Sesame Miso Hot Pot 胡麻味噌鍋

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  • {Vegan Adaptable} Loaded with vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu, this Japanese Sesame Miso Hot Pot is the perfect dish to whip up when you have friends and family over. The broth is made with kombu and shiitake dashi seasoned with savory miso and sesame seeds. It’s full of umami’s punch that you want to drink it all up!

    A Japanese earthenware pot (Donabe) containing vegetables, tofu, and pork cooked in sesame and miso based soup broth.

    When it’s cold or rainy outside, all I want to do is to stay in and eat warm hot pot dishes. Luckily, my whole family loves a hot pot, or what we call Nabe in Japanese, so I have a lot of hot pot recipes stored in the back of my head (and here on the blog).

    Today I’m sharing Sesame Miso Hot Pot or in Japanese Goma Miso Nabe (胡麻味噌鍋). The savory, nutty, umami-rich broth will keep you cozy all night. You can easily leave out the meat to make it vegan-friendly too.

    A Japanese earthenware pot (Donabe) containing vegetables, tofu, and pork cooked in sesame and miso based soup broth.

    Why We Should Make Sesame Miso Hot Pot

    • Soothing and amazingly flavorful soup broth.
    • It requires only common Japanese ingredients.
    • Incredibly easy to prepare and to customize based on your (guests) needs.
    • Best way to eat lots of veggies!
    • Vegan soup broth for everyone to enjoy.

    Plus, did you know most hot pot dishes use similar ingredients? If you have any leftover vegetables, make a different style of hot pot in the same week!

    A Japanese earthenware pot (Donabe) containing vegetables, tofu, and pork cooked in sesame and miso based soup broth.

    How to Make Sesame Miso Hot Pot

    The best thing about hot pot dishes is that you can prepare everything ahead of time and have everyone cook together at the table.

    It’s as simple as:

    1. Make the Soup Broth – Japanese soup broth or dashi is so easy to make!
    2. Cut the ingredients – This is the only prepping you pretty much need to do, and set the table with a portable butane stove.
    3. Cook & enjoy – Throw the ingredients into the hot pot, crank the heat, and everyone cooks and eats at the same time. Isn’t it the best?

    3 Ingredients for Making the Soup Broth

    1. Vegan Kombu and Dried Shiitake Dashi

    Sesame Miso Hot Pot | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    Many people think “dashi”, or Japanese stock, is a seafood-base broth and it is not vegan-friendly. However, that’s not true.

    As I explained in detail in this The Ultimate Dashi Guide, we have 5 different types of dashi, from vegan-friendly dashi to seafood-based dashi.

    In this recipe, we use kombu (dried kelp) and dried shiitake mushrooms for the broth, which are ingredients high in glutamates. Not only you can yield an umami-rich broth in a very short time, but they also offer plenty of health benefits.

    2. Miso

    Hikari Miso Kodawattemasu | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    In case you haven’t realized, I’ve been sharing delicious miso recipes every month in partnership with my favorite miso company, Hikari Miso. While I enjoy cooking with different kinds of miso, this organic Kodawattemasu Miso is by far my favorite.

    Every type and brand of miso has a different level of saltiness, so you have to taste and adjust the desired amount of miso for your soup broth.

    3. Sesame Seeds

    Sesame Miso Hot Pot | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    Let’s talk about the final important ingredient — sesame seeds. I always recommend toasting the sesame seeds before you use them. Even though the package of your sesame seeds says “toasted”, it’s not comparable when you smell the just-toasted sesame seeds. It’s a quick extra step, but you can bring out even more flavors by simply toasting them in a non-greased frying pan.

    After toasting, we would grind the sesame seeds into powder. Japanese household typically has a ceramic mortar and wooden pestle called Suribachi and Surikogi. The mortar has unique and beautiful unglazed grinding grooves on the inside which makes the job easier.

    My mom passed hers (above) down to me to replace the small and inexpensive Suribachi I bought when I was in college. I’d recommend getting a large one like this if you are looking for one. It’s much easier to grind without worrying about spilling the sesame seeds.

    A Japanese earthenware pot (Donabe) containing vegetables, tofu, and pork cooked in sesame and miso based soup broth.

    How to Serve Sesame Miso Hot Pot

    When serving a hot pot as the main dish for a party, I may serve one or two small sides on the side. But if it’s just for my family, I’d skip the side dishes and we’d just eat a hot pot. All the nutritious ingredients are all in the pot already. Sides would be a luxury.

