Easy Gyudon Recipe: A Classic Japanese Beef Bowl Dish

Learn how to make a mouth-watering Gyudon dish with this easy-to-follow recipe that takes only 30 minutes. Enjoy juicy slices of beef served over a bed of rice, topped with onions and simmered in a savory broth.

Gyudon is a popular Japanese dish consisting of thinly sliced beef, onions, and rice. The savory broth used in the recipe is the key to making it delicious. It is a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, making it a go-to dish for many people in Japan. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing a recipe for authentic Gyudon that is easy to make and will satisfy your cravings in just 30 minutes.


  • 2 cups cooked Japanese rice
  • 8 oz. thinly sliced beef (sirloin or ribeye)
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup dashi stock (or beef stock)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (optional)
  • 2 stalks scallions, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Cook the Japanese rice according to the package instructions and set it aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook until they become soft and translucent.
  3. Add the beef slices to the pan and stir-fry until they are browned on all sides.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the sugar, sake, mirin, soy sauce, and dashi stock. Add the mixture to the pan and bring it to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until the broth thickens slightly. If the broth is too thin, add cornstarch mixed with water to thicken it.
  6. Place a serving of rice in a bowl and top it with the beef and onion mixture.
  7. Garnish the dish with chopped scallions and serve hot.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use thinly sliced beef for faster cooking and tender meat.
  • Make sure to cook the onions until they become soft and translucent to release their sweetness.
  • If you don’t have dashi stock, use beef stock instead.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar and soy sauce according to your taste preference.
  • Use cornstarch to thicken the broth if it’s too thin.
  • Add a poached egg, pickled ginger, or shichimi togarashi as additional toppings to enhance the flavor of the dish.


  • Chicken Gyudon: Substitute sliced chicken for beef in the recipe.
  • Vegetable Gyudon: Use mushrooms, carrots, and other vegetables instead of meat in the recipe.
  • Cheese Gyudon: Add a layer of grated cheese on top of the beef and onions before serving for a cheesy twist on the classic dish.

Gyudon is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that can satisfy your cravings for Japanese food in no time. By following our recipe and using the right ingredients, you can make an authentic Gyudon that tastes just like the ones you would find in a Japanese restaurant. Try out our tips and tricks, and experiment with different variants to create your own unique Gyudon bowl.

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