Japanese Food: What Is Nimono?

Nimono is Japanese food that is cooked using a simmering process

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

There are many different styles of cooking Japanese food.

There are many methods of cooking Japanese food. Japanese food can be stir-fried, deep-fried, or grilled, and those are just some examples of the many techniques used to cook Japanese food.

Nimono is a type of Japanese dish that typically consists of one base ingredient that is simmered in shiru stock. The base ingredient is typically a Japanese food like vegetables, tofu, fish, or other seafood.  The shiru stock is typically dashi, a simple broth, and is flavored with sake, soy sauce, and is slightly sweetened. The stock can also be flavored with other ingredients like miso or vinegar.

When cooking a nimono dish, the nimono is usually simmered in stock until the base ingredient has soaked up all of the stock or the stock has evaporated.

Misoni, fish simmered in a mixture of seafood and dashi, as well as nikujaga, a beef and potato stew, are two common examples of nimono. 

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