This is a quick and easy recipe for Nikujaka, a traditional Japanese dish made with beef, carrots, onions and potatoes, stewed in a mix of soy sauce, a dash of sugar, mirin and sake.

Nikujaga - This is a quick and easy recipe for Nikujaka, a traditional Japanese dish made with beef, carrots, onions and potatoes, stewed in a mix of soy sauce, a dash of sugar, mirin and sake. Recipe, beef, Japanese food, stew | pickledplum.com

The Japanese version of American beef stew, made with soy, sugar and sake.

Nikujaga

Nikujaga is a very traditional Japanese beef stew with sweet and salty flavors. It’s usually made without carrots but this recipe includes some, to make it a little healthier.
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Nikujaga – Japanese beef stew

plate of potato, carrot and beef stew
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Japanese
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Ingredients

  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 medium potatoes (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots (roughtly chopped)
  • 1/2 pound beef (finely slice)
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups dashi stock
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over high heat, add oil and onions. Cook until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add beef and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Add potatoes and carrots and cook for another 3 minutes. Add sake, dashi stock, soy sauce, sugar and mirin, and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender). Serve with a side of Japanese rice
  3. Serve with a side of Japanese rice

Notes

You can adjust the flavor by adding a little more sugar or soy sauce depending on your preference (if you like sweeter or saltier).

Nutrition

  • Calories: 377
  • Saturated Fat: 3
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