Nikujyaga is a very popular meal at home in Japan. The ingredients are typically beef or pork, potato, onion, and carrot stewed in a somewhat sweet sauce. Boys will often request their girlfriends to make this dish because it is very much a comfort food. Thus, many women will remark that it is their favorite and most delicious dish to make.

Yield: 4 servings
Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 lb sliced beef
  • 3 potatoes (each cut into 8 pieces)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and grill beef for 2 minutes, then add mixed spices (soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar)
  2. Add vegetables, cover, and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat
  3. Remove the lid and continue cooking for 10 more minutes, stirring constantly
  4. Serve and enjoy!


  1. Hi, Mai,

    Do most Japanese girls know how to make this dish?

    I was wondering the other day if you ever bake or make desserts? It would be very interesting to know how to make those. Just my 2 cents.

  2. I enjoy Japanese food. You've great blog. Will join your site. Thanks!

  3. Elaine,
    Yes, most Japanese girls do know how to make Nikujyaga! It's really easy and boys like it, so they're happy to make it for them! I don't do much baking, actually, or deserts for that matter, but my friend, Emi, does and she has her own recipe blog here: http://cookingwithemi.blogspot.com

  4. Anncoo! Thanks for joining, please let us all know what your favorite dish is!

  5. Thanks Mai. I didn't even realize I was a follower of Emi's blog already. lol

    I made Nikujaga the other night. It is indeed a very comforting food, especially when it's cold and rainning outside.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. hello again, mai! i love this dish so much! hope i can follow your recipe...if you have friends or contacts in vancouver, could you check with them on good japanese restaurants (offering home-style japanese cooking) over here? thanks again!


  7. Hi Jake, here are a few Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. I've been to Gyoza King. It's a nice Izakaya.

    Gyoza King
    1508 Robson Street
    Open Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

    Kitanoya Guu with Garlic
    1698 Robson Street
    Open daily 5:30 p.m. to midnight
    Reservations recommended

    Hapa Izakaya
    1479 Robson Street
    Open daily 5:30 p.m. to midnight
    No reservations accepted for dining from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Kingyo Izakaya
    871 Denman Street
    Open Monday through Friday 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.