Yasai Itame

Yasai Itame 

Yasai itame is Japanese for vegetable stir fry. It’s a relatively healthy dish that’s simple and quick to prepare. This Japanese stir fry recipe is usually made with thinly sliced pork but since my husband loves spicy sausages, I made this one using small Berkshire links (you can easily turn this into a chicken stir fry too). There’s very little cooking and seasoning involved other than chopping, stir frying the veggies and adding a little soy, and black pepper. This easy yasai itame recipe pairs really well with a hot bowl of freshly cooked Japanese rice and pickles


Yasai itame – vegetable stir fry

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • 1 medium carrot (cut into thin strips)
  • 1/2 head small cabbage (chopped bite size)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (cut into thin strips)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (cut into thin strips)
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 links Berkshire sausages (sliced on the bias)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Ajinomoto (optional)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. In a large pan over high heat, add the sausages and cook for 2 minutes. Add cabbage, carrots and both green and red bell peppers. Cook for about 5 minutes, until cabbage has soften and charred just a little bit. Add sprouts and cook for a minute.
  2. Add soy, a sprinkle of Ajinomoto and cook for another minute.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and serve


  • Calories: 179
  • Saturated Fat: 3
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