Gyudon (Beef Rice Bowl)

This Yoshinoya-style Gyudon (牛丼, literally “beef bowl”) with thinly sliced beef and tender sweet onions over a bowl of steaming rice comes together in 15 minutes and is the ultimate Japanese comfort food.


  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 onion sliced thin
  • 1/2 lbs marbled beef sliced thinly across the grain
  • 2 Tbs mirin
  • 2 Tbs sake (or water)
  • 1 Tbs + 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooked and shelled edamame (soy beans)


  1. Add the dashi, white wine, sake, soy sauce, and sugar to a pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the beef, and turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  4. Cook until the beef is tender (about 10 minutes). Adjust salt to to taste.
  5. Serve the beef over bowls of hot rice, with some of the cooking liquid poured over the beef and rice.



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