Japanese Tamago Egg

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  • Published Aug 11th
  • Ready In25m
  • Servings6
  • Calories63
Tamago egg is classic Japanese folded omelet sometimes called tamagoyaki. The omelet is sweet, has a light texture, and works well when served over sushi rice and with soy and wasabi sauce for dipping. Tamago is the Japanese word for egg. Mirin is sweet rice wine and dashi is traditional Japanese soup stock (make from kelp or shiitake). These ingredients are now carried in most larger grocery stores or at Asian markets.

Japanese Tamago Egg Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Japanese Tamago Egg for 6 servings:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup prepared dashi stock
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil, or more as needed

Japanese Tamago Egg Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook10m
  • Ready In25m

To cook Japanese Tamago Egg, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Japanese Tamago Egg is about 10 minutes , and you can serve your Japanese Tamago Egg within 25 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Japanese Tamago Egg easily:

  1. 1 Beat eggs thoroughly in a bowl; whisk in dashi stock, sugar, mirin, and soy sauce until sugar has dissolved.
  2. 2 Place a nonstick skillet or omelet pan over medium heat. Oil the pan with vegetable oil. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture into the hot pan and swirl to coat pan.
  3. 3 When egg layer is firm on the bottom but still slightly liquid on top, lift up about 1 inch of the edge of the omelet with a spatula and fold end over remaining egg layer; continue rolling the omelet to the end and push the roll to the edge of the skillet. Oil the skillet again if it looks dry; pour another thin layer of egg into the skillet and lift the roll to let the egg flow underneath the omelet roll. Fold the omelet roll over the new layer of egg, continuing to roll to the end as before. Push omelet to edge of skillet.
  4. 4 Pour a new egg layer into the skillet, oiling the pan if needed. Roll the omelet over to incorporate the next egg layer into the roll. Pour new layers and roll into the omelet until all egg mixture has been used. Remove omelet to a serving platter and cut into 6 equal pieces to serve.


  • Cook's Note:
  • It is best to use a Tamago pan, which is a 5x7-inch square nonstick frying pan, but any small pan will work--you just won't have square ends on your finished omelet-- but no effect on taste.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 63 calories; 3.8 grams of fat; 2.6 grams of carbohydrates; 4.4 grams of protein; 124 milligrams of cholesterol; 87 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 8th 2015

    Originally I was going to save some but I loved it so much I ate it while it was still hot! EXCELLENT recipe! Thank you so much!

  2. Feb 12th 2015

    This was so delicious and I'm going to make this again.

  3. Nov 23rd 2014

    This was lovely, and so easy to do! I'll definitely be making it again

  4. Aug 24th 2014

    Very tasty! I substituted chicken stock with a little fish sauce for the dashi, and served it on top of sushi rice patties with a strip of nori around each piece. This one is going into my r ...

  5. Jun 19th 2014

    Well I don't have dashi but I made the dish with everything but that and it turned out fabulous. It's super easy and delicious. Also I used a large round non stick pan it worked perfectly. N ...

  6. Apr 2nd 2014

    Smells amazing while you're cooking and it tastes even better. Although I substituted dashi stock and sweet wine with seasoned rice vinegar. Still worked out great although the color of my v ...

  7. Dec 12th 2013

    Great alternative for my kids lunches! they loved it and now request them weekly!

  8. Aug 13th 2013

    Good recipe. Had to substitute a milder fish sauce for the dashi stock, because I was out. oh no! but the recipe tasted good otherwise.

  9. Aug 6th 2012

    Good stuff. I personally feel that wrapping the slices with nori (seaweed used for onigiri) makes it taste better.