Savor the Umami with Our Japanese Hotpot Recipe

Welcome to the world of Japanese hotpot recipes! This is one of my all-time favourite comfort foods – a warming and nourishing meal that’s perfect for cooler weather. There are many different versions of hotpot, but today we’ll be focusing on the Japanese style, which is known as “nabe” or “yosenabe”.

The beauty of hotpot is that it’s incredibly versatile, meaning you can adapt it to your own tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian or meat-lover, there’s a hotpot recipe that will suit you. You can also experiment with different broths, meats, vegetables and dipping sauces until you find your perfect combination.

So what exactly is a hotpot? It’s essentially a one-pot dish that consists of thinly sliced meat (usually beef), vegetables and noodles or rice, all cooked together in a flavourful broth. Each person has their own individual pot, which is placed on a portable stove in the middle of the table. Everyone then uses chopsticks to dip their ingredients into the broth and cook them to their liking. It’s delicious, fun and interactive – perfect for sharing with friends and family.

In this article, we’ll be sharing our favourite Japanese hotpot recipe along with some tips and tricks for making it perfect every time. So let’s get started and prepare to dive into a flavourful world of hotpot goodness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Japanese Hotpot
Japanese Hotpot

Hotpot is one of my all-time favorite Japanese dishes, and this recipe for Japanese Hotpot is a refreshingly tasty take on this classic Asian dish. It’s a savory, hearty, and nutritious one-pot meal that’s perfect for those cozy evenings when you just want to cuddle up with a warm bowl of goodness.

What makes this recipe special is the balance between the different flavors and textures. The miso broth is full of umami richness, while the thinly sliced beef adds a meaty depth to the dish. Vegetables like bok choy, broccoli, mushrooms, daikon radish along with tofu contributes to the texture and fresh flavors of vegetables give it a refreshing mouthfeel.

This hotpot recipe goes beyond being just an appetizing meal. It is ideal for busy days that still require a home-cooked meal that’s flavorful, healthy and quick to make. By getting everything ready in advance and letting everyone dig in at their pace, you can have dinner on the table within 30 minutes!

So why will you love this recipe? It’s because not only does it taste delicious and look impressive served at the dinner table but it’s also healthy for you, easy to make without much prep work and provides comforting warmth during cold weather. Plus, it’s a fun and interactive way to dine together with family and friends by sharing the hotpot pot in the center of your dining table!

Ingredient List

 A pot of warm happiness.
A pot of warm happiness.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this Japanese hotpot recipe:


  • 4 cups of dashi broth (you can either make this from scratch or buy instant dashi powder)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of miso paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced


  • Thinly sliced beef (150 g per person)
  • Tofu (1/2 cup per person)


  • Bok choy (2 heads, chopped)
  • Shiitake mushrooms (1 cup, sliced)
  • Daikon radish (1/2, thinly sliced)
  • Broccoli (1 head, chopped)
  • Spring onions (3, thinly sliced)

Garnish and Seasoning:

  • Lime wedges
  • Sesame seeds

The Recipe How-To

 A bowl of simple yet comforting goodness.
A bowl of simple yet comforting goodness.

Now that we have our ingredient list sorted, it’s time to get cooking! Follow these easy steps to create a delicious Japanese hotpot:

Step 1: Prep the vegetables and protein. First things first, slice up all your vegetables and protein into bite-sized pieces. Keep them organized on a plate or in bowls for easy access.

Step 2: Prepare the broth. In a large pot, combine water and dashi broth together over high heat. Bring it to a boil then lower the heat to medium-high. Add soy sauce and miso, stirring until it’s dissolved.

Step 3: Cook the food in batches. Start by cooking firmer vegetables like carrots, daikon radish, and broccoli. Add them to the pot and let them cook for a couple of minutes until slightly tender before removing and setting aside. Repeat with mushrooms, tofu, bok choy, sliced beef or any other ingredients you have prepared in step 1.

Step 4: Enjoy your meal! Once everything is cooked, bring out your dipping sauce consisting of soy sauce mixed with thinly sliced spring onions, sesame seeds, minced garlic cloves, and squeezed lime wedges. Place each cooked item onto individual plates along with the dipping sauce.

Pro tip: If you want an extra punch of flavor in your hotpot, consider adding some sweet soy sauce or dark soy sauce.

That’s it! Now you have yourself an authentic Japanese hotpot that you can enjoy with family or friends.

Substitutions and Variations

 Dip into the ultimate winter warmer.
Dip into the ultimate winter warmer.

