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Tamagoyaki (pan fried rolled egg or rolled omelette) Recipe

Tamagoyaki is such a Japanese dish.  When you just want  eggs for breakfast or to add to a bento box for lunch, Japanese people have to make it into a more complicated dish by folding the eggs neatly. Presentation of even simple foods can sometimes become a little elaborate.

But, even though it is more trouble, it’s worth it. Japanese Tamagoyaki tastes really good. People in Japan eat it in the morning like people eat scrambled eggs in the US.  It is also a favorite for bento boxes for lunch and with other foods like sushi. Another nice thing is that it looks very nice and holds its shape well. That makes it good for using in bento boxes or other packed meals.

Tamagoyaki is thin layers of eggs cooked and rolled into a log using a special rectangular Tamagoyaki pan.  How it’s seasoned is different by each household.  Some Tamagoyaki is very sweet.  We both are from families who liked less sweet eggs, so this recipe is not like the fried egg used in sushi that you might expect.

If you don’t have the Tamagoyaki pan, you can certainly try using a regular round frying pan (8″).  It may not be as nice looking as the one made in the special pan at first and you may need to do some trimming, but you can get the similar result after getting more practice.  Also, if an egg layer sticks to the pan while cooking, add a little oil to the pan between rolling.

So grab some eggs and a ruler (just kidding) and start rolling!

Tamagoyaki (pan fried rolled egg)

Tamagoyaki (pan fried rolled egg)


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin (or 1/4 tsp sugar)
  • 1 tsp oil


  1. Mix eggs, salt, soy sauce and Mirin in a bowl.
  2. Heat a pan at medium high temperature and add oil. (A rectangular Tamagoyaki pan is best, but a round pan can work as well.)
  3. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan. After the thin egg has set a little, gently roll into a log. Start to roll when the bottom of the egg has set and there is still liquid on top. If you let the egg cook too much, it will not stick as you roll the log. Now you have a log at one end of the pan. Pour some more egg mixture to again cover the bottom of the pan, with the roll of egg at the end. After the new layer has set, roll the log back onto the the cooked thin egg and roll to the other end of the pan.
  4. Repeat adding egg to the pan and rolling back and forth until the egg is used up.
  5. Remove from the pan and cool for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Slice the ends of the log off and then slice the log into 1/2" pieces. You should see a nice spiral pattern in the cross section of the egg.


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    Katrina @ Lardon My French
    April 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hi! I just came across your blog! You have some really great pictures, and I love the instructional videos, I can’t wait to make some of these Japanese recipes! Thanks!

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      April 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Katrina,
      Thanks for your really nice comment! We would love to hear your feedback after you try our recipe too!
      Thank you!

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    Shirley Ferreira
    January 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I have been looking for Japanese recipes and found this site. It is clear as you say cooking 101. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

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      February 1, 2014 at 11:38 am


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    Jonathan B.
    January 31, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Another alternative to a Tamagoyaki Pan is a small stainless steel or aluminum bread pan. I am trying it out now to see how it turns out, I’ll post my results when I am finished.

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      February 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

      thanks for trying!

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    Harold wandle
    February 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I was stationed in the army at the finance building in Tokyo. I had a Japanese girlfriend. We ate Japanese food all the time especially the Japanese omelet. I remember we added onions to the reice mixture. We rolled the egg added onions and the rice inside of the egg mixture. I ame ready to eat breakfast and I was thinking about eating a Japanese omelet with added features. By the way I also operated a military Japanese hotel in gotanda and we also cook those types of eggs. Also I was able to speak perfect Japanese but now ican speak a little after all I am 86 years old thank you

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      February 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

      thanks for your interesting story! Japanese girl friend and omelet, very sweet!

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    March 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I found your site when I googled for Japanese recipes. My Japanese Sister-in-law introduced me to this food and I love it. I want to learn how to cook it as well as she did.

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      March 25, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      get your Tamago pan and cook it up!

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    April 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you sooo very much for all the recipes I just tried making the tamagoyaki and failed the first time the egg didn’t cook all the way so I tried again and much better but on a round pan is hard I just ordered the tamago pan hope it’s easier but a couple questions can you eat it cold? I’m an anime fan and I always see them eating their bento meals but I always wondered is the food warm or cold? Silly question… but I’m really getting into Japanese food and I want to take with me to school and work so I wondered if its ok or if it would go bad? Same with all the other food that you can take in a bento… What can I do or how can I set up my bento? Thank you again I can’t wait to try your other recipes!!

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      September 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Bento is usually room temperature. So yes, you can eat Tamagoyaki cold.

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    April 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    You can easily make this in a non-stick bread pan. I just made one very easily. US grocery stores sell these for about $8. They are multipurpose, too. No need for a special pan. You can also do it on a round non-stick griddle, which is also a multipurpose pan.

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    May 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I used a round stone pan and it worked just fine. The pieces from the edges of the egg roll looked different than the rest of the rolls, though.
    Anyhow, I tried cooking it for breakfast and my parents liked the better presentation and different approach from our usual omelet.
    Thanks, Noriko and Yuko!

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      May 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      thanks for making it!

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    May 10, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I went to Amazon and found a whole bunch of Tamagoyaki Pans I have gotten 2 different ones and they both work great!

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      May 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      sounds good! Keep on cooking!

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    May 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I saw the lifestyle of high school students in anime (I love anime ^-^), and I became interested in the food that was cooked for them! Now I’m into Japanese cuisine and I find them unique and great. Thank you for making this website, now I can try cooking them!

