Japanese Crockpot Recipes

Although Japanese recipes are often made on a hot plate or wok, some of them are perfectly suited to slow cooking. For example, a stir fry is best if you make it in a wok; turn the heat up high and keep the ingredients moving to make them tender yet still with a hint of crispness. However, if you want to make a Japanese beef stew, beef stew meat needs a long, moist cooking method in order to become tender.

How To Make Japanese Beef Stew

This dish is called niku jaga in Japan and the beef is blended with sake or wine, potatoes, carrots, soy sauce and more. More of the flavor of this dish comes from the sake and soy sauce and the high vegetable content makes it a healthy and satisfying meal.

The meat is seared first, to lock in the juices and give it an attractive brown crust. It is then cooked in the crockpot until it is very tender. If you do not have sake, use dry white wine instead. This is an authentic Japanese dish and it is great served with sticky rice. Chuck steak also gives nice results and you can throw in some shiitake mushrooms if you like.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Japanese sake
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 peeled, diagonally-cut carrots
  • 3 peeled, chopped Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 lbs beef stew meat, in 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

How To Make It:

Heat the oil in a skillet until it is hot, and then sear the beef cubes all over. Transfer the beef to the crockpot and stir in the other ingredients. Cover and cook for about five hours on high or eleven hours on low.

How To Make Japanese Lamb Chops

It is up to you whether you brown the lamb or not before adding it to the slow cooker. It is not necessary but some people like to. Also, stir the recipe halfway through the cooking time if you want but, again, this is not essential so if you are planning to be out of the house all day there is no problem.

If you want a thicker sauce, remove some of the liquid from the slow cooker and put it in a pan. Dissolve a little corn flour in water and add this to the liquid in the pan. Boil it for a minute or until it is thick, then stir it back into the lamb mixture and cook for fifteen minutes on high. You can serve this dish with rice or mashed potatoes.

What You Need:

  • 8 lamb chops
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 crushed cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

How To Make It:

Add the chops to the crockpot. Combine the vinegar, honey, ginger, sherry, stock, garlic, and soy sauce and pour this mixture over the lamb. Cover the slow cooker and cook for eight hours on low.