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Meat Doria

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: gratin, rice gratin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 (to 6 as main dish)
Author: Nami

Similar to gratin, Doria is the savory meat sauce over steamed rice, covered with melted cheese and baked in the oven. This Yoshoku (Japanese western meal) is a comfort dish from childhood to many Japanese.



  • 2 rice cooker cups Japanese short grain rice
  • ½ onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 oz beef (preferably beef 70% & pork 30%)
  • 4 Tbsp red wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
  • 3 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp Tonkatsu sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For Toppings


  1. Gather all the ingredients. Start cooking rice using a rice cooker, instant pot, or a pot over the stovetop.

    Meat Doria Ingredients
  2. Finely chop the onion, celery, carrot, and parsley and slice the mushrooms.
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  3. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high and cook the bay leaf until fragrant. Then sauté the onion and the celery until soft.
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  4. Add the mushroom and the carrot and cook until soft.
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  5. Add the meat and pour red wine. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat.
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  6. When the meat is almost cooked, add tomatoes with their juice and the sugar. Then add vegetable broth until all the ingredients are covered.
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  7. Add Ketchup and Tonkatsu sauce and bring it to a boil.
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  8. Remove excess fat from the soup.
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  9. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer (without a lid) until most liquid is evaporated. When you move the meat sauce and see the bottom of the skillet, it’s done cooking.
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  10. Add the butter and season with salt and pepper.
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  11. Butter the baking dish(es) and put steamed rice.
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  12. Pour the meat sauce on top of rice. Then sprinkle 2 kinds of cheese and Panko on top.
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  13. Set the oven setting to broil (high) and broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is nicely melted and turns golden color. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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.