Vegetarian Oden Recipe (Japanese Winter Stew)

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When it comes to winter favorites in Japanese cooking, you can’t miss Oden! Learn how to make a tasty, simmered dish with our easy recipe!

Looking for simple winter dishes? Try my Zosui, Cream Stew, and Nimono Recipe!

Oden in a large pot.

Japanese oden offers warmth and comfort during cold winter months, and we love it! While bonito flakes are traditionally used for the soup base, this recipe provides a vegetarian alternative for you to savor. Give this comforting dish a try!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • With straightforward steps, making Oden is a breeze for everyone.
  • Enjoy the genuine taste of Japanese cuisine with a delightful vegetarian twist.
  • Easily adjust the seasonings and ingredients to cater to your personal preferences.

What is Oden?

Oden is a classic hot pot dish in Japanese cuisine. Various ingredients are simmered in a soy-based dashi soup stock, ideal for cold winter months. Typical ingredients are daikon, boiled egg, konnyaku, and different types of fish cakes.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Oden Recipe:

Oden ingredients list.

Ingredient Notes

  • Daikon is a key ingredient in oden, absorbing the flavorful soup and becoming tender during cooking. Learn more about cooking daikon in this “How to Cook Daikon” guide.
  • Both konnyaku (konjac) and shirataki are unique Japanese foods made from konjac yam, which has a jelly-like texture.
  • Egg (boiled egg) is a popular ingredient in oden. You can use regular-sized eggs or small quail eggs like in this recipe.
  • Mochi nunchaku is a rice cake stuffed inside an aburaage pouch. It’s easy to make (see my mochi kinchaku recipe) and can be found at Japanese grocery stores.
  • Chikuwabu, made by combining wheat, water, and salt, has a mild taste and a chewy texture. It is a commonly enjoyed ingredient in the Kanto region.
  • Dashi powder, salt, mirin, and soy sauce are used to make the soup. Dashi is a Japanese soup stock that adds a savory taste to the dish. For a vegetarian oden soup, opt for kombu dashi powder or follow this recipe to make homemade kombu dashi.

How To Make Oden: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! You can go to the printable recipe card below for all the detailed ingredients and instructions.

How to make oden step by step.

Step 1

Peel and cut the daikon and potatoes, then boil them for 15 minutes.

How to make oden step by step.

Step 2

Cut the konnyaku into triangles and boil for 5 minutes.

How to make oden step by step.

Step 3

Prepare the rest of the ingredients and set aside.

How to make oden step by step.

Step 4

Combine the dashi stock ingredients well in a large pot to make oden broth.

How to make oden step by step.

Step 5

Arrange the prepared ingredients in the pot.

How to make oden step by step.

Step 6

Cover the pot, bring it to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Oden in a large pot.

Your oden is ready to serve! Open the lid and ensure each piece absorbs the savory broth and becomes tender.

Oden served on a bowl with chopsticks.

Serve your favorites in a bowl and enjoy the flavorful oden! If you love spicy condiments, accompany it with Karashi, Japanese mustard, which is a great addition.

Each oden ingredients served on a plate.

Let’s take a closer look at the individual oden ingredients. Which one would you like to try? I particularly enjoy the tender daikon, the flavorful mochi kinchaku, and the chewy chikuwabu!

Recipe Tips

  • Tips for preparation: Daikon has natural streaks, so peel the skin thickly. Parboiling daikon radish, potatoes, and konnyaku helps them absorb the oden stock more efficiently, enhancing their overall flavor.
  • If time permits, let it cool down entirely after simmering, and then reheat before serving for a more thoroughly soaked and flavorful taste.
  • While preparing the soup, taste it before putting the ingredients into the pot. Adjust the flavor according to your liking by adding salt or soy sauce.

Storage and Reheating

Store the oden with its soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days. When ready to serve, simply transfer the oden and its soup into a pot and heat it until warmed through.

What To Serve With

Serve your oden with steamed rice, sunomono cucumber salad, or pickled napa cabbage for a tasty and healthy Japanese meal.

Oden Ingredients Variations

Explore various ingredient variations by adding your favorite ingredients. Here are my suggestions: Carrot, sweet potato, tomato, shiitake mushrooms, burdock root, atsuage (deep-fried tofu), and aburrage.

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Vegetarian Oden Recipe (Japanese Winter Stew)

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Juri Austin
When it comes to winter favorites in Japanese cooking, you can't miss Oden! Learn how to make a tasty, simmered dish with our easy recipe!

Equipment

  • 1 Large pot 24cm (9.4 inches)

Ingredients

Oden Ingredients

  • Daikon, peeled and cut into thick rounds
  • 2 Potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • ½ Onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 pack Konnyaku, drained and cut into triangles
  • 1 pack Shirataki Noodles, drained
  • 1 Chikuwabu, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 Boiled Eggs
  • 4 pcs Kombu
  • 4 pcs Mochi Kincyaku

For the Soup

  • 2 tsp Dashi Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Mirin
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Water, 960ml

Instructions

  • Prepare Oden Ingredients: Cut the ingredients according to each ingredient note above. Boil the daikon and potatoes for 15 minutes and the konnyaku for 5 minutes.
  • Make Oden Soup: Add dashi powder, mirin, soy sauce, salt, and water in a large pot. Blend well.
  • Simmer: Place all the oden ingredients in the pot, ensuring the soup covers all the ingredients. Place the lid on and boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to very low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Notes

  • Storage: Store the oden with its soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. 
  • Tips for preparation: Daikon has natural streaks, so peel the skin thickly. Parboiling daikon radish, potatoes, and konnyaku helps them absorb the oden stock more efficiently, enhancing their overall flavor.
  • If time permits, let it cool down entirely after simmering, and then reheat before serving for a more thoroughly soaked and flavorful taste.
  • While preparing the soup, taste it before putting the ingredients into the pot. Adjust the flavor according to your liking by adding salt or soy sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: oden
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