Simple Standard Nikujaga

Simple Standard Nikujaga

This nikujaga is a standard Japanese dish. It can be easily made and is very delicious.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Pork belly or thinly sliced beef
200 g
5 medium
Carrot (medium size)
1 carrot
Shirataki noodles
200-300 g
Green beans or garden peas
Japanese dashi stock
400-500 ml
Sugar (light brown sugar)
2-3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons
●Soy sauce
3-3 1/2 tablespoons
2-3 tablespoons
Vegetable oil
as needed
a pinch


1. Peel the potatoes and cut into 3-4 pieces. Slice the carrot into half moon slices. Cut the onion in half and then slice into 1 cm wide pieces.
2. Steam the shirataki and then cut into bite-sized lengths. Boil the green beans and cut into 3-4 cm pieces.
3. Heat oil in a pot or deep frying pan. Cook the meat. Add the carrot, onion, potatoes, and shirataki.
4. Add the dashi stock and bring it to a boil. Add the sugar and sake. Let it boil for 3 minutes. Add in the remaining ● ingredients, cover with a drop-lid, and simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Once the potatoes have become soft and the liquid has evaporated, stop the heat. Add the green beans. Serve in a bowl.
6. Step 3: Only add enough dashi stock to just cover the ingredients. The amount of potatoes and onion may change, but pouring in 500 ml of dashi will be fine.
7. I think it tastes best when the potatoes are cooked that they're about to fall apart. Make sure there is still some liquid left at the end.

Story Behind this Recipe

I arranged a recipe that my mother taught me. Since pouring the nikujaga juices over rice is so delicious, I always make sure there is some left after simmering My family loves shirataki noodles, so we use 1 large bag. If only using 400 ml of dashi stock, use 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons mirin, and 3 tablespoons sake.