Japanese Style Beef and Onions

This is a family recipe which was derived from a Northern Japanese post World War II era recipe. It is said that American troops ate a lot of beef at their bases in Northern Japan. The Japanese up there were poor after the war, but they could afford to buy leftover bits and pieces of beef from the Americans. They grew a massive amount of onions up there, and that is how this recipe came to be.

Tri tip or any meat with some fat would be great for this recipe.

Total Time: 1 hour



  1. Peel and core the apple. Grate the apple and garlic. Put it in a pan with the soy sauce, chili paste, sugar, cooking wine or sake. Bring to a boil. Continue boiling over medium to low heat for about 10 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Peel onions and slice them into 1/4 inch strips.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the cooled sauce onto the beef and mix. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat up half a tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Place all the onions on the bottom of the pan. Place the meat on top. Do not stir. Allow the onions to cook for a couple minutes, then stir a bit.
  6. Only stir it once in a while. When all the meat and onion juices dissolve, it's ready to serve. This goes fabulously with a side of rice.

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March 5, 20180 found this helpful

Yum! Yum! makes my mouth water just reading the instructions!
Similar to one of my favorites but I'll try your version next time.

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March 5, 20180 found this helpful

Yay!!! I love when you try these! what's your version like? Hugs!

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