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Yakiniku-Donburi (Grilled Beef Bowl)

Zojirushi Recipe – <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl)

Grilled sliced beef bowl is a popular bowl in Japan. Beef marinated in garlic, soy sauce and gochujang based sauce is served over a bowl of warm rice. It is great for lunch, and easy and quick to make for dinner too!

            	<i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl)  Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 Tbsp. sake (rice wine)
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste)
  • 1 Tbsp. onion, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic, grated
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 0.6 lb. beef, your choice of cut
  • 1 Tbsp. potato starch
  • 1 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2-1/2 cups cooked short or medium grain white (see here) or brown rice (see here)


  • Green leaf lettuce
  • White sesame seeds

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 1

In a small pan, add sake, soy sauce, sugar, gochujang, onion, garlic, ginger and black pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 2

Slice beef against the grain to 1/8-1/4 inch slices.

Hint: Depending on the cut of meat used, adjust thickness of each slice. Slice thinly for tougher cuts like loin filet, and slice thicker for tender cuts like flanks. 

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 3

In a plastic bag, add sliced beef, potato starch and half the amount of sauce from step 1. Distribute starch and sauce with fingers over the bag and marinate for 15 minutes to up to one hour.

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 4

When meat is marinated, fill serving bowls with warm rice and top with hand torn green leaf lettuce, set aside.

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 5

Heat sesame oil and vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. 

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 6

Add marinated beef and cook for 40 seconds, then flip the meat and cook for another 10 seconds or until browned on both sides.

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 7

Distribute cooked beef over the rice bowl, drizzle remaining sauce from step 1 and sprinkle sesame seeds.

              <i>Yakiniku-Donburi</i> (Grilled Beef Bowl) Step 8