Niku-Jaga (Japanese Beef Stew)

Marsha Gardner


My husband and I hosted many foreign students over the years. We always loved to have them cook for us. It gave them a chance to share their culture and for us to take a culinary trip without leaving home.

A favorite of ours in Niku-Jaga which Naoki Sekiya made for us. We have remained in contact with Naoki for over 20 years.


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  • 3/4 lb
    thinly sliced raw beef, cut into 1 1/2 inch squares
  • 4 medium
    white potatoes, peeled, in large cubes
  • 2 medium
    onions, peeled, and cut into this semicircles
  • 4 tsp
    canola oil
  • 2/3 c
  • 1/4 c
    sake or dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    soy sauce

How to Make Niku-Jaga (Japanese Beef Stew)


  1. Saute` beef in 2 teaspoons oil for 2 minutes or until browned, then remove from pan along with any meat juices.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons more oil to pan along with the potatoes and onions; saute` 2 minutes until onions get separated.
  3. Add water, sake, and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook loosely covered until potatoes re half done. Add soy sauce and the beef along with any juices; bring to a boil again and cook loosely covered until potatoes are quite tender (15 minutes). Serve hot.
  4. I suggest if you do not use Sake you add 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger along with the soy sauce to give it extra flavor.

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About Niku-Jaga (Japanese Beef Stew)

Course/Dish: Beef
Regional Style: Asian

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