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      June 3, 2014 at 12:55 am

      when you see food in anime, it looks so good, I wonder why. I had a similar experience with western food in some anime, too.

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    George from Bradford, MA USA
    May 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I enjoy making tamagoyaki. About a month ago, I bought a new ceramic tamagoyaki pan from Japan and I like the pan very much. I can make very good tamagoyaki by using that pan. I thank you people very much for sharing the tamagoyaki recipe. It is very easy to make.

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      June 2, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      glad you liked our recipe!

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    June 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Hi. I’ve always been interested in the Japanese culture so when I wanted to learn how to cook Japanese style dishes and google brought me here I was very impressed with it. I will continue to try to make more dishes and am happy I found this site. Keep up the great work!

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      June 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      thanks! Come back soon!

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    July 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I love you kind your voices are, and just how energetic you are. It’s quite infectious!! The food turns out amazing, too. Thank you so very much for putting in so much time to help others! Thank you thank you 🙂

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      September 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      thanks! Come back for many other recipes!

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    July 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this video! I am going to make tamagoyaki this week. 🙂

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      September 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      hope you liked it!

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    July 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I’m gonna make it tomorrow. – What kind of oil do you use to cook it?

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      September 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      we use vegetable oil like canola.

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    July 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I just made the recipe for my family they loved it they want me to make it every morning thank you 🙂

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      September 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Amber once you know how to make Tamagoyaki, it’s not so hard and doesn’t take much time either.

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    August 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Um is soy sauce required or can I just leave it out, soy sauce is salty so I can I use salt in its place.

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      September 12, 2014 at 1:59 am

      if you don’t like it salty, cut back the amount of salt.

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    September 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I tried your recipe this afternoon as a snack – and it was really good!
    Sadly, I had to use eggbeaters for half of it since I ran out of eggs, and prepared it in a round pan, but sure was delicious!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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      September 23, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      glad you liked our Tamagoyaki recipe. Come back for many other recipes on our web and Youtube sites!

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    September 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Thx for sharing the simple yet nutritional recipie. My kids don’t fancy eating eggs that much, but they love tamago. Thought it would be a complicated process in making one, but your recipe is so easy!

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      September 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      it is pretty simple to make after a couple of times of practice. Glad you like it! We have a lot of recipes your kids may like such as Karaage and Omurice, so check them out!

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    October 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Hello! I just tried your recipe and it was a success and it was my first time cooking tamagoyaki! It was tasty but a little too salty for my taste buds :p I will be making some adjustment to your recipe to better suit my taste next time!

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      October 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      that’s the best part of home cooking, adjusting to your liking!

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    humera saeed
    October 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hi im a pakistani and pakistan is very rich in foods.famous for hot and sicy foo but at the same time we like chinese ,mexican, thi ,english and french cuisine .pls upload some pakistani and maxican recipes thanks

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      October 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      I love cuisine from other countries too along with Japanese! We will try to do more Japanese dishes inspired by other cultures.

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    October 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I made this tonight for maki sushi. tasted absolutely perfect! I made it in a 25cm round pan though, so my shape was a bit off, not that that matters in a roll. Thank you ladies!

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      October 24, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      sounds yummy!

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    October 26, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hi. 3 years ago my son and I spent 3 weeks in Japan. We had such a marvelous time. One, amongst many things we adored, was the food. I live in Los Angeles and there are Japanese restaurants all over town. But none of them cook the food my son and I had in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Everything in Los Angeles is “Americanized.” I tried cookbooks, but they are also “Americanized.” Then, I found your website. Better than any cookbook. I’ve made miso soup, (making the dashi from scratch,) karaage, and nikujaga. All were excellent. This morning I tried the tamagoyaki. It was fabulous. I added scallions to it. It was a little difficult to roll, and I noticed when you use the chop sticks, one goes on the “inside” and the other on the outside. I didn’t exactly do it that way, which is why I had a little trouble. I think technique is important with this dish. Your website is that best. Thank you for all the work you do.

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      October 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      glad you find Japanese Cooking 101 useful…Thanks! I love Tamagoyaki with green onions, that’s the best! Come back for more recipes!

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    February 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Just tried making this in a round frying pan and it still came out great and is perfect for my bento! Thank you so much for the great recipe!!

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    February 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks very much for sharing this! We tried this recipe with fried little potato cubes and shredded cheese ^^ it tastes really nice!

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    Dean Murphy
    March 24, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I just made this. I didn’t have mirin, so I used table sugar, and it came out great! My technique in the round omelet pan needs some work, but I love it.
    Pouring smaller amounts of egg would help I think.
    Thank you for making the site.

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      March 31, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      I tried this in a round pan and it worked, but then my daughter-in-law gave me a square Tamagoyaki pan for Christmas and it is so easy I make this several times a week and take it to work for lunch. She found the pan online, only problem is all the information is in Japanese so I am not sure of the best way to clean and maintain it, but so far it is working great.

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    August 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you for the recipe and video. I really like tomagoyaki! The slightly sweet taste is quite different from western style omelettes. I’m using a round pan which was a challenge at first. I’m also using this general technique to make western style omelettes (no sugar/mirin, soy sauce). I was never good at western style omelettes because they took so long to cook before folding them over. With tomagoyaki style omelettes, the thin layers cook quickly so you don’t get bored waiting. The texture is more pleasing too!
    Thanks for all of your recipes and videos!

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    August 16, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Thank you for this super easy to follow tutorial! I am slowly learning how to become a better cook thanks to you guys! The tamagoyaki was delicious! 🙂

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