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Benihana Japanese Fried Rice Copycat Recipe
Benihana Japanese Fried Rice
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Side Dish
Calories: 240
Cook Time: 1 hour
Recipe Rating: 4.1 (27 reviews)
The talented chefs at Benihana cook food on hibachi grills with flair and charisma, treating the preparation like a tiny stage show. They juggle salt and pepper shakers, trim food with lightening speed, and flip the shrimp and mushrooms perfectly onto serving plates or into their tall chef's hat.

One of the side dishes that everyone seems to love is the fried rice. At Benihana this dish is prepared by chefs with precooked rice on open hibachi grills, and is ordered a la cart to complement any Benihana entree, including Hibachi Steak and Chicken. I like when the rice is thrown onto the hot hibachi grill and seems to come alive as it sizzles and dances around like a bunch of little jumping beans. Okay, so I'm easily amused.

This version of that popular side dish will go well with just about any Japanese entree and can be partially prepared ahead of time, and kept in the refrigerator until the rest of the meal is close to done.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

4 cups cooked converted or parboiled rice (1 cup uncooked)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons finely grated carrot
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup diced onion (1/2 small onion)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Ground black pepper

1. Cook rice following instructions on the package (Bring 2 cups water to a boil, add rice and a dash of salt, reduce heat and simmer in covered saucepan for 20 minutes). Pour rice into a large bowl to let it cool in the refrigerator.

2. Scramble the eggs in a small pan over medium heat. Separate the scrambled chunks of egg into small pea-size bits while cooking.

3. When the rice has cooled to near room temperature, add peas, grated carrot, scrambled egg and diced onion to the bowl. Carefully toss all of the ingredients together.

4. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan over medium/high heat.

5. When the butter has completely melted, dump the bowl of rice and other ingredients into the pan and add the soy sauce plus a dash of salt and pepper. Cook the rice for 6 to 8 minutes over heat, stirring often.

Serves 4.
Tidbits: This fried rice can be prepared ahead of time by cooking the rice, then adding the peas, carrots and egg plus half of the soy sauce. Keep this refrigerated until you are ready to fry it in the butter. That's when you add the salt, pepper and remaining soy sauce.

missing roasted garlic butter
Benihana Expert  
Submitted on: 10/23/14
The chefs at Benihana will tell you that they have regular butter and roasted garlic butter on their carts. They use the roasted garlic butter when making the fried rice. You can search for a roasted garlic recipe. After roasting and cooling the garlic, mash it and add to a stick or more of butter. Store in fridge until needed.
Benihana fried rice
Ellen Nantker  
Submitted on: 08/07/13
I've made this recipe several times and it is soooo good!
Submitted on: 01/08/09
This recipe is just okay. As other comments have mentioned this does not taste like the rice from Benihana's. Having just ate there last week their rice (at least the one in L.A.) does not contain peas. I made my own and it matches their recipe much closer if not identical to Benihana's. I use four eggs, a few more tablespoons of butter, brown the sesame seeds first in the oven before adding to the mixture, and add green onion in addition to the brown onion (don't worry it won't be too much powerful). Plus you need more soy sauce than this recipe calls for, just add whatever your taste finds acceptable at the end. I did not add any garlic and it comes out great and flavorful.
Submitted on: 10/05/08
I tried this recipe last summer. It was really good, but it might need another tablespoon of soy sauce. I haven't tasted the real thing, but this was really good. Nice work!
Carol Kerrville Texas  
Submitted on: 09/30/08
I just love this recipe. I will make it again. Thanks.
Submitted on: 08/21/08
I don't think this tasted anything like Benihana's. It needs way more soy sauce.
Sherri from Millstone, KY  
Submitted on: 12/26/06
Love this recipe! A friend told me to add a tablespoon of sesame oil to give it an added boost and it was really good. Thanks for this recipe!
Submitted on: 09/09/06
Yup this recipe is so good but I do add a little touch of garlic to the butter and to make it even better add some frozen bitesize shrimp !! its great!! I also serve it with a couple eggrolls and there is your dinner!!
Submitted on: 07/13/06
Their's has garlic, ginger and sesame seeds. I use sesame oil and either fresh ginger, if I can find it, or the paste. Do use the powder, spice kind.
Submitted on: 06/06/06
I love this recipe. I make it all the time now but i still go to the restaurant when i feel lazy and I want this rice. That is often. Thank you Top Secret Recipes.
Jonathan Gore  
Submitted on: 05/10/06
very good the only change is i use garlic and cream mixed with the butter and then melt it in the frying pan other than that i thought it was rather good
Jo Frey  
Submitted on: 05/09/06
Never having tried "true" Benihana fried rice, my family of picky eaters and I absolutely adore this recipe! I have to double the recipe for my family of four, and never have leftovers. Best fried rice I've ever had, including in restaurants!
Dr. Steven A. Scarcia  
Submitted on: 01/26/06
It's a good, but somewhat bland recipe compared to the real Benihana fried rice. My twist to the recipe is that I add garlic powder with the butter, then quickly stir fry the carrots & onion until the onion is translucent. I then add all of the rest of the ingredients to the pan. At the end, I add toasted sesame seeds and a couple of tablespoons of toasted sesame oil. When friends hear I'm making this rice, I usually have to triple the recipe and still have no leftovers.
Submitted on: 01/12/06
My family and I love this dish. I usally fry a couple of strips of bacon and use the drippings to fry the rice. I also love to dump frozen peas and carrots into the mix instead of grating my own.
Submitted on: 12/23/05
This is not a true Benihana recipe. They use garlic butter and add sesame seeds. It does not have the same taste using plain butter.
Submitted on: 12/22/05
I tried this recipe, and it tastes great. It does NOT taste as good as the one you get at the restaurant, but it still tastes good.
Submitted on: 12/10/05
Everyone I cook this for thinks I am the best cook! It's an awesome recipe and so easy to make!
Submitted on: 10/21/05
Very good. Easy and fun to make. I make a double batch - the first day is a side dish and the second day as a left over with cut up chicken added. My family likes it both days.
Submitted on: 10/10/05
Great recipe and so simple to follow. My thirteen year old wants to try next time. My whole family loved it.
Shirley Boyce  
Submitted on: 09/14/05
Thank you for this wonderful service. I will always go back to the restaurant but it is so nice to be able to make it at home.
Submitted on: 09/12/05
Very good recipe, although I suggest adding some sesame oil and using more pepper.
Submitted on: 09/03/05
Went to Benihana and asked the manager for the recipe. He said that they now have the Fried Rice recipe on the website but told me to make sure to add garlic powder to the creamed butter (to taste). Enjoy.
Submitted on: 08/18/05
I love the Benihana fried rice, but now I can make it at home and skip the expense. It is easy to make and tastes almost the same as in the restaurant.
Submitted on: 07/21/05
Best fried rice I have ever had. Everybody loves this recipe when I make it.
Submitted on: 07/20/05
Great Recipe
Kathy Moore  
Submitted on: 07/20/05
I make this in huge batches and freeze it in small portions... We absolutely love it.
Submitted on: 07/18/05
I thought this was very good. I love fried rice but don't order it at chinese restaurants because they add so much oil to it. With this recipe I can control the amount I use.