Easy Japanese Recipes

Potato Salad Pork Roll

Potato Salad Pork Rolls II

Japanese cooking uses thinly sliced beef and pork for many dishes.  One of the most common way to utilize these thin slices of meat is to roll something with it.

Potato Salad Pork Roll Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com
In my blog, I’ve shared several beef and pork roll recipes so far and they are:

Using sliced meat allows us to be very creative and I like hiding veggies in the meat so my kids tend to finish the vegetables with the meat (without even realizing they ate veggies).  The recipe I am sharing today is related Wednesday’s Japanese Potato Salad.  With the leftover potato salad, you can roll them with sliced pork.  This is my mother’s recipe and my dad, my brother, and I used to love eating this.  It’s one of the dishes that I feel nostalgic about.  I hope you enjoy this delicious pork roll.

Potato Salad Pork Rolls III

Before going to the recipe, I want to thank Kym of Free Spirit Eater for the blog awards.  Thank you Kym!!  Have a great long weekend everyone!

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Potato Salad Pork Roll
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Serves: 4
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin
  • 1 ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. ginger, grated
  1. Place Japanese Potato Salad on the bottom end of a piece of sliced pork and roll to wrap it up with the sliced meat.
  2. Dredge the rolls in corn starch or sprinkle corn starch on top of rolls. Remove excess corn starch off from the meat.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Gently place the meat rolls in the pan and brown all sides. Do not touch the meat unless the bottom of the meat is nicely golden color. Then turn to brown all sides. If you start turning the rolls too often, the potato salad will come out from the side. If you need more oil to brown the meat faster, add another 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil.
  4. When all sides are nicely golden browned, cover and cook 3 minutes on medium-low heat.
  5. Add Sauce. Shift the frying pan and rotate the meat rolls to coat evenly. Serve immediately.
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  • nipponnin September 2, 2011, 12:06 am


    • Nami September 2, 2011, 12:15 am


  • Katherine Martinelli September 2, 2011, 12:53 am

    I love this! The potato salad recipe was great and I love that you gave us something to do with the leftovers. In New York they sell shabu shabu meat at quite a few places (like Sunrise Mart in the East Village) but here in Israel the closest thing we’ve got is chicken breast pounded very thin for schnitzel :-) But now I want to try rolling that!

  • Sissi September 2, 2011, 1:15 am

    Nami, on Wednesday I wanted so much to make a potato salad as soon as I saw your post, but now I know I will make a huge batch of the potato salad only to have some leftovers and make these gorgeous rolls! They look at least as delicious as your Mashed Potato Pork Teriyaki Rolls which I have made at least dozen times and which are always excellent. (What are the cute green leaves on the first photo? Are these radish sprouts?).

    • Nami September 6, 2011, 9:36 am

      We call it “Kaiware Daikon”. I’m not quite sure the English name for it… It has some bitter taste to it. We often use it for decoration or sushi or salad.

  • Alessandra September 2, 2011, 2:42 am

    So funny to think that you hide the veggies in meat… no hiding for us, my kids are vegetarian!!! ;-)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 2, 2011, 2:45 am

    You are SO creative Nami! I love this idea and wrapping the potato salad in pork is just brilliant :)

  • Shawn September 2, 2011, 2:59 am

    Love, love this recipe! I’ll make the potato salad just to have the pork rolls :)

  • Shaz (feedingmykidsbetter) September 2, 2011, 3:18 am

    Wow I can just imagine the texture and taste of these rolls!

  • Tobias @ T and Tea Cake September 2, 2011, 4:10 am

    That is such a great way to ‘recycle’ left-overs without giving the dish a ‘left-overy’ feeling. It sometimes comes in handy not having to do everything from scratch on one particular day. So far, I have only managed to pan-fry left-over potatoes or pasta. :)

    Oh, and the fabric is just too cute! Kinda poppy just like I could pop your little rolls right into my mouth! ;)


  • Lori Lynn September 2, 2011, 4:27 am

    I had to go over and read about the difference.
    Those little rolls look scrumptious. No wonder your dad and brother are fans.

