Nabeyaki Udon 鍋焼きうどん

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  • Fight the cold days with this steamy Nabeyaki Udon served in donabe. Topped with chicken, tempura & heaps of vegetables in an umami dashi soup, this hot noodle soup would be your favorite kind of winter comfort food.

    Nabeyaki Udon with vegetables and chicken in a ceramic pot.

    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.

    Watch How to Make Nabeyaki Udon 鍋焼きうどんの作り方

    Tender udon noodle served in savory dashi soup, topped with chicken, carrots, shrimp tempura, kamaboko, and mushrooms.

    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!

    Nabeyaki Udon in ceramic pots.

    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.

    Nabeyaki Udon in a ceramic pot.

    Get Your Donabe (Earthenware Pot) Ready!

    Japanese Earthenware Pots on a wooden table.

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    Nabeyaki Udon | Easy Japanese Recipes at
    Nabeyaki Udon
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
    Fight the cold days with this steamy Nabeyaki Udon served in donabe. Topped with chicken, tempura & heaps of vegetables in an umami dashi soup, this hot noodle soup would be your favorite kind of winter comfort food.
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: hot pot, noodle soup, udon noodle
    Servings: 2
    Author: Nami
    For Udon Soup:
    • 3 cups dashi (720 ml) (I used Awase Dashi)
    • cup shiitake dashi (reserved from rehydrating dried shiitake, see instructions)
    • 2 Tbsp mirin
    • Tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp salt (kosher or sea salt; use half if using table salt)
    For Shrimp Tempura:
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Nabeyaki Udon Ingredients
    2. Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in 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.
      Nabeyaki Udon 1
    3. 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.
      Nabeyaki Udon 2
    4. In lightly salted boiling water, blanch the spinach starting from the stem side for 1 minute.
      Nabeyaki Udon 3
    5. Soak the spinach in iced water to prevent overcooking. Squeeze water out and cut into 1 ½” (4 cm) pieces.
      Nabeyaki Udon 4
    6. Slice the carrot. Optionally you can cut out the carrot into a flower shape with a vegetable cutter.
      Nabeyaki Udon 5
    7. Cut kamaboko into thinly slices and break shimeji mushrooms into small pieces.
      Nabeyaki Udon 6
    8. Slice naga negi diagonally and cut the chicken into 1” (2.5 cm) pieces.
      Nabeyaki Udon 7
    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.
      Nabeyaki Udon 8
    10. Once boiling, add mirin, soy sauce, and salt. When boiling again, turn off the heat and set aside.
      Nabeyaki Udon 9
    11. To make shrimp tempura, first we prepare shrimp. Follow this instruction to clean the shrimp and make them straight.
      Nabeyaki Udon 10
    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.
      Nabeyaki Udon 11
    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.
      Nabeyaki Udon 12
    14. Divide ingredients (except for egg, spinach, and mitsuba) into two individual earthen donabe clay pots (or use any big pot).
      Nabeyaki Udon 13
    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.
      Nabeyaki Udon 14
    16. Add an egg, spinach and mitsuba and cover to cook until the egg is done to your liking.
      Nabeyaki Udon 15
    17. Add shrimp tempura on top and serve. Sprinkle shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice) if you like the soup spicy.
      Nabeyaki Udon 16
    Recipe Notes

    Prep/Cook time: This may vary depends on the ingredients you use and whether you use precooked shrimp tempura or make from scratch.

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


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