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Tekka Don (Tuna Bowl) Recipe

Tekka Don is a rice bowl with marinated tuna Sashimi on top.  It is an extremely easy dish to make if you have good Sashimi grade tuna (raw tuna that is sold to be eaten raw).  Even though the dish is not complicated, Tekka Don tastes really good and is much more special than typical Donburi (rice bowl) dishes such as Oyakodon.

The bright red color of raw tuna is said to give this the name Tekka (“hot iron”) and it’s also very pretty.  Raw tuna can be a little pricey to have for everyday lunch, but it’s great for more special occasions.  With Miso Soup and some vegetable side dishes, you’ll have a perfect meal for your family.

It may be a little hard to get good Sashimi grade tuna from your local market in some area.  Japanese markets are still the best bet to get it, but you may have good fish markets who carry Sashimi.  Also, stores like Catalina Offshore Products have an online store that can ship all over the country (USA).  Their tuna is shipped frozen, but the taste after defrosting is so good you may not tell the difference.

We used pre-cut tuna Sashimi, but a block of tuna works the same.  You just need to cut it into 1/2″ (1cm) thickness (or thinner).  (Best to sharpen your knife before cutting.)  If you already have Mentsuyu in your fridge, skip the step 1.

Tekka Don Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings



  1. If you are not using Mentsuyu, combine and boil soy sauce, Sake, and Mirinin a small pan, remove from heat immediately, and let cool.
  2. If the tuna is in a block, cut tuna sashimi into 1/2"(1cm) thick pieces.
  3. Marinade Tuna pieces in cooled soy sauce mixture (or Mentsuyu) for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Serve rice in a bowl, and top with marinaded tuna, sesame seeds, wasabi, and Roasted Seaweed. Pour some of the marinade sauce over rice if you want.

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Tekka Don (Tuna Bowl) Recipe

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