Japanese Simmered Pumpkin – Microwave Only

Side Dish

A classic home cooked dish made easy! Simmered Dish (Nimono or Nitsuke in Japanese) is very common in Japan. Its sweet soy sauce flavor is classic and very often served at home. Making it the usual way, simmering in pot is easy enough but this recipe makes it even easier! A real fuss free recipe for you to try!


  • 1/8 large pumpkin (1/4 for smaller pumpkin, about 200g)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 0.5 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons water


  1. Cut the pumpkin into 1.5 inches (3-4cm) cubes.
  2. Add all the seasonings in a microwaveable container. Use a container big enough to place all the pumpkin cubes in one layer.
  3. Place the pumpkin skin side down (skin side up if you are using a microwave with a turning table), cover loosely and microwave on medium high (600 watts) for 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Let it sit and cool down with skin side up so that the sauce sinks into the pumpkin.


  • The best part of a microwave only recipe is that you do not have to stick around when you are cooking. No worry about burning a pot!

Where is this recipe from?

Yuri Yamamoto, a famous blogger and cooking columnist. Published more than 10 recipe books and >6 million copies are sold.

I have been reading her blog for many years now. Not only her recipes are good, her writing is really good! She has this comedian touch which makes me giggle.

This recipe is from her twitter post.