Benihana Onion Soup (Hibachi Soup or Japanese Clear Onion Soup Recipe) (2023)

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This fantastic, light Benihana Onion Soup is a fan-favorite at the popular Japanese Steakhouse and it's surprisingly easy to make! The soup goes by many names, but is always loaded with onion flavor then topped with mushrooms, scallions, and fried onions!

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Benihana Onion Soup is an easy clear onion soup to make for your hibachi dinners at home!

Benihana Onion Soup Recipe (Japanese Steakhouse Copycat)

My whole household loves, and I do mean LOVES, Benihana! Since everyone I know right now is getting a little bored of eating the same stuff, they are definitely asking me for some more of my favorite Benihana recipes!

I double-checked all of my printed recipes and could not find this soup as ever having been available online on the actual, authentic Benihana website. So I just had to resort to continually tweaking my own recipe!

Since the onion soup at Benihana's restaurants sits on a warm burner until served, I do think that we all get slightly varied soup flavors. I've noted my own typical recipe and preparation with notes for how you may want to enhance your own soup.

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Hibachi Soup Ingredients

The simple clear broth is made from staple ingredients that are simmered to perfection! This soup is traditionally topped off with thin-sliced mushrooms and sliced green onions. Benihana adds fried onions to their hibachi version of Japanese clear onion soup!

  • Carrot & Celery- part of the broth flavor as it sautées and simmers with the other vegetables. Grab a large carrot and a couple of celery ribs, wash them off, trim the ends, and then chop 'em up!
  • White Onion - for all of that wonderful onion flavor in this broth soup! Yellow onion can also be used, but it does alter the flavor as most onions are sweeter than white onions.
  • Garlic - for that intensely unique garlic flavor that adds richness and depth of the flavor to the broth!
  • Chicken Broth + Water - are your liquids that are added after some quick sautéeing to release the vegetable flavors! A combination of 3 cups chicken broth, 2 cups beef broth, and 1 cup of water can also be used
  • Soy Sauce - just a touch to make this soup more flavorful! I've added notes in the recipe card and below for some more ingredient options to make a richer broth.
  • Mushrooms - are a required part of the familiar look and flavor of this popular Japanese steakhouse restaurant soup! I use either white button mushrooms or cremini ( baby bella ) mushrooms. My hubby loves both!
  • Green Onions - the second part of the very familiar garnish! Paired with thinly sliced mushrooms, the sliced scallions add color and their vibrant flavor to top off the soup perfectly!
  • Fried Onions - if you're a super-fan of Benihana's onion soup, then you know that it wouldn't be complete without a sprinkle of fried onions! Use French's, Durkee's, Fresh Gourmet, Trader Joe's, or your preferred brand fried onions.

*Adding ½ tablespoon of beef bouillon granules and ⅛ teaspoon of ginger powder greatly enhances this soup flavor. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Or you can puree your strained cooked vegetables and add them back to your soup.

Do you absolutely love everything hibachi? If you're looking for fantastic hibachi recipes to make at home, take a look at my hibachi recipes here!

How To Make Clear Onion Soup

Other than some really simple vegetable preparation, I would also gather the extra items you will need. The vegetables will be strained after simmering, so do have a safe area to work in with a fine-mesh sieve and a clean bowl ready to transfer the hot broth into!

1. Sauté the Vegetables

You don't need any oil to sauté the vegetables! Water or chicken broth works just as well, and possibly even better, for sautéing your veggies! Add more as needed while cooking until ready to add your liquids.

  1. Bring a saucepan with a tablespoon of water or chicken broth to medium-high heat with the roughly chopped carrots, celery, onion, and garlic.
  2. Sauté the vegetables until the onions begin to become transparent and the vegetables are fragrant.

2. Cook the Broth

Allowing the vegetables to saute helps to release their natural juices into the broth, enhancing the flavor. We'll continue to build on that flavor with a longer simmer time!

  1. Add the chicken broth, water, and soy sauce to the saucepan.
  2. Bring to a rapid boil, cover, then reduce the heat to low and simmer.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Strain and Serve Your Benihana Onion Soup

While your broth is simmering, get your sink or work area ready to strain the vegetables from the broth.

