Japanese Beef & Onion Rice Bowl (Gyudon)

This popular fast food is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. It is a quick-simmered mixture of thin slices of beef and onions cooked in sweet soy broth. Served over white rice and surrounded by pickles and a vegetable side, this is a wonderful dish to put together quickly any time. With minimal prep, a short list of ingredients, and less than a half hour cooking time makes gyudon an easy meal.

japanese Gyudon

Gyudon – Beef and Onion Rice Bowl

This quick-simmered beef and onions in a flavored broth is a simple and delicious dish that comes together in under 30 minutes. Start making the rice a little earlier to ensure it's ready in time.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Chilling steak: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Large skillet


  • 1 lb Boneless rib-eye steak, fat removed
  • 1 tsp Instant dashi granules
  • ¼ cup Soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Sake
  • 3 tbsp Mirin
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 medium Onion, halved and sliced from stem to stem into thin crescents
  • tsp Fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 RECIPE Cooked white rice
  • 1 stalk Scallion, cut into ¼-inch slices (garnish)
  • Pickled red ginger, store bought


  • Prep – Make rice. Cut rib-eye in half and put in freezer for 30 minutes to firm up for slicing. After a half hour, remove a half steak and cut across the grain into super thin slices. Put aside and repeat with the other half.
    In a large skillet, bring 1¼ cups of water to a boil. Whisk in instant dashi granules until dissolved. Whisk in soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar. Continue boiling for about 8 minutes to start reducing liquids. Reduce heat to medium, mix in onions, and cook for another 5 minutes.
    Add beef and stir constantly for another 3 minutes until beef loses its pink and is barely cooked through. Stir in minced fresh ginger and cook 1 minute more.
    Scoop rice into serving bowls and top with beef and its juices. Serve with pickled ginger and sprinkle sliced scallions around the top.


  • The meat may be cooked in advance and reheated in the microwave.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 968mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg

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