Soy-Marinated Tuna Rice Bowl (Maguro no zuke Donburi)

This Japanese preparation showcases the rich flavor of tuna, a fish traded in abundance at Tsukiji wholesale seafood market.

Soy-Marinated Tuna Rice Bowl (Maguro no zuke Donburi) Soy-Marinated Tuna Rice Bowl (Maguro no zuke Donburi)
This authentic Japanese preparation highlights the rich flavor of raw tuna; with traditional garnishes of thinly sliced nori and omelette.
Yield: serves 4


  • 4 (3-oz.) pieces sashimi-grade yellowfin or bluefin tuna
  • 14 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. sake
  • 2 tsp. mirin
  • 4 cups cooked sushi rice
  • Thinly sliced pickled ginger, for garnish
  • Finely chopped nori (seaweed), for garnish (optional)
  • Thinly sliced shiso leaves, for garnish (optional)
  • Thinly sliced cooked omelette, for garnish (optional)
  • Wasabi paste, for serving


  1. Bring a 4-qt. saucepan of water to a boil. Working with 1 piece of tuna at a time, submerge tuna in water for 5 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, immediately transfer tuna to a bowl of ice water and chill for 10 seconds. Remove and pat dry. Repeat with remaining tuna. Place tuna in a plastic bag; add soy sauce, sake, and mirin. Seal; let tuna marinate, turning once, at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. To serve, remove tuna from the bag, reserving marinade, and cut each piece into 6 slices. Place 1 cup rice onto 4 serving bowls; top each serving with 6 slices of tuna. Garnish with ginger, nori, shiso, and thinly sliced omelette. Drizzle with reserved marinade; serve with wasabi.