Bison Gyudon

Bison Gyudon

This bison gyudon is an excellent way to eat any big game, whether it be deer, elk, moose, caribou, nilgai, or even normal beef!

It’s made in the “western” style of Japanese cooking and is a great bridge to gently bring picky western eaters over to eastern flavours. 

This cooks quickly and therefore makes an excellent weeknight meal. To make things even quicker, use instant dashi granules rather than making your own from scratch. Instant dashi can be bought online, or at any Japanese grocery store. 

To make slicing the bison easier, try partially freezing it first. 

Try serving your gyudon alongside this delicious Japanese potato salad dish!


To make your own dashi, follow this recipe. 

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time40 min
  • Yield2 servings with sides, 4 servings without
  • Energy0 cal


  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) oil or lard
  • 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup dashi (to make dashi, follow instructions here)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) sake (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) Japanese soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) mirin
  • 1 tablespoon (12g) sugar
  • 1 lb (454g) bison (loin or round) sliced VERY thinly
  • 1 poached egg per diner (to poach eggs, follow instructions here)
  • Cooked sticky rice (to serve)
  • 3 scallions, sliced (for garnish)
  • Shichimi togarashi (for garnish, optional)
  • Furikake seasoning (for garnish, optional)



Heat oil in medium pot or skillet over medium heat. 

Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Do not let the onions brown; reduce heat if necessary.


Add the dashi, sake, soy, mirin, and sugar to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes. 

Add the bison meat.

Cook until the liquid reduces into a thick sauce, about 10 minutes. 

bison and onions in pan


To serve, spoon rice into bowls. 

Top with the bison/onion mixture and a poached egg. 

Garnish with scallions, shichimi toragashi, and furikake seasoning (if using). Enjoy!

Bison Gyudon

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