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Authentic Japanese Pork Sukiyaki, a low carb and unique dinner for cold nights!

Pork Sukiyaki Recipe #healthy

Several years back some of our oldest dearest friends came to stay with us for several weeks. It was a time of belly laughs over old stories, lengthy conversations, places to visit, and kids streaking around in circles.

Our friends Bethany and Jimmy, had just moved home from Japan. They had lived there for two years with their little girl, teaching English in the small mountain town of Funehiki, immersing themselves in the culture.

Japan offered gracious new friends, new experiences and foods, a bilingual 5  year-old, and at times… Hard life lessons. They were truly thankful for their time overseas, yet found themselves a little culture-shocked to be back in the states.

Pork Sukiyaki Recipe #healthy #lowcarb #glutenfree

Of the many cultural difference we’ve discussed, the food as you can imagine, was quite a hot topic. The Japanese diet includes much more fresh produce than Americans generally eat, lots of protein, and very few sweets.

Bethany explained that cooking in Japan was quite an adventure. Ovens are usually too small for cookie sheets or 9 X 13 inch dishes. Meat is always pre-cut into thin slivers at the market. She had to adapt many of her family favorites to compensate for the lack of classic American ingredients and learned to enjoy cooking simple Japanese dishes.

Pork Sukiyaki is a recipe she shared with me…

Authentic Pork Sukiyaki Recipe #healthy #lowcarb #glutenfree

Pork Sukiyaki (ski-ya-kee) is a traditional Japanese dish usually cooked on a hot-plate at the table. It’s a very social meal. Families and friends circle the sukiyaki pan stirring with chopsticks and taking bites as the components are ready.

The meat (usually paper thin pork or beef) and veggies are poached in a sweet sake-based sauce and served over sticky rice, once they’ve simmered down.

Simple Pork Sukiyaki Recipe #healthy #lowcarb #glutenfree

Pork Sukiyaki looks prettiest when it’s first put into the pan, but the muddled brothy aftermath is the true show stopper!

Instead of using a hot plate, we piled around our kitchen island and served up the steamy mixture to both families. Everyone sat slurping and Mmmming over the pork sukiyaki in a way that let me know I’d be making this again and again.

Traditional Pork Sukiyaki Recipe #healthy #lowcarb #glutenfree

Most of the ingredients were easy to find. The only issue we had was getting our hands on Konnyaku noodles, a yam starch, gelatinous noodle used widely in Japan. It’s considered a health food, and is gluten free, low fat, and extremely low carb.

I believe it’s added simply for it’s funky texture. Bethany said it could be skipped or easily substituted for another veggie.

Awesome Pork Sukiyaki Recipe #healthy #lowcarb #glutenfree

When making Pork Sukiyaki at home, you can cook it family style, with one-third of the ingredients at a time, or use an extra large skillet and cook it all at once. Either way, the taste and texture will make you feel like you’re in Japan!

Pork Sukiyaki Recipe #healthy
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Pork Sukiyaki

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Light healthy Pork Sukiyaki, a Japanese recipes with tons of flavor! Try this classic recipe with veggies, konnyaku noodles, and enoki mushrooms.
Servings: 4


For the Pork Sukiyaki:

  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced pork loin
  • 12 ounces mushrooms shiitake or cremini
  • 6 – 8 ounces Enoki Mushrooms, trimmed
  • 2 bunches green onions, cut into 1" pieces, then separate whites and greens
  • 1/2 head napa cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup baby carrots, cut into quarters by length
  • 12 ounces firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 9 ounces Konnyaku noodles
  • 2 tablespoons oil

For the Sukiyaki Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 6 tablespoons sake
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Flash freeze the pork for 30 minutes so it is slightly firm. This will enable you to cut it very thin, without moving around so much. Prepare all the veggies. In Japan, they like to cut little designs in the mushroom tops!
  • Mix the Sukiyaki sauce in a bowl (or measuring pitcher) and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add the oil, then pile the pork, tofu, noodles, and vegetables in the skillet, reserving the onion greens for later. Sear the meat and veggies for 1-2 minutes, then flip them over and sear another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the sauce to the skillet. Allow the ingredients to cook down for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally until both the pork and the carrots are cooked through.
  • Remove the sukiyaki and serve over sticky rice (sushi-style rice) or as is. Sprinkle with the onion greens.


Serving: 8ounces, Calories: 753kcal, Carbohydrates: 103g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 2467mg, Potassium: 1637mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 7095IU, Vitamin C: 35.6mg, Calcium: 286mg, Iron: 5.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: Sommer Collier

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47 comments on “Pork Sukiyaki”

  1. No. Will make it on Sunday August 18, 2019.having relatives over for dinner.

    I heard of Sukiyaki
    I definitely will try this recipe.

  2. This post brought back a lot of fond memories of Japan. I was stationed there for two years and sukiyaki (thank you for inserting the correct pronunciation) was our go-to meal after payday. We frequented the same restaurant so many times, the staff would just bring the pan and the ingredients and walk away. It is definitely a communal meal to share with good friends.

  3. So delicious and healthy! A grest combination of textures and flavors.



  4. I love that it is a "social cooking meal." Once upon a time there was a song called Sukiyaki – I sang it phonetically as a child and was amazed to later find out Sukiyaki was food. I thought he was singing about a girl!

