Make this colorful and delicious Tamagoyaki Recipe for breakfast, brunch or dinner! Soy sauce and bonito flakes bring the umami to this crowd pleasing Japanese omelette.
Japanese Omelette – Dashi Tamagoyaki
It’s no secret – Japanese people love eggs. They love making omelettes (オムレツ) stuffed with rice or yakisoba, sweetened and served on top of sushi rice, or poached with just a dash of soy. Or how about a raw egg, used as a dip for yakitori or broken on top of a bowl of rice and natto (fermented soybeans)? Any which way, Japanese culture has been using eggs of all kinds (including fish eggs) for centuries and in extremely creative ways, giving way to some truly outstanding dishes.
Japanese omelette, or tamagoyaki, which literally means ‘grilled eggs’, is a super simple egg preparation. Used as a base for many other dishes, tamagoyaki is definitely a staple in Japanese cooking. When it comes to omelettes, I must admit that I’m a little biased when I say I prefer the Japanese method that uses dashi and soy over classic American or French preparations. This tamagoyaki recipe uses less oil and butter and is more flavorful than your usual Denver omelette at the diner.
The most common iteration of Dashi Tamagoyaki is ubiquitous in the world of sushi and nigiri – and is the very dish that so famously caused the apprentice in Jiro Dreams of Sushi to cry once he got it right. Usually made with a little sugar, I prefer my tamagoyaki unsweetened. Instead of using sugar, I’ve added scallions for brightness and texture and a side of grated daikon. I’ve also topped my tamagoyaki with bonito flakes for extra umami.
The result is a vibrant and appetizing egg dish that delivers in both taste and texture. Tamagoyaki is salty, slightly pungent, fluffy and extremely satisfying. When I wake up on a lazy Sunday morning and ask Ben what sounds good for breakfast, his answer is a sleepy, “tamagoyaki,” about 85% of the time. It’s a hit! In fact, we’ve gone to brunch and shared a plate of pancakes before coming back home to whip up a satisfying tamagoyaki to satiate the need for eggs with a jolt of umami in front of the TV!
Serving options are endless! Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on its own, with steamed rice or as part of a tapas style meal, this Japanese Tamagoyaki recipe is a keeper! For a complete Japanese meal add cucumber vegetable maki rolls and tofu dengaku.
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