How to Make the Irresistible Japanese Sesame Lamb Hot Pot

As the weather turns crisp and cool, I find myself craving the rich, comforting flavors of a steaming hot pot. And nothing satisfies my soul more than this Japanese Sesame Lamb Hot Pot – tender bites of lamb and vibrant vegetables simmering in a savory sesame broth. The nutty aroma fills me with nostalgia for my grandmother’s kitchen.

I have such fond memories gathered around her table on chilly weekends, laughing while ingredients bubbled away in the giant pot before us. The subtle yet complex broth seeped into everything, infusing it with a magical umami flavor I honestly can’t put into words. As I dip the fork-tender lamb and vegetables into the zesty ponzu sauce now, I’m transported right back to the warmth of her bustling stove.

Recreating these nostalgic flavors and experiences in my small city apartment is my passion. Though my hot pot may not be as perfect as my grandmother’s, it’s my way of keeping traditions alive and sharing a little piece of my childhood with those I love. I hope this soulful, savory lamb hot pot fills your home with the aroma of sesame, laughter of friends, and all the cozy comfort this dish brings me.

 Sesame Lamb Hot Pot
Thin slices of lamb, ready to melt in the pot and your mouth.

Japanese Sesame Lamb Hot Pot Recipe

How To Make The Irresistible Japanese Sesame Lamb Hot Pot 1

Japanese Sesame Lamb Hot Pot

Dive into the rich world of the Sesame Lamb Hot Pot, a dish that resonates with warmth, comfort, and culinary expertise. As you savor its depths, don't forget to share this delightful recipe with your fellow foodies. And hey, why not subscribe to get more of such unique recipes right in your inbox?
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Course: Main dishes
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: hot pot, Sesame Lamb Hot Pot
CookingStyle: Boiling
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 p
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Nazia Cooks
Cost: $40
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  • 1 lb. of lamb, sliced thinly
  • 4 oz. of noodles, cellophane, soaked for 15-20 minutes in hot water
  • 1 lb. of cubed spinach or Bok choy
  • 1 block of tofu, firm
  • 8 cups of broth, chicken
  • Sesame dipping sauce, bottled


  • Heat the broth in your hot pot.
  • Place lamb slices on a serving plate, and drained noodles in medium bowl. Put the Bok choy in separate bowl. Place around hot pot on table.
  • Have your guests take thin lamb slices and dip them to cook in hot broth. They can then remove the slices of lamb to their bowls. Have dipping sauce available, too.
  • After meat is gone, add Bok choy, tofu and noodles to pot. Cook till done. Ladle into guests’ bowls.



  • Note on Lamb Selection: Opting for boneless lamb shoulder ensures tenderness and rich flavor. It's essential to trim off excess fat for a cleaner taste. Loved this tip? Share this recipe with fellow gourmands and introduce them to the wonders of Japanese cuisine!
  • Note on Broth Depth: For that unparalleled depth in your broth, a mix of both toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil works wonders. Remember, the quality of ingredients can make or break your hot pot! If this tidbit made a difference, don't forget to share this recipe with friends and encourage them to join our culinary community by subscribing.
  • Note on Serving: The joy of a hot pot is in its communal dining experience. Use a portable burner at the table for an authentic feel. Ensure the broth stays simmering and let everyone customize their bowl. Did this add magic to your dining experience? Spread the love - share the recipe and urge friends to subscribe for more delightful insights!

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Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 20g
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Alternative Method: Sesame Lamb Hot Pot using a Pressure Cooker

Begin by ensuring your lamb is cut into thin, bite-sized pieces, and prepare your vegetables accordingly. In the pressure cooker’s sauté setting, sear the lamb pieces to achieve a golden-brown crust, locking in the flavor. Set aside the seared lamb. Utilize the lamb drippings in the same cooker to sauté garlic, ginger, and scallions. Deglaze with a portion of broth, scraping up browned bits. Return the seared lamb, layer vegetables, mushrooms, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and seasonings. Secure the lid, cook on ‘High Pressure’ for 15 minutes, then naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before using quick release. Open the lid, stir gently, adjust seasoning if needed. Serve Sesame Lamb Hot Pot in bowls, garnished with green scallion parts, toasted sesame seeds, or chili oil for a spicy kick.

