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Kotobuki Donabe Japanese Clay pot 25cm - Made in Japan


Donabe means clay pot in Japanese. It is one of Japan's oldest cookware. Originating in Japan's Iga province, the earthenware pots are made of clay with properties ideal for heat retention and high temperature.

Donabe is always used for one-pot meals in Japan. An easy way to cook complete and nutritious meals quickly. 


Diameter About 25cm
Height About 16cm / about 16.6cm with lid
Country of Origin Japan

Important Notes

General use and care
  • You do need to take care of it because it is a breakable item.
  • It is not dishwasher-safe. You have to hand wash it.
  • Please avoid soaking the donabe for a long time in soap or scrub it too harshly, because the clay could be damaged.
  • After was not use the pot for deep-fried cooking. It can cause fires.
  • Always use a pot coaster before placing the pot on a table.

How to avoid burns

  • Use oven mitts to move the pot all time.
  • Please note that steam escaping from the hole in the lid can be very hot.

How to avoid damage

  • Please avoid heating an empty earthen pot.
  • Avoid extreme and sudden heat/cold change.

How to maintain your pot for years of use

How to prevent the earthen pot from becoming moldy or having odors
  • After each use, please dry well and keep the earthen pot in a dry space to prevent mold or mildew.
  • For the first 5 uses, please avoid leaving food and ingredients inside the pot after cooking. This will help to season the pot for many years of use.
  • Please also avoid using curry, kimuchi or similar seasoned foods for the first 5 times of use. This will help to prevent discoloration and odors in the future.
  • Avoid soaking the earthen pot in detergent water. Wash and rinse only.
How to prevent the food inside from being scorched
  • Please be careful when using high heat, stir the food being cooked occasionally to prevent scorching the inside of the pot. 
Preparations before using an earthen pot

How to season the pot for the first use 

One of the earthen pot's characteristics is water absorbency.

Water absorbency can cause stains, odor, or mold. Please be sure to complete the treatment below before using an earthen pot for the first time.
  1. Fill the earthen pot with clean water (about 80% full), and bring the water to the boil.
  2. When the water is boiling, lower the heat, put 2 tablespoons of wheat flour mixed with water into the pot and mix it well.
  3. Simmer over low heat for about five minutes, turn off the heat and leave the pot as it is until it has cooled down.
  4. Wash and clean the pot, then dry it before use.
Made in Japan.