With thinly sliced beef and sweet onions over a bowl of steaming rice, this Gyudon (牛丼), or “beef bowl” is a mouthwatering Japanese classic that comes together in minutes. The secret to tender flavorful beef is to gently simmer the meat in a broth made from dashi, white wine, and sake. The broth turns into a tasty sauce that percolates into the rice, flavoring each grain with loads of beefy goodness.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 644 kcal
For beef bowl
sweet white wine
(such as Riesling or Gewürztraminer)
(very thinly sliced)
(~1/2 large onion, thickly sliced
cooked short-grain rice
(red pickled ginger, optional)
Add the dashi, white wine, sake, soy sauce, sugar, and onions to a pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Turn down the heat to maintain a simmer and cook the onions until they're mostly translucent (about 3 minutes)
Add the beef, and turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring regularly until the meat is tender (about 10 minutes). Adjust salt.
Serve the beef over bowls of hot rice, with some of the cooking liquid poured over the beef and rice. Garnish the Gyudon with sesame seeds, scallions, and benishōga.
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.