients
Add the chicken, egg, and vegetables to the pan with the rice. Stir to combine.
- Saute Garlic in Butter
Push aside the rice and add minced garlic and butter to the pan. Stir to coat the fried rice with the garlic butter.
- Add Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds
Pour the soy sauce into the pan and stir. Make sure there is no white rice left.
Sprinkle sesame seeds into the fried rice mixture and stir again.
- Garnish and Serve
Plate your cooked fried rice and garnish with green onion and more sesame seeds.
How to Store, Freeze and Reheat Benihana Fried Rice
Cool the fried rice to 70°F before storing it in the refrigerator. It will keep for 3-5 days as long as it’s in an airtight container.
You can also freeze leftover fried rice for up to 6 months.
To reheat fried rice, make sure you add 2 tablespoons of water or broth for every 2 cups of rice. Leftover rice needs liquid to rehydrate, or else it will be dry.
I find the easiest way to reheat fried rice without losing moisture is in the microwave. If frozen, reheat the fried rice on HIGH for about 2 minutes.
- 41.3g Fat
- 61.2g Carbs