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Pork Shabu Shabu in a Bowl

Pork Shabu Shabu in a Bowl is a delightful twist on the classic Japanese shabu shabu hotpot. It’s a simplified version that cooks everything on the stovetop and serves it in a bowl, eliminating the need for special equipment such as a portable stove and clay pots.

This dish features thinly sliced pork, a variety of vegetables, and is served with a citrus-based dashi ponzu dipping sauce. It’s not only delicious but also incredibly healthy, loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.

Japanese style pork hot pot shabu shabu with pork, napa, ginger, and bok choy in a white bowl.

How to make Pork Shabu Shabu in a Bowl?


  1. Begin by preparing the sauce. Combine sweetener, ponzu, yuzu or lemon juice, grated garlic, ginger, and chopped green onions in a bowl.
  2. In a stovetop pot, add water, Japanese sake, and sliced ginger, then bring it to a boil. Add your choice of vegetables and cook until they become tender.
  3. Introduce thinly sliced pork and cook for 4-7 minutes until it’s done.
  4. Transfer the contents from the pot, leaving the soup behind, and serve with the prepared dipping sauce.

Japanese style ponzu sauce.

What ingredients do I need to make pork shabu shabu?


  • Pork – thinly sliced pork butt/shoulder or pork belly. Can be found in most Japanese or Asian supermarkets. You can also substitute with thinly sliced beef, chicken or seafood.
  • Napa Cabbage – Chinese cabbage, found at Asian grocery stores.
  • Baby Bok Choy – Chinese cabbage with a leafy tip and broad stem, found at Asian grocery stores.
  • Ginger – freshly grated ginger.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine. 
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Ponzu – citrus-flavored soy sauce that comes in a bottle. Mizkan brand is preferred, which can be purchased at most Asian supermarkets.
  • Green Onion – freshly chopped green onion scallions.
  • Yuzu – concentrated juices from Yuzu fruit, found in Asian grocery stores. Can also substitute with lemon juice.

Ingredient Add Ins for Shabu Shabu

  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Enoki Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Udon Noodles
  • Shiratake Noodles

Thinly sliced pork shoulder used for shabu shabu.

Is shabu shabu healthy?

Shabu shabu is indeed a healthy option. It’s low in carbs and calories. This dish is rich in vegetables, providing ample vitamins and minerals, making it an excellent choice for a nutritious dinner. It’s a light yet nutrient-packed meal.

How to store leftovers?

To store leftovers, keep the Shabu Shabu and dipping sauce in separate airtight containers. The Shabu Shabu will last 5-7 days in the fridge, while the Ponzu dipping sauce will be good for 10-14 days.

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Japanese style pork hot pot shabu shabu being dipped into dipping sauce.


Pork Shabu Shabu in a Bowl

Experience the flavors of Japan with our Pork Shabu Shabu in a Bowl recipe. This easy-to-follow recipe brings the essence of pork shabu shabu to your kitchen.
5 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: is shabu shabu healthy, pork for shabu shabu, pork hotpot, pork shabu shabu
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 330kcal



  • 1/2 lbs Pork thinly sliced
  • 4-6 Leaves Napa Chinese cabbage
  • 1-2 Head Baby Bok Choy small
  • 1/2 Inch Ginger
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 tsp Salt



  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine sweetener, Ponzu and optional Yuzu or lemon juice. Note - depending on the brand of ponzu, you may need to use less sweetener.
  • Finely chop green onions and transfer to the small mixing bowl.
  • Grate garlic and 1/4 inch ginger with a grater and transfer into the small mixing bowl. Give sauce a nice mix and set aside.
  • Take 1/2 inch of unpeeled ginger and finely slice. Add into a large stove top pot along with water, Japanese Sake, salt. Bring the pot to a soft boil.
  • Wash Chinese napa cabbage and bok choy and cut into ~2-inch sections as pictured below. Add in vegetables followed by thinly sliced pork. Cook for 4-7 minutes until vegetables and pork are done to liking and transfer to serving bowl served with dipping sauce.



Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 1165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 461IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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