NIKUJAGA Japanese Meat & Potato Stew

Nikujaga is a classic Japanese homecooked dish made with tender, thinly sliced meat and chunky vegetables simmered in a delicious Japanese style broth. This dish is so warming and has a real homely taste.

Nikujaga (Meat & Potato Stew)


2-3 servings


One pot


55 minutes



what you'll need:

» thinly sliced beef/pork » potatoes  » onion » carrot » konyaku noodles » snow peas

Nikujaga broth:

» dashi » light brown sugar » mirin » soy sauce » sake

Soak the potatoes


Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Soak them in cold water to remove the excess starch.

Cut the onions & carrots


Cut the onion into medium wedges and the carrot into rough chunks.

Cut the meat


Cut the thinly sliced beef/pork into smaller bitesize pieces.

Seal the meat


Heat a pot on medium and add oil. Add the meat and fry until the surfaces are browned.

Add the onions


Add the sliced onion and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.

Add the carrot and potatoes


Add the carrots and potatoes and mix until evenly distributed around the pot.

Add the liquids


Pour in the dashi and bring to boil. Once boiling, add brown sugar, mirin and sake then turn down the heat to a simmer.

Use a drop lid


Place a drop lid (or aluminium foil) on the top making contact with the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.

add noodles and soy sauce


Boil the konnyaku noodles in a separate pot for 2-3 minutes. Add them to the pot with soy sauce and simmer with the drop lid for another 5 mins.

Blanch the snow peas


Remove the stringy part of the snow peas and blanch for 1 minute in boiling water.

rinse and cut snow peas


Rinse the snow peas with cold running water to cool them down and cut diagonally.

Finishing up


Add 2 more tsp of soy sauce and tilt the pan to move it around. Use a ladle to scoop up the broth and pour it over the exposed vegetables.

dish up


Dish up the finished nikujaga in serving bowls and sprinkle with snowpeas to garnish.

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