My husband’s favorite (if you have been to Japan, they are everywhere!) and I’m so glad to find these thinly sliced beef in Supermarkets (got mine at Big Y) here. This can be done with the pot-in-pot method using the Instant Pot. If you have fatty beef, it will be even more tender and flavorful. 

Feeds 2 paxes Cooking Time: 10 mins


  • Half pound or 460g of thinly sliced beef
  • 1 large White Onion; sliced crescents
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Sake (substitute with White Wine)
  • 1/4 cup Mirin
  • 1/4 cup Light Soya Sauce 
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • Pickled Ginger for garnishing (optional)
  • 2 cups Japanese Rice or Calrose Rice; rinsed & drained 

Adjust Mirin (if you want it sweeter), Light Soya Sauce (if you want it saltier)


  1. Wash and drain rice, set aside in a stainless steel bowl. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix Sugar, Sake, Light Soya Sauce, Water and Mirin.
  3. Using the Sauté function on the IP, add Oil. When the ‘HOT’ signal comes on, add Onions. Sauté for about 2-3 mins. 
  4. Add mixed liquid from Step 2 and it simmer for about 2-3 mins so that alcohol can evaporate. 
  5. Taste liquid and adjust to your preference with Light Soya Sauce/Mirin or Water to dilute the soup.
  6. Add beef. 
  7. Place steamer rack in the IP above all the meat (might want to invest in a taller one especially if you are sort who likes more broth)
  8. Place Japanese/Calrose rice in stainless steel bowl on it. Add 1 1/4 cup of water to every cup of rice.
  9. Set to Manual, High Pressure, 7 mins. Do a quick release. 
  10. Garnish with pickled ginger, steamed vegetables or even a Poached/Hard Boiled egg.

* It can be done on the stovetop as well. Simply sauté as above in a pot. Add the condiments and let it simmer on low fire for about 15-12 mins.