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No. 040 Nikujaga
[Standard dish made with the umami of crickets without the need for soup stock]

Cooking time: 30 minutes

“Grillus Kitchen” that delivers recipes using Grilus cricket ingredients
This time, we will introduce the standard dish "Nikujaga" made with the umami of crickets without the need for soup stock!

Nikujaga is a classic home-cooked dish loved by everyone.
It is characterized by the deliciousness of the dashi soup that soaks into the fluffy potatoes.

A main side dish made with just soy sauce, sake, sugar, and mirin.
We will introduce a recipe that substitutes this soy sauce with grilus extract, which is extracted from domestic Futahoshi crickets.

The umami of the cricket-derived broth is combined with the umami of the meat, resulting in a nikujaga that is a bit different from the usual.


  • Gryllus extract
    3 tablespoons
  • shredded pork
  • Potatoes (cut into bite-sized pieces) (A)
    2 pieces
  • Carrot (half-moon cut) (A)
  • Onion (cut into wedges) (A)
    1/2 piece
  • Mirin (B)
    2 tablespoons
  • Sake (B)
    2 tablespoons
  • Sugar (B)
    2 tablespoons
  • Salad oil
    1 tablespoon
  • silk pods (boiled)
    moderate amount

How to make

  • Put salad oil in a frying pan and heat it up.
  • When the pork is browned, add (A).
  • When the salad oil is familiar, mix 300 ml of water (not listed), Grilus extract, and (B), and simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are soft.
  • Arrange on a plate and top with silk pods.

So crickets!

Grilus extract extracted from domestic Futahoshi crickets grown 100% from food waste using a unique method.
It is a seasoning liquid with a characteristic mellow dashi flavor and an excellent balance with saltiness.
It is a product that can be easily added to simmered dishes such as meat and potatoes, as well as stir-fried dishes such as teriyaki.

The leftover meat and potatoes can be arranged into curry or croquettes, so you can eat deliciously until the end.

Also, the potatoes and carrots used for nikujaga can be eaten whole without peeling, just washed with a scrubbing brush to reduce the amount of food waste.

Why Cricket?

The protein crisis that will occur in the future and the food loss problem that is currently occurring mainly in developed countries. In order to solve both of these problems, Grilas grows edible crickets using food waste as food.

If you want to know more about Grylas's initiatives, please click here.