Jaga Bata : The Easy Butter Potato Recipe using Microwave

The cherry-blossom viewing season, or the season for “Ohanami (お花見)” is just around the corner here in Japan. When it comes to Ohanami, many Japanese prefer various foods offered by street stalls in the festival to enjoying the scenery.

As a matter of fact, you can enjoy a wide variety of Japanese snack foods in the Ohanami festival, including the 10 foods I introduced last year. Even among those, “Jagabata (じゃがバター)” is one of my favorites.

What is Jagabata (Jaga Bata)?

Actually, the name of the Japanese snack food, Jagabata can be divided into 2 words, “Jaga (じゃが)” and “bata (バター)”. The former, Jaga is an abbreviation for “Jagaimo (じゃがいも)” meaning “potato” in Japanese, while the latter, Bata stands for butter.

Jaga Bata

As you can guess from the snack name, Jaga Bata is a simple dish consisting basically of cooked (baked, steamed or boiled) potatoes and butter, but many Japanese love the festival food that makes us feel nostalgic.

At this point, you might wonder how Japanese specifically cook it, so for those who are interested in how to make Jaga Bata, I actually made the hearty butter potatoes.

This time I will share the Jaga Bata recipe.

The Easy Jaga Bata Recipe using Microwave Oven

The main ingredients you need to prepare are only potatoes and butter. Actually, with a microwave oven, you can make Jaga Bata very easily and quickly.

Thus, this time I made the Japanese-style butter potatoes using a microwave. Now, let’s get the cooking started. Here are the instructions.

Cooking Instructions

1. Get rid of eyes from potatoes and wash the potatoes, but don’t remove the wetness completely

2. Without peeling the skin, wrap the whole potatoes with some moisture in plastic wraps. Then, microwave them at 600w for about 5 minutes

3. Remove the plastic wraps and cut the whole potato into the shape of a cross

4. Place a pat of butter in the cross

5. If you want some saltiness and umami taste, sprinkle a dash of salt and the Japanese super seasoning “Ajinomoto (味の素)” (Amazon.com).

Jagabata Potatoes

6. Enjoy Jaga Bata potatoes with melting butter!

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Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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