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Gyudon (Beef and Bowl), is a classic Japanese dish made with beef and onions that have been simmered in a sweet and savory broth. Served over rice, this easy, satisfying meal comes together in under 15 minutes.

Gyudon (牛鍋)

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.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword beef and rice, beef bowl, donburi, easy, lunch, one bowl, rice bowl
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef, Rice
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 644 kcal


For beef bowl

  • 1 cup dashi
  • 2 tablespoons sweet white wine (such as Riesling or Gewürztraminer)
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons evaporated cane sugar
  • 250 grams beef (very thinly sliced)
  • 100 grams onion (~1/2 large onion, thickly sliced
  • 400 grams cooked short-grain rice

For garnish

  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 scallion (chopped, optional)
  • benishōga (red pickled ginger, optional)


  1. Add the dashi, white wine, sake, soy sauce, sugar, and onions to a pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    Making Gyudon from scratch starts with the dashi and onion.
  2. Turn down the heat to maintain a simmer and cook the onions until they're mostly translucent (about 3 minutes)
    Simmering onions together with a dashi broth to make gyudon.
  3. 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.
    Adding thinly sliced beef to the onions and dashi stock makes the best gyudon.
  4. 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.
    Finished Japanese gyudon that's ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Gyudon (牛鍋)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 644 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 1733mg72%
Potassium 721mg21%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.