Dive into Authentic Japanese Cuisine: Yosenabe Hot Pot Recipe

This is Nazia, from Food And Meal. As some of you know, I love exploring cuisine from around the world and putting my own spin on classic dishes. Lately I’ve been infatuated with Japanese hot pot recipes and came up with this Yosenabe Hot Pot that I can’t get enough of!

Hot pot is such a fun, interactive meal that brings people together through good food and conversation. The variety of seafood, meat and vegetables cooking in the simmering broth keeps everyone engaged and waiting for their next favorite morsel.

In my Japanese-inspired hot pot, I use a savory dashi and soy sauce broth seasoned with sake, ginger and garlic. It’s packed with umami flavor that seeps into the ingredients as they cook. I love the sweet and salty notes the broth takes on.

The seafood and meat cook up tender and succulent while soaking up all that tasty broth. I also can’t resist dipping the ingredients in ponzu, sesame sauce, and chili oil as I eat. Every bite is so satisfying!

I hope my Yosenabe Hot Pot inspires you to gather friends around the table for some cooking and bonding. Let me know if you have a favorite hot pot recipe to share!

Yosenabe Hot Pot
The art of setting up the perfect yosenabe ingredients.

Japanese Yosenabe Hot Pot Recipe

Dive Into Authentic Japanese Cuisine: Yosenabe Hot Pot Recipe 1

Yosenabe Hot Pot

Prepare a delectable Yosenabe by cutting mushrooms, dicing chicken and fish, soaking clams, boiling spinach and cabbage. Roll them in cabbage leaves, cut into pieces. Boil a flavorful broth with sake, mirin, soy sauce, and dashi. Cook veggies. Transfer to a fondue burner tableside. Guests use skewers or chopsticks to cook chicken and fish, dipping in ponzu. Ladle soup and veggies into individual bowls for a communal feast.
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Course: Main dishes
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Yosenabe Hot Pot
CookingStyle: Boiling
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1000kcal
Author: Nazia Cooks
Cost: $40
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Ingredient List:

  • 1 pound of fish fillet, white
  • 1/2 pound of chicken, boneless
  • 8 clams, fresh
  • 8 peeled, de-veined shrimp, large
  • 8 mushrooms, button, white
  • 2 oz. of noodles, harusame (clear filament)
  • 5 oz. of spinach with ends trimmed
  • 6 cabbage leaves, large


  • Cut x’s at tops of mushrooms.
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  • Dice chicken and fish into small squares.
  • Soak the clams in lightly salted, filtered water for five or six hours. Remove and rinse well.
  • Boil the spinach lightly.
  • Place three leaves of cabbage on sushi mat. Place spinach inside. Roll.
  • Cut rolls into pieces of about 1 1⁄2” each.
  • Put sake, mirin, soy sauce and dashi in pot. Bring it to boil. Cook vegetables till they are tender.
  • Move hot pot to table over fondue type burner. Have your guests use skewers or chopsticks to cook chicken and fish in hot pot, then use ponzu dipping sauce, if they like. Ladle some soup and veggies in their individual bowls, too.



  • Ingredient Flexibility: The beauty of the Yosenabe Hot Pot is its versatility. You can easily substitute some ingredients based on availability or preference. Just ensure you don't compromise on the broth's quality. It's the soul of the dish! Enjoyed the recipe? Share the love by posting your rendition on social media. And for more such authentic recipes, do subscribe!
  • Cookware Matters: Traditional Japanese clay pots (donabe) are ideal for this recipe. They retain heat and add a rustic charm to the dish. If you don't have one, a deep skillet works too. Did this recipe warm your heart? Share your Yosenabe moments with our community. Don't forget to subscribe for more culinary adventures!
  • Serve Immediately: The essence of Yosenabe is in its warmth. Serve immediately after cooking to relish its true flavors. Perfect for family gatherings or a serene evening alone. Fell in love with Yosenabe? Spread the joy by sharing it with friends and family. Stay tuned and subscribe for more such delectable journeys!
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Calories: 1000kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 605g | Fat: 240g
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Alternative Method: Yosenabe Hot Pot using a Slow Cooker

