Japanese Beef Gyudon

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Prep Time

4 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

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Gyudon is an ultra-comforting Japanese classic, featuring thinly sliced beef simmered in a savory soy-mirin sauce and served over steamed rice. The semi-poached egg yolks create a rich, savory sauce that melds perfectly with the tender beef.

It’s important to use very thinly sliced beef for this recipe! The thicker the slices, the more chance you’ll have a tough and chewy result. We recommend purchasing pre-packaged sliced beef in your local Asian grocer, or asking your local butcher for help!

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • ½ cup (120ml) water
  • ¼ cup (60ml) mirin
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dashi powder
  • ½ cup (60g) thinly sliced white onion
  • 4 oz (115g) very thinly sliced beef sirloin
  • 1-2 large egg yolks (optional)
  • 2 cups of cooked rice, for serving


  1. Add the water, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, dashi powder, and sliced onion to the Anyday and stir to combine.
  2. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until the liquid comes to a boil and the onions begin to soften.
  3. Add the sliced beef, nestle it into the broth, and continue cooking in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the beef is almost fully cooked
  4. Allow the beef to rest for 1-2 minutes. Serve over steamed rice and top with a raw yolk, if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Top with thinly sliced scallions.
  • Add sliced fresh ginger to the cooking liquid for extra flavor.
  • Try it with a poached egg instead of raw yolk.

Recipe notes

  • You can find sliced sirloin in any Asian market, or slice it yourself! Allow the sirloin to firm up in the freezer for 20 minutes prior to slicing.
  • If you cannot find dashi, feel free to omit it from the recipe.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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