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  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 393 kcal
  • Total Time: 20 m
    • Prep: 15 m
    • Cook: 5 m
  • Japanese: Shabu-shabu

Shabu-shabu is a one-pot dish which is cooked at the table, and everybody eats from the pot. Thin slices of meat are dipped into the boiling broth and taken out quickly and then dipped into a ponzu soy sauce or a sesame sauce. Tofu and vegetables are simmered in the pot for a longer time and dipped into one of the sauces when done.

Ingredients Ingredients


Step 1

step 1:

Cut the tofu block in half lengthwise, then cut each half across 3 times. Finally, place the knife halfway down the side of the block and slice across to form 16 bite-size pieces.

Step 2

step 2:

Cut the napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage) into bite–sized pieces.

Step 3

step 3:

Slice the green onion (or leek) diagonally into 2 in. pieces.

Step 4

step 4:

Wipe shiitake mushrooms with a wet paper towel. Cut off the stems.

Step 5 Step 5-2

step 5:

Arrange the meat, tofu, vegetables and shiitake mushrooms attractively in separate rows on one or more large platters.

Step 6

step 6:

Refer to “How to Eat Shabu-Shabu” for cooking details.


Pour one of the dipping sauces described below into individual serving bowls. The simmered meat and vegetables are dipped into the sauce.


The cooking method used in the shabu-shabu dish takes extra fat off the meat and makes it healthier.

Typical Meals – One-Pot Dishes

Table Manners – How to Eat Shabu-Shabu

Ponzu Soy Sauce
  • Ponzu Soy Sauce
Step 1
step 1:

Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar (lemon or yuzu juice) and sugar.

step 2:

Pour into separate serving dishes.

Sesame Sauce
  • Sesame Sauce
Step 1
step 1:

Mix the sesame paste, soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar (lemon or yuzu juice) and bonito soup stock (or water).

step 2:

Pour into separate serving dishes.


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