how to make Nabe (japanese hotpot) Amber Eyes Blog

How to make Nabe (Japanese hotpot)

January 3, 2016

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What is Nabe?

Nabe is a Japanese hotpot dish, traditionally eaten in winter. I haven’t eaten it in a restaurant yet and I keep hearing people talk about it so I wanted to try making it! I watched this video by Sharla in Japan and found out that it’s super easy to make Nabe. This is an awesome dish because you can literally add whatever you like to eat – all your favourite veggies, meat/tofu and any flavourings you like. Just have fun!

Plate of Nabe (Japanese hotpot) Amber Eyes Blog recipe

You will need:

  • Nabe base (if you can’t buy the packet, there will be recipes online). The packets come in different flavours like sesame or kimchi
  • a range of veggies suitable for boiling like: Chinese cabbage, carrots, potatoes, leek, onion, sprouts etc…
  • any meat, and/or tofu
  • noodles, like soba, ramen or udon OR serve with rice
  • a big pot


Boil the Nabe broth. I add an extra cup of water and 1 teaspoon of veggie stock to make it last longer, but you don’t have to.


Nabe (Japanese hotpot) broth packet Amber Eyes Blog recipe


Chop up your meat and veggies. Add things like carrots, cabbage and potatoes first, because they take a while to boil.


Nabe (Japanese hotpot) ingredients Amber Eyes Blog recipe


After around 10 mins, add the rest of your veggies and the meat or tofu.

Boil for another 10-15 mins or until you think it’s ready.


Nabe (Japanese hotpot) boiling. Amber Eyes Blog recipe


A few minutes before serving, add the noodles.

Serve with a spoon and chopsticks.


Have you tried Nabe before? What’s your favourite hotpot recipe? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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