Beef For Shabu Shabu


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This Is The Best Type Of Meat To Use In Shabu-Shabu

If you’re preparing shabu-shabu, the foods you choose are going to make or break the meal. Quick refresher — shabu-shabu is a Japanese take on hot pot with a kombu (dried kelp) and dashi (Japanese soup stock) base, according to the KitchenBaroness. While there are a variety of meats that you can use (pork, chicken, or lamb) there’s just one that you’ll find at high-end Japanese restaurants: beef. 

Granted, there are lots of different cuts of beef, so which one should you buy? Pogogi, the Japanese food informational site, explains that using marbled beef is always going to be the number one choice, though some restaurants may also include leaner cuts on their menus. KitchenBaroness recommends going for beef sirloin, buying enough so that there are at least 8.8 ounces (250 grams) per person. Of course, the better the quality of the meat, the better your shabu-shabu is going to be, so spring for the good beef if you can.

How should you prepare your meat?

How you prepare your meat is going to be just as important as which meat you get, if not more so. Japanese food and recipe blog Just One Cookbook recommends first checking to see if there’s a good Japanese grocery store near you, as obviously they’ll have the best thinly sliced meat for shabu-shabu. If there isn’t one, you can check out this video, where Just One Cookbook’s Nami teaches you how to thinly slice meat yourself. You’ll want to freeze your meat until it’s firm, just soft enough to cut. Then, as long as you have a good, sharp knife, it won’t be too hard to get the really fine slices you need for shabu-shabu. 

Once your beef is sliced paper thin (or as thin as you can manage — it may take practice), lay it on a plate for serving. Set out your other ingredients: the broth, the vegetables, and any sauces or seasonings, and you’re ready to get cooking and eating. 

Shabu Shabu Recipe (Video)しゃぶしゃぶ

Shabu Shabu is a popular Japanese-style hot pot where the meat and assorted vegetables are cooked in a flavorful broth called kombu dashi. Everyone at the table takes part in the cooking and enjoys the ingredients with different dipping sauces. It’s intimate yet casual, and a whole lot of fun! 

Tablesetup for shabu shabu - donabe hot pot, vegetables, meat, udon, and dipping sauces.

It’s the holiday season and it’s the time for friends and family to get together. What’s the best Japanese meal for this occasion? It’s Shabu Shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ)!

What is Shabu Shabu?

Shabu Shabu is one of Japan’s most popular hot pot dishes along with Sukiyaki. The name “shabu shabu” is Japanese onomatopoeia. It came from the sound when you stir the vegetables and meat with your chopsticks and ‘swish swish’ in the hot pot. It’s a fun meal since everyone sits around the hot pot at the table, cooks together, and eats while you chat, like fondue! A communal dining experience that inspires good appetites and brings people closer together.

Tablesetup for shabu shabu - donabe hot pot, vegetables, meat, udon, and dipping sauces.

How to Prepare and Eat Shabu Shabu

The earthenware pot called donabe (土鍋) is set up on a portable gas stove in the center of the table. Inside is a simple yet umami-packed Japanese stock called Kombu Dashi. The uncooked ingredients are served on two large plates, one for thinly sliced well-marbled beef (or it can be pork), and the other one for vegetables and tofu.

Besides the platters of ingredients, each person is provided with dipping sauces. Typically, there are two types: sesame sauce and ponzu sauce.


Ponzu sauce and sesame sauce are served for shabu shabu (Japanese hot pot) meal. Garnish with grated daikon, green onion, or Japanese chili peppers.

Once everyone is seated, you would start cooking with tough vegetables and tofu, followed by softer vegetables. Paper-thin slices of meat take only a few seconds to cook. When you want to eat meat, you would pick up a slice with the communal chopsticks, and stir in the broth for a few seconds, and transfer to your own bowl of a dipping sauce.

Cook thinly sliced well-marbled beef in a shabu shabu hot pot.
Stir the well-marbled shabu shabu beef in a kombu dashi broth.

You can dip cooked vegetables, tofu, and meat in either your sesame or ponzu sauce. I personally love meat in sesame sauce and vegetables and tofu in ponzu sauce.

Dip your cooked shabu shabu ingredients in sesame sauce and enjoy!

You continue to cook while you eat. There is a set of communal chopsticks to cook ingredients and serve. While cooking, make sure to skim scum and foam on the surface so you can have a more refined taste.

Occasionally skim the scum and foam in the shabu shabu hot pot.

Once all the ingredients are cooked and taken away from the hot pot, you cook udon noodles in the remaining broth and enjoy.

If you dine at a shabu shabu restaurant, the restaurant staff will get you started by cooking a few ingredients first. Don’t hesitate to ask if you are unsure how to go about it. If you’re at home cooking up the hot pot, I hope this post will guide you through everything you need to know to enjoy your first Shabu Shabu experience.

The Key Shabu Shabu Ingredients and Substitutes

1. Kombu dashi

Kombu dashi in a donabe hot pot.

There are many different types of dashi (broth) but for shabu shabu we use dashi made from kombu (kelp). It is vegetarian and really easy to make. You can just drop a piece of kombu in a pot of water and let the flavor comes through. That’s it!!

2. Vegetables + Mushrooms

Assorted vegetables, tofu, and mushrooms in a bamboo basket, ready to cook in Shabu Shabu.

