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Japanese Beef Fried Rice

Introducing my Japanese Beef Fried Rice, a delightful and authentic hibachi-style recipe that’s a breeze to make at home in 15 minutes or less! With simple ingredients, this dish captures the essence of Japanese cuisine, delivering the same mouthwatering flavors I love from hibachi restaurants. It’s perfect for anyone seeking the taste of restaurant-quality fried rice without the hassle or expense!

Japanese style beef fried rice served in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Japanese Beef Fried Rice is all about bringing the flavors of hibachi-style dining right to my kitchen! This recipe features thinly sliced beef, cooked to perfection using my at home hibachi style cooking technique, and infused with a savory garlic butter sauce that sets it apart! It’s a quick and easy meal option, taking just 15 minutes to prepare, making it ideal for busy individuals or families!

This dish embodies the essence of Japanese cuisine, with tender beef, aromatic garlic, and the rich umami of soy sauce, creating a satisfying and delicious meal for anyone who craves a taste of hibachi-style perfection made with ease in your own kicthen. If you’ve enjoyed my other garlic-infused dishes like Garlic Chicken Fried Rice and Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice, you’ll appreciate the flavorful twist that this recipe brings. Get ready to savor the irresistible taste of Japanese Beef Fried Rice!



  • Sliced Beef – thinly sliced beef.
  • Rice – rice of choice, use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe. If using white rice, best to use leftover rice or day old cooked rice for best texture.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Butter – salted or unsalted.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.
  • Onion – yellow or brown onion.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Egg – beaten.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.

Vegetable Add Ins

For vegetable add-ins, consider adding Frozen Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, Chopped Broccoli, and Mushrooms to your fried rice. These additions also provide nutritional value and elevate the taste and texture of your fried rice.

🥩 Beef Note

For the best results, opt for Thinly Sliced Beef, which you can typically find labeled for use in shabu shabu at Asian grocery stores. If you’re slicing it yourself, aim for approximately 1/8 inch thickness. Slicing the beef is easiest when it’s in a semi-frozen state.

🍚 Rice Note

To achieve the desired hibachi-style texture in your fried rice, it’s best to use Leftover Cold Rice or Day-Old Cooked Cold Rice. This practice effectively reduces excess moisture, preventing the fried rice from becoming soggy. Freshly made steamed rice, on the other hand, tends to retain more moisture and may lead to a less desirable texture in your fried rice.

Japanese style sliced beef to be used in a beef fried rice recipe.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

To make delicious fried rice, Prep Your Ingredients in advance for efficiency and use a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet. Opt for High-Temperature Cooking Oil to achieve that signature sizzle and pop.

Step 1 Start by cooking eggs in a frying pan until partially set, then transfer them to a plate.

Scrambled eggs.

Step 2 In a clean frying pan, cook sliced beef until it browns and set aside.

Cook beef in a frying pan.

Step 3 Add oil, then rice and chopped onions, stir-frying until tender.

Rice and onion in a frying pan.

🍳 Hibachi Pro Tip

Avoid Overcrowding the pan to ensure there’s enough space for all the rice to cook evenly under high heat and within the correct temperature range. If making a large serving, it’s better to Cook in Batches instead.

Step 4 Combine the partially cooked eggs and browned beef, seasoning with salt, black pepper, soy sauce, and garlic butter.

Beef fried rice in a frying pan.

Step 5 Mix everything thoroughly and finish with freshly sliced green onions.

Beef fried rice in a bowl.

🧈 Garlic Butter Recipe Note

Feel free to customize the amount of garlic butter in this recipe to match your personal taste. While the suggested quantity serves as a starting point, you have the flexibility to increase or decrease it to reach your preferred level of garlic butter flavor.

Paring Recommendations

Create a complete Japanese hibachi dining experience in the comfort of your home! Begin your meal with a fresh and crisp Japanese Ginger Salad to awaken your taste buds. For the main course, pair your Beef Fried Rice with either succulent Hibachi Chicken, served alongside a delightful Hibachi Ginger Sauce for that authentic hibachi flavor.

Japanese style beef fried rice with garlic butter served in a bowl with a wooden spoon, top down shot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use freshly cooked rice, or is leftover rice necessary?

You have the flexibility to use freshly cooked rice for this recipe, but keep in mind that the texture may be a bit more on the soggy side compared to using leftover rice.

Do I need a wok to make this fried rice, or can I use a regular frying pan?

You don't necessarily need a wok to make this fried rice, a regular frying pan will suffice. However, using a wok can be beneficial as it provides ample space for mixing the fried rice and ensures even cooking.

Can I freeze this fried rice for later consumption

Certainly, you can freeze the extra by placing it in a Ziplock bag and then reheating it in the microwave for approximately 3 minutes when you're ready to enjoy it again.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge, where they will remain good for 7-10 days. When reheating, use the microwave for a quick and convenient meal.

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Japanese style beef fried rice served in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

Japanese Beef Fried Rice

Experience making Japanese Beef Fried Rice right at home, a savory hibachi-style delight with tender beef and flavorful garlic butter. Quick, delicious, and perfect for homemade hibachi!
4.65 from 31 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese beef fried rice, Japanese fried garlic rice, Japanese fried rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Bowl
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Calories: 663kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for beef fried rice on the counter top.
  • Finely dice green onions, onions, beef and set aside.
    Chopped beef in a mixing bowl.
  • Grate garlic with a grater and set aside.
    Grated garlic.
  • In a small mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs.
    Beaten eggs.
  • In a small frying pan, spray cooking oil, pour eggs on medium-low heat, mix as if you are scrambling eggs for 1 minute and remove from heat. Eggs should only be partially cooked (very soft). Transfer to holding a bowl.
    Scrambled eggs.
  • In a new small frying pan, spray cooking oil on high heat, add beef and cook for 2-3 minutes or until cooked. Transfer to holding a bowl.
    Cook beef in a frying pan.
  • In a large fry pan, add oil and bring up to temp. Add in rice and onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until preferred tenderness is attained.
    Rice and onion in a frying pan.
  • After 2-3 minutes, add beef, partially cooked eggs, Soy Sauce, grated garlic, butter, salt and black pepper. Mix well and continue to cook for an additional 1 minute or until eggs are fully cooked.
    Beef fried rice in a frying pan.
  • Lastly, mix in the green onions and transfer to a serving bowl.
    Beef fried rice in a bowl.


Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 304mg | Sodium: 1691mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 999IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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