Kabayaki Unagi Don Recipe

Kabayaki Unagi Don Recipe

Dive into the irresistible flavors of Kabayaki Unagi Don, a traditional Japanese dish that showcases grilled eel glazed with a sweet and savory soy-based sauce. This mouthwatering recipe combines the tender and succulent eel with the simplicity of steamed rice, creating a harmonious and satisfying meal that is sure to delight. Each bite offers a symphony of flavors, from the caramelized glaze of the eel to the fluffy grains of rice. If you're a seafood lover or eager to explore the depths of Japanese cuisine, this Kabayaki Unagi Don recipe is a must-try. So let's dive into the details and learn how to create this savory delight that will transport your taste buds to culinary bliss.


  • 2 unagi (freshwater eel) fillets
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • 2 cups of steamed Japanese rice
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
  • Chopped green onions (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the eel fillets by removing the skin and bones if necessary. Cut each fillet into smaller pieces, suitable for serving over the rice.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and sake. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens slightly.
  3. Preheat the grill or broiler. Place the eel fillets on the grill or under the broiler, skin side down.
  4. Brush the fillets generously with the prepared sauce. Grill or broil the eel for about 2-3 minutes, or until the glaze becomes caramelized and the eel is cooked through.
  5. While the eel is cooking, prepare the steamed Japanese rice according to the package instructions.
  6. Once the eel is cooked, remove it from the grill or broiler and let it rest for a few minutes.
  7. Serve the Kabayaki Unagi over a bed of steamed rice. Drizzle any remaining sauce over the eel and rice.
  8. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions for added flavor and presentation.


1. Where can I buy unagi (freshwater eel) for this recipe?

You can find unagi at Japanese or Asian grocery stores. Look for fresh or frozen eel fillets that are suitable for grilling or broiling. Alternatively, you can also purchase already seasoned and cooked unagi from us!

2. Can I use pre-made eel sauce instead of making it from scratch?

Yes, if you prefer convenience, you can use pre-made eel sauce available at Asian grocery stores. Simply brush the sauce on the eel fillets during grilling or broiling to achieve the desired flavor and glaze.


Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Kabayaki Unagi Don, a dish that celebrates the natural sweetness of grilled eel glazed with a delectable soy-based sauce. This recipe combines the perfect balance of savory and sweet, creating a delightful experience with every bite. The tender eel, coated in the caramelized glaze, paired with steamed rice, offers a comforting and satisfying meal that showcases the essence of Japanese cuisine. Whether you're looking to expand your culinary repertoire or treat yourself to a flavorsome adventure, this Kabayaki Unagi Don recipe is a wonderful choice. So gather your ingredients, master the art of grilling, and savor the savory delight that awaits you.

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