Tamagoyaki, a sweet and savory Japanese rolled omelette, is a delightful and nutritious dish that’s a hit among kids. Its appealing appearance and gentle taste make it a perfect addition to a child’s menu. This recipe offers a simple yet authentic taste of Japanese cuisine, suitable for breakfast or a lunchbox treat.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serving: 2


  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  4. 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  5. Salt, a pinch
  6. Cooking oil, for the pan


  1. Mix the Ingredients:
    • In a bowl, beat the eggs gently. Add sugar, soy sauce, mirin, and a pinch of salt, whisking until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Prepare the Pan:
    • Heat a rectangular tamagoyaki pan (or a regular non-stick skillet) over medium heat. Lightly oil the pan using a paper towel.
  3. Cook in Layers:
    • Pour a thin layer of the egg mixture into the pan, tilting to cover the bottom. As the egg sets, gently roll it towards one end of the pan.
    • Oil the pan again, pour another layer of egg mixture, lifting the rolled egg to allow the mixture to flow underneath. Roll the egg back onto the cooked layer. Repeat until all the egg mixture is used.
  4. Shape and Serve:
    • Once done, press the omelette into shape using a bamboo mat or paper towels. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then slice into bite-sized pieces.


  • Adjust the sweetness according to your child’s preference by increasing or decreasing the sugar.
  • Serve with a side of steamed rice and vegetables for a complete meal.
  • This dish can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature, making it perfect for a lunchbox.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Sugars: 9g

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