Japanese curry rice served in a Japanese pottery bowl with a small wooden spoon
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5 from 16 votes

Japanese Curry Rice

A home-made recipe for a very popular Japanese take-away dish, Japanese Curry Rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: curry rice, Japanese curry, Japanese curry rice
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 500kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 3 cups uncooked rice Follow the instructions on your rice cooker. *1
  • 1 packet 100g Japanese curry sauce mix Use any brand you like.
  • 250 g your preferred meat I used Beef for the post *2
  • 1 brown onion
  • 300 g potato
  • 100 g carrot
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ΒΌ cup grated apple
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water approximately 500 ml
  • Fukushinduke and/or Rakkyo to accompany condiments *3 optional
  • Worcestershire sauce optional


  • Cut the meat into bite size pieces and set aside
  • Peel and cut the potatoes, carrot, and onion into large bite size pieces and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat and add garlic
  • When the garlic is fragrant, add the beef and cook until browned.
  • Add the potato, carrot, and onion and stir with a wooden spatula.
  • When the oil has coated evenly on all the ingredients and the outer-edge of the potatoes have become transparent, add the water, honey, and grated apple.
  • Bring it to boil and then turn the heat down to low to simmer until the potatoes become soft and all the other ingredients are cooked.
  • Turn the heat off, break the curry sauce blocks apart and add to the pot.


*1 cooking rice instruction and time are not included in this recipe. See "how to cook rice without a rice cooker"
*2 The meat can be replaced with any protein like chicken, pork, prawn, etc.
*3 Fukshinduke is pickled radish, eggplant, and other vegetables that are commonly used as condiments for Japanese curry rice. You can purchase them in a jar. Rakkyo is also pickled scallion also commonly used as a condiment for Japanese curry rice and this can be purchased in a jar as well.


Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2785IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3.2mg