Authentic Japanese Tamago-Yaki

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Total Time
1 min
4 mins

A Japanese style omelet is called dashi-maki-tamago or tamago-yaki. This omelet is often served for breakfast in Japan and it is one of the most popular menu items for bento, Japanese box lunch. This recipe usually requires a rectangular omelet pan but they are unusual outside of Japan or a professional kitchen so I make it with a regular round pan. It tastes just as good but looks a little different.

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  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dashi, stock* (very authentic) (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (enough to just cover bottom of pan)


  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl.
  2. Add sugar, Dashi, Soy sauce to the bowl and mix well.
  3. Heat oil in an omelet pan.
  4. For an easy omelet just pour the whole mixture into a large pan and lift up the edges to let the wet egg run underneath. Take off the heat just before top is firm. A more advanced and authentic cooking requires a rectangular omelet pan and folding/rolling the egg.
  5. * I buy the dashi as I would chicken bouin from the asian grocer and then usually sprinkle a pinch or less into the mix rather than mix the liquid form. It really helps the flavor round out.