  • Lyn September 2, 2011, 4:53 am

    Congrats on your blog awards again, Nami! :D
    Beautiful presentation and what a great idea using just one recipe for two different dishes! ;)
    Both dishes make great snacks for gatherings, parties and all! LOVE IT! :D

    Enjoy your weekends! :)

  • Jill Colonna September 2, 2011, 5:36 am

    Nami, these look so tasty. Have to keep this recipe and try them for something different. Well done on the awards, too!

  • Adora's Box September 2, 2011, 5:42 am

    Lovely recipe, Nami. I’ve already told you that I love Japanese potato salad. Now I love it more since it’s wrapped it pork. I like dishes that can be rehashed into something else.

  • Kelly September 2, 2011, 5:59 am

    Fantastic Nami! I can taste these little delectables from here…so beautiful and versatile – I suspect I could easily sub chicken.

  • Beth Michelle September 2, 2011, 6:51 am

    Your pork rolls look beautiful!!! Love that it is made using that amazing potato salad you posted. Like Katherine said the closest thing we have to shabu shabu is the schnitzle meat! Have a great weekend Nami!

  • jess @ littlegirlbigappetite.com September 2, 2011, 7:54 am

    oh my gosh I didn’t even realize the “skin” was the thinly sliced pork till I read the recipe! Yummm! Thanks Nami! Have an awesome weekend!

  • anncoo September 2, 2011, 7:56 am

    Gosh, looking at these rolls made me hungry! Lovely pics as usual :) Thanks Nami!

  • Cindy September 2, 2011, 8:02 am

    I LOVE IT! Hiding vegi in adorable rolls! Before “meeting” you, I never really know what to do with shabu meat. My Mom would only buy them when we eat hot pot at home, I used to buy them and cut the slices to smaller size for stir fry, really saved time on preparation. Though the rolls are just so much more fun to prepare and eat!

  • Reem | Simply Reem September 2, 2011, 8:43 am

    What a wonderful use of thinly sliced meat and potato salad…
    You are so talented Nami….. These rolls look so crispy and perfect. Yum…

  • Liz September 2, 2011, 9:47 am

    I’ve been waiting for this post, Nami! These look fabulous!!! And beautiful. And can you send me some??? Have a great weekend, my friend~

  • Jamie @ the unseasoned wok September 2, 2011, 9:53 am

    Nami you never cease to surprise me with new ways to spruce up old dishes … and leftovers! Unjust had a huge container if leftover
    Potato salad that I forced myself to try and finish. I wishnj had this recipe last week. I’ll definitely think of this next time. Thanks!!

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious September 2, 2011, 10:19 am

    Yum this sounds great!! I love how you make all these rolls. Have a great long weekend Nami!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy September 2, 2011, 11:43 am

    These rolls look so perfect Nami..I m gonna try these with chicken tenders next time I throw a party. YUM!! I could eat so many of those!This is a true meat & potatoes dish!
    Have a fun long weekend!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies September 2, 2011, 11:53 am

    Very creative, I have never seen pork prepared this way. Its sort of an upgraded version of pork and mashed potatoes, combined into one. Have a great weekend

  • Dee at Deelicious Sweets September 2, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Wow, these look so awesome! I am always taking my left over potato salad and making it into a sandwich. I will try this next time! Thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie September 2, 2011, 12:09 pm

    These are so great, Nami!! I would make these for a party to serve as an appetizers!

  • kankana September 2, 2011, 12:32 pm

    You are showing me a whole new dimension of Japanese cuisines. I am drooling here looking at this. It looks easy and it has pork! I am gonna make these someday.

  • Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts September 2, 2011, 1:14 pm

    What a great way to use leftovers!! How did you get the pork to remain so crispy looking after drenching it with sauce? looks absolutely wonderful!!

