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Japanese Tamago Egg

Rated as 4.58 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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25 m servings 63
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Beat eggs thoroughly in a bowl; whisk in dashi stock, sugar, mirin, and soy sauce until sugar has dissolved.
  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. 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. 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 2.6 4.4 124 87 Full nutrition

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

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i followed this recipe to the dotted line and my ommlette tasted like fish i might have purchased the wrong daishi stock

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

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

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.

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. No ne...

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 versi...

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 recip...

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!

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

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