Nikujaga – Japanese beef stew

plate of potato, carrot and beef stew

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  • 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


  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


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


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