    • Nami September 6, 2011, 10:28 am

      It’s still crispy because of the corn starch that I applied before cooking the meat. The meat is kept in shape and the corn starch will thicken the sauce later on. :-)

  • Suzi September 2, 2011, 1:18 pm

    These do look delicious even though I don’t eat pork, I love things rolled up and browned, also loved the potoato salad. Have a great weekend.

  • Cooking Gallery September 2, 2011, 2:10 pm

    These pork rolls look and sound so delicious! I don’t usually have a stock of potatoes at home though, so it might take some time until I’ll make them – I am more a rice person ;). I always somehow find that making something out of potatoes to be so much work ;). I wish we lived nearby that I could just knock on your door and beg you to give me some of these delicious-looking pork rolls, hehehe…;).

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen September 2, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Wow, Nami, you turned something good in something even better… is it even possible? :)
    Great salad and great rolls! Nice use of leftovers!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 2, 2011, 5:48 pm

    Gorgeous! These sound great! I love rolling the veggies in with the meat! What a great family recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • tigerfish September 2, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Fried to perfection! And the rolls must be crispy and moist. Delicious.

  • elisabeth@foodandthrift September 2, 2011, 8:32 pm

    Nami-had you not shown the step-by-step directions on the yummy pork rolls, I would not have any idea, even with the recipe and directions!
    These are amazing appetizers, and so unique that would “blow” the guest away!
    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

  • Shirley September 2, 2011, 8:56 pm

    I’ve never had anything like this, but it looks so good! I initially thought they looked like egg rolls. Pork and potatoes… this is my kinda recipe.

    And I’m so glad you and your family liked the chicken and snow peas stir-fry!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking September 2, 2011, 9:01 pm

    What a great rolls and awesome use of potato salad. Wonderful recipe Nami, I could eat these every day without complaining:)) I think even my kids would enjoy it! I really love all your photos, and presentation too! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Ann September 2, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Nami, this is stunning! What a clever idea and I just love the nostalgia of having a childhood favorite….

  • Christine September 2, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Looks easy and tasty!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book September 3, 2011, 2:18 am

    Oh Nami, what fantastic tasty treats! I can understand why you enjoyed these so much as a child! YUMMY!
    Have a happy weekend.
    :-) Mandy

  • Jenny September 3, 2011, 2:44 am

    Simple and delish! I think my kids would have loved it too!!

  • Belinda @zomppa September 3, 2011, 4:19 am

    Never thought to put potato SALAD into pork rolls! If these count as veggies, I’d have eaten my veggies long ago!

  • Brad Theodore September 3, 2011, 7:56 am

    I love pork! I never thought to roll up potato salad with it & pan fry. saving this recipe

  • purabi naha September 3, 2011, 8:26 am

    Nami, you shared a very interesting dish!! Love your idea to hide veggies inside the pork and feed the kids with this trick!! hey, we moms always have a solution!
    But using up the potato salad in this dish is really a fantastic idea!! I am amazed…

  • Joanna @ Chic&Gorgeous Treats September 3, 2011, 9:18 am

    Nami, these looks absolutely delish.. crispy on the outside and tasty on the inside. I’m sure my family will love these. Can’t wait to make them over the weekend. Till then!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers, Jo

  • Kay Ecker September 3, 2011, 11:08 am

    I love this, Nami! I never thought of using the Potato Salad this way. My mom used to make me Potato Salad Sandwiches w/the leftovers ;o)

  • Barefeet In The Kitchen September 3, 2011, 1:42 pm

    This is so cool, Nami! I would never have thought to use potato salad in the rolls. I bet they taste wonderful.

  • Claire September 3, 2011, 1:57 pm

    what a cool recipe! i liked how you said that you can hide veggies with the thinly sliced meat. such a kid friendly recipe yet looks soooo delicious. I’ve never had Japanese potato salad so I’d be interested in trying that too.

