Japanese Gyudon (Beef Bowl)


I’m happy to have found a new delightful easy lunch recipe, this time it’s a Japanese recipe I found on JustOneCookBook. Japanese cuisine is one of my favourite, so you will find me rather frequently popping into JustOneCookBook to gawk and drool at Nami’s gorgeous Japanese food photos.

Gyudon (牛丼), (beef bowl), is a Japanese dish consisting of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce. Gyū means “cow” or “beef”, and don is short for donburi, the Japanese word for “bowl”. Gyudon is served in many Japanese Restaurant and fast food chains like Yoshinoya. It’s interesting to find out from Nami that Gyudon is like a Japanese comfort food.

Gyudon is very easy to prepare, and you can have a Japanese meal at home in minutes.

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Japanese Gyudon (Beef Bowl)
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Gyūdon (beef bowl), is a Japanese dish consisting of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-3
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 1 large Onion, sliced thinly
  • 200g sliced beef like Shabu Shabu beef (I used minced beef)
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking Sake
  • 2 tablespoon Mirin
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 Eggs - beaten
  • 2 Green Onions - finely chopped
  1. Heat oil in the wok or pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, stir-fry onions until wilted.
  2. Add the beef and sprinkle sugar. Cook until browned, then add cooking sake, Mirin, and soy sauce. Reduce the heat and simmer until most of the liquid is gone.
  3. Add eggs all over the meat. Once the eggs are almost cook, remove wok/pan from the heat.
  4. Serve over rice drizzling the sauce over the rice and top with green onions and pickled ginger. 

 Now I can understand why it’s comfort food..


  1. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Here it comes again the gyudon… thats a sign that I should finally make it!

    Looks wonderful Shannon =)

  3. What type of soya sauce to be use? Japanese or local?
    If japanese,which type? my japanese neighbor used to tell me got two type of soya sauce.duno which for cooking which for dipping.

  4. My apologies for late reply to all your comments, was swarm with too many things after my relaxing retreat and fell sick after that..
    Thanks for making time to drop by and all your comments really make my day..

  5. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. My youngest son would go wild for this…very comforting indeed 🙂
    Wishing you a wonderful and Happy New Year!

  7. Oh yum!! Anything from Nami must be fantastic. Your rendition looks wonderful 😀

  8. This is proper comfort food. I’m going to make sure my kids become addicted!

  9. This looks scrumtious and fulfilling meal. Nice post!

  10. The meal satisfies all my criteria for week day meal – easy, quick and very tasty! It’s been saved! Happy New Year!

  11. I often cook gyudon when I don’t have time – my children love this dish and I can prepare this in a short time. Yours look delicious and your photography is beautiful! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and linking back to me, Shannon!

  12. I agree, that is definitely comfort food. 🙂 Hope you had a relaxing retreat!

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