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Oyster Donburi

This oyster don (牡蛎丼) is proof that cooking for one can be a pampering treat – the proportions are for one, though it can be easily adapted to cook for more. Oysters have always been one of my favourite seafood and this is such a great way of eating them!

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Oyster Don

I adapted this recipe from my favourite Japanese cooking Youtube channel – Cooking with Dog and have since made it more than 10 times (an astronomical figure considering I featured at least a new recipe each week). When I am looking for a satisfying yet quick one-dish meal, I known I can count on Japanese donburi (literally “rice bowl dish”) – I absolutely love the fact that all the basic ingredients (such as egg, dashi stock, onions, soy sauce and mirin) are kitchen staples so I can plan my weekly grocery shopping without an excessive long list of new ingredients.


Cooking Tips for making Oyster Don

  • Do not overbeat the eggs to ensure that the egg mixture remain silky when cooked.
  • Blanching the oysters for 10 seconds beforehand ensures that they remain plump and juicy after cooking.
  • For best results, use Japanese oysters which you can find at Japanese supermarkets (I bought a frozen 1 kg bag from Sakuraya, Singapore; pictured above). Even though they are pricier (about S$30+) than the China ones, they are much bigger, taste sweeter, juicier and fresher.

10 comments on “Oyster Donburi”

  1. The Japanese oysters look so big, juicy and tasty! I love this simply yet delicious don recipe. I can’t wait to get my oyster don fix. :)

  2. I somehow prefer the smaller pearl oyster….but maybe because the big one I had weren’t good enough..

  3. The Japanese oyster sure look big and juicy. Looks delicious!

  4. I never had the thought that cooking for one can be pampering, maybe it depends on the mood which then leads to it being pampering or not. If I really “feel” like it, then it can be a pampering treat. More often however, I find it a chore to cook for one – mainly to overcome the inertia, estimating the amount of ingredients cos most ingredients will need halves and then I land myself with leftover ingredients :O That is why I often have sandwiches/burgers (minimal cooking for one) and one part being similar here – the use of frozen ingredients. Never tried frozen oysters before. Seems luxurious convenient ingredient/food.

  5. Don’t get to eat a lot of oysters here. I wish there are frozen ones here too. Love the way how you cooked it. Looks very delicious….mmmm

  6. Oh, delicious! My boyfriend doesn’t like cooked oysters, but I find them so comforting when put in soups, stews, etc. This one-person recipe is a great way for me to enjoy them solo.

  7. Tried this recipe and it turned out so good!! Thanks for sharing!

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