Benihana Fried Rice

Benihana fried rice is to tasty. If you have been to Benihana, you know you should not skip the Benihana fried rice they serve. To me, it is the best menu item of all. With a few simple ingredients you can make the Benihana fried rice recipe at home. Thankfully there are no exotic ingredients in this recipe. You can find everything you need at home.

Benihana Fried Rice

You can enjoy this special dish at home.

Benihana Fried Rice

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Side Dish Recipes
  • Prep time: 45 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Benihana Fried Rice

You can create their lunch time side dish, their famous fried rice.


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2/3 cup chopped scallions (green onions)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Salt and ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook the rice in the water according to package directions. For best results, spread the cooked rice in a shallow metal pan and stick it in the freezer to cool quickly. Do not let it freeze, though. If you don’t have time to chill the rice, just spread it out so it cools completely.

While the rice is cooking and cooling, spread the sesame seeds in a shallow baking pan. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes, shaking pan occasionally for even color. Remove from the oven.

Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onions, carrots, and scallions. Cook, stirring from time to time, until the onions are translucent. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat another large skillet or a wok if you have one. Add a splash of oil and swirl it around. Pour the eggs into the hot skillet. Cook as you would scrambled eggs. When the eggs are barely done, add the vegetables, rice, and sesame seeds and and sprinkle with the soy sauce. Stir-fry until everything is mixed and hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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  • Ally Vicente

    Also, Benihana used PARBOILED rice.

  • Ally Vicente

    Benihana uses SAFFLOWER OIL, not vegetable oil. It changes the taste and it’s healthier!

  • Bitsy Hatch

    I made this recipe tonight and it was AWESOME!!! Only thing I did was saute some garlic with the butter, onions & carrots. Added some thawed out green peas to the rice and some sesame oil. Family loved it!

    • stephaniemanley

      You have some nice additions there. I will have to try some of your suggestions! Thank you for giving the recipe a try.

  • David

    I thought they also used a little mustard sauce in the rice.

    • stephaniemanley

      I haven’t seen that, but it is worth going back to watch it again.

  • jenn

    i think it tastes amazing! I don’t care if it is like Benihana’s; it is really good and I make it all the time, Thanks!

  • Mel

    They also use Safflower oil. Not canola oil.

  • Lee Lee

    I tried to this rescipe and everything was great !! The taste was like Benoehana.
    Thank you for this amazing rescipe
    Let’s try it before complaining about it ^_^

  • Sherryl

    Tasted tasted nothing like the Benihana fried rice. Too much butter and eggs and missed the garlic. So disappointing!

  • Ben

    I know that all the recipes around call for day old rice, but at Benihana’s (which is what this recipe is about) the rice is clearly freshly cooked and steaming.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for noting what was wrong with the recipe. I appreciate your comments.

  • did

    I think this is amazing but just knowing that 5 table spoons of butter are close to 500 calories, freak me out, its better to use sesame oil instead (:

    • Stephanie

      Have you been to Benihana? They add a lot of butter.

  • lil me

    Well I tryed garlic butter out the store almost but not right so I went in boughtb the garlic butter from benihana for 5 dollar in I can promise u it the butter

    • Stephanie

      I definitely think there is garlic in the butter.

  • Faith

    I just made this tonight and WOW! Its amazing! I did add garlic to the rice as it cooked and also right at the end. It was so good, extremely close to Benihana! This will be a staple in our house now! Thank you!!

  • Kdub

    Well don’t forget that the preliminary frying is not with butter but with saffron oil. I liked the rice very much so I studied the steps. And yes the butter is actually garlic butter.

  • Tinner

    Spot on!!! Tastes exactly like Benihana’s.

  • Miriamcastrov

    what tipe of butter do i use

  • Countryluva03813

    Do you use butter in the pan when cooking the eggs in the skillet? Or are you using a non-stick pan?

    • Stephanie

      I am using a well seasoned wok. If you have a skillet or a pan that isn’t very seasoned you can use a little extra butter, or a non-stick pan.

  • Tim

    My girlfriend and I went to Benihana for a recon mission after trying this recipe and the chef only used 3 eggs in roughly 16 cups of cooked rice. We just tried it again with garlic/ginger butter, minced vegetables, and 2 eggs to 7 cups of cooked rice. It was much better!

  • TJ

    WAAAAYYY too much soy sauce.

    • Stephanie

      I suggest whenever salting, food, you start out with about half, and work your way upward until you get to the saltiness level that you like the best.

  • Brett

    RE: cici

    Please re-read the recipe. It CLEARLY states that the only thing being baked is the sesame seeds.

    And 1 cup uncooked rice yields about 4 cups cooked.
    People need to learn to read AND understand what they are reading.

    As far as the recipe goes the only thing I see missing is garlic in the butter. Benihana uses garlic butter.

    • annie

      why so hostile? they way that you replied to the comment was so volitile. its only a recipe

    • rosie

      it’s missing the chicken!

      • Stephanie

        It doesn’t have chicken with lunch, the chicken fried rice happens during dinner.

        • gkguest

          Oh no, you can ask for their “chicken” fried rice anytime. We ALWAYS get the chicken fried rice at lunch as we never go at dinner time!


    This recipe is perfect. I thought 5 eggs were too many so I used 4 and I definitely should have used 5 eggs. Also, I am a garlic fanatic so I added 3 cloves of garlic. My friends and family could not rave enough about my rice. Thanks Stephanie!

  • Reagan

    This looks almost spot on, and really I should wait to post this till after I try it tomorrow, but the rice should be cooked but cold when you put in the skillet, usually a day old. And you are missing garlic in the butter.

  • Anonymous

    The trick to fried rice is use cold rice.

  • Anonymous

    they have chicken in the fried rice

    • Stephanie

      The the fried rice at lunch has no chicken, dinner time, yes!

      • gkguest

        Again……Oh no, you can ask for their “chicken” fried rice anytime. We ALWAYS get the chicken fried rice at lunch as we never go at dinner time!

        • Ophelia

          Drink Bleach.

        • cc

          Yes, you have to request chicken in the rice and pay a couple dollars extra…. But its soooo GOOD!!! Im addidicted to the “chicken fried rice w/ the garlic butter….just drink some Hot tea, so it wont clog up!!!

  • cici

    i have never been to a benihana that uses 1c rice to 5 eggs, also, ive never seen them bake it (The only thing getting baked are the seseme seeds – Stephanie ).

    • Stephanie

      This recipe is using uncooked rice, so it should be yielding much more than 1 cup. Also, the only thing is getting baked are the seseme seeds.

    • Amori

      Silly cici LOL.
      At home I just toast the sesame seeds in a skillet for a few seconds.
      I would like to mention that the restaurant uses a mixture of butter, ginger paste & garlic paste in the rice.
      Can be easily done by whipping 1 stick of unsalted butter [softened] 2 ts of fresh garlic paste and 1 ts of fresh ginger [grated], wrap into a log and freeze. Slice as needed.
      Good Job Stephanie!

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