What is tamago?

Tamago is the Japanese omelet commonly used in maki, nigiri and Temaki sushi. Unlike a regular omelet, the tamago is made with sugar, soy sauce, and mirin added. Furthermore, it is fried by a very unique method, as explained in the following guide.

Tamago is very easy to make, and easy to enjoy. It is highly recommended for vegetarian sushi fans, pregnant women and anyone with a sense of taste.

How to make tamago?

Attention - The recipe for Tamago batter can be found here.

Step 1 - Heat

Heat a little oil in a rectangular pan, then add the tamago batter, 1 cm deep.
  

Step 2 - Flip and fold

After 2-3 min, when the bottom of the omelet turns brownish, use a spatula to fold the omelet twice, first from the closer edge of the pan towards the middle, and then towards the far edge. There's no need to flip the omelet, just fold it. Even if its upper side seems uncooked before folding, the "inner layers" will get done by the end of the process.

 

Step 3 - More batter

Now oil the pan again (or not, depends if you prefer it crispy or oil free) and add another batch of tamago batter. Notice that the batter you have just added should touch the omelet you folded in the previous step.

Step 4 - Flip again

Repeat steps 2-3, until you run out of tamago batter.

Step 5 - Aaaaand cut...

Now that your omelet is ready, place it on a dry cutting surface, and slice it into 2 cm-thick slices. You may use it either as a topping for nigiri sushi, or as a filling for Temaki and maki sushi.


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+16 # Guessed 2013-07-26 19:46
The link to the tamago batter recipe above redirects back to this page.
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+2 # Marmotlord 2011-06-19 17:45
Tamagoyaki!
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+1 # Guest 2009-10-03 08:03
thank you-now I can try to make my favourite kind of sushi in home :)
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+2 # Guest 2008-09-13 19:58
Just made tamago and Spam maki......delis h!!!
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+2 # Guest 2008-08-27 21:14
omg!! i didnt know tamago was fried !!! this is soo cool! i love it!!
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0 # Guest 2008-07-31 08:02
Kim - the batter actually should get a significant darker color. The outcome is of course a darker omelet than the 'usual' omelet, but not as much as the color of the batter might suggest.
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0 # Guest 2008-06-18 20:23
Perhaps check that you're using light soy sauce as opposed to dark soy sauce?
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0 # Guest 2008-05-14 18:08
What's the size of the spoon for the sugar and the soy sauce? Either way, I tried both tablespoon and teaspoon for the soy sauce, and the egg turned out blackish. The third batch I decided to use a few drops or so instead of spoonfulls of soy sauce.
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0 # Guest 2008-03-31 14:43
you can't cook???
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0 # Guest 2008-02-22 04:06
Although i don know how to cook, but i stil like to know how to cook as a knowledge.
After see this, i think i should start practise now.Hehe..
Coz it look fun.
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-2 # Guest 2008-02-20 00:26
you forgot to bring rolled tomago back to front of pan before you pour in the egg again.
this way you have a long roll of tomagoyaki
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-1 # Guest 2008-02-05 23:26
It's desu, with the u almost silent. :)
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+1 # Guest 2008-01-06 11:48
tanoshii katta. I'd like to try it.
Arigato gozaimasu!!
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-24 # Guest 2007-11-30 02:33
hello i am very sorry but i dont like sushi!
too fishy
well bye im sorry if pple like it BUT ITS NOT MY PROBLEM!!!!
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-27 # Guest 2007-11-12 14:20
Sushi is very gross i dont like because i'm a big country fan. we love kicks. ya are japan people.
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0 # Guest 2007-11-12 10:02
that was awsome but priceless by the sec
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0 # Guest 2007-08-15 19:32
This looks like a lot of fun. I just recently got a sushi making set, and am anxious to give it a try.
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0 # Guest 2007-05-15 09:45
Omoshiroi des, Oishi des.Sushi making benkyo Suru, Arigato gozaimus.
Sorry my japanese is pathetic, but I want to thank the author for the great tutorials on Sushi making.
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+1 # Guest 2007-05-14 12:52
may i know how low or high the heat of the fire should be?
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-3 # Guest 2007-05-05 23:32
hi how r u me Sandwich rc is doing very good thnx luv Sandwich rc
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-4 # Guest 2007-05-05 20:25
thx a millions.Next time on yur website post how 2 make sushi.Arigato!! pS cheez

cool dude,, no wait freezing cool dude...
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0 # Guest 2007-04-30 16:08
I agree, i had searched a lot of website on how to make tamago, and i found that the info on how to make sushi with a flash illustration helps a lot, thanks
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0 # Guest 2007-03-26 22:03
PRICELESS INFO!!! AWESOME!! ARIGATO!
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-4 # Guest 2007-03-21 01:51
ewwwwwwwwww that tasted kinda.... bad.
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0 # Guest 2007-03-08 01:35
you know what this is just too great to be true..sharing info on how to make sushi and a flash illustration?? this is how i like to learn!
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0 # Guest 2007-01-23 02:30
Ooohh....i like de tamago very much!
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