Niku Jaga - Japanese Meat and Potato Stew

5.0 from 11 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 300 gram (10 oz) pork/beef
  • 600 gram potato (20 oz / 2-3 medium size)
  • 1 onion
  • 150 gram (5 oz) green beans
  • Sauce
  • 3 1/2 cup dashi stock (or 3 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoon bonito flavored dashi seasoning)
  • 6 tablespoon sake
  • 4 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon mirin


  1. Prep: Cut pork/beef into thin slices. Peel and cut each potato into 8 wedges. Peel and cut onion into thin slices.
  2. Cook meat and potatoes: Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat and lightly sauté thinly sliced pork/beef. Add potato and onion, mix well.
  3. Cook sauce: Add all sauce ingredients (dashi stock, sake, soy sauce, sugar, and mirin) into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes, and other vegetables, are tender (about 15 minutes)
  4. Prepare green beans: Meanwhile, blanch green beans and cut them into thin diagonal slices.
  5. Serve: Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl. Scatter blanched green beans on top of the stew and served immediately with steamed white rice.

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