Nabeyaki Udon 鍋焼きうどん

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Nabeyaki Udon (鍋焼きうどん) is a hot udon noodle soup traditionally served in individual donabe (earthernware pot) or iron pots.

Besides udon noodles, the soup usually includes chicken, kamaboko (fish cake), mushrooms, and vegetables such as spinach, Tokyo or naga negi, and carrot. In addition, an egg and a large shrimp tempura is served on top.

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The literal translation for nabeyaki udon is, you’ve guess it, “cook in hotpot udon”. This nabeyaki udon recipe (especially with step-by-step pictures) might seem long, and to be honest, it took quite a while for us to shoot the video. BUT! The recipe is easy and doesn’t take that much effort to make (if you don’t have to video each step). Simply make dashi (soup stock), add udon and ingredients you like in a pot, and cook!

The most time consuming part for me was making shrimp tempura from scratch. I know quite a lot of reader do not have access to frozen shrimp tempura in nearby grocery stores, but if you do I’d recommend using packaged shrimp tempura to save time (or you can skip on shrimp tempura. No? I know, that’s the best part right?).

All the ingredients I have included for nabeyaki udon are ingredients that are commonly used in Japan. If you cannot find the same ingredients like kamaboko (fish cake), it’s okay to skip and use ingredients that are available to you.

On a cold and rainy day like today, a steaming pot of nabeyaki udon served right at the table is definitely comforting.

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Here’s the video on How To Make Nabeyaki Udon on my YouTube Channel! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Nabeyaki Udon
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Warm water
  • 1 stalk spinach, rinsed
  • 1” (3 cm) carrot
  • 1 package kamaboko fish cake (but you will only need a few slices)
  • ⅓ package (1 oz/28 g) shimeji mushrooms, bottom ½" trimmed
  • 6” (15 cm) negi (use white part) (or leeks + green onions/scallions)
  • 1 chicken thigh
  • 2 packages udon (I like sanuki udon)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 stalks mitsuba (optional)
  • 2 Shrimp Tempuras (see below for instructions)
  • Shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice) (optional)
For Udon Soup
  • 3 cups (720 ml) dashi
  • Dashi from dried shiitake mushrooms (see instructions)
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin
  • 1½ Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
For Shrimp Tempura
  • 2 large shrimp
  • 25 g (0.9 oz) tempura batter mix
  • 40 ml (about 3 Tbsp.) cold water
  • Potato/corn starch for dusting
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Instructions
  1. Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in warm water to rehydrate for 15 minutes. You need just enough water to cover the mushrooms, and place a smaller bowl on top to keep the mushrooms submerged under water.
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  2. Squeeze the excess water out of mushrooms. Cut off the stems if there are any and score a cross on top. Keep the leftover soaking liquid (dashi) for udon soup. Strain the dashi through a mesh strainer to remove any grit or impurities before using.
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  3. In lightly salted boiling water, blanch the spinach starting from the stem side for 1 minute.
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  5. Soak the spinach in iced water to prevent overcooking. Squeeze water out and cut into 1 ½” (4 cm) pieces.
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  6. Slice the carrot. Optionally you can cut out the carrot into a flower shape with a vegetable cutter.
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  7. Cut kamaboko into thinly slices and break shimeji mushrooms into small pieces.
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  8. Slice naga negi diagonally and cut the chicken into 1” (2.5 cm) pieces.
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  9. To make udon soup, combine dashi soup and dashi from dried shiitake mushrooms in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat.
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  10. Once boiling, add mirin, soy sauce, and salt. When boiling again, turn off the heat and set aside.
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  11. To make shrimp tempura, first we prepare shrimp. Follow this instruction to clean the shrimp and make them straight.
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  12. To make shrimp tempura, click here for the complete instructions, from how to make tempura batter and to deep fry. For today’s recipe, I used tempura batter mix. Simply combine tempura batter mix and cold water.
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  13. Cook udon in a boiling water. Once the noodles are separated, take them out and soak in ice water to prevent from cooking further. Drain and set aside.
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  14. Divide ingredients (except for egg, spinach, and mitsuba) into two individual earthen donabe clay pots (or use any big pot).
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  15. Add udon soup and cover with the lid. Bring the soup to a boil over medium high heat. When it comes to a boil, leave the lid slightly open to let some steam out, or it will overflow. Lower the heat and simmer to cook until the chicken is cooked through.
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  16. Add an egg, spinach and mitsuba and cover to cook until the egg is done to your liking.
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  17. Add shrimp tempura on top and serve. Sprinkle shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice) if you like the soup spicy.
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Notes
Prep/Cook time may vary depends on the ingredients you use and whether you use precooked shrimp tempura or make from scratch.

