Beefin’ Up: Yakiniku Don

There’s nothing quite comforting like grilled beef over white rice (for me, at least). Here’s one of my favourite recipes to whip up on days like today when I’m only willing to spend 30 minutes in the kitchen, tops.

Yakiniku Don

Ingredients (feeds 4):

  1. 250-300 grams thinly sliced beef (I usually slice through a half-frozen piece of ribeye steak to get super thin and tender slices, but you can opt to get shabu-shabu beef at the store)
  2. 1 onion (sliced)
  3. 2 green onions (sliced)
  4. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

For the sauce:

  1. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  2. 3 garlic cloves (sliced finely)
  3. 5 tablespoons light soy sauce (I use Kikkoman’s, but feel free to use whatever light soy sauce you have at hand)
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons Mirin (if you’re iffy about the alcohol content in mirin, feel free to use rice vinegar)
  6. 5 tablespoons water


  1. In a bowl, add together all the ingredients needed for the sauce. Mix well.
  2. Add the meat to the sauce and let it marinate for about 10-15 mins.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat for a minute.
  4. Once hot, add in the meat and sauce concoction. Spread it around evenly and leave to sear for 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low, add sliced onions to pan and simmer with beef for another 2-3 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink.
  6. Add half the green onions to the pan, turn heat off.
  7. Serve the beef atop a bowl of steamed white rice, garnish with sesame seeds and the rest of the green onions.

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