Mouth-Watering Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe for Winter Nights

Hey there, foodie friends! Today, I’m excited to share with you my latest creation – a warm, hearty vegetarian hot pot recipe that’s perfect for those cooler days when you just want something comforting and delicious to warm you up from the inside out.

What I love about this hot pot recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile, nutritious and easy to throw together with the ingredients you have in your kitchen. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply trying to eat more veggies, this recipe will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished. It’s also ideal for hosting your next pot party since everyone can customize their own bowl with the ingredients they love.

So let’s grab our big pot, chop some veggies and dive in creating this sensational culinary experience together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegetarian Hot Pot
Vegetarian Hot Pot

Hey there foodies! Are you looking for a delicious and healthy comfort food to warm up your evenings? Do you want to try something new and exciting that will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished? Then look no further than this Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe – the perfect solution for a quick and easy meal that will satisfy your cravings without making you feel guilty.

One of the reasons why I love this recipe is because it’s so versatile. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or simply looking for a meatless option that doesn’t sacrifice flavor, this hot pot has got you covered. With its combination of firm tofu, fresh vegetables like carrots and bok choy, mushrooms enoki, and lotus root, all simmered in miso or vegetable broth, this dish is bursting with robust flavors and satisfying textures that will keep you coming back for more.

What’s more, this hot pot is easy to make with just a few simple steps. All you need are some basic ingredients like reduced sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic cloves, fresh ginger, and canola oil. Then simply layer sliced potatoes and carrots in the bottom of a large pot or Instant Pot and top with the hot pot ingredients. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer until everything is cooked through.

Not only is this Vegan Hot Pot Recipe delicious and easy to make, but it’s also incredibly healthy. Packed with fresh vegetables and protein-rich tofu, it’s a nutritious alternative to other comfort foods like fried chicken or beef stew. And if you’re watching your calorie intake or following a low-carb diet, this hot pot recipe has got you covered too.

So don’t hesitate any longer! Try out this Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe at your next pot party or on a lazy weeknight when you need something easy and healthy. I promise that once you take one bite of this savory dish filled with perfectly seasoned vegetables and tofu, you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to sizzle with this vibrant vegetarian hot pot!
Get ready to sizzle with this vibrant vegetarian hot pot!

Before diving into the recipe how-to, let’s take a look at what ingredients you will need to get started.

Vegetable Broth

First, you will need 2 cups of vegetable broth. You can use store-bought or make your own using my recipe for an easy and flavorful broth.

Aromatic Vegetables

For aromatics, you will need 1 onion thinly sliced, 1 garlic clove chopped, and a knob of fresh ginger peeled and chopped. These three ingredients will add depth and flavor to the broth.

Assorted Veggies

Next, we have the star of the show: the vegetables. You can choose any mix of veggies you prefer, but recommendations include:

  • Carrots: Peeled and chopped into thick rounds.
  • Bok choy: Chopped into bite-sized pieces.
  • Mushrooms (enoki, shiitake, oyster): Sliced or left whole.
  • Lotus Root: Peeled and thinly sliced.
  • Scallion: Thinly sliced for garnish.

Firm Tofu

For vegetarian protein, you’ll need a block of firm tofu. Cut it into bite-sized cubes for hot pot tofu perfection.

Flavor Enhancers

To give your broth a kick, these ingredients are essential:

  • Reduced sodium soy sauce (3 tablespoons)
  • Rice vinegar (2 tablespoons)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (1/4 teaspoon)

Canola Oil

Lastly, don’t forget about the cooking oil! Use approximately 3/4 cup of canola oil to help sauté veggies before adding them to the hot pot.

Now that you have everything prepared, it’s time to put all these ingredients together for an amazing vegetarian hot pot party experience!

The Recipe How-To

 Aromatic and full of flavor, this hot pot is a feast for your senses
Aromatic and full of flavor, this hot pot is a feast for your senses

Let’s move on to the most exciting part, how to make Vegetarian Hot Pot. This recipe is adaptable to a variety of dietary preferences and ingredients, making it perfect for those who want a healthy, hearty, and easy-to-make meal. Here’s everything you need to know about making a flavorful and satisfying hot pot recipe:


Before we begin with the instructions I want to remind you of all the ingredients needed for this dish. Be sure to get everything ready and chop vegetables ahead of time for ease of cooking.

List of ingredients:

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup bok choy, chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms (enoki or shiitake)
  • ¼ cup lotus root
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 block firm tofu (15 ounces), cut into cubes
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Scallion

Step-by-step Instructions

Once you’re ready with all the ingredients, follow these easy steps carefully:

Step 1: Preparing the Broth

In a pot over medium heat, add the vegetable broth and chicken broth. Bring it to boil then lower the heat and let it simmer for about five minutes.

Step 2: Flavoring the Broth

Add the onion, garlic cloves, and ginger to the pot. Continue simmering for another five minutes until fragrant.

