Today I’m going to show you how to make one of my favorite Japanese dishes, Gyudonburi. Its a sweet, salty, savory simmered beef dish that goes amazingly with rice. It really easy to make, is really filling, and is quite cheap.

You can leave dashi out if you like, you could even use chicken broth!



How much are we making?
Total Calories
Medium Grain Rice
2 rice cooker cups
Medium Sized Onion
Dashi Powder
0.5 Teaspoon
Thinly Sliced Beef
1 lb
Sake (Optional)
2 Tablespoons
3 Tablespoons
1 Tablespoon
Soy Sauce
4 Tablespoons
1 cup
Green Onions (Optional)
Pickled Ginger (Optional)
11  Items


  1. Prep
    1. Wash japanese style rice until the water is mostly clear. Place in rice cooker, add water, and cook according to rice cooker settings for small-medium sized white rice. Rice is rinsed over sink in rice cooker pot
    2. Thinly slice medium sized onion. Onion is sliced on cutting board
    3. Get out a medium sized bowl and add dashi powder, sake, mirin, soy sauce, and water. Mix well Dashi power is spooned into bowl from package with measuring spoon Mirin is poured into measuring cup before being added to bowl with dashi powder Sugar is measured into bowl with mirin and dashi powder soy sauce is poured into measuring cup before being added to mirin, sugar, dashi mixture in bowl water is added to bowl with dashi powder, sake, mirin, and soy sauce
    4. Thinly slice green onions if using. green onion is sliced on cutting board
  2. Cook
    1. Put a 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add sauce prepared earlier to pan and allow to come to a boil. sauce mixture is simmered over medium heat in non-stick skillet
    2. When sauce is boiling, add thinly sliced onions. sliced onions are added to pan containing sauce mixture
    3. When the onions are translucent, add the thinly sliced beef and spread evenly. onions have turned translucent while simmering in sauce thinly sliced beef is added to onions and sauce in pan
    4. Cook beef until browned all over and the sauce has reduced some. Large slotted spoon stirs beef, onion, sauce mixture in skillet while steam rises
  3. Serve
    1. Add cooked rice to a bowl and top with the beef and some of the juice. Top with green onions and pickled ginger if desired and enjoy! Finished and plated Japanese gyudonburi (beef rice bowl) sits on counter topped with sliced green onion and a side of pickled ginger waiting on a hungry dood to come and chow down. Looks delicious!