Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl) 牛丼

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  • Gyudon, Beef Rice Bowl in a bowl.

    Gyudon (or Beef Bowl) is like a comfort food for Japanese.  It can be prepared quickly and it has nutritious ingredients like beef, onion, eggs, and rice.  I cook this meal when I have full schedule with kids’ activities until dinner time.  Tired of ordering in a pizza?  How about Gyudon tonight?

    Gyudon in a bowl and pickles on a side.

    In Japan, gyudon is sometimes served with a raw egg yolk or Onsen Tamago (poached egg) in the center of the meat and onion mixture.  As raw eggs are not recommended to be consumed in the U.S., you can try with Onsen Tamago like this…

    Yoshinoya Beef Bowl (Gyudon 牛丼) | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    In today’s recipe, I suggest that you pour the beaten eggs in the pan right before serving so that they will be cooked.  This is how my mom cooks her gyudon.

    Gyudon in a bowl and pickles on a side.

    She doesn’t use dashi in her gyudon and this recipe is similar to how my mom cooks.

    If you’re looking for gyudon cooked in dashi broth, you can check my other recipe, Yoshinoya Beef Bowl.

    Yoshinoya Beef Bowl, Gyudon in a bowl and miso soup.

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    Gyudon (Beef Bowl) | Easy Japanese Recipes at
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    20 mins

    Gyudon (or Beef Bowl) is like comfort food for Japanese and it's a perfect weeknight meal as you can prepare everything in less than 30 minutes! 

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: beef, donburi, rice bowl
    Servings: 2
    For the Sauce
    To Serve
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Gyudon Ingredients
    2. Slice the onions, cut the green onion into thin slices (save for garnish), and cut the meat into small pieces.
      Gyudon 1
    3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat and cook the onions until tender.
      Gyudon 2
    4. Add the meat and sugar and cook until no longer pink.
      Gyudon 3
    5. Add sake, mirin, and soy sauce.
      Gyudon 4
    6. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
      Gyudon 5
    7. 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.
      Gyudon 6
    8. Place the beef and egg on top of steamed rice, pour the desired amount of cooking sauce, and top with green onion and pickled red ginger.

    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

    Editor’s Note: Pictures updated in August 2012

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