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5 from 4 votes

gyudon - japanese beef bowl

Just because it's fast food does not mean it's not delicious. If you like Japanese you will like this.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: beef donburi, gyudon, japanese beef bowl, rice, yoshinoya
Servings: 2
Calories: 351kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen



  • 12 oz thinly sliced ribeye or sirloin
  • 1/2 large onion sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup dashi made from hon-dashi (see note below)
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar to taste
  • 1 tbsp shiro miso - white miso

To serve

  • short grain white rice
  • pickled ginger
  • green onion
  • shishimi togarashi
  • poached egg (optional)



  • Combine dashi, mirin, sake, soy and sugar in a wok or saute pan large enough to hold all the ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat.. 
  • Mix in the miso. One trick I like is to put the miso in a small strainer and work it through into the soup base. That way you aren't chasing miso around pan. That sucks.
  • Add the onions, bring to a simmer and cover. Cook until the onions are soft. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • Add the beef and continue cooking until just done. This takes no time at all. It depends on how thinly sliced the beef is, of course. Few minutes max. 
  • At this point taste. It may need more salt. That's why I use low sodium soy. Easy to add salt. Impossible to take it away.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with pickled ginger, green onion, sesame seeds and shichimi togarashi. A poached egg makes a nice addition. The creamy egg yolk with the beef and rice. Yum.
    A bowl of miso soup makes a great start to this meal.


Hon-dashi are little granules of instant dashi. To make it simply add 1/2 tsp of hon-dashi to every cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for a couple minutes. Just as easy as that. 


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3.4mg