Japanese Meatballs and Cilantro Rice


As part of my goals for this year, I wanted to try to incorporate more recipes into my repertoire. This recipe a good friend, who had studied in Japan, taught me. It is so simple and yet so amazing. I honestly have to stop myself from licking the bowl each time I make it because the sauce is amazing! Sidenote: It took me three times to get a photo of this because I kept eating it before I remembered to get a photo. Good news, it is super easy to make!


  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1 small Red Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Sake
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  1. Combine diced red onion and ground beef. Roll into balls and brown in a pan over medium heat.
  2. In a pot, combine sake, sugar, and soy sauce. Heat over medium heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens.
  3. Add meatballs to sauce mixture and continue to heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice and enjoy! ( I recommend spooning more sauce over the rice!)

I served this dish at a dinner party last week (and forgot to take photos again!), and a friend asked how I made the rice because she swore her rice was never as fluffy and good. I don’t have a rice cooker and normally just use a small glass to measure out how much rice and water.

Katy’s Rice Tips:

-Use Jasmine rice (it’s the fluffiest)

-1:2 rice to water ratio is best (much softer rice!)

-Chop up cilantro and add to rice (a great flavor booster)