Chanko Nabe Recipe: A Perfect Meal for Sumo Wrestlers and Foodies

Chanko Nabe is a traditional Japanese hotpot enjoyed by sumo wrestlers. Our step-by-step guide will help you make an authentic and delicious version at home.

Chanko Nabe is a traditional one-pot dish from Japan that’s popular among sumo wrestlers. It’s a hearty and filling meal packed with protein and veggies. This dish is perfect for any occasion, and it’s easy to make at home. In this article, we’ll show you how to make an authentic Chanko Nabe step by step.


  • 1 pound chicken thighs, sliced
  • 1 pound white fish, sliced
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound squid, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 pound mussels, cleaned
  • 1/2 pound tofu, cubed
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 bunch of spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1 bunch of scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 head of Napa cabbage, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 quarts of dashi broth
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce


  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sliced chicken and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Add the white fish, shrimp, squid, and mussels to the pot and cook for a few minutes until the seafood is partially cooked.
  4. Add the sliced onion and carrot to the pot and sauté until the vegetables are slightly softened.
  5. Pour the dashi broth, sake, mirin, and soy sauce into the pot and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the cubed tofu, sliced scallions, chopped spinach, and sliced Napa cabbage to the pot.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the Chanko Nabe simmer for about 15-20 minutes until all the ingredients are fully cooked and tender.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use a large pot to make Chanko Nabe so that you can fit all the ingredients in it.
  • You can use any type of protein and vegetables you like in Chanko Nabe, depending on your preference.
  • Serve Chanko Nabe with rice and additional condiments such as soy sauce and chili oil.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • For a vegetarian version, replace the meat and seafood with your favorite veggies and tofu.
  • For a spicier version, add chili oil or sriracha sauce to the pot.
  • For a richer broth, add a spoonful of miso paste to the pot.

Chanko Nabe is a delicious and hearty one-pot dish that’s perfect for any occasion. This Japanese hotpot is easy to make at home with a few key ingredients and our step-by-step guide. Customize the recipe with your favorite proteins and veggies, and don’t forget to serve it with rice and additional condiments. Whether you’re a foodie looking for a new recipe to try or a sumo wrestler in training, Chanko Nabe is a satisfying and nourishing meal that you won’t want to miss.

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