Benihana Japanese Fried Rice


This week’s Cookbook Recipe is really a complete dinner. Mom bought me this cookbook, and Sam too, years ago. And I have to say, its an awesome cookbook to make copy cat recipes of some of your favorite restaurant recipes. Todd Wilbur, the author, has written a number of these books in the years since this one came out, but I’m partial to this one.

What I Love:

  • Who doesn’t love to make their fav restaurant recipes? Want some Hooter’s wings? Some Cracker Barrel Hash Browns? Yes, please!
  • They really do taste like the original versions. I’ve yet to try one that wasn’t exactly the same.
  • Although some ingredients may be a bit exotic, there isn’t anything that you cannot find at a supermarket.


  • If you don’t own the books, you’ll have to pay for the recipes from his website. This guy isn’t giving anything away!
  • Some recipes can be labor intensive, so I suggest doing any prep of veggies and such ahead of time if you don’t have the luxury of time at dinnertime.

What I chose was to do a complete Benihana dinner, including salad with Ginger Dressing, Hibachi Chicken and Steak with dipping sauces and veggies, and of course, Fried Rice. We had a nice dinner with friends and had a little movie/pajama party with the kids afterward. It was a great time!

Benihana Japanese Fried Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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From Todd Wilbur’s A Treasury of Top Secret Recipes

1 cup uncooked long grain converted or parboiled rice (not instant)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tbsp. finely grated carrot
1/2 cup diced onion
1 1/2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. soy sauce
Salt and Pepper

  1. Cook the rice following the instructions on the package. This should take about 20 minutes. Pour the rice into a large bowl to let it cool.
  2. Scramble the eggs in a small pan over medium heat. Chop scrambled chunks of egg into small pea-size bits with your spatula while cooking.
  3. When the rice has cooled, add the peas, carrots, eggs and onion to the bowl. Carefully toss all of the ingredients together.
  4. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium/high heat.
  5. hen the butter has completely melted, dump the rice mixture into the pan and add the soy sauce plus a dash of salt and pepper. Cook the rice mixture for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often.


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