How To Make Shabu Shabu At Home

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Julbi Pandoh
Julbi is a Punjab native who enjoys nothing better than making something special from a bunch of ingredients for her husband and daughter. This is what she loves to do and no one can deny the fact how much a Punjabi loves food. And we can see that in Julbi’s enthusiasm for food.

Cooking up exotic cuisines at home is something most of us look forward to happily. Today, I am going to share the recipe of a Japanese delicacy shabu shabu.

Shabu shabu is a hot pot served with thinly sliced meat and some assorted vegetables. Shabu means swish, related to the recipe it indicates the swishing sound of meat when added to the simmering broth. Instead of beef, you can also use pork meat if you want. 

To cook shabu shabu, add water, kombu seaweed and cooking sake to a shabu pot. Heat the pot to bring it to a boil. To this soup, add the napa cabbage, mushrooms, crab legs, baby carrots and scallions and boil them. Prepare two dipping bowls of dipping sauces. Now blanch the meat and dip it in your favorite sauce. Pour out soup and enjoy.

You need to follow the above-mentioned steps in a more detailed form. The details are explained below. You need to fetch the ingredients first to start with the recipe. So, here is the list of ingredients you require. 

Ingredients For Shabu Shabu

  • 1 lb. (0.4 kg) Thinly Sliced Beef
  • 1 lb. (0.4 kg) King Crab Legs (cut into small sections)
  • 8 oz. (226 g) Napa Cabbage (cut into pieces)
  • 2 oz. (56 g) Enoki Mushrooms
  • 2 oz. (56 g) Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1 Stalk Scallion (cut into strips)
  • 2 oz. baby carrots (56 g)

For Soup

  • 1.5 Liter Water
  • 4-inch (10 cm) Piece Kombu Seaweed
  • 2 tablespoons Japanese Cooking Sake

For Dipping Sauces

  • Bottled Sesame Dipping Sauce
  • Ponzu

For Condiments

  • Bottled Shichimi Togarashi
  • Scallion (cut into small rings)

Make a list of the ingredients before heading out to the supermarket. Do not forget to check your pantry first as you may find few or all of them there. Now, take a look at the time this dish takes to be prepared.

How Much Time Will It Take To Make Shabu Shabu?

Preparation TimeCooking timeTotal time
15 Minutes5 Minutes20 Minutes

This is a quick recipe for shabu shabu. In only 20 minutes, this Japanese delicacy will be ready to enjoy. Let’s see the detailed instructions to prepare the dish. 

Steps To Make Shabu Shabu

shabu shabu
  1. Prepare two plates separately for meat and crab.
  2. On another plate, assemble the Napa cabbage, enoki mushrooms, shitake mushrooms, scallion and baby carrots. 
  3. In a shabu pot, combine 1.5-liter water, 4-inch (10 cm) piece kombu seaweed and 2 tablespoons of Japanese cooking sake. Heat the pot to bring it to a boil. Add the napa cabbage, mushrooms, crab legs, baby carrots and scallions.
  4. Now, prepare a dipping sauce in two small dipping bowls. 
  5. Blanch the meat and cook it using a pair of chopsticks. Remove it immediately and use your favorite sauce to dip the meat. Enjoy it 
  6. Pour the soup and eat.

You can serve the soup with steamed rice or add ramen to the soup.

Nutritional Breakdown of Shabu Shabu

Take a glimpse at the nutrition chart of shabu shabu.

Calories556
Protein56 g
Carbohydrates20 g
Fat26 g
Cholesterol160 mg
Sodium2663 mg

How To Make Shabu Shabu At Home | Video 

Don’t worry if you are unclear about some steps. I have uploaded the video with similar steps involved in this recipe so watch it and cook it as per it.

Video By Food Anatomy

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