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Yakiniku Donburi

Discover the mouthwatering flavors of Japan with our Yakiniku Donburi recipe. This delectable dish combines tender slices of grilled beef with a savory yakiniku sauce, all served over a bed of steamed rice. It's a quick and easy way to enjoy the essence of Japanese barbecue at home.
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Yakiniku Donburi is a Japanese rice bowl dish featuring thinly sliced beef that's marinated and grilled to perfection, then drizzled with a sweet and savory yakiniku sauce. This recipe simplifies the process, making it ideal for a delicious weeknight dinner.


1 pound thinly sliced beef (sirloin or ribeye works well)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups cooked Japanese short-grain rice
4 cups mixed greens or steamed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, snap peas, etc.)
Sliced green onions for garnish
1 pound thinly sliced beef (sirloin or ribeye works well)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 20 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a bowl, combine minced garlic, soy sauce, sake, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, grated ginger, and black pepper to make the yakiniku marinade.


Place the thinly sliced beef into a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the beef, ensuring it's evenly coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.


Heat a grill pan or a non-stick skillet over high heat. When it's hot, add the marinated beef slices in a single layer. Grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side until they're cooked to your desired level of doneness. The beef cooks quickly due to its thinness.


While grilling the beef, heat the leftover marinade in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly, then remove from heat.


To assemble the Yakiniku Donburi, place a serving of cooked rice in each bowl or on a plate.


Arrange the grilled beef slices on top of the rice.


Steam or quickly sauté your choice of mixed greens or vegetables until they're tender-crisp, then place them alongside the beef.


Drizzle the thickened marinade sauce over the beef and vegetables.


Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.


Serve the Yakiniku Donburi hot and enjoy your homemade Japanese barbecue experience!

Tips for this recipe

If you prefer a spicier kick, you can add a dash of sriracha or red pepper flakes to the yakiniku marinade for some heat.

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