School Lunch Day 81: Tamago (Japanese Egg Omelette)

A little something new and different, but still a quick and easy school lunch to pack!

Tamago for school lunch:

When we go for sushi one of my kids favorite things to order is the Tamago. It's basically like a sweet seasoned scrambled egg, on top of sushi rice. I know, sounds gross. And honestly, it's not my favorite. Sweet eggs just don't do it for me. But hey, when I find a protein packed dish that my kids like to eat, I'll take it!

I had looked up recipes for it and realized that it's quite simple to make. In my usual style, I took shortcuts and made it even simpler. So this isn't quite an authentic version, but I actually kindof liked the taste better, and my kids loved it. 

Shortcut Tamago (if you google some other recipes, they will have more ingredients)

  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • Sesame oil

The ingredients are approximate, you can totally play with this and decide if you want it more salty, or more sweet. If I make this for myself I use just a pinch of sugar, and then it tastes really good. Who knew - soy sauce and eggs. Yum! But my kids like it more sweet. Beat the eggs, sugar, and soy sauce well together. Add a little oil to a hot flat frying pan, and pour in the egg. Basically you want to leave it alone until it's mostly set and a little brown on the bottom. Then with a spatula start at one side and just sort of fold it over and roll it up so you end up with a rectangle shape that's about 3 inches wide and an inch thick. Slide it out of the pan and let it sit on a cutting board for a few minutes until it's cool enough to slice. Trim off the ends so you have a nice rectangle. Then slice into pieces, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick seems good. The end scraps are for the cook to taste. 

I took a little seaweed and cut it into strips to wrap around, so it looked more like the real thing. 

In the lunch box I put the Tamago on a piece of parchment patty paper, just to help absorb the oil and keep it from sliding around. Along with this they all have some veggies, fruit, and rice crackers, and one has yogurt covered raisins.

These lunches are packed in EasyLunchboxes, and the veggies are in these little silicone cups. 


Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.