Tamagoyaki is a popular Japanese dish often served for breakfast or included in bento boxes. It’s a sweet, layered omelette that’s rolled up into a log and sliced. This dish requires a bit of technique but is delicious and worth the effort.


  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or cooking spray (for greasing the pan)

Special Equipment

  • Tamagoyaki pan (Japanese omelette pan) or a small non-stick skillet


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar until well combined. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into another bowl to remove any chalaza or lumps, ensuring a smooth omelette.
  2. Heat the tamagoyaki pan or small skillet over medium heat. Lightly grease the pan with vegetable oil or cooking spray.
  3. Pour a thin layer of the egg mixture into the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook until the bottom of the egg has set but the top is still slightly runny.
  4. Start rolling the egg from one end of the pan to the other. Push the rolled omelette to one end of the pan.
  5. Re-grease the pan if necessary, and then pour another thin layer of egg mixture into the pan, lifting the roll to let the raw egg flow underneath.
  6. Once the new layer has set, roll the first roll back onto the cooked side of the new layer. Repeat this process until all the egg mixture has been used, adding more oil as needed to prevent sticking.
  7. Once done, remove the tamagoyaki from the pan and place it on a bamboo sushi mat or a piece of parchment paper. Shape the omelette into a tight roll and let it cool for a few minutes.
  8. Slice the tamagoyaki into 1/2 inch pieces and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 100-120
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Protein: 6g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • Serves: 2-3

Tamagoyaki is a delightful and slightly sweet dish, featuring the unique flavors of mirin and soy sauce. It’s a great introduction to Japanese cooking and makes for a wonderful breakfast or addition to a bento box. Enjoy this traditional and flavorful Japanese omelette!

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