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Spicy Soy-Marinated Tuna Rice Bowl

Spicy Maguro Zuke-Don

When I get really fresh fish, I enjoy eating it straight as sashimi, or I also enjoy creating a quick one-bowl meal by topping it over rice. It never goes wrong. You can make it with sushi rice or just plain rice. I also like to quickly marinade the sashimi in soy-based sauce to top over the rice. It’s called Zuke-Don. Zuke means “marinade”, and Don is donburi rice bowl. Here’s my really tasty Spicy Zuke-Don with fresh tuna.






  • 8 oz (220 g) sashimi-grade tuna block



  • 1 small clove garlic, finely grated
  • 1 small knob ginger, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon tobanjan (Chinese hot bean paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground roasted sesame seeds


  • Freshly-cooked rice
  • 2 green onions, thinly-cut crosswise
  • Some daikon sprouts, cut into 1/2” (1.2 cm) long


  1. Cut the tuna into 1/4″ (6 mm) thick bite-size pieces.
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients for the marinade. Add the tuna and mix well. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes or so.
  3. Scoop rice into two donburi bowls and top each with half of the marinated tuna. Garnish with the mixture of scallions and daikon sprouts. Enjoy immediately.

The recipe is also available on my YouTube channel, Happy Donabe Life!


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