Japanese Tamago Egg


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 with soy and wasabi sauce for dipping.

Japanese tamago egg served with sushi rice and dipping sauce on a wooden board
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 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


  1. Beat eggs thoroughly in a bowl; whisk in dashi stock, sugar, mirin, and soy sauce until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Lightly grease a nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat.

  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.

  4. Remove rolled omelet to a serving platter and cut into 6 equal pieces to serve.


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.

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
4g Fat
3g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 60mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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