Delicious and Healthy Shabu-Shabu Recipe: Perfect for a Cozy Winter Night

Shabu-Shabu is a classic Japanese hot pot dish that consists of thinly sliced meat, vegetables, and noodles cooked in a flavorful broth. Learn how to make this dish at home with our easy recipe.

Shabu-Shabu is a traditional Japanese hot pot dish that is perfect for sharing with friends and family. The dish consists of thinly sliced meat, vegetables, and noodles, cooked in a flavorful broth at the table. The name “Shabu-Shabu” comes from the sound of the ingredients being swished around in the pot. In this recipe, we will guide you through the process of making an authentic and delicious Shabu-Shabu at home.


  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef (sirloin or rib-eye)
  • 1 head of Napa cabbage, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch of spinach
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 block of tofu, sliced
  • 1 package of udon noodles
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cups dashi broth
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Ponzu sauce or sesame sauce for dipping


  1. Arrange the sliced beef, cabbage, spinach, mushrooms, and tofu on a large platter.
  2. In a medium pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat and add the garlic and ginger. Cook for a minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the sake, soy sauce, and dashi broth to the pot and bring to a simmer.
  4. Place the pot on a portable burner or hot plate in the middle of the table.
  5. Each person takes turns dipping the ingredients into the hot broth, using chopsticks or a wire mesh ladle.
  6. Serve the udon noodles on the side, cooked according to the package instructions.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Add more vegetables such as carrots, enoki mushrooms, or bok choy to the hot pot.
  • Dip the ingredients in the hot broth for only a few seconds to prevent overcooking.
  • Serve with Ponzu sauce or sesame sauce for dipping.


  • Sukiyaki-style Shabu-Shabu: use a sweeter broth made with soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.
  • Kimchi-style Shabu-Shabu: add kimchi and gochujang to the broth for a spicy and tangy flavor.

Shabu-Shabu is a fun and interactive hot pot dish that is perfect for a cozy night in with friends or family. With this easy recipe, you can create an authentic and flavorful Shabu-Shabu at home. Customize the ingredients and dipping sauces to your liking and enjoy this delicious Japanese dish.

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