  • Terris-Free Eats Food September 3, 2011, 5:30 pm

    This is such a surprise dish to me. I have never thought of putting potato salad inside of meat like that, but it is brilliant! My kids would be thrilled to eat this. Thanks for sharing a unique recipe. Oh, and your photos are looking awesome Nami!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day September 3, 2011, 8:38 pm

    This is an awesome recipe. The texture looks so perfect and I love the flavor combo of that sauce, yum! Well done Nami (as always!) :)

  • Raymund September 3, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Thats a great tip! hiding veggies in a roll of meat. In the Philippines we also have some similar tricks for kids to eat veggies like chopping them into small pieces and put them in a soup this was it will be hard for them to remove one by one every vegetables they see and flavour wont be over powering the dish they are eating as it is consumed in small amounts. But for me I never had issue with my daughter she eats everything without complain :)

  • Sonia September 3, 2011, 10:13 pm

    One potato salad eating two ways, your mom is so creative. So glad you create this blog as we can learn Japanese cooking from you and your mom. Thanks for sharing.

  • Emily {The Best of this Life} September 4, 2011, 6:16 am

    What a creative idea! I bet my husband would go crazy for this one!! :)

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  • Susan September 4, 2011, 7:04 am

    Those look super yummy. It must be a great way to use up leftovers. I’m going to have to give this a try! Gorgeous as always Nami!

  • skip to malou September 4, 2011, 7:12 am

    Hi Nami,
    Happy holiday weekend to you… I know you are super busy with the kids and all but I admire your creativity in the kitchen. Girl you are on a roll.. and all the time haha.
    Definitely not a left over dish looking.. it’s a new dish in itself. I love it when left overs turn to be stars themselves .. hahah did you think what I just said made sense? Hahah..
    Enjoying your site as always,

  • Lilly September 4, 2011, 11:55 am

    What a great way of using your leftover potato salad. Did you really had leftovers or did you just put some aside for this dish? I know I would =)
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Jen at The Three Little Piglets September 4, 2011, 3:09 pm

    These would make the perfect appetizer for game day…

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) September 4, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Very nice! I haven’t tried wrapping things into thin slices of meat yet (although there are traditional German recipes for “Rouladen”, as it’s called over here), but I shall certainly try!

  • Sandra September 4, 2011, 4:40 pm

    It would take me several tries before I got the hang of wraping these. Then, I’m sure I would eat too many of them!

  • Quay Po Cooks September 4, 2011, 6:59 pm

    Nami, You are so good at anything you cook. These rolls look so perfectly wrapped and I have no doubt they taste good as well.

  • kita September 5, 2011, 10:04 am

    What neat little pork rolls. I have never had anything like this but wow – do I want to try them now! They look so tasty!

  • Maureen September 5, 2011, 2:56 pm

    These pork rolls are fantastic! Who else would have thought of “repurposing” the potato salad to make something totally new. Only you!

  • Belinda @zomppa September 6, 2011, 3:53 pm

    Beautiful cookbook and your dish turned out just perfectly!

  • Firefly September 6, 2011, 10:04 pm

    Delicious recipe and beautiful photos as always :) Thanks for sharing :D

  • Naoko September 7, 2011, 3:57 am

    ポテトサラダの新しい活用法をみたw すごい美味しそう:)確かにお弁当とかにもよさそうなんで、今度つくってみよ。友達にもすすめるわ〜〜^^/~

  • Tiffany September 7, 2011, 5:40 pm

    No pork for me, but this photo is absolutely beautiful!

  • PolaM September 7, 2011, 8:38 pm

    Those look so cute and tasty: I am sure I could eat about 100…

  • Jen November 17, 2014, 10:42 pm

    This is so cool! I’m going to try this thank you Nami!!

    • Nami November 18, 2014, 10:19 pm

      I hope you enjoy this recipe, Jen! :)