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uosuki fish sukiyaki

Uosuki: Fish Sukiyaki

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Author Lucy Seligman


  • 2 lb to 2 ¼ lb assorted white-meat fish fillets, such as sea bream, yellowtail, or cod, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 medium or large shrimp, shelled and deveined, with tail left intact
  • 4 hamaguri clams, soaked in cold water for about an hour to cleanse them, then drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups cold dashi fish stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon sansho pepper
  • 1 ½ blocks grilled tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and a crisscross incision made on the caps
  • 7 oz. negi (Japanese leeks), cut diagonally into 1-inch slices* Use white part only
  • 1 large bunch of mitsuba, trefoil, slightly stemmed, washed, and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ lb shirataki (noodles made from devil’s tongue jelly), parboiled for 2 to 3 minutes, then drained and cut into thirds
  • 10 ½ oz dried udon noodles, slightly undercooked, drained and then rinsed in cold water
  • Cold water as needed


  • ¾ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup sake
  • ½ cup mirin (sweet sake)
  • ¾ cup cold dashi stock

Dipping sauce:

  • 4 to 8 eggs


  1. Marinate the fish and shellfish in the cold dashi-sansho mixture in a shallow container for one hour in the refrigerator before cooking. Drain and place the marinated seafood in a serving bowl.
  2. Arrange the rest of the ingredients on a serving platter and place the platter on the dining table. Put all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves and it’s hot. Adjust the taste as desired, adding more sugar or mirin for a sweeter taste, or more soy sauce for a saltier taste.

  3. Pour half the sauce into the sukiyaki pan (or cast-iron pan), and then place the pan over a heating source and bring to a boil. Start adding a little of each ingredient to the pot and let cook over high heat until done. Dip each morsel into beaten egg and eat immediately. Continue adding the ingredients and sauce as needed. Add noodles to the pot toward the end of the meal, cooking only to reheat and eat.

  4. If the sauce becomes too thick, add cold water as needed to thin it out.