Japanese Meat and Potato Stew (Nikujaga) Recipe

Japanese Meat and Potato Stew (Nikujaga) – hearty stew with meat and potatoes. This Japanese comfort food is delicious for colder months.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Japanese Meat and Potato Stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 368 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 oz onion, quartered
  • 8 oz thinly sliced pork or beef
  • 2 oz carrots
  • 6 oz potatoes, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups water or dashi, preferred
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sake
  • 2 tablespoons mirin, Japanese sweet wine seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 oz shirataki noodles or Konnyaku noodles, (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 stalk scallion, cut into 2-inch strips


  1. Heat up a small soup pot on medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the onion, stirring a few times before adding the meat. Stirring and cooking, then add the carrots and potatoes. Stir to combine well with the meat.
  2. Add the water and bring it to boil. Add the soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar. Lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer until the carrots and potatoes are cooked through and the sauce reduces. Add the Shirataki noodles, cook for 1 minute. Add salt and the scallions. Turn off heat and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you can't find Shirataki noodles, feel feel to skip it.

Nutrition Facts
Japanese Meat and Potato Stew (Nikujaga) Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 people)
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 1336mg 56%
Potassium 704mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 63.9%
Vitamin C 12.4%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 17.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.