Salmon Hot Pot

February 22, 2011 § 8 Comments

I’ve made hot pots before using a chicken broth base but I recently purchased Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals because I wanted to try different soup bases as well as other ingredients. My typical hot pots usually consist of a combonation of sliced beef, sliced pork, various fish cakes, rice noodles, bok choy and maybe some seafood. I also wanted to get a Japanese donabe, which I did but didn’t get a chance to season it before we made this salmon recipe. Instead I prepared it in a 5-quart cast iron Dutch oven, which works fine. I prepared it using the recipe for dashijiru stock using kombu (kelp) and  Katsuobushi (dried Bonito flakes) mixed with miso and mirin. Although you can’t see it in the picture, there are also bok choy, sliced potatoes, firm tofu, shiitake mushrooms and enoki mushrooms beneath all that salmon.  So yummy and we loved the soup. This was enough to feed 4 very hungry people so I’m going to halve the ingredients in the future if it’s just the two of us. It took about 30 minutes to prepare the hot pot, not including the time it took to make the dashi. That took about another 20-30 minutes, I think. Pretty easy though. The kombu dashi stock recipe makes 8 cups, which would be enough for 2 salmon hot pot meals. I’ve got the remainder in the fridge for the halibut hot pot recipe that the Mister picked out.

I think other than the various recipes, what I love about the cookbook is that it walks me through all the various ingredients the recipes use, including pictures. I’m not very familiar with a lot of the Japapnese vegetables so the pictures were a great resource, especially after coming home from the grocery store and trying to remember what each greens were.  If you’re interested in Japanese hot pots or what else is in the cookbook , there are a whole lot of information on the cookbook’s website (yes, it has it’s own website). There are videos on the Amazon website as well. It’s okay if you don’t have a donabe or a Dutch oven. A regular heavy pot will work too although I think it’s kind of cool eating out of a donabe. There are also a lot of information out on the web too. Like Kirk’s (mmm-yoso!!) dashi recipe he used for Oden (here) and dahijiru recipe (here). I’ll have to steep my kombu like Kirk does next time since the cookbook only calls for steeping of 30 minutes. Kirk was also kind enough to answer my questions when I was searching for donabes.

On a side note and not necessarily related to hot pots, when I purchased the donabe, I also bought this cute dragonfly cast iron tea pot I’ve been wanting for a while now. Thiskettle works great with all sorts of teas and I love a cup of green tea with my hot pot. Now all I need is some cast iron tea cups, hehe.

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§ 8 Responses to Salmon Hot Pot

  • Kirk says:

    Hey CAB – Thanks for the mention! I need to request a good shot of the donabe! Love the tea pot, shot.

  • CAB says:

    Thanks Kirk! I’ll post a picture of the donabe soon. I did end up getting the size you recommended. Now I just have to “cure” it.

  • Nate says:

    Nice! Love hotpots but my daughter doesn’t. She’s a germ freak…doesn’t like or trust family-style dishes.

    • CAB says:

      Hi Nate! We love hot pots too and are trying to have it more often. If it’s just the Mister and me, it’s a free for all. If there are other people dining with us, I use serving utensils for everything. Not that I’m a germ freak but it seems more polite to do it that way.

      • Nate says:

        I grew up eating family-style my whole life, sometimes like fencing with chop sticks. But my daughter is something else. When going out there or even at home, there are always serving utensils. Drives me crazy at times.

  • Dennis says:

    It’s cold and your hot pot photo looks fantastic! I’m not much of a sake person but it makes me want a hot heated atsukan too. I envy your new teapot! Is that a dragonfly motif?

    • CAB says:

      Thanks Dennis! I’m not much for sake either but it would go nicely with this hot pot. Yes, those are 2 dragonflies, one on each end! Marukai has them on sale until the end of Feb. and there are some very nice looking ones to choose from.

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