Avocado & Negitoro Donburi  アボカドネギトロ丼

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  • Avocado & Negitoro Don is a delicious Japanese tuna rice bowl, rich in protein and healthy fats.  It’s a quick, no-nonsense recipe to prepare and enjoy on a busy weeknight!

    A Japanese bowl containing avocado and negitoro (fatty tuna) on top of steamed rice.

    Donburi, or Japanese rice bowl dish, is the standard quick lunch or dinner in a Japanese household.  Sometimes shortened to just “don 丼”, it’s a bowl of rice topped with fish or meat, veggies, and a simple sauce. When you have leftover ingredients you are trying to use up, you can cook donburi for the family.

    You may have already tried some of the popular donburi one-bowl dishes like Oyakodon (chicken and egg bowl) and Gyudon (Japanese beef bowl).  But if you have access to sashimi-grade seafood, try today’s dish, Avocado & Negitoro Donburi (アボカドネギトロ丼) – one of our family’s all-time-favorite rice bowls.

    A Japanese bowl containing avocado and negitoro (fatty tuna) on top of steamed rice.

    What is Negitoro?

    Negitoro (ネギトロ) is simply the leftover tuna that can’t be sliced nicely into sashimi slices.  It’s the deliciously, fatty meat that is scraped off around the bones and off the skin. It’s like a minced tuna that is rich in flavor, but not pretty enough to serve on its own.  The negitoro is generally mixed with green onion and added into a rice bowl, to create a popular Japanese comfort food.

    Not All Negitoro Comes from Toro

    It’s easy to mistake that negitoro comes from toro (the fatty tuna) as the word negitoro seems like it stands for negi (green onion) and toro.  And negitoro always includes chopped green onion.

    However, it’s actually not true. The word “negitoro” came from the Japanese verb “negitoru” – the action of scraping off the meat around the bones and the skin.

    Later on, everyone started to use the word negitoro for the scraped tuna pieces. So, whether it is from toro (fatty tuna), or nakaochi (backbone meat), or akami (red lean tuna), it’s still negitoro.

    Since negitoro from fatty tuna of bluefin tuna is hard to come by, you’ll find a combination of negitoro from different tunas (bigeye, yellowfin, and Southern bluefin tuna) and oil (to make it fatty) most of the time instead. Low-quality negitoro is a combination of albacore and yellowfin tuna with oil.

    Popular Dishes with Negitoro

    • Negitoro Sushi (gunkan-style – the nori is around the rice, looks like a battle fish)
    • Negitoro Maki (thin sushi rolls)
    • Negitoro Don

    Combination of Negitoro & Avocado

    You can enjoy negitoro by itself, but tossing in some diced avocado adds an excellent texture, color, and flavor to the rice bowl.

    A Japanese bowl containing avocado and negitoro (fatty tuna) on top of steamed rice.

    The Delicious Tare (Sauce) for Avocado & Negitoro Donburi

    My mother used to make this donburi dish with a light savory tare (sauce) using mentsuyu (noodle soup base) and soy sauce. If you always have your homemade mentsuyu or store-bought bottle of mentsuyu in the refrigerator, whisking together the sauce is a breeze.

    Very similar to a poke bowl, this Avocado & Negitoro Donburi is just as simple and satisfying as a happy bowl it could be.

    A Japanese bowl containing avocado and negitoro (fatty tuna) on top of steamed rice.

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    A Japanese bowl containing avocado and negitoro (fatty tuna) on top of steamed rice.
    Avocado & Negitoro Donburi
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     

    Avocado & Negitoro Don is a delicious Japanese tuna rice bowl, rich in protein and healthy fats. It’s a quick, no-nonsense recipe to prepare and enjoy on a busy weeknight!

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: donburi, tuna
    Servings: 2
    Ingredients
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    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Avocado & Negitoro Donburi Ingredients
    2. Serve steamed rice in each bowl, sprinkle some sesame seeds, and let cool. Chop green onion.

      Avocado & Negitoro Donburi 1
    3. Slice open the avocado and remove the pit.

      Avocado & Negitoro Donburi 2
    4. Cut the avocado into cubes and scoop out the avocado into a bowl.

      Avocado & Negitoro Donburi 3
    5. Combine negitoro, avocado, green onion in the bowl.  Add soy sauce and mentsuyu and gently mix together without smashing avocado.

      Avocado & Negitoro Donburi 4
    6. Sprinkle some shredded nori seaweed and serve the mixture on top. Garnish with more nori and green onion.

      Avocado & Negitoro Donburi 5
    Recipe Notes

    Avocado: How to cut avocado, click here.

     

     

    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: This post was originally published on February 11, 2011. The post has been updated with new images and the recipe is slightly adjusted.

     

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