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Japanese Beef Curry and Rice

Japanese Beef Rice Curry

Add the Japanese curry cubes only at the last stage of cooking – when the beef, carrots and potatoes are thoroughly cooked.


  • 500 grams beef (shin or chunk tender cut) cut to large, bite-sized chunks
  • cooking oil (olive or vegetable oil)
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 litres of water
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut to small chunks
  • 1 potato peeled and cut to small chunks
  • 100 grams (four cubes) instant Japanese curry sauce


  • 1 1/2 cup Japanese short-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Garnishing suggestions

  • chopped spring onions
  • Beni Shoga (Japanese picked red ginger)

You also need

  • 3 litre capacity casserole (e.g. Dutch oven, soup pot, wok pan)


Japanese Curry

  1. Grease casserole with oil. When the oil is heated, brown beef cubes in batches, taking care not to overcrowd the meat in the casserole. When the beef browns on one side, turn over with kitchen tongs to brown on the other side. Repeat until all the beef cubes are browned (adding more oil if needed). Do not discard the brown bits or juices collected in the casserole.
  2. Add another tbsp oil to the casserole. Then add onions and ‘sweat’ them on medium low heat until they turn soft and translucent.
  3. Add water and bring to a simmer. Add the previously browned beef and simmer for about 2 hours, or until they are soft and tender. Top up with more water whenever the water level runs low due to evaporation.
  4. Add carrots and potatoes and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  5. Add the instant Japanese curry cubes and stir through until they are dissolved. Adjust the consistency of the curry (simmer for a few more minutes if too watery; add water if the curry is too thick). Season to taste if necessary (example salt, dashi, soy sauce, fish sauce or chilli powder; I usually do not add further seasonings as the instant curry sauce is already nicely seasoned).


  1. Wash rice until the water is clear. Drain the rice and add to rice cooker with 1 1/2 cups water. Cook in rice cooker.


  1. Scoop rice to occupy half of the serving plate and ladle curry over the other half of the plate. Garnish with spring onions and pickled ginger.
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5 comments on “Japanese Beef Curry and Rice”

  1. Tastes just like those served at Japanese restaurants, but with more delicious chunky beef!

  2. Haha, now I know where your “偶尔要吃大块肉的咖喱“ come from… 蜡笔小新,LOL!

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  4. TEŔRIBLE MISTAKE ! Read the description on the packet and you will find that you need 3 cups of water and NOT 2 litres !! The recipe as stated as stated is for a soup and not for a curry !

    • Not a mistake. The 2 litres of water is for simmering the beef (+ carrot + potato). Water is much reduced by the time the beef is tender, in fact you probably need to top up with more liquid. Only at this point is the curry cube added.

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