Beef Donburi For Two (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

beef donburi

I was looking for some inspirations of what to make for dinner when I came across a recipe for Beef Donburi. Since I haven’t had it for a while, I thought it would be a good idea to make it. I have the similar ingredients but the beef at home. So, I modified this recipe according to what I had that day in my pantry.

I have never thought that finding a thinly sliced beef for “sukiyaki” would be so hard in Texas. I remember when I was in Hawaii they sell that kind of beef everywhere in supermarkets. Anyway, what I was able to find in our nearby supermarket was what they called “Stir fry beef”.  They are not as paper-thin as I want them to be, but they were okay. I thought, I could cut them even thinner, but I was not going to do that. Besides, I don’t have the right kind of knife to do it.  If you can’t find the thinly sliced beef,  find the thinnest possible then use hand meat tenderizer to make them even thinner. It worked out well for me and it made my meat even moist and tender!.

This recipe calls for sweet white wine. You want your beef donburi to taste kind of sweet, so sweet white wine and mirin would help do that. I heard some people use Moscato, I used Texas Sweet Chardonnay that is what we had.  The wine really enhanced the flavor of the beef.


1/4 lb thinly sliced beef
1/2 medium size onion
1 cup of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 cups of spinach (optional- I like mine with a little veggy in it)
Seasoning sauce (recipe below)

Seasoning Sauce:

1 cup of sweet white wine
5 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoon of sugar
3 tablespoon of Japanese mirin
1 teaspoon of Japanese sake


1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl, set aside.

2. In a flat saute pan, heat up 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat. Add onions to saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil on high heat. Then reduce to medium heat. Just before you simmer the sauce, add the mushroom, spinach, if using and simmer for another 15 minutes. At this point, the onions should be soft and carry a sweet taste. Pick them up and place them in a separate bowl, set aside.

4. When you are ready, add the beef just minutes before you serve because the thinly sliced beef cooks quickly. Do not overcook the beef, or it will turn tough.

5. Put a bowl of warm rice, add the beef on top, and the rest of the ingredients that you set aside on top of the beef.

It is fast and easy! Enjoy!


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