How to Make Tamagoyaki in a Round Pan - Rolled Japanese Omelet

Giorgia Fantozzi
By Giorgia Fantozzi. February 2, 2023
How to Make Tamagoyaki in a Round Pan - Rolled Japanese Omelet

Oriental cuisine is increasing in popularity all over the world. More and more people have tried some of the most popular Asian dishes. Among them, tamagoyaki stands out as a common favorite. Also known as Japanese rolled omelet, it is a recipe deeply in Japanese culture. It is usually eaten for breakfast and also go with various sushi dishes. It is called tamagoyaki because its name derives from tamago, which means ‘egg’ in Japanese. Hence the name of this popular omelet.

The ingredients of tamagoyaki are beaten eggs, mixed with a dashi broth (fish stock), then curdled over heat. There is a special technique so that they are rolled with the help of wooden chopsticks. It is a very simple preparation, you just need to know the steps to follow to get a delicious dish. In this oneHOWTO article, we will explain how to make tamagoyaki step by step.

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Steps to follow:


The first step to make this tamagoyaki recipe is to add the dashi broth or fish stock to a saucepan. Then, add the soy sauce and sugar. Mix these ingredients together and place the saucepan on the stove until it starts to boil. This will ensure that the sugar is completely dissolved. When the mixture is boiling, turn off the heat and remove the saucepan to cool.

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Beat the eggs in a bowl with the help of a metal whisk to make it easier. As long as the dashi broth has cooled completely, pour the eggs in the same bowl as the broth. Whisk again so that the mixture is well integrated.

How to Make Tamagoyaki in a Round Pan - Rolled Japanese Omelet - Step 2

Traditionally, tamagoyaki omelet is made with a square non-stick frying pan. This is especially adapted for making tamagoyaki, but it is not widely available outside of Japan. Don't worry, you will still be able to adapt this recipe using a round non-stick pan. You just need to make sure the pan is not larger than you need. Whether square or round, you will need to prepare the following:

  • Non-stick pan
  • Small dish of cooking oil
  • Chopsticks or tongs
  • Square of folded kitchen paper

The trick is that you will divide the beaten egg mixture into four parts so you will build up layers of tamagoyaki as you roll. This seems finnicky, but it is straightforward as long as you follow our instructions closely.


Heat the pan to medium and dip the square of kitchen paper into the oil until it is saturated. Rub the bottom of the non-stick pan with the oil and pour in a quarter of your egg mixture so that it coats the bottom. Once the egg is cooked underneath evenly, but still a little wet on top, fold in the very edges so that you have a flat rectangle of egg in the pan. Then lift up the omelet from the far side and then roll it over on itself as if rolling a crepe.


Now you have a rolled omelet in the pan, grease it again with the square of kitchen paper using the chopsticks or tongs. Repeat the same process as before, except this time you use a third of the remaining mixture (this formula allows us to use 4 equal amounts for each layer. Repeat the system of letting the egg cook evenly underneath, square the edges and roll the omelet.

How to Make Tamagoyaki in a Round Pan - Rolled Japanese Omelet - Step 5

Repeat this process again using half of the remaining mixture, then do it one final time with the last portion. Once you are finished, you should have a rectangular omelet which is rolled in layers like a Swiss roll.


Take a bamboo placemat (if you have one) to place it on a piece of kitchen paper large enough to contain the omelet. If you do not have a bamboo mat, simply slip it off carefully out of the pan. Roll the tortilla tight with the help of the mat or using a dish towel underneath of you don't have one. This will help steam the tamagoyaki without burning your hands.

How to Make Tamagoyaki in a Round Pan - Rolled Japanese Omelet - Step 7

Let the tamagoyaki sit for a few minutes, then remove it from the paper while it is still warm. If you want to be neat (and eat a little extra for yourself), slice the ends so that you have a more square omelet. Cut into slices and serve. This is a delicious Japanese dish to be eaten on its own, perhaps with some sriracha hot sauce, or as an addition plate for a larger meal. You can even use small pieces of this omelet for sushi filling.

If you want a delicious way to finish off your Japanese meal, you might want to think of a suitable dessert. This is why we recommend this recipe on how to make Japanese cheesecake (fuwa fuwa).

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  • In Japan, tamagoyaki is usually served with grated daikon or Japanese radish and soy sauce. You can also prepare it as an accompaniment to sushi dishes.
  • To make this omelet recipe you can add different vegetables. Some carrots or some chopped red and green peppers will add more flavor to the omelet. You can also add some Japanese spring onion called negi asatsuki (which tastes like garlic and looks like chives).
  • You can include ingredients such as cheese, sausages or ham. These are some current variants that can be added to the main base of the omelet. In this way, you can take advantage of some common ingredients that you may already have at home.
  • In Japan, this recipe is made in a square or rectangular pan used for making these omelets. If you decide to make it in a conventional pan, it will also be delicious. However, it will look bulky in the center and the ends will be thinner if you don't follow our technique..
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