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2 Vegan Japanese Vegetable Teppanyaki Recipes | Cook in 16 Minutes

Posted on the 07 November 2020 by Sp00kje

Most people associate the word teppanyaki with Japanese and beef because teppanyaki beef is the most common of the dishes.

However, the little known fact is that any dish that is prepared in a teppan can be referred to as teppanyaki.

This means that if you see anything getting cooked in a teppan when you visit your favorite teppanyaki restaurant, be it chicken, eggs, beef, vegetables, pork , or even seafood, you might as well call it teppanyaki.

Zucchini and cabbage for vegan teppanyaki grilling

Let’s get you started

Vegetable teppanyaki involves a mixture of a variety of vegetables prepared in a teppan.

These vegetables may be bean sprouts, cabbage, mushrooms, beans, courgettes, capsicum, and carrots.

The dish is usually served with freshly steamed rice and meat that is prepared in the same teppan.

The cooking vessel you use in cooking vegetable teppanyaki will play a major role in the outcome.

It is important to use a teppan or something similar because cooking it in something different like a wok will produce different results.

The accumulation of liquid in one area will stew the vegetables rather than grilling them.

I also have some tabletop grills in my buying guide for you to take a look at.

Vegetable teppanyaki recipe Print

Lightly Fried Japanese Vegetable Teppanyaki

Preparing vegetable teppanyaki is relatively easy and the only hard part
comes in form of preparing the vegetables. It is important that they
are sliced accordingly so as to cook evenly.
Course Side DishCuisine JapaneseKeyword Teppanyaki, Vegan, Vegetable Prep Time 10 minutesCook Time 6 minutesTotal Time 16 minutes Servings 4 people Author Joost Nusselder Cost $7


  • Teppan plate
  • or: wok


  • 1/4 white cabbage julienned
  • 1 zucchini thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots julienned
  • 1 cup spring onions chopped
  • 1 small white onion sliced
  • 1 small red capsicum (pepper) sliced
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds toasted


  • Heat up a teppan/large griddle to high temperature.
  • Add sesame and wait until it is near smoking point before adding the
    vegetables. Leave it in the teppan or wok until one side partly
    turns brown, then remove them from the plate and set aside.
  • Create a mixture of the light soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and mirin
    then sprinkle it over the vegetables. Stir the vegetables to create
    some moisture. Cook the vegetables for up to 2 minutes while making sure
    they are still crispy.
  • Add salt to taste then serve with toasted sesame seeds.
  • Serve with cooked or fried rice or as a side dish

Vegetable teppanyaki is a favorable dish, especially on an outdoor barbeque. Use heavy iron skillet or griddle with very high heat for best results when cooking indoors.

This recipe serves up to 4 side helpings and is best served with tofu (or meat if you don’t want to keep it vegetarian) and rice.

Also read: these are those thick Japanese noodles: Udon

Recipe 2: Stir-Fry Vegetables Teppanyaki salad


The stir-fry method of cooking has its origin in Japan, where a meal is made using in a wok (conventional), metal pan, or bowl, and high heat to prepare meat or vegetables.

Stir-fry is common worldwide since preparation time is minimal, end results are splendid and almost anyone can prepare a stir-fry meal.

For the best results, fresh vegetables in season should be used. You may also try with bok choy, zucchini, snow peas or yellow squash.


COOKING TIME: 10 minutes





    • 1 medium-sized onion, sliced thin
    • 2 cups broccoli florets
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1 cup diagonally sliced carrots>
    • 1 cup ginger, ground
    • 2 cups sugar snap peas
    • 2 tea spoons sesame seed, toasted
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 large red bell pepper, shredded
    • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce

Nutrition information (per serving)




SODIUM: 72mg





  1. Heat up your wok pan for 1 to 2 minutes over a stable top burner on medium heat.
  2. Add the cut ingredients, carrots and onions first and stir-fry for two minutes. Add remaining vegetables and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes until vegetables are tender-crisp.
  3. Add any sauces for the stir-fry at the end. You may add any sauce you wish to your dish. It is favorable to add controlled amounts of sauce as too much of it will result in a much dish, and also lower the heat of the wok. Add garlic powder, soy sauce, ginger, and stir-fry until they mix together. Sprinkle with sesame seed.
  4. Let the stir-fry cook and reduce slightly in the next 3-4 minutes. Stir as required. If you are daring, perform a flick with a rapid hand motion but don’t overdo this. In the next few moments, ensure that the sauce and vegetables are cooked.
  5. Empty your stir-fry on its own, or use the ideas provided to creatively spice up your meal. Serve over cooked rice, if desires.

Tips for the best stir-fry vegetable Teppanyaki

  • Slice vegetables uniformly for even cooking.
  • If using a fryer, make the flame hotter. It has better results.
  • Peanut and safflower oil are more heat tolerant than other vegetable oils (check more substitutes here)
  • To keep the vegetables crisp, don’t cook for too long or add too much sauce.
  • If possible, add herbs such as basil and even cilantro.
  • It is fascinating how the wok will allow you to keep the ingredients away from the cooking area, and their temperature is kept steady but they don’t overcook. When you are done cooking the meat, shift it to the wok’s edge.
  • Add sauces by swirling them into the sides to keep the wok hot.
  • Tweak your sauces to the preferred tastes.
  • Some sauces contain fortifications such as minced ginger or garlic. If they don’t, consider adding some to the stir-fry.
  • Add meat to vegetables evenly and allow enough time for the meat to sear.
  • Add dry vegetables to a wok to avoid ending up with a braise. It also prevents sogginess.
  • Heat the wok correctly, then quickly remove from heat in a swirl to avoid smoking.

Some common questions around Japanese vegetables

Since some of you asked us some questions around Japanese vegetables, we thought we would answer the most common ones, right here in the post:

What vegetables do Japanese people eat?

Vegetable broth - what vegetables do Japanese eat
  • Kabocha: a sort of Squash
  • Negi: which is like a Japanese Green Onion
  • Daikon: Mooli
  • Shiso: Perilla
  • Naga-imo: Japanese Mountain Yam
  • Renkon: which is Lotus Root
  • Takenoko: Bamboo Shoots
  • Wasabi

Does Japan have vegetarian food?

Vegetarian dishes - does Japan have vegetarian food

Traditionally, no.

But they do have a heavy focus on steamed vegetables in their dishes, and since a lot of meals consist of the main platter of rice and a lot of side dishes, you could choose to eat only rice and the side dishes that are vegetarian.

A lot of restaurants in Japan are starting to become more vegetarian focused.

How do japanese eat vegetables?

Vegetable bowl - how do Japanese eat vegetables

The vegetables are usually side dishes with steamed or grilled vegetables.

In Japan, you have a small bowl of rice or dashi or miso broth and you eat together from several side dishes of meats and vegetables that are set on the table.

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