Begin by meticulously preparing ingredients, slicing meats, and chopping vegetables. Layer the slow cooker with robust vegetables at the bottom, followed by proteins like chicken, seafood, or beef. Create a flavorful broth by combining soy sauce, sake, mirin, and dashi, allowing it to simmer for 4-5 hours. As the ingredients meld seamlessly, add delicate elements like tofu, green onions, and mushrooms 30 minutes before serving. Ladle the harmonious concoction into bowls, pairing it with steamed rice or noodles for a delightful and comforting meal.

Yosenabe Cooking Tips

Yosenabe Hot Pot
Fresh vegetables meet tender meat: the beginning of something magical.

When prepping the ingredients, I like to use a variety of seafood, meat and veggies to cater to different tastes. Thinly sliced beef and pork cook quickly and soak up flavors beautifully. For seafood, plump shrimp, tender scallops and fish fillets work very nicely.

Part of the fun is gathering with friends, cooking the ingredients to perfection, and dipping to your heart’s content in the ponzu, raya and chili oil. The savory dashi broth takes on so much more flavor as you cook.

Hot pot brings me so much joy in sharing precious memories over good food. I feel happy and grateful when my friends and family enjoy this dish together.

Serving Suggestions for Yosenabe Hot Pot

Yosenabe Hot Pot
A close-up of simmering perfection: witness the harmony of flavors!

Begin by introducing the comforting richness of Tonkotsu Ramen, offering a delightful contrast to the light and savory nature of the Yosenabe. For those seeking a meatless alternative, the Vegetarian Gyoza brings a savory sensation, creating a diverse and satisfying palette of tastes.

Explore a fusion of bold and savory flavors with Japanese Mazesoba, a perfect addition to the table that enhances the overall dining experience. Soft-Boiled Eggs, with their creamy texture, serve as an excellent accompaniment, inviting guests to indulge in the rich broth of the hot pot.

To refresh the palate and add a touch of brightness, consider including Pineapple Granita. This cool and tangy delight acts as a refreshing interlude, cleansing the palate between each flavorful bite of the Yosenabe.

FAQs on Yosenabe Hot Pot

Yosenabe Hot Pot
The final masterpiece: yosenabe, a symbol of warmth and connection.
  • Can I use any other protein instead of the ones listed?
    Absolutely! Yosenabe is versatile. While traditional proteins include chicken, fish, or tofu, you can always add or replace with ones you prefer. Pork, shrimp, or even plant-based proteins work well.
  • What if I can’t find dashi stock or ingredients for it?
    While dashi provides a unique flavor, in a pinch, you can use a mild chicken or vegetable broth. There are also dashi stock powders available which, while not as authentic, can do the trick.
  • Is there a vegetarian version of Yosenabe?
    Certainly! Skip the meats and load up on a variety of veggies, mushrooms, and tofu. Use a kombu-based dashi to keep it vegetarian.
  • How do I store leftovers?
    Cool the Yosenabe to room temperature and transfer to airtight containers. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. When reheating, do so over gentle heat, and add some fresh greens or tofu to rejuvenate it.
  • Can I freeze Yosenabe Hot Pot?
    While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze Yosenabe, excluding ingredients like tofu that might change texture. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stove.
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I hope you all enjoyed this glimpse into my Japanese Yosenabe Hot Pot recipe and some of my favorite cooking tips. Hot pot is such a fun, interactive meal that brings people together through good food and conversation.

If you try out this recipe, let me know! I’d love to see your hot pot creations and hear how it turned out. Share photos on social media and tag @foodandmeal so I can check them out.

Hot pot holds a special place in my heart because of the memories it evokes. I feel so happy and grateful when friends tell me that enjoying this dish together has given them special memories too.

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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