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  1. I love eating nabeyaki udon, I used to visit this one Japanese restaurant in the past and I always ordered their nabeyaki udon, simply beautiful and delicious! This recipe is certainly a keeper for a cold winter day, thanks for sharing it :)!

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  2. Deborah

    Your recipes are so interesting and beautifully explained. I would love see an extra page on your site that helps us to understand the cooking implements you use and the serving dish ware. For instance, the crockery in these pictures are veru pretty. They have lids. So would these be cooking pots, or serving dishes? Is this a single serving or a family sized portion? I also noticed something leaning against the crockery that looks like it is made of wood., but we don’t see the entire item. Thanks so much for sharing the Japanese cuisine, ettiquet and culture.

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    • Hi Deborah!

      Interesting! I’ve never thought of sharing information about Japanese cooking implements/utensils or dishware (maybe because I have limited items here in the U.S.). Something to think about. :)

      Yes this pot is used for cooking and serving at the same time. Japanese uses portable stove (or built in stove for restaurants) and we can eat while food is cooked. Sometimes we share a big pot, and each person serve the food into your bowl/plate, sometimes individual small pot like today’s post.

      What you see is the wooden scooper/ladle, which is only used for serving (we don’t use for cooking). It’s just a little fancier than cooking ladle. :)

      Your questions and observation made me realize things that are “normal” for me maybe not be so for some people. I live in the U.S. but many of things can be purchased here, so I feel like nothing is so “special”… but if you have never seen a clay pot like this or serving ladle (which are pretty common in Japanese restaurants here), it can be an interesting topic!

      Thank you so much for writing Deborah!

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  3. あらま。盛りだくさんの鍋焼きうどんだこと。手抜の私のとは大違い。ふつうにだしも市販のものを使ってます。偉いぞ、なみちゃん。おいしそう相変わらず!

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  4. I once had this kind of udon in Four Season,
    the special treat is the udon itself ifused with fish flavour(i didn’t sure weater it’s from fish paste or just flavoured) , not just in the broth…
    have u ever found that kind of udon in Japan???
    Btw, your preparation pictorial is awesome, did u got your own assistant shoots it???

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    • Hi Dedy! Hmmm I’m not sure “fish” flavored udon? I might know, but nothing came to my mind by hearing the description…

      While I cook, my husband shoot a video and take step by step pictures. It’s definitely 2 people jobs and we always feel we need one more person to make better quality video. Final shoot, we take pictures together, but mainly I do. :)

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  5. I can imagine this being really good on a cold and rainy evening. The meal looks like it has absolutely everything in it with not only nutrition but lots of colour. I’m pleased to hear you say it’s easy to make xx

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  6. What a wonderful soup. I love all the ingredients.. especially the shrimp tempura. :) We are also having a very cold rainy day here.. wish I could fly some of that comforting soup over to my house. :)

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  7. Nami-san, this is gorgeous! Lots of delicious flavors and textures going on in this heartwarming dish. Glad to hear that you had a spa day whilst the boys were having their game day. I know exactly what you mean about photography and filming taking so long. The last couple of days I just cooked, no photography, no documenting —just cooking. Just cooking is a breeze. I forgot how easy it is… LOL Take Care, BAM

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    • Since you take step by step pictures, you understand! :) I used to think step by step pictures are so tedious! But now, with video shooting, OMG, this takes so long to do one step… we usually have a script but still, it takes time to set up a position and sometimes do several clips for one action… Our weekend work gets longer and longer….. >_<

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  8. Eri

    Oh my Goodness Nami, I cant believe the beauty of this dish!
    And the preparation and everything, this is an award winning post my friend. :)
    Hugs and Kisses
    Eri

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  9. I would love to have such a lovely steaming bowl now. Can you believe I have never had udon? I must correct this mistake soon. (I suspect I would have problems with shrimp tempura: I’d eat it before it would land on the soup 😉 ).

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  10. Asami

    Oh my god, I love Nabeyaki Udon. I always order this when I’m going to a certain Japanese restaurant in Duesseldorf. It’s so delicious. The ones I had always had a piece of mochi in it.

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  11. Your new site is gorgeous! I haven’t stopped by in awhile, and I’m sorry about that. But this Udon looks amazing, and has inspired me to make something like it tonight. xo

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  12. This udon looks amazing Nami, I love all the flavorful ingredients and cooking everything in the earthenware pot makes this such a warm and comforting meal:) Sounds perfect for a gloomy and chilly day!

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  13. AyakoL.

    Nabeyaki Udon!! That’s my favorite winter food. And, yes, has to have Ebi-no-Tenpura with it. This makes me want to go back to Japan…sigh!

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      • AyakoL.

        Hi Nami-san!
        Well, I usually take a small bite of Ebi-Ten first, then eat Udon noodle, perhaps Kamaboko next and noodle again and so on! Then I come back to Ebi again :) I would like to enjoy the harmony of all the ingredients little by little ’til the end. I don’t mind if the Ebi-Ten gets soggy. It’s kind of like eating “Tanuki Udon”, right?

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        • Hi Ayako! Thank you so much for answering my question! :) It’s probably just me who try to finish tempura first! I have never been a fan of soggy tenkasu – so when I make tanuki udon first, I eat tenkasu before they absorb all the liquid. I know, I’m so weird! =P Thanks again, and have a great weekend!

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  14. That bowl of soup looks awesome! Love the colours and all the goodies. I love soups like these and lately I’ve been making more Thai soups but I need to expand into Japanese versions. Looks wonderful!

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  15. these noodles are the best :) and i love that you served this with an egg and shrimp tempura on top! that just takes the dish to a better level to me! i love tempura but the broth itself in this dish screams flavorful

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  16. Kimmi

    Thanks for sharing this recipe with us! It’s perfect for the snowy and wet weather that we’ve been having in the Northeast… =) I also love how personalized the size of your nabe pot is. It’s encouraging me to shop for a smaller one for easier cooking and portioning when I eat by myself.

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  17. Virginia Thomas

    I really enjoy the step by step instructions for your recipes. You make me feel like you are standing beside me guiding me through each step . Thank you!’

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    • Hi Virginia! Thank you so much! I’m happy to hear you like my step-by-step instructions. It really takes time (too much time) to prepare step by step, but feedback like yours keep me going! 😀 Thank you!!!

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  18. Hi Nami, do you know if there is some “hack” dashi I can make? I really want to make tempura udon again soon and finally was able to find some udon noodles, and I can get shrimp of course, and the other toppings but I just can’t get dashi anywhere! I read your other post about making it yourself but I can’t even find the ingredients to make it yourself… using katsuboshi (spelling?) or that sea kelp. I guess I might have to try to find a place which sells it online but it’s hard :( Was wondering if you knew some “non-traditional” recipe which might work as a substitute!

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    • Hi Charles! Haha, some “hack” dashi… Well, I think “Hondashi” (instant dashi powder) is the easiest dashi you can make. Just need hot water and Hondashi. However, instant dashi available outside of Japan contain MSG and it’s rare to see MSG-free dashi powder even in the US. So…. if you’re anti-MSG, this is not for you.

      I think, kombu and katsuobushi (bonito flakes) are probably very hard to find if you don’t have Japanese grocery store.

      For this particular recipe, you can use chicken stock. The flavor of stock should be very subtle, not overpowering (which is why dashi is perfect). Japanese seasonings are rather light, so even chicken stock can be very strong in fragrance/taste.