The most commonly used vegetables for shabu shabu are: napa cabbage, shungiku (chrysanthemum greens or tong ho), long green onion (negi), and carrot. You can add other vegetables, like cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, and so on. But it’s worth making a trip to your nearest Asian grocery store for some harder-to-find ingredients like shungiku and long green onion. Chinese and Korean grocery stores usually carry vegetables. For napa cabbage, you may have luck finding them at major grocery stores like Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, etc.

Mushrooms that are often used in this recipe include shiitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, and shimeji mushrooms. You can use other types of mushrooms, such as button mushrooms, mostly to enjoy the different textures.

3. Thinly sliced meat: beef/pork

Thinly sliced well-marbled beef for shabu shabu.

The most noticeable difference of having shabu shabu outside of Japan is the quality of meat. It can be difficult to source the same quality meat without paying a high price in the US. Supermarkets in Japan offer great quality beef at a regular price. But we make it work!

Unless there is a well-stocked Japanese grocery store near you, you probably won’t be able to find thinly sliced meat in your local grocery store. So you have to thinly slice the meat yourself.

Thinly Sliced Meat

Prepare Shabu Shabu in Donabe

Shabu Shabu is cooked in kombu dashi in a donabe (土鍋), an earthenware pot, on a portal stove. If you don’t own one, you can use a Dutch oven or any large pot. Donabe and Dutch oven keep the contents warm for a long time, so it’s perfect for hot pot. If you own a donabe, this is a great chance to use it. But before you start, you need to season it.


Shabu Shabu – A Quick, Easy, and Healthy Meal All Year Around

As a busy mom, I not only make the hot pot during the holidays but all year round. I love that I don’t have to do the cooking before dinner time. All I need to do is to prepare the ingredients and some simple chopping and let everyone cook dinner together at the table.

Since all the ingredients are cooked in broth, there is no oil used in the hot pot. It’s a very low-fat meal, and a great way to eat a lot of vegetables. Happy swishing and enjoy shabu shabu all year around!

How to make Shabu Shabu everyone will love

How to make Shabu Shabu everyone will love

Shabu Shabu is an easy, inexpensive and nutritious Japanese dish where beef is the star of the show.

Long ago, as a homestay student living on a farm in Japan, my host parents used to take me to Shabu Shabu restaurants a lot. I loved the taste, but also how it brought everyone together around the table to cook.

It’s east to make Shabu Shabu at home (and everyone will love it), you just have to have the right ingredients and the right equipment. Everything you’ll need is linked from this post so you can prepare ahead of time.

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Shabu Shabu is an easy and fun dish to make at home using thin-sliced beef and a table-top burner.

Prep time: 15 to 30 minutes

Thin sliced beef cooked in a delicious broth and dipped in a light soy and citrus sauce — that’s Shabu Shabu!

Thin-sliced Beef

It’s important to use high quality craft beef (available on Crowd Cow) and a cut that can be sliced thin. Rib steaks, top sirloin and sirloin tip are excellent cuts for Shabu Shabu.

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I recommend this Chef’s Choice meat slicer to cut the beef into sheets of around 1/16th thickness. (You’ll love it for making beef jerky too.)


Head to almost any asian grocery store and pick up a few veggies you like. The classics for this dish include enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, nappa cabbage, bok choy, green onions and firm tofu.

The key is to thin-slice hard veggies like carrots, and to remove or trim any stems from cabbages. You can just use a knife for this, not the food slicer mentioned earlier.

Shabu Shabu veggetables

Making the Broth

Shabu Shabu’s cooking broth is made with a special dried seaweed ingredient called “dashi kombu”.

Dashi kombu is a dried seaweed from Japan packed with umami goodness.

Fill your nabe cooking vessle halfway with lukewarm water, and add two sheets of dashi kombu. Let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes while you wash your veggies, slice the meat, etc.

When you’re ready to get cooking, add a tablespoon of cooking sake and bring the broth to a boil. Just before it boils, remove the kombu.

Finally, add a pinch of salt.

Nabe pot for Shabu Shabu

Dipping sauces

There are two popular sauces that each person around the table should have to dip their meat and veggies in.

One is a ponzu sauce (a tangy soy sauce made by mixing soy sauce, mirin and yuzu or other citrus juice, or you can just buy some) and a sesame sauce

Various sauces and ingredients for Shabu Shabu

Cooking sake, mirin, ponzu sauce and, on the bottom, dried dashi kombu used to make the broth.


Keep the broth at near boil and add the thicker veggies. Everyone then uses their chopsticks to dip a piece of thin-sliced beef into the broth to cook yb wiggling it around for 20 to 30 seconds. Once it’s cooked, dip it in one of the sauces and enjoy!

The nabe cooking pot I use is this one), which is a very common design.

The tabletop gas grill I use is this Iwatani gas grill and it uses these gas canisters.

Iwatani Gas Tabletop Grill

Iwatani tabletop gas grill in action.

Note: never use portable gas burner indoors without sufficient ventilation, and read all warnings before attempting to use one at home.


Japanese Shabu Shabu a delicious and easy-to-make dish that’s fun to make and everyone will love. With just a little preparation, you’ll love this fun way to eat and cook together.

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