Japanese cuisine at home: Instant pot hibachi steak bites

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Give your homemade meal a Japanese twist with these Instant Pot hibachi steak bites!

So, whenever my family and I craved Japanese food, we would head out to famous Japanese restaurants in our city and enjoy a hearty meal. However, one day I came across several hibachi recipes, and the one that particularly caught my eye was the instant pot hibachi steak bites recipe.

I’ve had steak bites a few times at Japanese hibachi restaurants, but I never thought that the juicy and flavorful steak, bursting with umami flavor and loaded with onions, mushrooms, and zucchini, was possible to make at home!

But when I went through the recipe, I realized that making it in an instant pot actually made it possible to brew this delicious meal at home, and that also in under 30 minutes.

With my fingers crossed, I set to work. Luckily, I had all the ingredients at home; I just had to put them in the instant pot and get cookin’!

The result? Delicious and finger-lickingly flavorful beef steak bites that tasted almost the same as the ones you have in Japanese restaurants!

Why We Love Instant Pot Hibachi Steak Bites Recipe?

Who doesn’t love a hearty meal that takes just half an hour to whip up? Not me! Because these hibachi steak bites are so easy to make, you just have to put everything in an instant pot and cook! That’s all!

No exhaustive chopping or slicing, no hours of stirring and simmering, because the instant pot does all that for you!

As for the ingredients, the succulent beef cuts, sauteed in sesame oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and beef broth, give this dish an unparalleled savory flavor. Plus, the zucchini, mushrooms, and onions come together to make this dish extra delicious!

So, what are you waiting for? If you have a family dinner or potluck supper coming up, whip up this instant pot hibachi steak bites recipe and wow your friends and family!

Recipe Ingredients for Instant Pot Hibachi Steak Bites

Here’s what you need to make the instant pot hibachi steak bites:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil: I used olive oil to sear the beef steak. You can use any other available vegetable oil.
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil: I added sesame oil to saute the onions, ginger, garlic, and other ingredients. You can, however, use the same olive oil you used to sear the beef.
  • 1 pound flank steak: We need lean meat cut into bite-sized pieces for this recipe; therefore, you can use flank steak, chuck, or rump roast also.
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper: A little bit of seasoning to enhance the flavor of the dish.
  • 1/2 cup beef broth: Use low-sodium beef broth, as other ingredients will also add saltiness to the dish.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce: For that authentic umami flavor. You can use amino acids, too, as an alternative.
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar: To break down the surface of the food and let the flavor seep in.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger and garlic: Use grated ginger and minced garlic for the best outcome.
  • Vegetables: Add a cup of mushrooms, zucchini, and onions cut into chunks for added nutrition and taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best meat for the hibachi steak bites recipe?

I used flank steak for this recipe, but as the requirement is boneless meat, you can use sirloin steak, flat iron steak, or even stew meat. You can also buy pre-sliced steak or use a sharp knife to cut it into 1-inch pieces.

What is this dish called hibachi steak bites?

Hibachi is a traditional Japanese heating device or grill used to cook beef or chicken. The traditional hibachi steak bite recipe is made using this grill, hence the name. However, we are cooking this dish using an instant pot; however, we will use the same name as the flavor and look of instant pot hibachi steak bites are similar to the Japanese hibachi version.

How do I thicken my steak bites sauce?

If your hibachi steak bites sauce turns out too runny or thin, add a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up.

Tips and Tricks

1. Add the zucchini after pressure cooking to avoid it turning mushy.
2. Cut the onions into quarter pieces for the best taste.
3. Serve the instant pot hibachi steak bites with steamed or garlic rice.
4. Store the leftover steak bites in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Hibachi Steak Bites

Bring the taste of eating out…home! Enjoy these delicious and easy to make Hibachi Steak bites! Loaded with mushrooms and zucchini!

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Additional Time
10 minutes
Total Time
32 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound flank steak, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or amino acids
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium sized zucchini, cut into chunks


  1. Press on SAUTÉ on Instant Pot. Once heated, add olive oil. Add meat and sear on sear on both sides.
  2. Add sesame seed oil, ginger and garlic to the pot, and cook for a couple of minutes. Press the CANCEL button on your Instant Pot. Add onions, mushrooms, low sodium beef broth, soy sauce, and vinegar. Gently stir while scraping any bits off bottom.
  3. Close and lock lid in place. Set vent to sealing. Press the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL button and set time for 4 minutes at high pressure.
  4. Once done, quick release all pressure.
  5. To thicken sauce, combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water. Press SAUTÉ button and add corn starch slurry once liquid is simmering. Mix with a spoon until the sauce has thickened. Press CANCEL, and add in zucchini. Cover with the lid and let the zucchini cook in sauce for approximately 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
  6. Serve over rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onion.


1. When cutting steak, be sure to cut against the grain so you you make the steak tough.

2. You can use a sirloin steak in place of flank.

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