Oden being cooked in a Japanese aluminium pot
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Oden is Japanese winter comfort one-pot dish. It typically contains daikon, konnyaku, various fish cakes. The recipe show you how to cook Oden at home.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: #japanese one-pot dish, #oden
Servings: 2
Calories: 574kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


Using Oden instant soup mix *1

  • 2 tbsp Oden instant soup mix
  • 4 cups Water
  • 300 g Beef sinew
  • 1/2 Daikon radish
  • 1 piece Konnyaku
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 Chikuwa *2
  • 2 Ganmodoki *2
  • 2 large chicken meatballs *2
  • 2 Mochi-kinchaku *2
  • 1 tbsp hot mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp water


Prepare beef sinew

  • Cut beef sinew and place in a pot with 2 cups of water(this is extra water, not listed in the ingredients).
  • Bring it to boil over high heat, then turn the heat down to low for simmering it for 2 hours. 
  • Skim off the scum and fat sometime.
  • After 2 hours simmering, drain the water and set aside the meat.

Prepare Daikon radish

  • Wash and peel the daikon.
  • Cut daikon about 2cm(0.8inch) thick and round off the edge. 
  • Place them in a pot with enough water to just cover the daikon radish.
  • Cook it over medium heat for 30 minutes. 

Prepare Konnyaku

  • Cut konnyaku piece in half diagonally to create triangle shape. 
  • Boil water in a pot and add cut konnyaku piece. 
  • Cook konnyaku in boiling water for 5 minutes. You can turn down the heat to medium while the konnyaku being cooked. 
  • Drain the cooking water and set konnyaku aside. 

Oden stew

  • Place oden soup mix in the pot(clay pot or ordinary pot) and add 2 cups of water. 
  • Place the pot over medium heat. Dissolve the soup mix and bring it to simmer.
  • Add all oden ingredients that you prepared (beef sinew, daikon, konnyaku, fish cakes, etc). 
  • Simmer them for at least 1 hour for macerating the taste. 
  • Before serve, mix mustard powder with water in a small serving plate.
  • Serve oden hot with mustard. 


*1 if you can not access and making the soup from scratch, follow this recipe for the stewing soup. Dashi stock  4 cups, Sake 3tbs, Mirin 1.5tbs, Sugar 1/2 tbs, Salt 1/4 tsp, and Soy sauce 1tbs into a pot altogether and bring to simmer. 
*2 I have a small family so I bought a mixed fish cakes pack for Oden. You can buy those separately from Japanese grocery stores. 


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 871mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 19.2mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.3mg