Instant Pot has been saving me time with preparing my family’s dinner and today I’m sharing a super easy and quick Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry recipe.
The actual pressure cooking time is only 15 minutes, and you don’t even have to be in the kitchen if you use an electric pressure cooker. I simply added the ingredients in the pot, set, go out to kids’ activity, and come home for the fabulous dinner ready to eat. Who’s in?
Japanese Curry Rice カレーライス
Have you heard of Japanese curry or Curry Rice (Karē Raisu)? If not, it’s best described as mild and thick curry. Even though curry was originally from Southeast Asia, it has become one of most popular foods in Japan enjoyed by people of all ages.
Japanese curry is always served with steamed rice, and the common ingredients include a variety of proteins (chicken, beef, pork, seafood), potatoes, onions, and carrots.
To make Thai or Indian curry, you would add the curry spices from the very beginning. However, Japanese curry is seasoned with curry roux toward the end of cooking. Until then it’s just a plain soup/stew.
Making Curry with Electric Pressure Cooker
Why did I make Japanese curry with an electric pressure cooker this time? When you cook curry on stove top, you have to keep stirring and cook at a low temperature after adding the curry roux. If you don’t, the thick curry could burn and your entire pot could be ruined.
With the electric pressure cooker, there is no risk of the curry being burnt and the texture is just perfect.
What is Curry Roux?
As I mentioned earlier, Japanese curry is seasoned with curry roux. Roux is a type of thickening agents used for thickening soups and sauces and it is typically made from fat and flour.
Most Japanese make curry with a boxed Japanese curry roux like this (picture above). You can find different spice level and various brands of curry roux at Japanese or Asian grocery stores. These days I can even find it in the Asian isle in American supermarkets.
If you prefer to make curry roux from scratch and have additional 30 minutes to spare, check out my Homemade Curry Roux recipe. All you need is flour, butter, curry powder, and additional spice.
Personalize the Store-bought Curry with Additional Seasonings
Growing up in Japan, curry was a “fast food” for my family; the food that my mom made ahead of time or previous day when she knew that she couldn’t prepare dinner in time.
I always saw my mom adding grated apple and different condiments to the curry while she was making them. She said, “if you put just boxed curry roux, it always tastes same, and it’s same as your neighbor’s curry.”
So she taught me two tricks. Use two different brands of curry roux (sometimes mix the spice level, like mild and medium spicy) and use additional seasonings.
My mom and I would use the combination of the following ingredients.
- Grated apple
- Red wine or sake
- Oyster sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Tonkatsu sauce
- Soy sauce (used in this recipe)
- Ketchup (used in this recipe)
Other ingredients that my mom or I haven’t added in our curry include peanut butter, marmalade, and banana (really?!). Do you add any additional flavoring to your Japanese curry?
What is Instant Pot?
Just so you know, my Instant Pot recipes are not sponsored by the company. Although they did send me this Instant Pot to try, I’m sharing my recipes because I am very passionate about this cool gadget that could help you make fantastic meals on weeknights.
To quickly explain, this Instant Pot is a 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker. It can be a rice maker/porridge maker, steamer, sauté/browning, yogurt maker, and warmer, but I mostly use pressure cooker and occasionally slow cooker function.
Pressure cooking really fits my busy lifestyle. Usually I decided on a dinner menu a few hours before dinner time, then I quickly put all ingredients in the pot before heading out to kids’ activities in the evening. We come back in an hour, and dinner is ready!
Many of my readers purchased one to make my recipes, so I’m hoping to share more Instant Pot Japanese recipes time to time.
I hope you enjoy making this Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry recipe! If you try it, don’t forget to share your picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #JustOneCookbook. Thank you so much for reading, and till next time!
Similar Recipes To Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry
- 3 medium onions
- 1 ½ medium carrot
- 3 Yukon gold potatoes
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1 ½ lb. (680 g) boneless skinless chicken thighs
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 cups (720 ml) chicken stocks
- 1 package (8.4 oz, 240 g ) Japanese curry roux (I use 2 different brands) Homemade or buy on Amazon
- 1 Tbsp. ketchup
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- Furkujinzuke (red pickled daikon) for garnish (buy on Amazon)
- Pressure cooker (I use Instant Pot)
- Cut the onion in half and cut the halves into 5 wedges.
- Peel the carrot and cut into bite sizes. I use Japanese cutting technique called “Rangiri”. Cut the carrot diagonally while rotating it a quarter between cuts. This not only results in an attractive shape that is good for stews and simmered dishes, but also gives the pieces bigger surface space to absorb seasonings quicker.
- Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Soak in water to remove starch.
- Mince the garlic and grate ginger.
- Cut the meat into bite size pieces (I use Japanese cutting technique “Sogigiri”). Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Press the “Sauté” button on your Instant Pot and heat 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil.
- When the pot is hot, add the onion, minced garlic and ginger.
- Add the chicken to the pot and coat with oil.
- Add carrot and potato to the pot and mix well.
- Add 3 cups (720 ml) chicken broth and curry roux. Use spatula to push down some ingredients but keep the curry roux blocks on top.
- Cover and lock the lid. Make sure the steam release handle points at “sealing” and not “venting”. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button on the Instant Pot to stop sauté. Press the “meat/Stew” button to switch to the pressure cooking mode. Press “minus” button to change the cooking time to 15 minutes.
- If you’re using a stove-top pressure cooker, you won’t have the buttons to press. Just cook on high heat until high pressure is reached. Then reduce the heat to low but maintain high pressure for about 15 minutes.
- When it is finished cooking, the Instant Pot will switch automatically to a “Keep Warm” mode. Slide the steam release handle to the "Venting" position to let out steam until the float valve drops down, OR let the pressure release naturally (takes about 15 mins).
- Unlock the lid and add 1 Tbsp. ketchup and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce. Mix well and make sure all the curry roux has been dissolved. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with Fukujinzuke (red daikon pickles).