Step 3: Adding Vegetables

Add bok choy, mushrooms (enoki or shiitake), lotus root, and carrot. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until the veggies are slightly tender.

Step 4: Adding Tofu and Seasonings

Add in the cubed firm tofu, and seasonings such as reduced-sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes. Gently simmer for another three to four minutes.

Step 5: Serving

Once done, sprinkle chopped scallions and serve hot with rice or noodles on the side.

Tips for Perfect Results

To make a perfect vegetarian hot pot recipe, here are some tips which you can keep in mind:
– Use fresh vegetables for more flavor
– Adjust seasoning according to your preference
– You can also use miso broth in place of vegetable broth
– Slow cooking your ingredients will give a deeper flavor to your hot pot

That’s it! A delicious and healthy vegetarian hot pot recipe is now ready to be served. Be it a chilly night or a gathering with friends, this recipe is perfect for all occasions. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 This hot pot is a bowl of comfort, perfect for those chilly winter nights
This hot pot is a bowl of comfort, perfect for those chilly winter nights

Hey there, Chef V here! While this Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe is absolutely delicious as is, sometimes you may want to experiment with different vegetables or add a little extra kick to it. In this section, I’ll provide you with some substitutions and variations that you can try to customize your hot pot recipe to your liking.


– Carrots: You can swap out the carrots for sweet potatoes or winter squash if you prefer.

– Tofu: If your not a fan of tofu, try using seitan or tempeh instead.

– Vegetable Broth: Chicken broth can be used instead of vegetable broth if you’re not vegetarian.

– Mushrooms: In place of the enoki mushrooms, shiitake, oyster or cremini mushrooms work well too!


– Spicy Hot Pot: To give your hot pot a spicy kick, add crushed red pepper flakes or chili oil while cooking.

– Miso Broth: Opt for miso broth instead of vegetable broth for a flavorful twist on your hotpot.

– Lentil and Mushroom Hot Pot: To add some plant-based protein to it, try adding lentils and mushrooms into the pot. So hearty and abundantly nutritious!

Remember that these are just recommendations–the beauty of making hot pot is that its best done with ingredients you actually crave. Play around with flavors and adjust seasoning as needed until it comes out perfect for your own palate. Let me know how these subsitutions and variation options work for you!

Serving and Pairing

 Don't be fooled by its simplicity, this hot pot is bursting with umami goodness
Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, this hot pot is bursting with umami goodness

When it comes to serving your delicious vegetarian hot pot recipe, there are a few things you can do to make sure it’s an unforgettable experience. Firstly, you can’t go wrong with serving it family-style. There’s just something about gathering around a pot of steaming hot food that brings people together, so be prepared to embrace the communal nature of this dish.

To begin with, you’ll need some bowls and spoons for everyone at the table. Make sure the hot pot is placed in the center and everyone has easy access to it. Now, for those who like their food spicy, you might want to have a jar of crushed red pepper flakes or chili oil on hand to add some extra heat to their portion.

In terms of pairings, there are a few options that go well with this flavorful dish. If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to cleanse your palate in between bites, I recommend serving something like sparkling water with lime or lemon slices on the side.

If you prefer something more substantial, you can always serve some rice or noodles alongside the hot pot. This will not only soak up all those delicious flavors but also make your meal more filling and substantial.

Lastly, if you’d like to add some extra greens to balance out the meal, why not serve some steamed bok choy or sautéed spinach on the side? These vegetables offer a nice contrast in texture and flavor while still staying true to the Asian-inspired theme of this dish.

Remember, when it comes to serving and pairing your vegetarian hot pot recipe, the focus should be on simplicity and comfort. Keep things casual and cozy by offering dishes that complement rather than overpower this flavorful meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Let the veggies do the talking in this colorful and hearty hot pot
Let the veggies do the talking in this colorful and hearty hot pot

The beauty of this vegetarian hot pot recipe lies in its convenience. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to a month. It’s perfect for those busy weekdays when you want a quick, healthy meal.

When reheating, you can simply place the hot pot into a pot and heat over low-medium heat until heated through. If the soup is too thick after refrigeration, you can add a bit more broth to thin it out.

If you’re using an Instant Pot, you can also reheat the hot pot on the sauté function until heated through. The hotpot lentils and mushrooms will remain perfectly cooked and tender, while the vegetables will still retain their crunchy texture.

For an even quicker reheating method, you can also use the microwave. Simply transfer 1-2 cups of the hot pot into a microwave-safe container, cover with a lid or plastic wrap with some steam vents and heat on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

This recipe is perfect for meal prepping and batch cooking to enjoy as leftovers throughout the week. With its healthy ingredients and intense flavor profile, reheating and serving it again never gets old. Enjoy every spoonful whether served as a soup or over steamed rice.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfectly balanced with a medley of textures and flavors, this hot pot is a winner
Perfectly balanced with a medley of textures and flavors, this hot pot is a winner

You’re so close to creating the perfect Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe! To ensure your dish turns out amazing, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind.

