By Food E Fare

Nikujaga, also known as "Meat and Potatoes," is a classic Japanese dish with a savory-sweet flavor profile. Here's a simple recipe to make Nikujaga at home:


  • 1 pound (450g) thinly sliced beef or pork
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (480ml) dashi stock (or substitute with water)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped green onions or toasted sesame seeds


Prepare Ingredients:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the thinly sliced beef or pork to the pot and cook until browned on all sides.

Add Seasonings:

  • Pour in the dashi stock (or water), soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Stir well to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Add the potatoes and carrots to the pot, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, covered, for about 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Adjust Seasonings:

  • Taste the Nikujaga and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Add more soy sauce, mirin, or sugar to achieve the desired balance of flavors.


  • Once the vegetables are cooked through and the flavors have melded together, remove the pot from the heat.
  • Serve the Nikujaga hot, garnished with chopped green onions or toasted sesame seeds if desired.
  • Nikujaga is traditionally served with steamed rice, but you can also enjoy it on its own or with a side of pickles for a complete meal.


  • You can customize Nikujaga by adding other ingredients like shirataki noodles, konnyaku (konjac) slices, or mushrooms.
  • Leftover Nikujaga can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.
  • Nikujaga is a versatile dish, so feel free to adjust the seasonings and ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

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