This Japanese Hotpot Recipe is incredibly versatile and can be tailored to your preferences or what ingredients you have on hand. Here are some variations and substitutions that you can make:

1. Vegetarian/Vegan: Simply omit the sliced beef and replace it with more vegetables or tofu. Use vegetable broth instead of dashi broth and skip the fish sauce.

2. Seafood Hotpot: Add a mix of seafood such as prawns, scallops, mussels, clams, and fish along with vegetables of your choice, for a flavorful seafood hotpot.

3. Clay Pot or Cast Iron Skillet: If you don’t have an electric hotpot, you can make this recipe in a clay pot or cast-iron skillet on the stovetop at medium heat. It may take a bit longer to cook, but it will still be delicious.

4. Shabu Shabu Japanese Hot Pot: To make Shabu Shabu, thinly slice beef or pork as well as vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, bok choy and mushroom.

5. Mizutaki Japanese Hot Pot: A classic winter hot pot made with thinly sliced chicken or pork alongside mushrooms, tofu, napa cabbage or swiss chard.

6. Sukiyaki Japanese Hot Pot: This basic Japanese hot pot dish is made with thinly sliced beef and simmered in a broth of soy sauce and sugar.

7. Electric Hot Pot: While cooking these types of dishes is traditionally done on the stove top using either clay or cast iron pots in Japan, many people choose to use an electric device which has been purchased from an asian market or online.

Feel free to experiment with different veggies like snow peas, baby corns or bamboo shoots as well as different colored pepper varieties. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 A hotpot to warm your soul on chilly nights.
A hotpot to warm your soul on chilly nights.

Japanese hotpot is a complete meal in one bowl. It is served piping hot in the communal pot in which it was cooked, inviting diners to assemble their own bowls with their preferred ingredients. The perfect classic pairing for a Japanese hotpot is a bowl of fresh steamed rice, as it absorbs the flavorful broth and complements the variety of vegetables and meats. Another great side dish is pickles, which provide a refreshingly sour contrast to the richness of the hotpot.

To round out the meal and add some freshness, thinly sliced raw vegetables such as cucumbers, shredded lettuce or grated carrot and daikon dressed with sesame oil and lime juice makes an excellent accompaniment. You can also serve chilled beer or sake, which complements the warm and bubbling pot.

In Japan, it’s common to finish off a hotpot meal with noodles, especially udon or soba noodles. These can be added to the pot after most of the other ingredients have been eaten, allowing them to cook in the flavorful broth. You can prepare this on an electric burner right at the dinner table or stove-side.

Regardless of what you pair your hotpot meal with, timing is crucial to ensure everything stays warm and fresh. Ensure the sides are prepared beforehand so you can concentrate on cooking and enjoying your Japanese hotpot feast!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A pot of hearty Japanese hospitality.
A pot of hearty Japanese hospitality.

Preparing a Japanese hotpot for a party can be stress-free if you plan ahead. This dish can be made ahead of time and reheated just before serving without losing any flavor. Just make sure to store the broth, ingredients and cooked meat separately to avoid sogginess and spoilage.

To make ahead, cook the broth and allow it to cool completely. Then, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to a month. The broth will thicken when cold but will turn back to its original consistency when reheated.

Prepare the vegetables and tofu beforehand by cutting them into bite-sized pieces, washing them thoroughly and storing them separately from each other, preferably in airtight containers or resealable bags.

For the meat, thinly slice it right before cooking or marinate beef for extra flavor. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to three months.

When ready to serve, reheat the broth until boiling and add all meat, vegetables and tofu at once. Stir occasionally and let cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Leftover hotpot can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, but avoid reheating cooked vegetables as they tend to become mushy when reheated. Instead, opt to stir-fry them with rice or noodles for another delicious meal.

In addition, opting for an electric Japanese hotpot at home makes reheating a breeze as you can just plug it in and let it do its job while you focus on other tasks. And don’t forget to garnish with sesame seeds, sliced spring onions or daikon radish, garlic cloves, and lime wedges before serving!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A simmering pot of love and deliciousness.
A simmering pot of love and deliciousness.

To ensure that you get the best results when preparing this hotpot recipe, there are a few tips and techniques that I have learned over the years that I would like to share.

Firstly, make sure to slice your ingredients thinly and uniformly. This allows all of the ingredients to cook evenly in the hotpot and ensures that each bite contains a variety of flavors.

