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Sukiya Gyudon Beef Bowl (牛丼)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x


How to make homemade Sukiya style Japanese Gyudon. Thinly sliced beef cooked in a delicious dashi sauce with simmered onions, served on a bed of fluffy Japanese white rice. (serves two)




  • 230g (½ lb) beef (thinly sliced rib or fatty cut)
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp garlic paste


  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ (60g) white onion
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp white wine
  • 1 tbsp tsuyu (or substitute with soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 300ml water


Marinating the beef

  1. Cut the beef to into thin slices, about 4-5cm long
  2. Put the beef into a container with ½ tsp ginger paste, ½ tsp garlic paste, 2 tbsp white wine, 2 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp mirin.
    marinate the beef for gyudon
  3. Leave to marinate for 10 minutes.
    Marinate gyudon beef for 10 minutes


  1. Cut the onion into thick slices.
    Cut onion into thick slices
  2. Heat a frying pan on medium and add 1 tsp of oil.
    add oil to the pan
  3. Fry the onions until they start to change colour and become slightly softened.
    soften the onions
  4. Add the beef to the pan along with marinade.
    add the beef and marinade to the pan
  5. Seal the meat by lightly browning the surface. (It doesn't need to be fully cooked because we will continue to cook it in the sauce.)
    seal the meat
  6. Add 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp white wine, 1 tbsp tsuyu, 1 tbsp sugar and 300ml water to the pan.
    add the sauce ingredients to the pan
  7. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat to a simmer.
  8. Simmer for 10 minutes (or until the sauce is reduced by half).
    Simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce is reduced
  9. Dish up two bowls of rice. Divide the meat and onions between the two bowls.
    dish up rice, beef and onions
  10. Pour a large spoonful of the sauce over the beef and rice.
    pour sauce over the gyudon
  11. Garnish with chopped Welsh onion and "benishoga" red pickled ginger.
    Garnish with Welsh onion and red pickled ginger
  12. Enjoy!
    Enjoy delicious homemade gyudon


  • Tsuyu sauce is not so easy to find if you do not live somewhere with an asian supermarket, try out our recipe for homemade tsuyu sauce here!
  • See post above for more kinds of beef you can use for gyudon.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Fry / Simmer
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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