  1. Place a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl.
  2. Pour the broth into the sieve and remove and discard the vegetables.
  3. Return the broth to your saucepan and place it on low heat.
  4. Serve immediately with 6-8 thin slices of mushroom, a sprinkling of sliced green onions, and about a tablespoon of the fried onions.

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As with all recipes, make this recipe your own to suit your taste buds. Then come on back and let me know what your favorite additions are!

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Benihana Onion Soup

This fantastic, light Benihana Onion Soup is a fan-favorite at the popular Japanese Steakhouse and it's surprisingly easy to make! The soup goes by many names, but is always loaded with onion flavor then topped with mushrooms, scallions, and fried onions!

Author | Angela

Servings: 4 servings

(Video) Benihana Hibachi Onion Soup - THE CORRECT RECIPE! (Japanese Steakhouse Soup)

Calories: 63kcal

Prep 5 minutes

Cooking 35 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot (rough chopped)
  • 1-2 ribs celery (rough chopped)
  • ½ white onion (rough chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon garlic (2 crushed cloves, or minced garlic)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 6 mushrooms (washed and thinly sliced)
  • 4 green onions (sliced, green portion only)
  • ¼ cup fried onions
  • each, salt & pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine the vegetable base for the broth: carrots, celery, onion, and garlic with a tablespoon or two of water or chicken broth. Saute the vegetables over medium-high heat until fragrant.

    1 large carrot, 1-2 ribs celery, ½ white onion, ½ tablespoon garlic

    Benihana Onion Soup (Hibachi Soup or Japanese Clear Onion Soup Recipe) (5)

  • Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, and water to the sauteed vegetables. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

    4 cups chicken broth, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 cups water

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  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, drain the broth into a clean bowl and throw away the strained vegetables. Return the clear broth to your saucepan and keep on low heat while serving.

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  • Serve with 6-8 thinly sliced mushrooms, garnished with sliced green onions and fried onions.

    6 mushrooms, 4 green onions

Notes

Adding ½ tablespoon of beef bouillon granules and ⅛ teaspoon of ginger powder greatly enhances this soup flavor. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Or you can puree your strained cooked vegetables and add them back to your soup.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal (3%) | Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) | Protein: 3g (6%) | Fat: 2g (3%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) | Sodium: 1171mg (51%) | Potassium: 434mg (12%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 3g (3%) | Vitamin A: 3177IU (64%) | Vitamin C: 22mg (27%) | Calcium: 43mg (4%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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  1. JoyceK says

    Benihana Onion Soup (Hibachi Soup or Japanese Clear Onion Soup Recipe) (9)
    I have been trying to duplicate hibachi soup for a long time now, and never could get the elusive flavors right! This is spot on!! Thank you so much!!

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  2. Kim says

    Delicious! Can you freeeze?

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    • Angela @ BakeItWithLove.com says

      Yes, most definitely! You can typically freeze broth for up to a year, but I like to make sure that it's used within the first 6 months for better quality. Enjoy!

      Reply

  3. Ang says

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE BUT WHY WAIST THE VEGETABLES! I sautéed garlic, and grated ginger in olive oil. Added homemade bone broth. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. I served 2 cups of very hot broth in a bowl and added 1 tbsp each of finely julienned, raw carrots, zucchini, mushroom slices, spinach, diced avocados, green onions, 2 sprigs of cilantro, purple cabbage and a splash of lemon and hot sauce.No celery. Omg! This is a bowl of pure healthiness!

    Reply

  4. Jeannette says

    (Video) How to make Japanese onion soup | Japanese clear onion soup recipe | hibachi soup

    Hi, Do you use low sodium chicken broth? Thanks.

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    • Angela @ BakeItWithLove.com says

      Yes, I recommend it!

      Reply

  5. Anonymous says

    Benihana Onion Soup (Hibachi Soup or Japanese Clear Onion Soup Recipe) (10)
    Going through first trimester nausea and not wanting anything. This is the only thing that I really wanted. Your recipe is perfect!!!

    TL

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    • Angela @ BakeItWithLove.com says

      Aw, thank you! Been there, so I'm very happy to hear that you are able to enjoy something!

      Reply

  6. Auzar Parsons says

    Benihana Onion Soup (Hibachi Soup or Japanese Clear Onion Soup Recipe) (11)
    This was my second attempt at hibachi clear soup after my daughter requested it. I wish I had found your recipe first! I sautéed the veggies in sesame oil instead of water/broth, used fresh ginger, and better than bouillon instead of beef bouillon granules. It was amazing!! Can’t wait for my daughter to try it!

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  7. Renee says

    Benihana Onion Soup (Hibachi Soup or Japanese Clear Onion Soup Recipe) (14)
    Wonderful, easy, and tastes just like Benihana's!(Maybe better!! ) My daughter asked me to stop there and get that soup for her and I told her let's try a recipe at home first. Just made it and it was absolutely amazing! I also used the ginger and beef Granules. Thanks for the recipe she is excited to come home and try it!

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    • Angela @ BakeItWithLove.com says

      I say it in all of my Benihana and hibachi recipes, but we really are fans of the restaurant/food/dining experience. I love making these recipes at home since we now live hours away from pretty much any restaurant, so I do try hard to really get the flavors right. It's such a great reward when someone lets you know that you have done a good job. Thank you very much!

      Reply

  8. Abbie says

    Benihana Onion Soup (Hibachi Soup or Japanese Clear Onion Soup Recipe) (15)
    This soup is SO good. I’ve always been in love with the Benihana version, so I thought I’d try this at-home recipe, and I am NOT disappointed. It’s so tasty and easy to make! This will become a dinner staple, and for only 67 calories—WOW.

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  9. Monique says

    This is so yummy! I made it with bone broth instead. Mine didn’t come out as clear as the soup at Benihana but that might be because of the bone broth or my sieve wasn’t fine enough. Either way it was delicious! I will be making this all the time!

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  10. Naomi says

    When do you add the soy sauce?

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    • Angela @ BakeItWithLove.com says

      Hi Naomi, you want to add the soy sauce in step 2: Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, and water to the sauteed vegetables. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
      4 cups chicken broth, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 cups water

      Reply

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FAQs

What is Japanese clear soup made of? ›

What Is Japanese Clear Soup? This simple broth-based soup is primarily made of meat broths and vegetables simmered together over a long period of time to create a deep rich flavor. The vegetables are then removed so the soup is clear, and garnishes like scallions and thinly sliced mushrooms are added to the top.

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Miso soup is a traditional Japanese clear soup made of seaweed, tofu, miso paste, as well as scallions, leafy greens and mushrooms.

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On the other hand, clear soups are easy to digest, are not heavy on the stomach and can help keep your tummy cool. Healthy digestion is key for fast metabolism and weight loss. Drinking clear soups also helps prevent dehydration and ensure steady inflow of nutrients.

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Stock, miso soup and bone broth: Though they may appear to be clear liquids, these products often contain small particles of vegetables or fat that make them cloudy, so you might want to play it safe and avoid them before your colonoscopy.

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Simply add the meat/bones to a pot along with enough cold water to fully submerge. Bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute. Drain and rinse under clean running water. When vegetables are used, it's important not to cut them too small.

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Clear soup, also known as suimono in Japan, is sometimes considered miso. This is because some people make the suimono broth with the paste of the same name, but otherwise, its base is almost always dashi stock. They are similar in toppings, but their broth recipes are different.

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That "stuff" is the miso paste. Unlike salt or sugar, it never really dissolves in the dashi broth to form a solution. So, if left alone long enough, the particles of miso fall to the bottom and separate. Click here to see the Miso Soup Recipe.

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Clear soups are generally more healthy as they have the least amount of calories while thick soups usually contain a lot of starch, sometimes cream, and other high carbohydrate ingredients. To help you further explain the difference, clear soups do not contain anything else except for the strained liquid.

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Apart from helping you get your digestive system back on track, clear soup is also an amazing choice if you are looking for a sustainable weight loss plan. This delicious low-calorie meal can cater to all your needs when cooked in the right manner.

What brand of broth is clear? ›

Knorr® Clear Chicken Broth is a premium quality, authentic soup stock with a rich chicken flavor ideal for use as a clear broth or as a base for other soups, stews, or stir-fried dishes.

What soup Can I eat before colonoscopy? ›

DO NOT EAT ANY SOLID FOOD. You can still have smooth soups (e.g. tomato, vegetable Bouillon), jelly, ice cream, Ambrosia custard, Complan drinks, Bovril and Oxo drinks, and water, clear juices, fizzy drinks and tea.

