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Simmered Konnyaku with Beef

Here is an example of a healthy konnyaku recipe the whole family can enjoy.
Author Joost Nusselder


  • 1 block konnyaku
  • 4 oz. stewing beef cut into ½” cubes
  • 3 cups dashi
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. mirin
  • 2 tbsp. sake
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. brown or red miso paste


  • Bring water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add a block of konnyaku. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain and discard water.
  • Cut konnyaku lengthwise into 2 even blocks and make ½” thick cubes out of them. Then, take each cube and make small cuts both horizontally and vertically to allow liquids to penetrate. Set aside.
  • Place a skillet over high heat. Add cooking oil. Then add cubed beef and brown on both sides. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Use remaining fat to sauté the konnyaku so the surface is slightly blistered and browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place beef and konnyaku, dashi, soy sauce, mirin and sake in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 1 to 1 ½ hours until the beef and konnyaku are tender.
  • Add miso paste and stir until dissolved.