Easy Japanese Recipe- How to Make Nikujaga (Stewed Potatoes and Meat)

Easy Japanese Recipe- How to Make Nikujaga (Stewed Potatoes and Meat)

Nikujaga (肉じゃが) is a hearty Japanese dish consisting of potatoes, onions and thinly sliced meat. Our Kansai-style recipe is made with beef (pork is more common in the Kanto region) as well as carrots and snow peas. Stewed in a dashi/soy sauce base, fans of sweet and savory will both enjoy this umami dish. Nikujaga is often served in winter alongside a bowl of rice and miso soup. However, we enjoy making this easy dish all year long! Learn how to make Nikujaga using our one of our YukiHira Nabe Pots.



  • 200 g (7oz) beef (other meat can be substituted)
  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2-4 snow peas or snap peas (or add as much as you like!)
  • 1 tbsp of dashi powder
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil


  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tbsp sugar


1. Thinly slice meat and chop potatoes, carrots and onion (potatoes and carrots ~3 cm and onion ~1 to 1.5 cm).

2. Heat pot and add oil. Add the meat and partially cook (until half brown and half pink).

3. Add the vegetables and brown for a few minutes before adding water.

4. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients, stir well, add dashi powder and then cook with the lid on for 10-15 minutes. Much of the sauce will reduce during this time.

5. Simmer until potatoes and carrots are fully cooked.

6. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!

Itadakimasu! (Let's eat!)


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1 comment

Looks delicious. Definitely going to try this.


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