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Umami Hoisin Beef and Rice Bowl

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Serves 4


Prep Time

15 minutes


Cook Time

10 minutes


Total Time

25 minutes

kikkoman products used:


1 ½ pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Kikkoman® Gluten-Free Hoisin Sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
1 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon Kikkoman® Sesame Oil, divided
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups cooked white rice
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
4 carrots, shredded
¼ cup snow peas
2 green onions, chopped
1 cucumber, sliced

For serving
¼ cup chopped peanuts
¼ cup fresh basil, and mint, roughly chopped
1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Start by seasoning the beef with black pepper and letting it rest at room temperature while continuing to prepare the dish.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, hoisin, garlic and crushed red pepper (start with a pinch), Add the beef and toss, making sure the sauce coats the meat.
  3. Heat a skillet to high heat and add a tablespoon of sesame oil. Remove the steak from its sauce, reserving the sauce, and place into the pan, allowing to brown. After 2-3 minutes, stir and again, allow to brown for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the reserved sauce along with 3 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the steak (3-4 minutes).
  5. While steak is cooking, heat another large skillet on high heat, adding 1 tablespoon sesame oil and vegetable oil when the pan is hot, watching to make sure the oil is hot enough to shimmer. At this point, add the cooked rice and stir well. Press the rice gently around the skillet to get as much of the rice directly on the pan as possible. Allow it to crisp for about 3 minutes or until the rice touching the pan turns golden brown.
  6. To serve, divide the rice among bowls and top with beef, cabbage, carrots, snow peas, green onion and cucumber. Spoon some of the sauce over the top and garnish with peanuts, basil, mint, and lime wedges, if desired.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.


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