Shabu Shabu

  • serves 4
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

The Japanese word shabu means “swish.” Individual diners cook raw meat slices and vegetables by swishing them around in hot flavoured broth with chopsticks. The cooked meat and vegetables are then dipped a sauce called Ponzu. The broth becomes increasingly flavourful as the meat and veggies are cooked in it so it is served as a soup at the end of the meal.

You can buy kombu at Japanese grocery stores. If you put the beef in the freezer for 20 minutes or so before slicing you’ll have an easier time slicing it thinly.

Yield is 4 servings.

293 Ratings
Directions for: Shabu Shabu



4 cup chicken stock

1 3 inch piece kombu (sea kelp) or dry seaweed

Ponzu Sauce

½ cup dark soy sauce

¼ cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)

¼ cup rice vinegar

3 green onions, finely chopped

2 tsp minced fresh ginger

¼ tsp sambal oelek or any hot sauce


1 lb(s) prime quality, well-marbled beef such as tenderloin, cut into paper-thin slices

4 shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and wiped clean, cut in half

2 green onions, cut crosswise on the diagonal into 1 1/2-inch lengths

1 square tofu, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks

8 small broccoli florets

2 leaves Chinese cabbage, shredded

Steamed white rice



1. Put the chicken stock and the kombu in a large pot and heat on high heat.

2. Just before it boils, remove the kombu and discard.

3. Keep the broth hot over low heat.

Ponzu Sauce

1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.


1. Arrange the meat slices and vegetables separately on large platters.

2. To serve, fill a fondue pot with the chicken stock and keep it hot over a burner.

3. Each diner picks up slices of meat and vegetables with chopsticks and swishes it back and forth in the hot broth until cooked to taste.

4. Dip the cooked meat and vegetables in the Ponzu dipping sauce and serve the Shabu Shabu with steamed white rice on the side.

5. When all the meat and veggies are cooked, serve the broth as soup.

See more: Lunch, Dinner, Beef, Valentine's Day, Main, Vegetables, Japanese


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