Tamagoyaki Japanese omelette Recipe – Japanese Special

Create one of Japanese cuisine’s easiest and most versatile protein side dishes with this tamagoyaki Japanese omelette recipe. Tamagoyaki, literally meaning ‘grilled/fried egg’, is made by rolling together thin layers of seasoned egg in a frying pan. Enjoy for breakfast, add to a bento lunch, or use as a filling in sushi.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time15 min

Tamagoyaki Japanese omelette Ingredients :

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking oil as needed

How To Make Tamagoyaki Japanese omelette


Beat the eggs: First, beat 4 eggs well in a bowl using either a fork, or chopsticks if you are an expert chopstick user.


Add seasonings: Add one tablespoon each of soy sauce, mirin and sugar and a little salt to your mix.


Heat up a pan: Put a small amount of cooking oil in your pan and bring it up to medium heat. Keep some kitchen roll handy to help keep the pan oiled during cooking.


Cook the eggs: Add a small amount of your egg mix into the heated pan. Once the egg has cooked slightly so that the top is still slightly uncooked, push it over to the side of your pan.


Add a little more oil to the pan using the kitchen roll: Add another small amount of the egg mix to your pan. Again, wait for this to cook a little, but before it sets on top. You can then begin to roll the first bit of egg over the mix you just put in the pan until you have a small roll of egg.


Repeat the steps: Continue adding a small amount of egg while oiling the pan each time in between. As you add more egg and roll it up each time, your egg roll will start getting larger and easier to add new layers. Keep adding the egg in new layers until you have used it all up.


Slice the tamagoyaki: Your tamagoyaki is now finished so remove from the pan and wait to cool before slicing it up into thin pieces with a sharp knife.

Recipe Notes:

Instead of using mirin and soy sauce, you can simply use normal Japanese dashi soup stock to achieve similar results. Try using one sachet of dashi stock powder for a great taste.

After cooking, you can place the tamagoyaki in a sushi rolling mat and roll up tightly to get a solid roll. This is a good idea especially when you first start making tamagoyaki to make sure the roll is tight and easy to cut.

You can try adding different ingredients like spring onion and nori seaweed for extra flavour. Just make sure to chop them up very finely before you add them to the mix.

You don’t have to use a special square frying pan to make tamagoyaki, but you may find it easier than using a normal round one.