Jun 22, 2017

Japanese Potato Salad

Have you ever tried Japanese Potato Salad? I just discovered it, and can't wait to share it with you. 

Japanese Potato Salad Have you ever tried Japanese Potato Salad? I just discovered it, and can't wait to share it with you.

Japanese Potato Salad is typically made from boiled and mashed potatoes mixed with Japanese mayonnaise, cucumbers, carrots, ham, and sometimes onions. Evidently, there are many variations of this salad served in pubs (izakayas) throughout Japan.

In Japan, the favorite brand of mayonnaise is Kewpie. It's evidently thicker than western mayonnaise, and the vinegar is usually rice or apple. In addition, it includes MSG to enhance flavors.

Japanese Potato Salad. Have you ever tried Japanese Potato Salad? I just discovered it, and can't wait to share it with you.

Don't worry about hunting down Japanese mayonnaise if you'd like to try this salad. This recipe calls for Best Foods/Hellman's style mayonnaise, plus some additional rice vinegar.

Verdict? I loved it, and Mr. Kitchen, who would eat potato salad with lunch every single day if he could, loved it too.

You could have this salad as either a main course or a side dish. It's loaded with both protein and vegetables, all held together with glorious potatoes.

Japanese Potato Salad. Have you ever tried Japanese Potato Salad? I just discovered it, and can't wait to share it with you.

I recently received an Avalon Bay IC 100B Induction Cooktop and thought this was the perfect recipe for trying it out. I have a gas stovetop, which I'm very happy with, but it does take forever to bring a large amount of water to a boil.

I used the cooktop to simmer the potatoes as well as the carrots for the salad, and was thrilled at how quickly the water came to a boil. It's perfect for cooking pasta, as well as blanching vegetables.

In this recipe, you have to boil the sliced carrots in the potato water for just two minutes. I timed it, and it only took one minute for the cooled potato water to return to a boil.

What's also nice about this unit is how precise it is, including at very low temperatures. While I haven't tried it yet, it looks like you could melt chocolate with this cooktop on super low heat (140 degrees F) without the need for a double boiler. I also noticed that when I adjusted the temperature to go from boil to simmer, the change happened instantly.

You have to use either iron or certain types of stainless steel flat bottomed pans for it to work. I used a refrigerator magnet to test my pans before cooking with them. Also, if you use it for pan frying, remember to pay attention, because the oil or butter will heat up super fast, and you'll need to add your ingredients almost immediately.

This would also be the perfect gift for someone ready to go on a road trip (it's only five pounds, and pretty small), someone who is renting a room, or even a college student. It's the perfect replacement for a hot plate.

And to all of the food bloggers who are creating overhead recipe demonstration videos, this thing is sleek and gorgeous, and would be perfect for you.

Disclosure: I received this Avalon Bay Induction Cooktop at no charge to try it out and write a review. All opinions are my own.

Here is the recipe for this delicious potato salad!

Japanese Potato Salad Recipe

Japanese Potato Salad Recipe


  • 1 pound russet or Yukon Gold potatoes (I used russet)
  • l large carrot, peeled and cut into long thin slices (I used a julienne peeler)
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers, or about half of an English cucumber, unpeeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed (I used a mini spoon to drag along the seeds and scoop them out), and thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces of ham, sliced and cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 hard cooked egg, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


  1. Peel and rinse the potatoes. Cut them into quarters, and cover them with water in a 1 1/2 to 2 quart saucepan. Cover them with cold water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cover the pan, leaving an opening so steam can escape. Lower the heat to simmer, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Remove the potatoes from the water with a slotted spoon and set the potato water aside to cook the carrots.
  3. Mash the potatoes either with a ricer or potato masher and place the potatoes into a medium to large bowl.
  4. Bring the potato water back to a boil, and add the carrot slices. Boil for one to two minutes, and then drain in a colander and rinse with cold running water. Shake any excess water out of the carrots and spread them out over a paper or clean dish towel, and pat dry. Add them to the potatoes.
  5. Add the cucumbers, ham, egg, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. You can serve this at room temperature or chilled.
Yield: 4 servings

Recipe adapted from Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked -- and Fried Too! A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes by Raghavan Iyer.  


  1. Looks yum.. Gonna try it one of these days :)

  2. Hi Karen, oh I really like the sound and look of this potato salad, cucumbers are such a great addition.

    1. Thanks Cheri! The go so well with the rice vinegar.

  3. Great tips on the electric stovetop. We thought the same as you, that this is perfect for cooking videos!:)
    Never heard of this type of potato salad before, using mashed potatoes. Sounds SO interesting! We're really gonna try this one out, omitting the ham with fried chicken. We bet it'll taste amazing. Thanx so much for the AWESOME recipe Karen!
    Have a wonderful weekend dear!

    1. Oooh. Fried chicken sounds amazing. I heard that Peruvian potato salad has chicken.

  4. I've never heard of Japanese Potato Salad! This looks super yummy though!

    1. Thanks Lindsay. I hadn't either, and now I love it!

  5. I have to try this! It looks so delicious! Love that it can be a main or a side dish! So versatile!

  6. Replies
    1. Thanks Lane and Holly. I was obsessed until I gave this a try.

  7. I haven't even heard of Japanese Potato Salad. Sounds tasty!

  8. This version of a potato salad sounds delicious! I definitely will be giving it a try soon. I always love all of your recipes!


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