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Beef Teriyaki Bento Recipe

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Beef Teriyaki Bento Recipe

Made from scratch this authentic beef teriyaki bento recipe comes together using only 5 ingredients and won’t take hours to create.

The best thing about cooking Japanese food and this beef teriyaki bento recipe is its simplicity. You can find the ingredients at your local Woolworths, Coles Asian grocery isle it’s simple to make, preparation is quick, the final result rewarding and the family will be asking for more.

With tender pieces of seared beef, glazed with sweet and savoury teriyaki sauce you can whip this up in no time and forget about those pre-made sauces or buying takeaway.

Beef Teriyaki Bento Recipe
Beef Teriyaki Bento Recipe

Beef Teriyaki Bento Recipe

Teriyaki is a cooking technique that Japanese chefs first made during the 17th century and many other dishes that incorporated the same flavour. “Teriyaki” the word is a combination of two words, “teri”, means lustre and “yaki” means to grill. Characterised by their glistening visual appearance ingredients were traditionally grilled after being marinated in the sauce which consisted of miring, soy sauce, mirin and a type of sugar.


  • 2 beef steaks
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Pre-Cooking Tip

A quick sear of the beef on both sides gives it a little colour and the steak will finish cooking while the teriyaki sauce reduces in the same pan.


You can choose to use other ingredients such as ground beef, chicken or tofu.


In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, mirin, soya saunce and sake in a bowl and stir the ingredients to combine. If your steak is lean rub a teaspoon of cooking oil onto each steak.


Heat a wok over high heat until the bottom of the pan is hot and add the beef steaks, sear on both sides until browned.


With the beef still in the pan pour in your teriyaki sauce and let it boil. Flip over the steaks repeatedly until the teriyaki sauce has reduced and each steak is in a thick shiny glaze.


Let the beef steaks rest for a few minutes and transfer to a cutting board and slice with a sharp knife.


Pour any remaining sauce over the sliced steaks and garnish with chopped spring onion or sesame seeds. Let it rest for five minutes and serve.

Once you have mastered this Beef Teriyaki Bento Recipe, you can also try substituting beef with fish, white or red meats such as lamb, pork or chicken, In Japan, they also cook this meal using other ingredients such as squid, hamburger steaks, yellowtail, tuna, salmon, trout and mackerel.

Enjoyed this recipe? You might want to try the tasty chicken teriyaki or tonkatsu recipe (Japanese Pork Cutlet).

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