Vegan Japanese cream stew is the perfect comfort food to nourish your soul this fall and winter! You'll also be nourishing your body because it's chock-full of vegetables! I've swapped out the chicken with jackfruit, and cow's milk with coconut milk!
What is Japanese cream stew?
Cream stew is a popular dish in Japan that consists of chicken and root vegetables in a savory cream sauce. Many people enjoy this hearty dish in the cold winter months to warm their bodies. Mmm so creamy!
The standard ingredients are onion, potato, carrot, broccoli, and chicken, but I've also added kabocha squash, cremini mushrooms, spinach, and salmon in the past. Basically, you can add any vegetable you like!
Most families prefer the convenience of using a pre-packaged roux, but you can also make it from scratch by making a béchamel sauce. My vegan version is easiest peasiest, as the roux comes together in a blender!
What makes it vegan?
Although I've stuck to the standard medley of root vegetables, I've made a few changes to make this stew not only vegan but also gluten-free!
Jackfruit will shred similarly to the way meat does and is often used to make vegan pulled pork! YUM! This makes Nature's Charm young green jackfruit in brine the perfect replacement for chicken in my Japanese cream stew!
I've chosen to combine cashews with coconut milk, to thicken the stew without using flour. Cashews also add a nuttiness to the stew similar to the original dairy version! Many nut milks tend to be full of thickeners and additives, so I love that the coconut milk from Chef's Choice only has one ingredient: coconut!
Nature's Charm is actually born from Chef's Choice! The brand was founded by two sisters who believe in delivering the best quality plant-based products. Their father, the founder of Chef's Choice, taught them to stay true to good quality products rather than following trends, believing it to be their responsibility to the consumers.
How to make vegan cream stew
Japanese cream stew, even from scratch, is very simple and easy to make! Start by sautéeing the onion and shimeji mushrooms in a pot with some olive oil, giving them a chance to brown and caramelize before adding the carrots and potatoes.
While the vegetables are cooking in the pot, prep the young green jackfruit. Drain the can of jackfruit, rinse with water, and squeeze the water out. The pointy side has a slightly woody texture, which I've seen some people take off. I prefer to leave it on because I think it adds a chicken-like chewiness.
Once the jackfruit and broccoli are added and simmering in the stock, combine the coconut milk and cashews in a blender and blend until smooth. Cashews are often used to make vegan versions of creamy or cheesy dishes (like my cheesecake bites!).
I hadn't had cream stew in a while and this vegan Japanese cream stew really hit the spot! It's creamy, hearty, and warms your soul and body, making it the perfect dish for fall and winter!
More vegan comfort food: Green mac and cheese
Vegan dessert to go with this vegetable stew: Coconut leche flan
Whether you're vegan or not, you have to try this stew! It's delicious and you won't regret it!!
Now go make yourself some delicious stew, make sure to tag me on Instagram and follow me on Pinterest!
I'm sharing this recipe at Fiesta Friday co-hosted by Diann and Jhuls.
Vegan Japanese cream stew
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
- 1 (10.5oz/300g) large onion
- 2 (2.7oz/77g each) medium carrots
- 2 (6oz/170g each) medium potatoes
- 2 packages (3.5oz/100g each) shimeji mushrooms
- 1 (10oz/280g) medium broccoli
- 1 can Nature's Charm young green jackfruit
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) white wine
- 2½ cups (600ml) vegetable stock (reduced-sodium is best so you can control the flavor)
- ¼ cup (37.5g) raw cashews
- 1 Chef's Choice coconut milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the onion, carrots, and potatoes into bite-size pieces. Cut the base off of the shimeji mushrooms, and separate using your hands. Cut the florets off of the broccoli, and chop the stem into bite-size pieces. Drain and rinse the jackfruit, and squeeze out the water.
- Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sautée for 3-4 minutes. Add the shimeji mushroom and sautée for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add the white wine and deglaze the pot.
- Add the carrots and potatoes and sautée for 5 minutes. Add the jackfruit and broccoli, sautée for a minute and pour in the vegetable stock. Once it reaches a boil, simmer for 15 minutes.
- While the stew is simmering, add the raw cashews and coconut milk to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add it to the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Taste the stew for salt and pepper. You may or may not need any seasonings depending on how strong your vegetable stock is.
SAVE IT ON PINTEREST FOR LATER!
Disclosure - Thank you to Nature's Charm for sponsoring this post! It's a delight to be working for people and a business I find inspiring. I love the values the company is built on, and am proud to be collaborating with them!
Jazzy's Mama says
Fall is in the air and this creamy stew sounds like the perfect lunch on a chilly rainy day!
The cream sounds amazing. Can't wait to give it a try!
Thanks! Hope you like it!
This sounds like a wonderful new treat, since I haven't eaten jackfruit before. I didn't even know you could buy it canned - will have to check my Asian market. If you couldn't get shimeji mushrooms, what would you use instead?
I think any mushroom would work! I've made cream stew with maitake mushrooms and cremini mushrooms and they were both delicious!
I’ve always wanted to try jack fruit! I’m not even vegan and this sounds really good and creamy!
I'm not vegan either! haha. I just like having vegan dishes from time to time to experiment with new recipes. Plus, it's a great way to get more veggies into my diet!
Nart | Cooking with Nart says
This looks great Ai! Never thought about using young jackfruit in stews before but looks like I need to give it a try!
Hope you like it! How do you like to use young jackfruit?
Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook says
Ahh! I missed our dishes like this, I mean with young jackfruit. Must make some soon. 😀 This sounds amazing, Ai. Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!
Thanks Jhuls! Young jackfruit is so yummy!!
Of Goats and Greens says
I might have to switch the cashews out (sensitivity here) but this looks delectable! TBH, I still have yet to taste jackfruit, but I am looking forward to trying it. The recipe looks great and satiating!
I hope you like it! You could skip the cashews and just use coconut milk for a thinner stew, or you could add maybe a couple of tablespoons of flour to the veggies and cook it before adding the stock for a thicker stew!
Angie | Fiesta Friday says
I love this recipe! I actually bought fresh jackfruit last month and it was a pain to prep. A sticky latex substance was oozing out of the jackfruit every time you cut it, and after cooking the fruit just collapsed into mush. Next time I'll just stick to the can version. That's the smart thing to do. You're so smart, Ai 😀
So brave of you do buy fresh jackfruit! They don't sell it here in Japan but I'd be so intimidated to cut into one haha. Sticky latex substance sounds... not very appetizing.. haha. Was it young green jackfruit, or ripe? I've had fresh ripe precut jackfruit from a supermarket in Thailand, but I've never seen young jackfruit fresh. Definitely get yourself a can next time!😆
Angie | Fiesta Friday says
I think that might have been the problem, the jackfruit was in between stages - not quite ripe but not green either. If there was one customer silly enough to buy that jackfruit, it had to be me!
The cake looks moist and delicious! Lovely pics
I’ve used this recipe several times in the last year or more...I cook it in my pressure cooker and it only takes 5 minutes! I add the coconut/cashew mixture at the end after I quick release and let it sit for about 2 minutes. Perfect every time!
Hi Taylor! I'm so glad you love this recipe! I can't believe this stew comes together in 7 minutes! What! Thank you so much for your lovely comment❤️ Totally made my day!!