How to make tasty warishita sukiyaki sauce + premade alternatives

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If you like delicious hot pot, then you’re going to be a fan of this easy recipe. Warishita sauce is the perfect complement to sukiyaki, which is a slow-cooking method for thinly sliced meat and vegetables.

The good news is, it’s easier than you might think, as making the sauce takes 10 minutes, tops! Eating is the fun part though, so take your time.

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Warishita sauce recipe

Joost Nusselder
Warishita sauce is terrific for dipping sukiyaki dishes in. Better yet, it's easy to make! Whip up some warishita sauce in minutes with my recipe.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3


For the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp sake
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  • Grab a large saucepan. Over medium heat, add in the mirin, sake, soy sauce, and brown sugar while stirring.
  • Bring to a boil and stir more. Once everything's dissolved, then turn the heat off.
  • You can now ladle the warishita sauce over cooked meat and vegetables.
Keyword Hot pot
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Sukiyaki Recipe

What better way to host a get-together with friends and family than with a comforting dish with tasty beef and veggies, all in a sweet and savory soy broth?

Eating sukiyaki is fun! It’s all cooked and served at the table from the pot, and everyone gets to eat the ingredients in the order they want and crack their own egg into a small bowl to dip the meat into.

Then at the end of the meal, you get to enjoy chewy udon noodles.

Also read: this is the difference between sukiyaki and shabu-shabu

Easy sukiyaki sauce recipe

I’ve even written this in-depth post about cooking sake you can take a look at. It’s probably the most used ingredient for umami in Japanese cooking.

Can you get ready-made, store-bought sukiyaki sauce?

Even though it’s easy to prepare warishita, sometimes, we’re too lazy or have no time for it. Also, balancing flavors can be pretty challenging if we’re not familiar with it.

As a solution, you can buy ready-made sauce from supermarkets or online marketplaces. Here are some popular brands.

a hotpot with meat and vegetables on one side and warishita sukiyaki sauce on the other


Kikkoman is a leading brand of Asian cooking sauces, with most products catering to Japanese cuisine. Their sukiyaki sauce is one of their best-selling products!

Kikkoman sukiyaki sauce

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The company is still using traditional brewing methods to preserve the authentic taste of their sauce. This brand is the most-exported warishita throughout the world.

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Yamasa sukiyaki senka provides an enhanced flavor of regular warishita. It combines regular shoyu with tamari as its main ingredient.

Yamasa Sukiyaki Senka

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Some bits of bonito flakes and kombu extract are also added, making the flavor even more savory.

Yamasa is a US company, but they import their warishita from Japan. So the product would be easy to find in America, without compromising on authentic Japanese taste.

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Ebara is also a leading brand of Japanese ready-made sauces. This brand provides 2 variations of sukiyaki sauce to cater to people with different preferences.

Ebara sukiyaki sauce

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They have sauces in both original and mild taste.

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Enjoy some tasty warishita sauce with sukiyaki

Well, I’m not surprised sukiyaki is so popular to this day. The juicy beef in that sweet and savory sauce is so tasty and you just can’t get enough!

The crunchiness of the cabbage and the bitterness of tong ho make this a dish with many flavors. It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser and a family favorite across Asia.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing more sukiyaki restaurants pop up across North America because hot pot meals are such a fun way to dine with friends and family!

For more crowd-pleasers, read Best Sushi Making Kit | Top 6 reviewed +some sushi party tips

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.