Crispy Rice Bowls

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Crispy Rice Bowls

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Crispy Rice 

  • 2 cups (500g) cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp (10g) sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) Japanese soy sauce, optional
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) sesame oil

‘Gyuudon’ Style Tofu

  • 8oz firm or extra firm tofu, drained and patted dried
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • 1 small onion (110g), sliced
  • 2/3 cup kombu dashi
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (3ml) dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) sake
  • 1 tbsp (12g) cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, minced


  1. Add sesame seeds (and soy sauce if using) to the rice and mix together. Add 1 tbsp of sesame oil to a pan and brush to coat the entire pan. Add 1 portion of the rice and then flatten it with a spatula. Cook each side for about 5-8 minutes over medium high or until crispy on both sides. Repeat with remaining half. 
  2. Crumble tofu into a bowl. Dust potato starch over and toss to coat. Add oil to a pan over medium high and fry the tofu for 2 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove from pan.
  3. Add the kombu dashi, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sake, cane sugar and ginger to a bowl and whisk together. Then pour into a pan over medium high along with the onions. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until onions are almost finished cooking. Once onions are softened, add the tofu and cook until sauce has reduced. Remove from heat.
  4. Crumble the rice into a bowl and then top with half the amount of tofu. Serve with pickled ginger, scallions or sesame seeds and enjoy!


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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. I love this recipe! I made it 4 times already and its so comforting and tasty and the crispy rice pops and cracks in your mouth mmmm. Also the saltiness is just perfect <3

    Thank you!

  2. This one has easily cracked the weekly rotation. The texture and flavor keep me comin back for more. I usually spice mines up with gochugaru or chili crisp, and yes I will be checking out that recipe too!

  3. Definitely another favorite of mine. Always been a carbo girl, so this recipe really hits all the right spots! Super easy & quick to whip up. The crispy rice brings this dish to another level. Loved it!

  4. Made it today for lunch!! This is gonna be my never without meal!! Thank you. I made a version with tempeh and it was delicious.

  5. I needed some comfort food, and this recipe did not disappoint! It was so super easy to make and was thoroughly enjoyed by myself and my husband. 😍😍