• Japanese Gyu Don


Japanese Gyu Don

By Andrew Zimmern

This is a simple, sweet-and-savory Japanese beef dish served over rice.

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Japanese Gyu Don


  • Several cups cooked Japanese short grain rice
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 16 ounces thinly sliced ribeye or skirt steak (Leftover pot roast or brisket, and ironically luxury cuts like tenderloin work well too. For luxury cuts simply cut a tad thicker)
  • 1 cup sake
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant dashi (hon dashi from Ajinomoto works great) or 1/3 cup dashi


Combine the sake, soy, mirin, sugar and dashi in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.

Halve and slice the onion, slice the carrot very thinly, slice the scallions very finely… set all aside.

Take a large skillet and over high heat saute the onions, add the beef and carrots, stir. Cook for a minute.

Add the liquids and reduce to a light glaze. Taste for sweetness and salt, adjust to your taste.

Spoon beef and sauce over bowls of rice, garnish with scallions.

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