Kobe Beef Toban Yaki Recipe | Japanese Cobe Beef Recipe

Kobe Beef Toban Yaki is a luxurious Japanese dish that features high-quality Kobe beef grilled on a hot stone (toban) with various seasonings and vegetables. 

Toban is a traditional Japanese ceramic cookware. Yaki means fry or roast. This beef recipe is cooked on Toban. So, in a word we can say Toban-yaki means to roast on a ceramic plate. Ceramic plates  emit heat continuously for a long time even after removal from their heat sources and it also have a significant heat radiation effect. Therefore, for roasting ingredients in an even fashion, ceramic plates are perfect. 

Beef used here in this recipe is "Cobe beef". It is quite expensive beef as only 3,000 head of cattle qualify as authentic Kobe cattle each year. Here's a recipe to make Kobe beef Toban Yaki at home:

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Ingredients of Kobe Beef Toban Yaki Recipe:

  • 1/2 pound Kobe beef (or high-quality Wagyu beef) thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or Kobe beef fat (if available)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions or chives for garnish

For the Toban Yaki Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions of making Kobe Beef Toban Yaki:

1. Prepare the Toban Yaki Sauce:

  • Whisk together the sake, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil in a small bowl and  set the sauce aside.

2. Heat the Toban (Hot Stone):

  • If you have a traditional Toban, heat it over a stovetop  until it's very hot. You can use a cast-iron skillet as a substitute if you don't have a Toban,. Heat the skillet until it's extremely hot.

3. Cook the Kobe Beef and Vegetables:

  • Grease lightly the Toaban (if you are using ) with a small amount of vegetable oil or Kobe beef fat.
  • Place the thinly sliced Kobe beef on the hot Toban or skillet. Allow it to sear and cook for a few seconds on each side until it's cooked to your desired level of doneness (Kobe beef is often served medium-rare).
  • Remove the beef from the Toban and set it aside.

4. Sauté the Vegetables:

  • In the same Toban or skillet, add a bit more oil if necessary. Sauté the sliced onions, bell peppers, and minced garlic until they are slightly softened and have some color.

5. Combine the Kobe Beef and Vegetables:

  • Return the cooked Kobe beef to the Toban or skillet with the sautéed vegetables.
  • Pour the Toban Yaki sauce over the beef and vegetables. Stir everything together for a minute or two until the sauce has coated the ingredients evenly.

6. Serving of Kobe beef Toban Yaki:

  • Transfer the Kobe beef Toban Yaki to a serving platter or serve it directly from the hot Toban.. Garnish it with chopped green onions or chives and enjoy your home made Kobe beef Toban Yaki
  • Serve the Kobe beef Toban Yaki immediately while it's sizzling hot. It's typically enjoyed with as a  side dish with steamed rice.

Kobe beef Toban Yaki is a special dish known for its melt-in-your-mouth texture and rich flavor. Since Kobe beef is quite expensive, this dish is a real treat. Enjoy it on special occasions or when you want to indulge in a luxurious dining experience at home.

Recipe Card

Cuisine: Japanese, Prep Time: 10 minutes , Cook Time: 30 minutes, Total Time: 40 minutes, Course: Main Course, Serving: 2 People

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