Niku-jaga Japanese beef

Japanese Beef Stew - Fresh Ideas
Here is a Japanese version of a beef stew which is simmered in the classic Japanese seasonings of soy, sugar, sake and mirin. The stew ends up with a really nice blend of sweet and salty which works surprising well. It's is easy to make, tasty and makes a hearty warm meal. In Japanese, this dish is called 'Niku-Jaga'but I call this Mick Jagger!

Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 6 people


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 600 g beef thinly sliced or cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cups potatoes bite sized pieces
  • 1 carrot bite sized chunks
  • 2 cups dashi, water or beef stock
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 spring onion sliced


  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Add the beef and brown on all sides.
  • Add the onion, potatoes/pumpkin and carrot and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock/water, soy, sugar, sake and mirin, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Serve garnished with sliced spring onion and a smile.
  • Oiishi (Japanese for delicious!)
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