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Japanese Tamago Egg


25 min

Japanese Tamago Egg

Japanese Tamago Egg Photo 1


Roll up


25 min


6 persons




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Author: Victoria Bailey
Tamago is a Japanese rolled omelet also known as 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. Mirin is sweet rice wine and dashi is traditional Japanese soup stock made from kelp or shiitake. These ingredients are now carried in most larger grocery stores or at Asian markets.


  • eggs: 4 piece
  • prepared dashi stock: 0.25 cup
  • white sugar: 1 Tbsp
  • mirin (Japanese sweet wine): 1 tsp
  • soy sauce: 0.5 tsp
  • vegetable oil, or more as needed: 0.5 tsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Beat eggs thoroughly in a bowl; whisk in dashi stock, sugar, mirin, and soy sauce until sugar has dissolved.
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  2. Lightly grease a nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat.
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  3. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture into the hot pan and swirl to coat the pan. Cook until egg layer is firm on the bottom but still slightly liquid on top, about 1 minute. Then lift up one edge using a spatula and roll up the egg layer. Push omelet roll to one side of the skillet. Oil the skillet again and pour in another thin layer of egg, lifting the first omelet roll up slightly to allow the egg to flow underneath; roll up the first omelet in the new layer of egg and push omelet to the edge of the skillet as before. Repeat the process with the remaining egg mixture, oiling the pan each time if needed.
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  4. Remove rolled omelet to a serving platter and cut into 6 equal pieces to serve.
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History of the Japanese Tamago Egg:

Tamago is an essential Japanese breakfast food and is commonly served as part of a traditional Japanese breakfast. In Japan, Tamago also plays a crucial role in sushi and bento boxes. Tamago was originally created in the Edo period (1603-1868) and has evolved over time with different regions of Japan having their own unique styles.

Tips and Tricks for Japanese Tamago Egg Recipe:

The key to making delicious Tamago is to use the right ingredients, have a non-stick pan, and practice your rolling technique. It is also important to cook each layer of egg evenly to ensure that it rolls smoothly. Always whisk the ingredients thoroughly to get a smooth consistency.

Tips for presenting the dish:

Serve the Tamago rolled omelet over a bed of sushi rice, and as a dipping sauce, offer soy sauce mixed with wasabi or chopped green onions. You can also add a sprinkle of sesame seeds or green onions on top for extra flavor and presentation. To create an authentic Japanese look, cut the edges into a diamond shape with a sharp, non-serrated knife.

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