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Japanese Beef Rice Bowl

Continuing my exploration of Japanese cooking and recipes with this Japanese Beef Rice Bowl flavored with sake and dashi.

Course dinner
Cuisine beef, Fried Rice, Japanese recipe, One Pot Meal
Keyword Beef, gluten free, Japanese food, one pot meal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author Feed Your Soul Too



  • 2 Quarts Water
  • 1 Ounce Dried Kombu
  • 1 Ounce Dried Bonita flakes

Japanese Beef Rice Bowl - Gyudon

  • 1/2 Whole Yellow Onion Sliced
  • 1/2 Whole Red onion sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Dashi
  • 1/4 Cup Dry Sake
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Lb Beef stew meat
  • 2 Tsp Fresh Ginger Minced
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Whole Eggs Soft boiled
  • 2 Cups Rice



  1. Combine water and kombu in a medium saucepan. Bring to a light simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and add bonito flakes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Reserve to liquid. Dashi can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Japanese Beef Rice Bowl - Gyudon

  1. Combine the dashi, sake, soy sauce, and sugar in a Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes to bring up to temperature and to reduce a little. Add in the onion and stir occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

    Add beef and cook, stirring until beef is cooked through and liquid has reduced down - 10 - 15 minutes. The broth will intensify, about 5 minutes. Stir in ginger and simmer for 1 minute longer. Adjust seasoning with salt and sugar to taste.

    Cook the rice according to box instructions.

    Divide rice between 4 bowls and top with beef and sauce mixture. Garnish each bowl with a soft boiled egg, sliced scallions and pickled ginger.

    Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Serious Eats - https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/07/gyudon-japanese-simmered-beef-and-rice-bowl-recipe.html