My Family's Favorite Nikujaga (Japanese Meat & Potatoes)

My Family's Favorite Nikujaga (Japanese Meat & Potatoes)

This is our standard family recipe for Nikujaga meat and potatoes. It's one of my favorite recipes passed down from my mother.

Ingredients: 4 to 5 servings

Beef (thinly sliced)
200 g
Shirataki noodles
1 packet
4 medium
Snow peas
a few
2 cups (400 ml)
3 tablespoons
☆Sake and mirin
2 tablespoons
☆Soy sauce
5 tablespoons


1. Peel the carrot and potatoes. Cut the carrot roughly, and cut the potatoes into 4-6 pieces each. Soak the potatoes in a bowl of water, and then drain.
2. Cut the beef into easy to eat pieces. Slice the onion into 1 cm wedges lengthwise. Rub the shirataki noodles with salt and rinse well.
3. Heat vegetable oil (not listed) in a pan, and stir fry the onion briefly (no need to stir fry until it's wilted). Add the beef.
4. When the beef starts to change color, add carrot, potatoes and shirataki noodles, and continue stir frying.
5. Stir fry briefly, then add water and ☆ ingredients. Simmer over low heat, while skimming off any scum.
6. When a toothpick pierces easily through a potato, it's done. Turn the heat off and leave for a while to let the flavors penetrate.
7. Garnish with snow peas blanched in salted water, and serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

Nikujaga is one of my favorite recipes. I wanted to remember it, so I wrote it down here.