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A bowl of Japanese Beef Curry with Rice

Instant Pot Japanese Curry Recipe

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Instant Pot Japanese Curry. A sweet and spicy curry, one of Japan's classic comfort meals.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large carrots (6oz), peeled and cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ½-inch chunks
  • 3 cups chicken broth (homemade or low-sodium store-bought)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (if using homemade broth)
  • 6.4- to 7.8-ounces Japanese curry sauce mix (2 small boxes or 1 large box)

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Sauté the aromatics: In an Instant Pot set to sauté mode - high, heat the vegetable oil until it starts to shimmer. (Use medium-high heat with a stovetop PC). Stir in the onion, garlic, and ginger, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, and sauté until the onion softens, about 3 minutes.
  2. Everything in the pot: Sprinkle the sliced beef with ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt, then stir the beef into the pot. Stir in the carrots, baby Yukon gold potatoes, chicken broth, and ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt (if using homemade broth). Set the curry roux tablets on top of everything in the pot, and do NOT stir them in - let them float on top. (If they sink to the bottom too soon, you will get a burn warning.)
  3. Pressure Cook for 15 minutes with a Natural Release: Lock the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 15 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric PC (use "Manual," "Pressure Cook," or "Pressure Cook - Custom" set to 15 minutes) or for 12 minutes in a stovetop PC. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 20 minutes. (You can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes if you're in a hurry.)
  4. Finish the curry, serve, and enjoy: Remove the lid from the pressure cooker, tilting it away from you to avoid scalding steam. Stir until the curry paste is mixed evenly into the pot, then stir in the soy sauce. Ladle the curry into bowls, and serve with rice or cooked udon noodles. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Keywords: Instant Pot Japanese Curry, Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry