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Gyudon or Japanese Beef Bowl

This week's recipe is Gyudon or Japanese Beef Bowl, a famous Japanese dish that has been featured in food Wars!


1 white onion

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

½ cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon mirin

1 tablespoon sake

½ pound beef ribeye steak, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon sesame seeds, or to taste (Optional)

2 green onions, thinly sliced, or to taste (Optional)

2 teaspoons pickled ginger (beni shoga), or to taste (Optional)

1 sheet dried seaweed, cut into strips, or to taste (Optional)


Halve the onion and discard the central-most part. Cut halves into thin slices.

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until it starts to brown, about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-low; add water, soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, and sake and simmer until flavors combine, about 3 minutes.

Stir beef into the skillet. Cook, covered, until beef is cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Divide between serving bowls and garnish with sesame seeds, green onions, ginger, and seaweed strips.

Tried it? Let us know how it came out.

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