Firstly, it is important to note that the key to a successful hot pot is timing. Be sure to prep all of your ingredients ahead of time, so they are ready to go when you need them. This will help you avoid any unwanted mess or confusion during the cooking process.

Next, make sure you’re using reduced sodium soy sauce and rice vinegar for a well-balanced flavor. This will also allow you more control over the saltiness of your hot pot.

When it comes time to cook, don’t overcrowd your hot pot with too many ingredients. Make sure everything fits comfortably in the pot without overflowing, allowing each item enough space to cook evenly.

To add extra flavor and depth to your broth, use a combination of vegetable and chicken broth as a base. This will give it a nice savory taste without overpowering the veggies and tofu.

As for the tofu, be sure to use firm tofu and cut it into bite-sized pieces. This will prevent it from falling apart in the broth or turning too mushy after cooking.

Lastly, feel free to experiment with different vegetables or mushrooms such as enoki or lotus root depending on your preference. Just be mindful of your hot pot ingredient amounts and adjust accordingly.

By following these tips and recommendations, you’ll be able to create a delicious Vegan Hot Pot Recipe that doesn’t compromise on flavor or texture. Cheers to a successful hot pot party!


Now that you are almost ready to cook this delicious vegetarian hot pot recipe, you must have some questions in mind. Here are the most frequently asked questions and my answers that will help ensure the perfect result.

What can a vegetarian eat at a hotpot?

When it comes to making a vegetarian hot pot, one can certainly experiment with various kinds of vegetables. However, I tend to prefer tuning into vegetables that not only boast diverse colors but also different textures. For instance, including some crunchy vegetables such as bamboo shoots, lotus root, cauliflower, radish, broccoli, and carrots can make the hot pot all the more appetizing.

What veggie is best for hotpot?

When it comes to hot pot, an assortment of veggies are commonly used such as bok choy, lettuce, spinach, watercress, and different types of mushrooms including enoki and shiitake. Other leafy greens like siu choi and napa cabbages along with lotus root are also incorporated.

Is hot pot good for vegetarians?

For vegans seeking a delicious meal, hot pot is the perfect choice. If a portable burner isn’t available, the Instant Pot or fondue pot are both great alternatives, as they have their own heat source. When using the Instant Pot, activate the Sauté function and add your ingredients for broth. Opt for the More setting, which reaches the highest temperature, to bring your broth to a boil.

What is the best stuff to put in hot pot?

To prepare a delicious hot pot meal, it’s important to have a diverse selection of ingredients. This typically includes leafy greens, mushrooms, seafood, meat, and root vegetables. Cantonese hot pot, in particular, emphasizes using various types of seafood. Additionally, having rice or noodles to pair with the hot pot is recommended. For more in-depth recommendations, the Serious Eats hot pot guide is an excellent resource for choosing specific ingredients within each category.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, my Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe. This is not only a flavorful recipe but also a healthy one that will surely satisfy your taste buds. With its variety of vegetables and tofu, this hotpot is packed with nutrients that can fuel your body, provide energy, and even improve digestion.

Whether you’re serving it for a party or as a weeknight meal, this recipe is a great addition to your menu. It’s so versatile that you can add or substitute ingredients, depending on what’s in season or what’s available in your pantry.

So what are you waiting for? Give this Vegan Hot Pot Recipe a try and enjoy a delicious and healthy meal with your family and friends. Don’t forget to share this recipe with others who are looking for a hearty and satisfying vegetarian meal.

Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Try new recipes like this Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe to spice up your meals and make eating enjoyable again. Happy cooking!

Vegetarian Hot Pot

Vegetarian Hot Pot Recipe

Quick to prepare, this Asian-style noodle soup has everything needed to make it a one-pot meal. We've used canned broth but if you have homemade, it could only make a good thing much better. To punch up the heat, add a dab of chile-garlic sauce. Note: Chinese wheat noodles and rice sticks (dried rice noddles) are quick cooking and can be found in the Asian food section of your supermarket.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 153.7 kcal


  • 5 1/4 cups vegetable broth or 5 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 slices fresh ginger, peeled (1/4-inch thick)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (4-ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 3 1/2 ounces Chinese wheat noodles (see note) or 3 1/2 ounces rice noodles (see note)
  • 1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, drained, patted dry, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup grated carrot (2 large)
  • 4 -6 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion


  • Combine broth, ginger, and garlic in a Dutch oven; bring to a simmer; simmer, partially covered, over medium-low heat 15 minutes, discard the ginger and garlic.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms and crushed red pepper stirring often, until tender,3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the bok choy stems; cook stirring often, until tender 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, bok choy stems mixture to the broth; add noodles,reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add Bok choy greens and tofu; simmer until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in carrots, vingar to taste, soy sauce and sesame oil; serve garnished with scallions.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 168gCalories: 153.7kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 9.8gFat: 7.8gSaturated Fat: 1.2gSodium: 123.3mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 4.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beans, Easy, Grains, One-Dish Meal, Potluck, Soy/Tofu, Spicy, Stove Top, Vegetable
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