To prepare oden is fairly simple. In a donabe (a traditional Japanese earthenware pot) or pot, make your dashi broth or use pre-made oden soup mix and bring to a simmer. Add your choice of ingredients and simmer for about an hour – like many stews, the flavor deepens the longer you cook together. Oden is especially delicious the next day.
Looking for something even easier? You can find oden sets which contain a variety of fish cakes along with the broth. You can find these sets in our seafood department.
When ready to serve, scoop out broth and ingredients of your choice. For a little extra kick, add Japanese hot mustard or karashi, a popular condiment for oden.