Nabeyaki Udon Recipe

A bowl of nabeyaki udon
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
769 Calories
27g Fat
94g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 769
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 293mg 98%
Sodium 2304mg 100%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 215mg 17%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1512mg 32%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Nabemono are hearty wintertime one pot meals cooked in clay or cast-iron pots. Nabeyaki udon is an Udon soup dish that is cooked and served in these individual clay pots. It is this signature clay pot (nabe) that gives this dish its name—Nabeyaki. It’s a soup made with thick chewy udon noodles, vegetables, and a variety of toppings, depending on where you get it, from a poached egg to tempura shrimp, or kamaboko (fish cake) and chicken.

Nabeyaki udon is a very popular dish in a lot of Udon restaurants and homes in Japan, but many times it is only served during winter. Udon and soup cooked in a clay pot with a lid is super hot, and it is a perfect dish when it’s cold outside. 

If you have individual sized clay pots, you can use them directly on the stove; however, you can use any small or personal size pots you have. If you don’t have small pots at all, don’t worry, just cook it in a regular one and eat out of a small bowl.

Toppings for nabeyaki udon are usually vegetables like boiled spinach, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, eggs, shrimp, and kamaboko fish cakes. 

Shrimp can also be cooked as tempura before you add to the soup. However, as we always say, you can improvise and use any vegetables and other things you like.

It is quite easy to make this dish, and it’s very warm and tasty. Try making it for dinner on a cold night.


  • 1 bunch fresh spinach

  • 6 cups dashi

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 pound chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 4 packages pre-boiled udon noodles

  • 4 sliceskamaboko (fish cake)

  • 6 inches negi, or leek, diagonally sliced

  • 4 large eggs

  • Favorite toppings: tempura, mochi, etc., optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and cook spinach for a minute. Let cool in water and drain well.

  3. Squeeze out water and cut boiled spinach into 1-inch lengths.

  4. Mix dashi, soy sauce, mirin, and salt in a bowl.

  5. Divide soup into 4 individual earthenware or iron pots and cook on medium heat.

  6. Add chicken to soup and simmer until cooked.

  7. Add udon noodles to pot and place kamaboko and boiled spinach on the top. Simmer for a few minutes.

  8. Add negi slices and drop an egg in the soup of each of the pots.

  9. Cover pot with a lid, turn off heat, and let steam until egg is cooked through.