Pumpkin the Japanese Way.

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

One of my most favourite Japanese side dishes made with one of my favourite vegetables. This is eaten at room temperature, and is especially tasty (I think). I usually make extra, as youngest son and I love the left-overs.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 600 g pumpkin (not butternut, but a HARD skinned variety like Queensland Blue or Kent)
  • 300 ml dashi (I use instant made according to the directions on my current packet)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Halve or quater the pumpkin, remove seeds and stringy part.
  2. Cut into 5cm pieces.
  3. Slice off the skin at random to give surface a mottled appearance and to allow flavour of dashi to steep in.
  4. (We all are able to eat the skin once the dish is cooked).
  5. Put pumpkin in saucepan skin side down, and add the dashi.
  6. Bring to the boil and add the mirin and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, with a dropped lid (smaller than the cooking pot) placed right on top the ingredients.
  7. (This keeps the ingredients from breaking up, whilst distributing the flavours without stirring).
  8. Add the salt and soy.
  9. Cover with saucepan lid and simmer until soft and most of the liquid evaporates.
  10. Turn off the heat and cool in saucepan to let the flavour seep in.
  11. I taste before all the liquid is gone to see if it is flavorful enough as some pumpkins are tastier than others.
  12. If it's lacking in flavour I might add a bit more soy, mirin or a big pinch of sugar.
  13. This is generally eaten at room temperature as a side dish.
Most Helpful

I make something similar to this and it is very good. I was taught to add about 2tbs sake, 2 tbs sugar and 2 tbs soy sauce.

kumiko_aki October 17, 2009

My japanese mother in law taught me this dish long time ago.And this dish is normally eaten slightly sweet and I prefer it sweeter as well. But we normally add in 3 tbsp sugar, 1 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce and 1/2 cup of water.And omit the dashi.

syltel March 28, 2006

I think it tastes better if you use Kabocha(japanese pumpkin). That is how my mom used to make when I was little.

momochan April 19, 2005