Japanese Beef Curry Udon (Kare Udon) Made Simple

This Japanese beef curry udon is the perfect comfort food, made with tender beef, chewy udon noodles, and a Japanese curry that's to die for!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 327kcal
Author Danielle Wolter


  • 1 lbs. beef stew meat
  • 1/2 cup Japanese curry roux
  • 18 oz. fresh udon noodles
  • Small white potato peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash diced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 - 1 cup green onions sliced
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups seafood broth see note below

Seafood broth:

Braising Liquid


Preparing the Beef

  • Season beef with salt and pepper and dredge lightly in flour.  
  • Sear beef on all sides.  Make sure to sear very well, you want a crust on all sides for the most tender beef.
  • While beef is cooking, combine all braising liquid ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add beef and simmer for about an hour, or until tender.

Make the Curry Udon:

  • Bring the seafood broth to a simmer and add the potatoes and butternut squash.  Cook until soft, about 10-15 minutes.  
  • Heat another pot of water to boiling, and cook the udon noodles for 3-4 minutes.  Strain and set aside.  
  • Sauté the onions and garlic until soft. 
  • Remove stems from the reserved shiitake mushrooms, chop and add to onions and garlic.  
  • Add the braised beef and cook for 1-2 minutes.  
  • Add the curry paste to the beef, stirring until beef is coated in the curry.  
  • Add the beef mixture to the broth, along with the cooked udon noodles and bring to a simmer, adding salt to taste.  
  • Remove from heat, garnish with green onions and serve.

Seafood Broth

  • Bring all ingredients to a simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • Strain and reserve mushrooms for the curry (see above).


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1629mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4585IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.5mg