      Anyway, I’ll send you an email about this separately. :)

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  19. Got to say that some recipes are much easier than they sound, you know when you compare to the ingredients and/or the written method…I really loved your video, very informative! Well done guys! This would certainly hit the spot on this rainy night!

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  20. Oh my I love udon and this is a hot pot that has all my favorite ingredients and flavors. I only have this type of soup meal in a Japanese restaurant. But now you made it easy for me to make at home. Thanks for sharing, Nami. Have a good week!

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  21. 南カリフォルニアも寒くなりましたのでなみさんの鍋焼きうどんは完璧な食事だと思います。友達から天ぷらの作り方を学びましたが、ちょと怖がっています。。。しかし、店のエビ天ぷらを買いたくなかったら勇気を出して練習をしなければいきませんね。

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  22. What a gorgeous meal Nami! It was interesting going through the process (thanks!). I can tell you are a true perfection because someone like me, who isn’t – would never even think of cutting the carrots slices with a flower cutter. :) I also see that you used dried mushrooms, an ingredient I never think about. I always use fresh and sometimes they are very hard to find. Need to give the dried mushrooms a try. Thanks!

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  23. I’ve bookmarked this page for a long time, hoping to come back to have a peek at one of my favourite Japanese style noodles. I absolutely love that you used fresh ingredients and stripped the cooking process down to easy steps. I don’t own a claypot (coincidentally is pronounced as “nga po” in Cantonese.. sounds like nabe, no?) but I can see how I am able to build this up in a regular bowl.

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  24. jayne

    Hi Nami,
    Another keeper for me.
    Since I came across your blog, I’ve been making japanese cooking at least twice a week.
    My family is a big fan of Japanese food (to the point where we think we must be Japanese in our previous lives) and Japanese cooking ingredients are always in my grocery list. But my knowledge was limited, so I always ended up cooking ‘fusion’ kind or the same thing over and over again.
    Now, thanks to your blog, I improve so much in my knowledge and cooking Japanese food. I really feel like congratulating myself :)
    Thank you, Nami!

    my oldest son s

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    • Hi Jayne! Your comment has just made my day! Thank you for your kind feedback. I’m so happy to hear you like Japanese food. It’s okay to make it fusion (and I do that with my own cooking with other cuisines), but if you can find authentic ingredients, do give them a try! Congratulations to you for cooking more Japanese food! :)

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  25. Sambit

    Dear Nami,
    I and my wife are Japanese food lovers, and so it was a happy accident that I discovered your website. Have tried out few recipes, and love the simple instructions for cooking.
    Again, thank you!
    sam

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    • Hi Sam! I’m so glad you found my site, and welcome to my blog. :) I’m happy to hear you tried some recipes already. Thank you so much for following! :)

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  26. Martin

    Nami, I’ve been sick all week and finally felt up to giving this a try. I had to improvise with items I had in my pantry, instant dashi, baby bok choy, etc. but no matter, I’m so happy with the results, I feel better already! Thanks for this and all your other recipes and this wonderful website.

    Martin in Denver

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    • Hi Martin! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Improvising is great as we don’t always have the ingredients ready in the kitchen, or some ingredients can be hard to find in your area. I’m glad you tried this recipe! I hope you’re feeling much better from sickness. And thank you very much for reading my blog. :)

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  27. Cassandre

    Made it for my lunch today, and it turn out really good! The udon soup was very tasty ; wonderful flavor.
    I’m going to keep the recipe for udon soup, even alone it make a great light dinner (or soup for breakfast!).

    Your recipes are very easy to make and so good, so thank you. :)

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    • Hi Cassandre! Yay! So happy to hear you liked it. It’s very comforting and you can make many different variations with ingredients you have in your fridge. :) Thank you very much for your kind words! :)

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    • Thank you Kelly! Unless you put a lot of meat, it should be okay. Udon should not be overcooked. In Step 13, you just need to loosen up udon, so you still need to cook more at the final stage. Hope this helps! :)

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