Cooking Tips

 Sesame Lamb Hot Pot
Fresh, colorful veggies that promise both nutrition and a visual treat.

he nutty sesame aroma fills my kitchen and makes my mouth water! I carefully sear the lamb slices first to caramelize them before adding to the simmering pot. This extra step keeps the meat so tender and flavorful.

My favorite part is loading up the broth with lots of colorful vegetables like bok choy, mushrooms, baby corn and vermicelli noodles. It makes such a vibrant presentation! As everything cooks, the sesame flavor infuses into each ingredient. Dipping them into the zesty ponzu sauce while hot makes the flavors pop even more.

Gathering friends around my tiny table while our laughter mixes with the bubbling pot fills me with nostalgia and warmth. Sesame Lamb Hot Pot brings people together – even in my small apartment. I hope these tips help you achieve hot pot happiness right at home! Let the nutty sesame comfort your soul.

Serving Suggestions

Sesame Lamb Hot Pot
The golden broth: the heart and soul of the sesame lamb hot pot.

The rich, savory flavors of Sesame Lamb Hot Pot would pair deliciously with a variety of light, refreshing sides. For a crisp contrast, I would suggest Kohlrabi Salad, Guacamole Salad or Black Kale Salad. The bright vegetables and citrusy dressings would perfectly offset the hearty lamb and nutty sesame broth.

If you want something warm and comforting alongside the hot pot, Curry Yakisoba or Schezwan Noodles would make excellent accompaniments. The spicy, gingery noodles complement the sweet onions and zesty ponzu broth wonderfully.

And for soaking up every last drop of that delicious sesame broth, Scallion Pancakes, Fluffy White Rice or Caramelized Rice can’t be beat! Enjoy with jasmine tea for a soothing, traditional Japanese-style meal.

List of FAQs of Sesame Lamb Hot Pot 

Sesame Lamb Hot Pot
The art of layering: where every ingredient gets its moment in the spotlight.
  • Can I use a different cut of lamb for the hot pot?
    Absolutely. While I recommend using tender cuts for the best results, you can experiment with other cuts too. Just remember, tougher cuts may require a longer cooking time to achieve that melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • I’m not a fan of lamb. Can I substitute it with another meat?
    Of course! While lamb has a distinct flavor that pairs wonderfully with sesame, beef or even chicken can be delightful substitutes. Just adjust the cooking time according to the meat’s tenderness.
  • How spicy is this dish?
    The beauty of hot pots is their adaptability. The recipe I’ve shared offers a balanced heat, but you can always dial it up with some extra chili oil or dial it down by using less.
  • What’s the best type of broth to use?
    I love using a homemade bone broth as it adds depth. However, if you’re short on time, store-bought broth (preferably low-sodium) works fine. For a vegetarian twist, vegetable broth is a great choice.
  • How do I store the leftovers?
    Leftovers should be cooled to room temperature before being stored in an airtight container. Refrigerate and consume within 2-3 days for the best flavor and freshness.
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I hope this recipe for Japanese Sesame Lamb Hot Pot fills your home with the rich aroma of nutty sesame and savory lamb. Though my version may not be exactly like the giant pots at our family gatherings, I do my best to recreate those magical flavors and memories. I’m so happy to be able to share this soulful, comforting fusion dish with the Food And Meal community.

If you make this hot pot at home, I’d love to see your creations and hear how it turned out! Please share photos and tag @foodandmeal on social media so I can take a peek into your kitchens. And feel free to leave a comment below letting me know what ingredients you added to give this dish your own unique twist. I can’t wait to see the fun variations you come up with!

Hi! I'm Nazia of ‘Nazia Cooks’, a self-taught baker and cook residing in Chennai. Rooted in the rich South Indian culinary landscape, my palate has expanded to embrace global flavors. I revel in crafting fusion dishes, melding traditions to birth unique tastes.
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