Buta Don
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4.67 from 3 votes

Buta Don

Buta Don is a quick and delicious Japanese dish consisting of rice, topped with pork, and glazed with a savoury sauce. Buta means “Pork” and Don means “Bowl”.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Rice, Rice dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: #butadon, donburi
Servings: 2 bowls
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 3 cups plain steamed rice
  • 300 g pork fillet
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup lettuce leaves
  • a pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 20 g butter
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • tsp miso paste *1


  • Peel the garlic and slice very thinly. Set aside.
  • Wash the lettuce thoroughly and tear into small pieces. Set aside.
  • Slice the pork fillet into about 1cm thick slices, making sure to season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a frying pan over med-high heat.
  • Place the pork fillet in the heated frying pan. Cook about 2 minutes one side then flip over the pork fillets and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off, and transfer the pork fillet from the frying pan to a plate.
  • Cover the plate with aluminium foil to rest.
  • Put the frying pan back on medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for 1- 2 minutes until the garlic become golden brown and crunchy.
  • combine soy sauce and miso paste.
  • Add 20 g butter and the combined soy sauce and miso to the pan bring to bubble.
  • Serve rice in a donburi bowl, scattering the lettuce, and placing the cooked pork fillets on top.
  • Drizzle the garlic soy sauce butter over the pork and rice.
  • Garnish with chopped green shallots or chives.


cooking steamed rice is not included in the cooking time
Any cut of pork can be used.
*1 any type of miso-red, white and mix. 


Serving: 2g | Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 10g | Iron: 0.2mg