Gyudon Recipe

Gyudon recipe

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings

One of the most popular rice bowl dishes in Japan is gyudon -- simmered beef served on top of steamed rice. Gyudon (or beef bowl) is like a comfort food for the Japanese. It can be prepared quickly and it has nutritious ingredients like beef, onion, rice, and sometimes egg. This is a great meal when you have a full schedule until dinner time. If you are tired of ordering in a pizza, think about gyudon tonight.

In Japan, gyudon is sometimes served with a raw egg yolk or onsen tamago (poached egg) in the center of the meat and onion mixture. As raw eggs are not recommended in the U.S., you can try making onsen tamago by pouring beaten eggs into the pan right before serving so that they will be cooked.

Another comfort food is nikujaga–“meat and potatoes” or the Japanese version of beef stew.


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  • 1 1/3 cup dashi soup
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sake
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 pound beef loin (thinly sliced and cut into 2-inch lengths)
  • 4 cups of steamed Japanese rice
  • Optional: benishoga (pickled red ginger) as a topping

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Gyudon
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  2. Put dashi, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and sake in a large pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.

    Put soy sauce in pan
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  3. Add onion slices and simmer for a few minutes or until softened.

    Add onion
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  4. Add beef to the pan and simmer for a few minutes until it turns from pink to cooked.

    Add beef to pan
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  5. Serve hot steamed rice into individual deep rice bowls. Put simmered beef on top of the rice. Top with some optional benishoga.

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  6. Enjoy!


  • If you don't have an Asian food market nearby that sells thinly sliced beef, you can buy the beef loin whole, freeze it for 20 minutes to help with slicing, and then slice it thinly yourself. This method will take you about 5 minutes to slice. As such, you'll need to add a little more time when prepping.

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