Japanese Gyudon (Beef Donburi) Recipe

Gyudon is one of many varieties of donburi. Donburi itself refers to a bowl of plain cooked rice with some other food on top of it. It’s an economical, fulfilling, quick and easy meal. Beside gyudon, some of the most popular varieties of donburi are katsudon (tonkatsu), tendon (tempura), oyakodon (chicken and egg), tekkadon (maguro), and kaisendon (raw seafood).

Looking for Gyudon recipe for tonight’s dinner? Here’s the recipe for you:


  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 2 green onions/ scallions, finely sliced
  • 3/4 lb (12 oz or 340 g) thinly sliced beef (chuck or rib eye), cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 large eggs (optional), beaten
  • 3 cups cooked Japanese rice
  • Pickled red ginger for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat and cook the onions until tender.
  2. Add the meat and sugar and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add sake, mirin, and soy sauce.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. If you like to add the egg, slowly and evenly drizzle the beaten egg over the beef. Cook covered until the egg is done. Add the green onion right before removing from the heat.
  6. Place the beef and egg on top of steamed rice and pour desired amount of sauce. Top with pickled red ginger.

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