Japanese Sukiyaki

Food is dipped in a sweet-and-spicy sauce instead of broth in this popular Japanese one-pot meal.


  • 16 ounces beef sirloin steak
  • 10 oyster mushrooms
  • 1 pound firm or medium-firm tofu
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil, or as needed
  • 6 ounces cellophane noodles
  • 1 small Napa cabbage
  • Sukiyaki Sauce
  1. Cut the beef into paper-thin slices, no more than 3 inches long. Drain the tofu and cut into cubes.

  2. Soak the noodles in warm water for 15 minutes to soften, and drain thoroughly. If desired, cut the noodles in half to make them more manageable.

  3. Wash the cabbage, drain, and shred the leaves.

  4. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

  5. Set a sukiyaki pan or large electric frying pan in the middle of the table. When setting the table, make sure each guest has a small bowl containing a beaten egg.

  6. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan. Brown the meat in the oil. Add the tofu, vegetables, mushrooms, and noodles. Pour the Sukiyaki Sauce over.

  7. Invite guests to use chopsticks to retrieve the cooked food and dip into the beaten egg.

Serving Sukiyaki

Known as the friendship dish, sukiyaki is Japan's most famous one-pot food. The word sukiyaki combines suki, meaning “plow,” andyaki, meaning “to broil.” According to legend, the dish was invented by farm laborers who would use a spade or plow to grill their food over an open fire after a hard day's work in the fields.

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