EAT: INSTANT POT JAPANESE CURRY RECIPE featured by top San Francisco foodie blogger Sylvie in the Sky

It’s officially comfort food season, and for this working mama, Instant Pot Comfort Food season. Working in the retail industry during the Holidays means the days are CRAZY, and I’m almost out of gas when we get home after school and daycare pickups. But the Instant Pot lets me make feel good, cozy winter recipes for the family in under an hour, with extra to bring to work the next day. Today I’m sharing one of our longtime favorite Winter comfort foods from our travels to Japan. This Instant Pot Japanese Curry recipe is heaven in a bowl AND beyond easy to make.

The Difference Between Japanese Curry and Indian Curry and Thai Curry

Japanese curry sauces are made with spice powders, flour, and oil and as a result, it has a signature brown color. Only the spice levels vary. Japanese curry is a hearty dish and slightly peppery.

The Japanese style curry usually has a thicker gravy than Indian or Thai curries. Japanese curry dishes commonly include onions, carrots, and potatoes served with shrimp tempura (my favorite!), beef, pork, or chicken, all served over a bowl of white rice.


Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 35 mins

Servings: 6


3 onions

1½ carrots

3 Yukon gold potatoes

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp ginger

1½ lb boneless skinless chicken thighs

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp vegetable oil (canola is ok too)

3 cups chicken broth

1 package Japanese curry

1 Tbsp ketchup

1 Tbsp soy sauce

Julienned red pickled daikon for garnish


Cut the onions into quarters

Peel the carrot and cut into diagonal slices

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. 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 chicken broth and curry blocks from one box. I use 1 medium spicy box, but there are mild options as well. Do not mix this – you can use a spatula to push down the ingredients but always keep the curry blocks on top.

Cover and lock the lid and make sure valve is pointed to “sealing”. Press the Cancel button on the Instant Pot to stop sauté. Press the “Meat/Stew” button to switch to the pressure cooking mode.

Set the cooking time to 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.

Change to saute mode for additional 5 minutes until homemade curry blends and dissolves evenly.

Transfer to a serving dish and top with sliced red daikon pickles.

EAT: INSTANT POT JAPANESE CURRY RECIPE featured by top San Francisco foodie blogger Sylvie in the Sky

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  1. Devyani Ray wrote:

    This looks super appetizing and healthy

    Posted 2.19.19 Reply
  2. That sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for putting this together!

    Posted 2.18.19 Reply
  3. Dalene Ekirapa wrote:

    I prefer when curry is thicker so I could go for the Japanese curry than the Indian recipe. As well, when it’s spicy, I love it more!

    Posted 2.18.19 Reply
  4. I love japanese curry. Would love to try this recipe!

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  5. Kiwi wrote:

    Japanese Curry rice sounds amazing. I would love to taste this!

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  6. Rowena wrote:

    I bet this is delicious. I have only tasted Chicken Curry. I wonder how Japanese Curry tastes like. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  7. Natalie wrote:

    I’ve been really into Indian curry lately, with lots of rice and lentils. Interesting to see a Japanese recipe, I’ve never tried one!

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  8. Princess Quinn wrote:

    This is a wonderful recipe to try. I am sure my friends and family is going to love this. What a mouthful of tastebuds.

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  9. Alexandra Cook wrote:

    I absolutely love the Instant Pot. However, I haven’t made much with it because I know very little. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

    Posted 2.16.19 Reply
  10. Laura Dove wrote:

    Ooh this sounds delicious! I am all about the one pot recipes – it saves on time and washing up! YUM!

    Posted 2.16.19 Reply
  11. Chelle Dizon wrote:

    This is the first time that I have heard about Japanese Curry. I’m sure this taste really delicious and flavorful!

    Posted 2.16.19 Reply
  12. Rowena wrote:

    I love japanese curry. We have that here and it’s very delicious although I have to buy it from the restaurant. Good thing you shared your recipe. I may not be buying anytime soon.

    Posted 2.16.19 Reply
  13. Yes, Japanese curry is my favorite and they tasted different from other curry. I only got to learn that when I visited Japan and tasted their curry there. I fall in love with the Japanese curry at the very first time I tasted them.

    Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  14. leah wrote:

    oh yummy! I love finding new recipes that have vegan options!

    Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  15. I learned something new. My husband loves Indian curry so I bet he would like this curry.

    Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  16. Joan wrote:

    I never even knew there was a Japanese curry, how naive of me. This does look delicious, I am yet to get my instant pot and this recipe I will be trying.

    Posted 2.15.19 Reply