Instant Pot Japanese Beef Curry Recipe – FOOD is Four Letter Word (2024)

April 27, 2018Van

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 24 minutes

Serves: 6

Japanese Curry is a huge hit in my household. We usually make the Chicken Katsu Curry (recipe here), but this week I changed things up and made a delectable beef curry – which is the most popular curry dish in Japan.

The immediate difference when using beef is the richness in the flavor. All that beefy, rich flavor is embedded in the subtly sweet curry – it’s actually very similar to beef stew and shares many of the same ingredients. My youngsters all had two helpings—which made mom and dad happy since this dish is packed with everything you need for good health; In fact-the Japanese navy originally adopted this dish from the British Navy to avoid Vitamin B Deficiency!

We usually top this with some ichimi togarashi for a bit of spice—but recently we discovered “Sansyo” pepper topping which has a very zesty lemon flavor that goes wonderfully in moderation on this rich beef curry. Give it a try-this is a hearty dish that accepts additional condiments rather well.

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April 27, 2018Van

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 24 minutes
  • Serves: 6


  • 1 8.4 oz Box of S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix
  • 2 Pounds Stew Meat or Chuck Roast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 4 Medium Russet Potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 Carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 6 Cups Water
  • Cooked Short Grain Rice for 6 servings

*OPTIONAL Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Ketchup
  • 2 Teaspoons Apricot Jam
  • ½ Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • f*ckujinzuke, (Japanese Pickled Daikon)
  • Togarashi, (Japanese Red Chili Pepper Powder)
  • Sansyo, (Ground Japanese Sansho Pepper)


  • 1)

    Press Sauté on the Instant Pot and choose More/High heat setting. Once the pot displays Hot, add 1 Tablespoons of Butter to the Pot then brown the beef cubes on all sides for a few minutes.

  • 2)

    Add the diced Onions and Minced garlic and sauté for another minute. Pour in 6 Cups of Water and any of these optional seasonings (1 Teaspoon of Soy Sauce, 2 Teaspoons of Ketchup, 2 Teaspoons of Apricot Jam and ½ Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce). Scrape the bottom of your pot well.

  • 3)

    Seal the Instant Pot lid, switch the knob to Sealing and press Cancel on your Instant Pot to turn off Sauté mode. Choose High Pressure / Manual and set for 22 Minutes, once the timer is up wait 10 Minutes then switch the knob to Venting to release the steam.

  • 4)

    Once the pin drops, open your lid and add the Potatoes and Carrots, give it a stir and seal the Instant Pot lid and switch the knob to Sealing. Choose High Pressure / Manual and set for 2 Minutes – once the timer is up, wait 1 minute then switch the knob to Venting to do a quick release of the steam. Once the pin drops, open your lid.

  • 5)

    Break up the curry roux blocks, I cut them up into smaller pieces so they dissolve easier. Place the roux into the Instant Pot and stir until the roux is completely dissolved and the sauce is thick and velvety.

  • 6)

    Serve with short grain rice or over udon noodles. Garnish with f*ckujinzuke, Togarashi or Sansyo. Enjoy!

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  • IPnewbie

    January 15, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you for the recipe – this was delicious! The times were perfect to make everything tender without disintegrating. I added some turnips since I love them. Had to halve the recipe for my Mini and the curry box I had was less than half of the quantity you specified, so the curry flavor was just a touch less rich than I’m accustomed to.


  • Jennifer

    November 5, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Six cups of water seems like an awful lot – is that correct? Thank you!


    1. Van

      November 5, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Jennifer, yes 6 cups of water is correct. If you look at the instructions in the back of the curry box, it actually tells you to add 6 cups of water.


      1. Jennifer

        November 5, 2020 at 1:59 pm

        Perfect, thank you so much!


  • Laurie

    December 26, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! What would the cooking time and release time be if I am omitting the meat?


    1. Van

      December 26, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Laurie, if you’re just cooking the vegetables, 4 Minutes High Pressure then Quick Release is all you would need.


  • Alan

    April 24, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    This recipe had too much water was not thick enough. I think the pressure cooking action on the meat and onions released liquid. The potato mostly disintegrated. I would recommend using 5 cups of water. I will try this recipe again bringing the pot to pressure after adding the potato and carrots and then releasing right afterward. It has promise for a nice weekend dinner that leaves leftovers for lunches. Needs a little tweaking.


  • Derek

    May 27, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Waaaaaay too much water.


  • Christina

    March 26, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    You probably didn’t cut the potatoes too small. My quartered potatoes were cooked perfectly.


  • Lola

    August 27, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for the awesome recipe! Your cooking times were spot on, every other recipe had the potatoes and carrots in with the meat and they disintegrated but your separate additions were perfect! I did add minced ginger for the additional flavour but otherwise everything was perfect. To those that say there is too much water, the recipe reflects the water amount on the box – you may need to bring the sauce to a boil to activate the corn starch and thicken your sauce. I had to let my sauce simmer for 5 mins after adding the cubes to get the right consistency.

    Thank you again ☺️


  • Sheila

    September 25, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    Used goat meat. Pounded stew sized goat meat with mallet. Put in a pot to boil on stove first. Removed all foam on top to take out excess blood. Simmered covered for about 30 minutes.
    Also, used smaller size of curry block and added some curry powder and chili powder.
    Came out perfect. Meat was so tender, vegetables were cooked to perfection and taste was just right.


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Does Japanese curry contain beef? ›

Beef, pork, and chicken are the most popular meat choices. Katsu curry is a breaded deep-fried cutlet (tonkatsu; usually pork or chicken) with Japanese curry sauce.

Does Japanese curry have vegetables? ›

Vegetables: Japanese curry is typically made with vegetables like onions, carrots, and potatoes. We like to add shiitake mushrooms to make it extra hearty and add umami flavor. You can use any vegetables you'd like. Japanese sweet potatoes, peas, or green beans would also make good additions.

How do you enjoy Japanese curry? ›

It's great with tuna or potato salad sandwiches, vegetable sticks. Dipping sausages in curry ketchup to really bring out the meaty flavor. It's also great with fried potatoes and omelets. Make a richly satisfying dressing.

What cut of meat is best for Japanese curry? ›

Beef chuck or shoulder: These cuts are commonly used in Japanese curry due to their balance of tenderness and robust flavor. They break down beautifully during cooking, infusing the curry with their rich taste.

What are the ingredients in Japanese curry? ›

How to make Japanese-style curry (6 servings)
  • 1 box Curry roux (115 g, 4 oz.)
  • 250 g/9 oz. Meat.
  • 2 Onions (400 g, 14 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 Potatoes (230 g, 8 oz.)
  • 1/2 Carrots (100 g, 3.5 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil.
  • 850 ml (3 1/2 cups) Water (750 ml (3 cups) if cooking in a covered pot)

What vegetables go well in a Japanese curry? ›

The triad of vegetables most commonly found in Japanese curry are onion, potato, and carrots, but you can use almost any combination of vegetables and protein. Here, I've added celery, green beans, and corn to the mix, and use chicken thighs as my protein.

Is Japanese curry healthy or unhealthy? ›

“Everything in excess is bad,” so you should consume Japanese curry in moderation because it is high in sodium and fat- which can make a person sick when taken too much. Nevertheless, consuming it often can provide you with several health benefits and a lot of strength. Japanese curry is a good source of protein.

What is the red vegetable served with Japanese curry? ›

A customary item for Japanese curry, f*ckujinzuke (福神漬) is a type of Tsukemono, Japanese pickled vegetables. The pickles are easily recognizable for its eye-catching red color as they sit atop in almost every curry dish.

What pairs well with Japanese curry? ›

Serve this hearty, thick curry simply with rice or cooked noodles. A fried egg on top works well. Or, make a tofu bowl with it. For special occasions, serve the curry with rice and crispy pork — fried on the stovetop or baked in the oven.

Do Japanese people put cheese on curry? ›

A Variety of Curry-Flavored Foods

Toppings can also be added, with popular choices including boiled egg, cheese, deep-fried vegetables and "tonkatsu" (pork coated in egg and flour, then deep-fried). Some people even add "natto" (fermented soy beans)!

How do you spice up Japanese curry? ›

Japanese curry is meant to be mild. Even the commercially bought ones that are labeled hot are not very spicy. Two spices that can bump up the heat without changing the flavour are cayenne and black pepper. A little cayenne pepper goes a long way so be sure to add just a pinch at a time.

Are Japanese curry blocks vegetarian? ›

You can find many brands of these instant curry cubes at your local Asian store BUT not all of them are vegan. Two I can recommend that are vegan are the Torokeru Curry and S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix.

Is S&B Japanese curry vegetarian? ›

S&B curry powders are widely available in supermarkets. S&B customer service recommends their Eighteen-Vegetable Curry and S&B Golden Curry Japanese-style Curry Sauce Mix, no animal-derived ingredients for vegans, even though some of their other products don't have obvious animal ingredients in the ingredient lists.

Is Japanese golden curry vegetarian? ›

S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix for vegetarians does not contains meat derived ingredients, onion and garlic. This product is designed for vegetarian people who would like to avoid animal ingredients, onion and garlic. Enjoy with rice, bread, noodles, and buns, etc.

Is golden curry Japanese curry mix vegetarian? ›

S&B Golden Curry Mix contains no meat or meat derived ingredients. Enjoy with rice, bread, noodles, and buns, etc. Using it as a sauce for potatoes or meat dishes, or as a dipping sauce for steamed vegetables is another way to enjoy.

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