By Food E Fare

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hot pot dish that involves cooking thinly sliced meat and vegetables in a pot of simmering broth. Here's how to make shabu-shabu:


  • Thinly sliced beef (or other meats like pork or chicken)
  • Assorted vegetables (such as napa cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, and tofu)
  • Shabu-shabu broth (typically made with kombu seaweed, bonito flakes, soy sauce, mirin, and sake)
  • Dipping sauces (such as ponzu sauce or sesame sauce)
  • Cooked rice or noodles (optional, for serving)


  • Shabu-shabu pot or a large pot
  • Portable stove (if serving at the table)
  • Individual dipping bowls
  • Chopsticks or tongs
  • Strainer or skimmer


Prepare the Broth:

  • If making your own broth, start by bringing a pot of water to a simmer and adding kombu seaweed and bonito flakes to infuse the broth with flavor. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, then strain out the solids. Season the broth with soy sauce, mirin, and sake to taste.

Arrange the Ingredients:

  • Arrange the thinly sliced meat, assorted vegetables, and other ingredients on a platter or in separate bowls. You can also prepare individual dipping sauces at this time.

Set Up the Shabu-shabu Pot:

  • Place the shabu-shabu pot on a portable stove if serving at the table. Alternatively, you can use a large pot on the stovetop. Fill the pot with the prepared broth and bring it to a gentle simmer.

Cook the Ingredients:

  • Using chopsticks or tongs, dip the slices of meat into the simmering broth and swish them around until they are just cooked, usually just a few seconds. The name "shabu-shabu" comes from the sound of swishing the meat in the broth.
  • Once the meat is cooked, remove it from the broth and transfer it to individual plates or bowls.
  • Repeat the process with the vegetables and other ingredients, cooking them in the broth until tender.
  • As the ingredients cook, diners can enjoy dipping them into their individual bowls of sauce before eating.


  • Once all the ingredients have been cooked, serve them alongside cooked rice or noodles if desired. Each diner can create their own customized shabu-shabu bowl by combining the cooked ingredients with their choice of dipping sauce.


Enjoy the hot pot experience with friends and family, savoring the delicious flavors of the tender meat, fresh vegetables, and aromatic broth.

Shabu-shabu is not only a tasty meal but also a fun and interactive dining experience that brings people together around the table. Adjust the ingredients and broth according to your preferences, and don't forget to experiment with different dipping sauces for added flavor.

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