Sweet rolled omelet (Tamago-yaki, 卵焼き)

“Sweet rolled omelet, Tamago-yaki”  is a multi-layered sweet omelet.
This is loved by both adults and children and is one of the staple dishes for Bento boxes.

Level: Medium Yield: 2 servings
Prep time:3 minutes Cook time:10 minutes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sake
  • 2 pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil (or other vegetable oil)


  • A Tamagoyaki pan, it’s a small nonstick rectangular pan for Sweet rolled omelet. If you don’t have it, you can use a 8-10 inch nonstick round pan.
  • A bamboo mat, If you have.


  1. In a bowl, crack eggs and mix it gently (don’t foam). It’s one of the best ways to shake chopsticks left and right while the chopsticks on the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add sugar, sake, and salt. Mix and Strain it once with a sieve.
  3. Dip a folded paper towel in oil and apply it to a Tamagoyaki pan. Heat it over medium heat adequately. When dropping the egg mixture with the tip of a chopstick, make sure that the egg mixture solidifies immediately.
  4. Bake the egg mixture in three portions. The first round, pour a third of the egg mixture to the pan and spread it to cover the bottom of the pan. After the bottom of the egg has set but still soft on the top, roll it from one edge of the pan to the other with a turner or chopsticks. There is no problem if the first and second rounds don’t roll well.
  5. Move the omelet to the opposite side of the panhandle. Apply to the pan with an oiled paper towel.
  6. The second round, pour half of the rest in the pan and spread it to cover the bottom of the pan and under the omelet as well. Roll in the same way as the first round.
  7. The third round, do in the same way as the second time.
  8. If you have a bamboo mat, remove the omelet from the pan and put on the mat and wrap it up. If you don’t have it, put on a cutting board. Cool the omelet for 5 minutes, at least.
  9. Slice the omelet into 5-6 peaces.


  • About rolling a omelet:
    Even if you can’t make a omelet roll well, it’s okay because of shaping it with a bamboo mat.
  • About flavor of Sweet rolled omelet:
    Sweet rolled omelet is often eaten after it has cooled, so we add a lot of sugar to make it soft even when it’s cooled. If you like, reduce the amount of sugar and change salt to soy sauce. Even in Japan, the flavor of Sweet rolled omelet varies from home to home. My mom adds chopped green onions in the omelet. I love it. Find your favorite flavor.


  • About “Sweet rolled omelet, Tamago-yaki”:
    Tamago-yaki is a sweet taste and one of the staple dishes for Bento boxes. This dish has different flavors, depending on the region and family. There is something similar to Tamago-yaki called “Dashimaki-tamago (Dashi rolled omelet)”. It’s mostly non-sweet, more soft, and juicier. Rather than a dish for lunch, you can find it in the Izakaya restaurant. And it’s more challenging to make because it has more water than the sweet rolled omelet.

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