10 Favorite Japanese Hot Pots, Soups & Stews

  • Enjoy healthy and comforting Japanese hot pots, soups and stews at home with these easy step by step recipes.

    Japanese hot pot and a little plate of ingredients.

    The second the weather shifts and the nights are full of cooler temperatures, all I can think about is warm and nourishing Japanese hot pots, soups and stews. I look forward not only to the pleasures of eating them, but also to the joy of preparing them for my family.

    From a vegetarian hot tofu dish, to a party-favorite shabu shabu, to a mildly spiced pressure cooker curry, here are 10 of my favorite cold-weather recipes to get you started.

    Japanese Hot Pots, Soups & Stews


    Kimchi Nabe in a big pot.

    1. Kimchi Nabe キムチ鍋

    This steamy pot of Japanese Kimchi Nabe is made with anchovy broth, kimchi, pork belly and vegetables. It’s hot and sour with a good kick of spice that will warm you right up!

    Nabeyaki Udon in a big ceramic pot.

    2. Nabeyaki Udon 鍋焼きうどん

    Slippery udon noodles, chicken, fish cake, mushrooms, vegetables cooked in donabe (Japanese earthenware pot) with a flavorful soup broth, Nabeyaki Udon is the ultimate noodle soup that cures the winter blues. Top if off with an egg and crispy shrimp tempura if you like.

    Sukiyaki in a hot plate.

    3. Sukiyaki すき焼き

    If you enjoy a communal-style hot pot dishes, homemade Sukiyaki is perfect for a get-together with family and friends.  Cover your dining table with separate plates of leafy vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, and beautifully marbled beef. As the ingredients are cooked in the boiling pot over a portable stove, each guest takes a turn searching for their favorites and carefully lifting them out with their chopsticks and onto their plate to enjoy. As the ingredients quickly get gobbled up, just keep tossing in more to cook.

    Shabu Shabu in a big pot.

    4. Shabu Shabu しゃぶしゃぶ

    Along with Sukiyaki, Shabu shabu is one of Japanese’s most popular hot pot dishes. All you need to do is to prepare the vegetables ahead of time and have everyone cook the dinner together in a donabe or claypot over a portable stove. It’s a quick and delicious way to enjoy lots of vegetables during winter time!

    Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry with white rice.

    5. Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry 圧力鍋で作るカレー

    When you are pressed for time to cook up a meal for the family, this Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry will take the pressure off you!  Simply add the ingredients into the instant pot, set the timer, and off you go. When you get all your other urgent things taken care of, you will have a wonderful stew-like curry waiting for you when you get back into the kitchen.

    Tonjiru in a wooden soup bowl.

    6. Tonjiru 豚汁

    One of my favorite miso soups, Tonjiru uses flavorful pork belly and in-season root vegetables like daikon and carrots in a dashi based soup stock. It’s absolutely umami-pack and makes a nourishing stand-alone dish with rice.

    A Rice Porridge in a pot and a small bowl.

    7. Rice Porridge (Okayu) お粥

    Japanese Rice Porridge (Okayu) is a simple dish made from just rice and water. It’s the best comfort food if you’re feeling under the weather.  You can add some protein or vegetables to the rice porridge or keep it plain with simple toppings like nori, sesame seeds or scallions on the side.

    Oden in a big pot.

    8. Oden おでん

    A classic winter comfort dish in Japan, Oden is a one pot dish with an assortment of fish balls, fish cakes, deep fried tofu, hard-boiled eggs, konnyaku and some vegetables simmered in soy sauce based dashi broth.

    Mille-Feuille Nabe in a big pot.

    9. Mille-Feuille Nabe 重ね鍋

    A satisfying Japanese hot pot cooked in a savory dashi broth you can enjoy at home.  In French, “mille-feuille” means a thousands layers, so this Mille-Feuille Nabe simply refers to the many layers of napa cabbage and pork belly slices in the hot pot.

    Hot Tofu in a b big pot and a mall bowl on a wooden table.

    10. Hot Tofu (Yudofu) 湯豆腐

    For a light and healthy vegetarian dish, this Hot Tofu (Yudofu) is a great choice in between all the hearty foods we tend to indulge during the cold-weather months. You can enjoy it as an appetizer, side dish, or simply a meal on its own.


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