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Drinks that replace electrolytes. Soda: ginger ale, orange, diet cola. Coffee or tea (no cream) Clear soup, beef broth, chicken broth, bone broth, bouillon.

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The following foods are generally allowed in a clear liquid diet: Water (plain, carbonated or flavored) Fruit juices without pulp, such as apple or white grape juice. Fruit-flavored beverages, such as fruit punch or lemonade.

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You can take most prescription and non-prescription medications right up to the day of the colonoscopy. Stop medications that are for diarrhea (Imodium, kaopectate) or contain iron 7 days prior to your procedure. Blood thinners may need to be temporarily discontinued prior to procedure.

What is the name of Japanese soup? ›

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Is chicken noodle soup clear soup? ›

Broth-based clear soups are highly-flavorful, clear liquids that have been made by simmering meat, fish and/or vegetables in a liquid. Present in every culture, classic examples of these extremely satisfying and homey soups are Vietnamese phở, matzo ball, Italian brodo, and chicken noodle.

How many calories are in Japanese clear soup? ›

Clear Soup (1 bowl) contains 0g total carbs, 0g net carbs, 8g fat, 0g protein, and 75 calories.

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If you are looking to lose some extra pounds, then adding miso soup to your diet can help. It serves as a fantastic way to cut down on your sugar intake and increases your vegetable intake. As mentioned above, miso paste calories are just 56 calories for 28 grams.

Can you eat expired miso paste? ›

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Can Muslims have miso? ›

However, spiritus may be added as preservative afterwards. Therefore, for Muslims, we shall choose non addictive miso, which is not described spiritus and alcohol in ingredient details. As Miso with non alcohol additive is sold at the normal supermarket, please check well and choose materials labelling.

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Soups
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  • strained meat- or cream-based soups (may contain pureed veggies or meat)

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Any broth is acceptable as long as it contains no noodles or solids. Italian water ice or light-colored popsicles are great options if you need something more. Just make sure they do not have any chunks, pureed fruit, or red dyes.

How many calories are in Japanese clear soup? ›

Clear Soup (1 bowl) contains 0g total carbs, 0g net carbs, 8g fat, 0g protein, and 75 calories.

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Broth-based clear soups are highly-flavorful, clear liquids that have been made by simmering meat, fish and/or vegetables in a liquid.

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The simplest dashi is vegan, made from cold-brewing kombu (more on that below), while stronger versions are created by squeezing the flavor out of bonito flakes (katsuobushi), dried sardines, dried shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimp, dried scallops, adzuki beans, and/or toasted soybeans.

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Miso Soup. Miso soup is the ultimate staple soup in Japanese cuisine. It's made with dashi broth mixed with miso paste.

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Ramen (ラーメン) is a noodle soup dish that was originally imported from China and has become one of the most popular dishes in Japan in recent decades.

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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Cholesterol 3.7mg1%
Sodium 963.1mg42%
Total Carbohydrate 6.1g2%
Sugars 3.5g
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How many calories are in hibachi miso soup? ›

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For a Serving Size of 1 serving (14g)
How many calories are in Japanese Style White Miso Soup? Amount of calories in Japanese Style White Miso Soup: Calories 44.9Calories from Fat 13.5 (30%)
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Calories in Japanese Onion Soup
Calories50.3
Sodium548.4 mg
Potassium151.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate4.8 g
Dietary Fiber0.7 g
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What clear soup can I have before a colonoscopy? ›

You can still have smooth soups with no bits (e.g. tomato, vegetable Bouillon), jelly, ice cream, Ambrosia custard, Complan drinks, Bovril and Oxo drinks, and water, clear juices, fizzy drinks, coffee and tea.

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A: It is normal to feel hungry whilst preparing for a colonoscopy, particularly in the liquid-only stage. It is important to follow the food intake plan in order to ensure that the prep is effective. Drinking sodas with a high sugar content can help to keep feelings of hunger at a minimum during this stage.

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Chicken broth is one of the easiest and fastest dashi substitutes that can absolutely serve as your soup-base. Also, the probability of having it in stock is much more. Just make sure that the broth is a little refined than it actually is.

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