The Microwave Donabe

Tradition + Technology

Japanese Goods USA is proud to introduce you to The Microwave Donabe. The Japanese Donabe (doe nah bey) has a history of almost 1,300 years. It is an earthenware (clay) cooking pot which is used to prepare everything from hot pot, soup, stew, steaming ingredients, cooking rice and even cooking desserts as well as many other cooking styles.

Other Donabe are designed to heat best on an open flame, as has been the tradition

until this Microwave Donabe.


Microwave Donabe

The Microwave Donabe

by Miyawo.

This Donabe cooker was specifically designed to cook foods to perfection by reflecting the microwaves AWAY from the lid and the upper edges, while directing the microwaves to a heat gathering ceramic plate on the bottom.

Made in JAPAN

This microwave reflector is actually baked onto the Donabe lid and upper sides.

A “heating element” ceramic plating which absorbs microwaves and generates heat between 80 C (176 F) to 100 C (212 F), and causes convection heating and ensures that cooked items are plump and retain their natural juices and moisture.

The Microwave Donabe is made of special pottery with a liquid absorption rate of only 0.5%, so there is no need to worry about color transfer or odor transfer. Cooking in a clay pot is much better than cooking in metal cooking utensils, not just for its various health benefits, but also makes it much simpler to cook and improves the quality of the food at the end. The porosity and natural insulation properties of clay causes far infrared heat which thoroughly heats and cooks your food, without drying it out.

A microwave oven vibrates the water particles in the food with microwaves to generate heat, and the heat is used to cook the food. Areas hit by microwaves too much can cause uneven heating, as the moisture evaporates, leaving foods dry.

This Microwave Donabe is extremely popular in Japan, as people want the “umami” (flavors) produced by cooking in a Donabe, but with the ease and speed of cooking in a microwave. Most Microwave Donabe recipes combine the directed heat of the microwave for as little as a few minutes and further slow cooking the food in the pot in it’s own heat, so it is also energy saving!

The Microwave Donabe is perfect for 1 or 2 people. It holds about 3 cups of liquid, and it’s small size means it can be stored almost anywhere. It can also be used on an open flame, or in the oven.


Crafted to the highest quality standards, The Microwave Donabe has surpassed stringent testing and is certified free of Lead and Cadmium. It is acceptable for use under the strict “California Proposition 64”.




What can I cook in my Microwave Donabe?

Here are just a few examples.

  • Tofu

Why is food cooked in a donabe healthy? Why is it delicious?

Donabe are well known for their infrared heating properties, which keep the nutrients and flavors in the foods you cook. It also keeps in the moisture, preventing the food from becoming dried out. You use less salt, less cooking oils and butters.

Donabe will retain the heat, so you can continue to slow cook your foods even after the donabe has been removed from direct heat, so donabe are economical too. Slow cooking increases the flavors.


“Behind the Brand”


Manufactured by Miyawo Company

The Microwave Donabe is a combination of “Tradition + Technology” crafted by “Miyawo Company”, headquarters in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Miyawo’s roots trace back to it’s establishment in 1931, when it began producing high quality ceramics. Sales in department stores in the United States began in 1950.

Miyawo Company is a tableware maker that has been loved worldwide under the well known MIKASA brand, now part of Lifetime Brands Inc. Currently, Miyawo is also well known as a manufacturer of high-performance Earthen Cooking Devices.

Miyawo received the coveted ISO 14001 certification in 2006.

What Is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is a set of standards put forward by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Its purpose is to clarify the best practices for organizations that wish to reduce their environmental footprint by adopting an effective environmental management system (EMS).

Miyawo manufactures 80% of all the ceramic trays used in Japanese-made rotary microwave ovens.

In 2002, Miyawo was credited with ISO9001:2000 for ceramic products for electrical appliances, and awarded the prestigious “Good Design Award” Gold prize for and IH earthen pot produced for Toshiba Corporation.

Also in 2002 , Miyawo was awarded the “Good Design Award” for the SATIN CONTRAST dinnerware.

In 2005, Awarded the “Everyday Good Design Award” for it’s IH Thermatec earthen pot

2007 Miyawo was awarded 2nd “Manufacturing Japan Award”, Award of Excellence in the category of traditional technology application sponsored by Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for ceramic inner pot of an IH rice cooker (Tiger Corporation).

Miyawo’s clients include Panasonic Corporation, Hitachi Appliances, Toshiba Home Technology, Sharp Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Home Appliance, Samsung Electronics, Lifetime Brands Inc. USA (Mikasa Brand), Lenox Corporation USA and ARC France.

A long history of manufacturing high quality ceramics ensures the Microwave Donabe is not only an attractive work of art, but also an extremely functional and economical, healthy cooking experience; “a taste of Japan”.

The Microwave Donabe may be used on open flame and ovens as well.

  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Materials: Main body – heat resistant ceramic (heat resistance to 930 F)
  • Lid: reinforced porcelain (heat resistance to 280 F)
  • Volume 700 ml (about 3 cups)
  • Size: W: 9.2″ x D: 7.6″ x H: 4.9″ with lid
  • Weight: 3 lbs