Inspired by our 5-star in-flight meals, this traditional Japanese dish comes in various forms and variations, but to really elevate it there is one ingredient you can’t miss—ribeye steak. Rest it on a bed of kombu rice and finish it off with homemade teriyaki sauce and yuzu mayonnaise. Easy to make and full of flavor!
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Ribeye Donburi Bowl
For the rice:
- 1 cup sushi rice
- 1 1-inch piece kombu
- 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. mirin
For the teriyaki sauce
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. sake
- 2 Tbsp. mirin
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
For the yuzu mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp. yuzu juice
For the beef
- 1 lb. boneless ribeye, generously seasoned with salt and pepper, and at room temperature
- 1 tsp. shichimi togarashi
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
Step One: Make the kombu rice
Rinse the rice under warm water 3-4 times until the water runs clear. Bring the rice, kombu, a large pinch of salt and 1 1/4 cup water to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes (or follow package directions) until rice is fluffy and water is absorbed. Turn off heat, discard the kombu, and use a wooden spoon to fold in the rice vinegar and mirin. Cover pot with a kitchen towel and then the lid to absorb steam while preparing the rest of the dish.
Step Two: Make the teriyaki sauce
Combine soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, allowing the sauce to reduce over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until slightly reduced and thickened.
Step Three: Make the yuzu mayonnaise
Combine the mayonnaise and yuzu. Season with a pinch of salt.
Step Four: Cook the ribeye
Heat a cast iron over high heat. Cook steak on the first side until a crust has formed, about 2 minutes. Flip and allow crust to form on other side, about 1 minute. Flip about every 1 minute, 4-5 times total, until steak temps at 125-130 degrees. Remove from heat and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes. Once rested, thinly slice.
Step Five: Assemble your Donburi Bowl
In a bowl, add a small scoop of kombu rice. Top with 3 slices of the sliced ribeye. Brush the ribeye with the teriyaki sauce. Top with a dollop of yuzu mayonnaise. Garnish bowl with slices scallions and a sprinkling of shichimi togarashi.