Yakiniku Donburi (Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowl)

Sauteed Beef and Vegetables Over Rice
Yakiniku Donburi (Beef and Vegetable Bowl). David Solzberg/Stockfood Creative/Getty Images
  • Total: 13 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 bowls (serves 2)

Yakiniku donburi, or yakiniku don, is a simple Japanese dish of grilled beef and vegetables served over a bed of rice in a bowl. Donburi literally translates to bowl, but it also refers to the staple Japanese dish of protein, seafood, and vegetables served over rice in a bowl. The term "donburi" is often used interchangeably with "don".

In Japanese, "yakiniku" typically refers to meat that is grilled over an open flame, however it can also refer to the Korean method of cooking meats on a griddle or pan.


  • For Yakiniku Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground roasted white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted white sesame seeds​
  • For Yakiniku Rice Bowl:
  • 3/4 pound thinly cut beef such as Japanese Shabu-shabu cut beef or sukiyaki-cut beef; thinly sliced flank or sirloin beef may be substituted
  • Assorted vegetables of your choice: sliced yellow, orange or red bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, baby bok choy, etc.
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • Olive oil
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked brown or white rice
  • Optional garnish: various fresh vegetables such as sliced cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, or finely shredded green or red cabbage.

Steps to Make It

  1. This recipe assumes cooked white or brown rice is already available. If you have not done so, steam rice according to your rice cooker's instructions.

  2. Make the yakiniku sauce. In a small pan add all ingredients for yakiniku sauce and heat over medium - low heat until cooked through, about 2 minutes.

  3. Using a strainer, strain the yakiniku sauce to remove the garlic pieces and set the sauce aside.

  4. Next, cook the vegetables. In a large griddle pan, heat olive oil and grill vegetables until tender over medium - high heat: yellow onion, assorted bell peppers, baby bok choy. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate.

  5. Next, cook the beef. Add more olive oil to the griddle to coat evenly. Add beef and cook until done. Add back the cooked vegetables and then pour yakiniku sauce over the beef and vegetables to coat evenly. Note: If you prefer, only season the beef with yakiniku sauce and place sauteed vegetables on the side.

  6. In a deep bowl, plate hot rice. Then top the rice with beef and vegetables. Serve yakiniku sauce on the side as needed.

*Note: The prep and cook times for this recipe assume that steamed rice is already available.