    So besides the earthenware donabe hot pot in the middle of the table, each person has a bowl of rice and a medium-size bowl for the food from the hot pot. Here is what you need to prepare for your table:

    • A portable butane stove.
    • A donabe (or a large shallow pot so you can see inside the pot from your seat)
    • A couple of communal ladles, long cooking chopsticks, or tongs.
    • A platter of chopped vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, and meat (if you’re serving).
    • Any sides you want to offer (optional).

    Now sit back and enjoy your time over the delicious hot pot with your family and friends.

    A Japanese earthenware pot (Donabe) containing vegetables, tofu, and pork cooked in sesame and miso based soup broth.

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    A Japanese earthenware pot (Donabe) containing vegetables, tofu, and pork cooked in sesame and miso based soup broth.
    Sesame Miso Hot Pot (Goma Miso Nabe)
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
     

    {Vegan Adaptable} Loaded with vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu, this Japanese Sesame Miso Hot Pot is the perfect dish to whip up when you have friends and family over. The broth is made with kombu and shiitake dashi seasoned with savory miso and sesame seeds. It will warm you right up!

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: hot pot, miso, nabe
    Servings: 4
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Hot Pot Broth
    Optional Seasonings (to your liking)
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.
      Sesame Miso Hot Pot Ingredients
    To Prepare Soup Stock
    1. In a large donabe (earthenware pot, or any large, shallow pot), add 5 cups water, kombu, and 4 dried shiitake mushrooms to make cold brew, vegan-friendly dashi. Set aside while you prep ingredients.

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    To Prepare Ingredients for Hot Pot
    1. In a large ungreased frying pan, add the sesame seeds and toast them until fragrant.

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    2. Transfer to the Japanese mortar and pestle (suribachi and surikogi). Grind until 90% of the sesame seeds are crushed and keep 10% uncrushed.

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    3. Cut the napa cabbage into smaller bites and place them on a large platter.

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    4. Cut the green onions, mizuna, and garlic chives into 2-inch (5-cm) pieces.
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    5. To remove excess oil from the aburaage, you have two options: 1) Put the aburaage in the boiling water for 15 seconds, flip once, or 2) Blot the oil from the aburaage with a paper towel. You can choose either way, but I recommend the first option.

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    6. Cut the aburaage into 1-inch strips and cut the tofu into 9 pieces.

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    7. Discard the bottom of shimeji mushrooms and maitake mushrooms.
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    8. Peel and discard the outer skin of the carrot. Then using the same vegetable peeler, thinly peel the carrot into thin strips.
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    9. Using the back of the knife, scrape off the skin of the gobo. The flavor of the gobo is right below the skin, so you do not want to peel off using a peeler. Then just like the carrot, peel the gobo into strips with the peeler.

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    10. Soak the gobo in water to prevent from browning and to remove the bitter taste.
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    To Season the Soup Stock
    1. Slowly bring the cold brew dashi, covered, to a simmer over medium-low heat. Once simmering, skim off the foam/scum on the dashi.

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    2. Remove the kombu (you can make Simmered Kombu or Furikake Rice Seasoning) and add the minced garlic (I use a garlic press here).

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    3. Add 2 Tbsp sake, 1 Tbsp mirin, and 4 Tbsp miso. Let miso completely dissolved in the ladle before releasing to the broth.

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    4. Add the ground sesame seeds.
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    5. Taste the broth (very important!), and adjust the flavor. I added an additional 2 Tbsp miso. You can add salt or spicy chili bean paste if you like it spicy.

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    To Cook Hot Pot
    1. From this point, you can bring the pot to the table to cook OR you can partially cook in the kitchen first and bring it to the table. Also bring the platter of ingredients, ladles, chopsticks, and other cooking utensils you need to the table (See my post).

    2. First, add the tough/dense ingredients to the broth, such as the tough part of the napa cabbage, then followed by tofu, carrot, and gobo.

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    3. Then add the aburaage and green onion and cover to cook for 10 minutes.

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    4. Add the sliced meat (if you are adding) and leafy ingredients that would cook fast. Add more ingredients as you scoop out the cooked food from the hot pot. Enjoy!

      A Japanese earthenware pot (Donabe) containing vegetables, tofu, and pork cooked in sesame and miso based soup broth.
    Recipe Notes

    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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