Satoimo Nimono

When simmered, the unassuming satoimo softens and soaks up the seasoning juices to provide comfort in every bite.

The term nimono comes from the combination of niru, or to simmer, boil or stew; and mono, which means ‘thing’. Satoimo is a small variety of taro root native to Japan, and its name means village/hometown (sato) potato (imo). Put it all together and you’ve got yourself some ‘simmered hometown potato’ 🙂

Satoimo is said to have been cultivated in Japan since around 10,000 BCE, about 6000 years earlier than the first records of rice cultivation! It is rich in hyaluronic acid, a substance that our body produces naturally when we’re young. Hyaluronic acid promotes strong joints, and works with collagen to keep our body looking youthful. However, we start losing the ability to produce it as we age – a good reason to stock up on satoimo!

If you don’t like its slimy texture, here’s a good trick: boil it, then rinse it in cool or lukewarm water before incorporating into your dish. You might also want to wear gloves while scrubbing or peeling it, as when raw, its flesh contains a substance that can irritate the skin.

5 from 2 votes

Satoimo Nimono

Servings 2 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 300 g satoimo
  • 150 g minced chicken
  • green onion thinly sliced, to taste
  • tbsp sugar (seasoning)
  • 1 cup dashi (seasoning)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (seasoning)
  • 1 tbsp mirin (seasoning)


  • 「PREP」Wash the satoimo thoroughly, peel, and put into a pot full of water to boil for 1-2 minutes. Place pot under cold running water for about 5 minutes. Return to the stove and bring to a boil again, then drain and set aside.
    Satoimo Nimono - Preparation
  • Stir-fry the minced chicken. When the colour changes, turn off the heat and add the satoimo.
    Satoimo Nimono - Step1
  • Add the seasoning ingredients and cover with an otoshibuta (drop lid). Simmer over low heat until the satoimo softens and absorbs the flavour of the seasoning (about 15 minutes). Remove any scum that may form on the surface.
    Satoimo Nimono - Step2
  • Dish out into shallow bowls and top with a sprinkling of green onions to taste.
    Satoimo Nimono
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Chicken, Nimono, Vegetable

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  1. Carmen Agnes Wakamatsu says:

    5 stars
    It is very simple and easy to prepare. Thank you. It is very delicious.

    1. Glad you liked it! 😀

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