  5. this looks like a wonderful bowl of comfort food and perfect for sharing with loved ones!!! i definitely would love to try this, thank you for sharing, it truly does look simply delicious – welcome back to bethany and jimmy, i bet they have culture shock lol – i have certainly been on my own adventure of simplifying in every way and trying to learn to make as much from scratch as i possibly can, even laundry soap! haha! thank you kindly for the lovely anniversary wishes, keep shining sweet bella

  6. I know I already commented on this post but I just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award. Please stop by my blog when you get the chance to check it out :)

  7. I love having friends visit! Hosting is one of my all time favorites. It sounds as though your friends would have some awesome stories to share! Teaching English abroad would be such a great job. This meal looks like a great way to welcome them back to the States :)

  8. Oh lovely! I love sukiyaki! such a light and nutritious meal. I can understand the low motivation for blogging when you have guests, enjoy!

  9. That's gorgeous. You did such an amazing job. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

  10. How wonderful to share great food with great friends :) Beautiful dish…

  11. Yum! Looks wonderful! And how fun to have your friends with you, sharing recipes from Japan. Enjoy!

  12. Oh, we would love this dish here. Great combination of ingredients. Great photos too.

  13. So fun to see Bethany!! This dish looks so healthy, delicious and simple – I will definitely be trying this! ( :

  14. how fun belly aching laughs, oh have fun, great dish healthy and colorful!!


  15. I have some friends who lived in Japan also to teach English for several years. I so enjoyed hearing their stories of the interesting cultural differences and remember in particular their discussing the size of ovens and adapting recipes — like Thanksgiving turkeys! Hilarious. Your sukiyaki sounds so yummy! I know we'd enjoy it.

  16. This is stunning. The food, sharing of a culture and good friends. Awesome! This was a wonderful post.

  17. Oh Wow. How amazing. I want to live in Japan one day. Their cuisine is just fascinating. I love everything about it. This dish looks so delicious and packed full of gorgeous ingrediants. I am going to try and make this. Thanks for the post and inspiration for something healthy and tasty!

  18. Wow…beautiful food, I love Japanese food. It looks so healthy. Have a great weekend.

  19. I remember the first time I ate konnyaku LOL No flavor is right! But the texture is just mind boggling!! I almost choked eating it :D

    Your sukiyaki looks scrumptious Sommer – just the kind of grub that gets my gears going. Brothy, steaming hot, flavorful and so healthy! YUM!!

  20. This dish looks so good!

  21. I really enjoyed this post.Sukiyaki is filled with so many great ingredients! What a dinner! Those noodles look pretty cool. And I love how this recipe is straight from Japan! Can't get any more authentic than that.

  22. MMM that looks so good! Thanks for the recipe :)

  23. I am definitely impressed- that looks amazing! If you're interested in entering a Halloween recipe contest, I'd love to see what you come up with! You can go here to learn more about it.

  24. That's a lot of company! I would be tired too. I love this dish. Japanese cuisine is so yummy.

  25. Perfect bowl of food, I love the presentation

  26. Looks yummy!

  27. Hey Sommer, sorry you're tired. Me too! This looks wonderful anyway though. You might know that I have a love of Asian foods, so this sukiyaki looks just awesome (smile).
    p.s. Go Oprah! Me no likes 'gold diggers';-)

  28. Sommer, that is definitely my kind of eating! It looks light, and yet filling, simple and yet delicious!

    I've been in a bit of a blogging funk as well the past week. You're smart to have a store of posts built up. I really need to do more of that!

  29. I have never tried this put it sure looks yummy!

  30. How fun to share an evening with old friends over new food. I love Japanese food. It was easy to get ingredients when I lived in Seattle, but here in Arizona? Nothing.

  31. Beautiful and healthy dish! Looks like a load of fun to share with friends :o)

  32. This is TOTALLY the food we are into right now. Love the recipes you are posting! Thanks

  33. I love sukiyaki! I've never tried making it at home – yours looks just perfect!

  34. Yum!That looks delicious and nutrtious. That's amazing that your friends went to Japan with a child in tow. That's really inspiring to me (and stirring up a bit of wanderlust). Thanks for sharing!

  35. What a great story, and a great looking meal. We just don't have enough of those meals with that kind of companionship any more, do we?

  36. I love Japanese food — I've always wanted a sukiyaki demonstration — thanks! Theresa

  37. thanks for your vote and your sukiyaki looks amazing! :) you're making me hungry and it's not lunchtime yet!

  38. What a lovely dish. Please say "Hello" to Bethany from me. Did you ever get to visit her in Japan?

  39. My favorite kinds of meals are the sharing kinds. There is nothing better than eating, laughing and sharing stories together. Looks yummy!

  40. Greetings from my Greek Donkey!!! Looking forward for your recipes!!! i am always hungry for more!:)

  41. Oh yum!!!

  42. Yum, this does look delicious, sounds like a fun dish to try at home, thanks for sharing and I hope things get back to normal in your blogging world:)

  43. Sukiyaki is delicious! Love the way your friend arranged all the ingredients. Those konnyaku noodles are called shirataki and I do have a picture of it in my post on sukiyaki.

  44. Reminded me of the bento box, minus the box. Looks too good to eat, almost. Almost!

  45. It sounds amazing – I would love to try this very soon!

  46. looks very tempting and healthy this dish!

  47. This looks so good! Belly-aching laughs are the best.