How to Make Japanese Curry

How to Make Japanese Curry

Japanese curry is a comfort food that can be created easily thanks to the packaged blocks of curry roux that can be found at any grocery store, and even convenience store in Japan! Popular since the 1950s when it became widely available in Japan, Japanese boxed curry is a weeknight family favorite. What’s great about this thick, slightly sweet curry is that it tastes even better the next day—perfect for leftovers.

See our full selection of curries and curry accessories here.

Want to create this delicious meal yourself? Check out the video, and cooking instructions below!


5-6 servings (Note video shows smaller serving amount) 

1/2 box of curry roux

250 g meat (We used wagyu beef, but you can use your preferred meat/protein!)

1 1/2 onions

1/2 carrot

1 potato

2 tablespoons cooking oil

3 3/4 cups water


1. Slice onions, and cut carrots and potatoes and meat into bite size pieces.

2. Heat large pot over medium heat and lightly coat the bottom of the pan with beef fat or cooking oil.

3. Brown the onions, and then the meat. Add potatoes and carrots and cook all together.
Beef browning in a Japanese pot.Cut vegetables put into a pan for curry.

4. Add water and bring to a boil. Skim the scum and fat off the surface.
Water being added to vegetables to make curry.Skimming fat off the broth to make curry.
5. Simmer at low heat for 20 min or until veggies have become tender.

6. Turn off heat.

7. Break the blocks of curry roux and drop 1-2 blocks at a time into the pot. Wait for it to dissolve.
Hands breaking a package of curry roux blocks.

8. Gently stir to make sure curry roux is thoroughly melted and simmer at low heat until the curry thickens (about 5 min).

Ladle being lifted over a pot with Japanese curry.

9. Serve with rice.

Japanese curry rice presented in a white plate.

Feeling fancy? Some Japanese home cooks will add in extra seasoning to personalize the taste. 
Common additions include a little honey, grated apple, tonkatsu sauce, chocolate and even coffee!

And of course, we had to try out the finished product! See our reaction to the Golden Curry HOT in the video below!

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