Monday, June 20, 2011

Secret Benihana Shrimp with Ginger & Mustard Dipping Sauce

I recently went to Benihana, somewhat ironically.  Kyle and I were in the 'burbs visiting a friend and it seemed like a fantastic choice as far as chain restaurants go.  The food was delicious and I particularly liked the dipping sauces, which I immediately decided to try and recreate.  The recipes were awfully hard to locate online.  I ended up paying .79 cents of my hard earned money for it, from some "top secret recipe" website!  It was worth the money because it came out delicious and almost exactly like the real thing, so now I don't have to drive 40 miles for this shrimp!

Shrimp Recipe (per person, so multiply by how many you are serving):

5 large, preferably raw, shrimp
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon garlic butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 dash salt
1 dash pepper


Heat a griddle as hot as you can get it.  Pour sesame oil on and let it heat until it just begins to smoke.  Place shrimp on griddle and saute about 3 minutes on each side.  Add garlic butter and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer, or until slightly browned on each side.  Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.  Squeeze juice from half a lemon over the shrimp.  Remove from griddle and serve hot.
Mustard Sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tsp spicy mustard
2 tsp heavy cream
1 tsp thai garlic chili sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Ginger Sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (can substitute 1 tbsp ground ginger if preferred)
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed if possible
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp white vinegar

If you do use fresh ginger for this sauce, you can run it through a food processor or blender for a minute to make it nice and smooth.

Tips - These sauces are really tasty - not sure which I prefer, so make both and decide for yourself!  They are also good on beef or chicken, or grilled vegetables.  When we ate at Benihana, we dipped pretty much everything they gave us in them.  Serve this as an appetizer or make a larger portion and serve with fried rice.  Yum!

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