Shio Koji Hot Pot Recipe – A Healthy Japanese Dish

Shio Koji Hot Pot - EATwithOHASHI

This Japanese Shio Koji Hot Pot is a super easy dish to make and very tasty and healthy. The broth is subtle, so it does not distract from the deep taste of the fresh organic vegetables. A perfect dish for those cold and wet days! You just can’t go wrong with a nice warm Japanese hot pot!

This is an easy meal to make, with most of your time spent preparing the ingredients. Easily make a meal for a large family without being in the kitchen for hours. In Japan, this is a common dish enjoyed with family and friends in winter and fall.

I use these broth for this Japanese Shio Koji Hot Pot recipe:

If you don’t have a clay hot pot, I recommend this one:

Clay Hot Pot

Japanese Clay Hot Pot


Instead of a hot pot, you can use a deep frying pan like this:

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Shio Koji Hot Pot - EATwithOHASHI

Shio Koji Hot Pot (Japanese Hot Pot)

My recipe for the perfect Japanese hot pot. This is one of my favorite hot pots, as it's both super easy to make and delicious!
It's perfect for a chilly night's dinner or a casual home party with family and friends!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people
Difficulty Easy


  • Clay Hot Pot (2.2L)




  • Quickly rinse cabbage with water and cut into pieces about 2 x 2 inches in size, and separate the white and green parts.
  • Peel the skin of the carrot and slice horizontally into 1/4 inch thick pieces.
  • Cut off the bottom portion of the Shimeji mushroom, so that each mushroom top becomes separated from the stem.
  • Quickly rinse the Tofu with water and cut into 1/2 inch thick squares.
  • Cut the chicken thighs into bite size pieces.
  • Cut the pork belly into 2-3 inch long pieces.


  • Pour the broth into the pot and bring it to a boil. (DO NOT ADD any water to it).
  • Place all ingredients into the pot in groups as shown in the picture.
    Shio Koji Hot Pot - EATwithOHASHI
  • Close the lid and bring it to a boil again.
  • Turn the heat to low and cook for about 15-20 mins until the meat and vegetables are fully cooked. Note: Keep the lid on while cooking.
  • Ita-daki-masu! A Japanese greeting which you say right before you eat. It means "thank you for the food!"


* If you don’t have a clay hot pot, you can use a deep frying pan.
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  1. That looks so delicious! I visited Tokyo a few years ago during winter and I really loved Shabu Shabu. I will definitely have to try out this recipe. I’m sure it will remind me of the time I visited Japan. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Looks amazing! I want to try this when the weather gets colder. Do you have a preference for the type of meat you use in this hot pot? Chicken/pork or perhaps seafood?

    • Thank you! I usually use chicken thigh and thinly sliced pork belly. But after reading your comment, I’m thinking like white fish could go well with the broth, and if I use bone in chicken thigh, it may give the broth richer taste.

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