Do you love a good curry? Here we’ve rounded up our most delicious Japanese curry recipes you’d want to make over and over again.
Japanese are obsessed with curry. While it’s not native to Japanese cuisine, Japanese curry is considered one of the nation’s most popular convenience and comfort foods. We even invented a myriad of Japanese curry dishes that are suited to the Japanese lighter palette.
Unlike Thai or Indian-style curries, most of the Japanese curry dishes are sweeter and milder in heat and with a stew-like texture. They make a perfect introduction to people who are trying curry for the first time. Which means they are kid-friendly too. Did we mention they are also easy to make and freezer-friendly? Let’s cook up some flavor-packed, comforting curries today!
15 Popular Japanese Curry Recipes to Make at Home
Most Japanese curries use readily made Japanese curry sauce mix that come in a convenient package. But you can easily make Japanese Curry Roux from scratch with only 5 ingredients! It’s much more flavorful and free of preservatives. Once you have this nailed down, you can use the curry roux to flavor a great variety of dishes you can think of.
This is probably the most popular chicken curry for all generations in Japan! In this recipe, tender pieces of chicken, carrots, and potatoes cooked in a rich savory curry sauce. It’s hearty and super comforting. A must-keep for your family meal.
3. Curry Udon
Thick chewy udon noodles soaked in a rich, fragrant curry sauce, this Curry Udon will satisfy your noodles craving in an instant. Bonus: it’s simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight. Grab your chopsticks and slurp away!
4. Soup Curry
A relatively new addition to the popular Japanese curry scene, Soup Curry hails from Sapporo, Hokkaido. The light curry-flavored soup is served with fall-off-the-bone chicken and colorful vegetables that are flash-fried to give the vibrant colors. Unlike the typical Japanese curry, steamed rice is always served separately from the curry soup.
5. Katsu Curry
Ultra crispy oven-baked chicken or pork cutlet slathered in a creamy curry sauce served over a bed of steamed rice. Need we say more?
This vegetarian curry is all about the clever layering of ingredients to bring up the flavors and textures. With thick, meaty slices of king oyster mushrooms, colorful chunky vegetables, and homemade roux, it’s going to be the most exciting, satisfying meal you’d love for a very long time.
7. Curry Ramen
When there are nights that call for emergency meals, reach for a package of instant ramen and leftover curry in the freezer to make this super easy Curry Ramen.
8. Beef Curry
Savory and hearty Japanese beef curry made with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushroom, and Japanese curry roux. This is a staple on cold wintry days.
10. Curry Doria
11. Cold Curry Udon
Cold Curry Udon is chilled udon soaked in a curry soup, topped with sliced pork, boiled egg, sliced onion, julienned cucumber, mizuna leaves, tomatoes, and grilled eggplant. It’s a colorful, nutritious and refreshingly savory summer dish!
Packed with amazing flavors from shrimp, squid, scallops, spices, and kombu dashi, this Japanese Seafood Curry may sound luxurious but totally doable on a weeknight with the help of an Instant Pot! Use frozen seafood mix for an even quicker version.
Dinner is solved on a busy weeknight with this easy yet delicious Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry. I simply add the ingredients in the pot, set up the timer, go out for my kids’ activity, and come home for a fabulous dinner ready to eat.
14. Curry Bread
Tired of the same old pastries with sweet fillings? Try this savory bread bun with curry filling instead. The exterior is lightly coated with crispy panko, which makes the bread even more delicious and satisfying. This Curry Bread (or Kare Pan) is very popular at Japanese bakery shops, but you can definitely nail the recipe at home with my detailed instructions and video tutorial. What’s hard is to stop yourself from eating more than one when the curry buns are freshly baked out of the oven.
15. Keema Curry
An Indian curry dish that has been adapted to the Japanese palate, Keema Curry is a simple curry with ground meat and minced vegetables like onions, carrots, celery, and mushrooms. It’s a curry that you can whip up in under 20 minutes.