Secondly, use a high-quality dashi broth as the base for your hotpot. The broth is what gives the hotpot its rich, umami flavor, so it is important to use a good quality stock.

Another tip is to add your ingredients to the hotpot in order of cooking time. Ingredients that take longer to cook such as root vegetables should be added first, followed by meat and seafood and finally greens and delicate vegetables.

Additionally, consider using an electric hotpot or clay pot for cooking your hotpot. These types of pots retain heat well and allow for even distribution of heat. However, if you are using a cast iron pot, make sure to preheat it before adding any ingredients.

Lastly, garnish your hotpot with sliced spring onions, sesame seeds, and lime wedges for an extra pop of flavor.

By following these tips, you will be able to make a delicious Japanese hotpot that will impress your friends and family.


Now that you have all the information you need to make this delicious Japanese hotpot recipe, let’s take a moment to answer some frequently asked questions that might arise while preparing the dish. From ingredient substitutions to cooking methods, we’ll address common concerns and provide you with helpful tips for achieving the perfect hotpot every time. So, let’s get started!

What is the difference between sukiyaki and hotpot?

If one thinks about Japanese hotpot dishes, shabu-shabu and sukiyaki may come to mind. They both use paper-thin slices of beef and similar vegetables, but the cooking methods differ significantly. While shabu-shabu requires the meat to be quickly cooked in the hotpot broth and served medium-rare, sukiyaki requires the meat to be fully cooked. One can accomplish this by grilling the meat first and then simmering it in the savory sauce, or by letting it boil in the sauce until fully cooked.

What is the ingredient of hotpot?

For this recipe, we’ll be using an array of colorful vegetables to create a nutritious and flavorful dish. Get ready to work with lotus root, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin or kabocha squash, daikon radish, tomatoes, corn, and winter melon. Each of these ingredients brings their own unique texture and taste to the dish, making it a savory and satisfying meal. Let’s dive into the recipe and start cooking!

What is the difference between Suki and Shabu?

When it comes to Japanese hot-pot dishes, Sukiyaki is known for its sweet flavor, while Shabu-shabu boasts a savory taste. Additionally, Sukiyaki is traditionally enjoyed during the colder winter months, while Shabu-shabu can be eaten year-round and is a variation of a hot-pot dish.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are looking for a hot and comforting meal to satisfy your cravings on a chilly day, then the Japanese hotpot recipe is just perfect for you. This recipe is versatile and customizable, making it an ideal option for people with different tastes and preferences. From thinly sliced beef to an assortment of vegetables, this dish offers a wide range of ingredients that can be swapped or substituted with ease.

You can serve this dish in various ways, depending on your preference. Whether you opt for shabu shabu or sukiyaki, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a flavorful and hearty meal. Plus, the fact that this dish can be prepared in clay pots or cast iron makes it even more interesting and adds character to your table.

Above all, with the plethora of available ingredients like tofu, bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, and sesame seeds, you can rest assured that the Japanese hotpot recipe will be an unforgettable experience for your taste buds. So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients and get started on this delicious hot pot masterpiece today!

Japanese Hotpot

Japanese Hotpot Recipe

Japanese hotpot
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Calories 614.4 kcal


  • 400 g rice
  • 2 teaspoons chili
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 thumb garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 300 g bok choy
  • 400 g tofu
  • 150 g mushrooms
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1/3 daikon radish
  • 3 spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons miso
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 limes
  • handful coriander


  • First, get your rice going, then put the kettle on again with around a litre of water in it (for the miso).
  • In a little bowl, mix the chopped chilli, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds.
  • Choose a saucepan large enough to hold all of the ingredients with a little room to spare, then make layers of the bok choy, tofu, mushrooms, broccoli and daikon, sprinkling a little of the chilli-ginger-garlic-sesame mix in between each layer.
  • Dissolve the miso in a litre of nearly boiling water from the kettle.
  • Add the spring onions to the pan, then pour in the miso and cover with a lid.
  • Turn the heat up to high. When it comes to the boil, give it a two-minute simmer before turning it off.
  • Pour in the soy sauce and lime juice to season, and scatter with chopped coriander.
  • Serve immediately, using a slotted spoon to share out the contents of the hotpot into bowls. Finish by ladling over some of the liquid. Serve the rice on the side.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 441gCalories: 614.4kcalCarbohydrates: 122.7gProtein: 19.7gFat: 5.8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 407.4mgFiber: 7.4gSugar: 4.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Asian, Healthy, Japanese, Low Cholesterol
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