This is my most basic of basic nikujaga recipes, which I eat a ton of since gastroparesis because it’s very easy on the stomach (which also makes it a hearty but excellent sick person food). There are a lot of ways to fancy this up, the most common being to put snow peas or green beans in right when it’s about done so they’re cooked but still crisp. The other great thing about this basic recipe is that everything can be bought pre-cut and sliced, so all you have to do is measure out and dump and it’s good to eat and tasty!
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 pound steak, thinly sliced, or small cubes or just use ground beef
4 potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
2 cups dashi broth (you can sub any boulion+water in the same amount, but I’d add a dash of liquid smoke if you can, because dashi has a smokeyness that makes it good)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sake
1 tablespoon white sugar
(optional but delicious)
1 large carrot, sliced
2 onions, sliced into half moons or chopped
a handful of Green beans or snow peas. OR even green peas.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the beef in the oil until browned. (if using ground beef drain oil. If using onions, add here and saute with the beef till a little caramelized). Add the potatoes; cook and stir until soft, 5 to 7 minutes (If you’re tired, you can just add potatoes and skip the cooking. It adds some deliciousness but isn’t crucial). Stir the dashi broth, soy sauce, sake, and sugar into the mixture; Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 15-25 minutes more. Is done when potatoes are cooked through and liquid has reduced (you can simmer longer if you need). When it’s about done, add green peas/green beans/ snow peas and cook them just till soft. Eat it!
This can also be made in a slow cooker for sad, sick, or tired people. Dump everything in the slow cooker except any green peas/beans. Cook on high till the meat is cooked and potatoes soft (probably an hour or two. Poke with a fork or temp the meats!). Add greens and wait till they’re soft (no more than 10 minutes, probably) and then EAT!