Gyudon Recipe

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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.

What You'll Need

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

How to Make It

  1. Cut the onion and green onion into thin slices and cut the meat into small pieces.
  2. Put dashi, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and sake in a large pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Add onion slices and simmer for a few minutes or until softened.
  4. Add beef to the pan and simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Serve hot steamed rice into individual deep rice bowls. Put simmered beef on top of the rice. Top with some benishoga (optional).
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    1009 Calories
    14g Fat
    164g Carbs
    49g Protein
    (Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)