Yuzu Koshō Tamagoyaki

Yuzu Koshō Tamagoyaki

A tangy twist on the traditional Japanese omelette


Photo by Rieko Suzuki

A delicious twist on the traditional tamagoyaki that replaces the sweet flavor with a hint of refreshing yuzu koshō (paste made from chili peppers, yuzu peel and salt, available at most grocery stores). Making tamagoyaki usually requires a tamagoyaki pan, but a regular pan is fine for this recipe. If you don’t have a makisu (sushi mat, available at most ¥100 shops) you can use parchment paper as a substitute.

Start to finish: 25 min (active time 10 min)

Servings: 4 pieces

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp corn (1 tbsp = 15ml)
  • 1 tsp yuzu koshō (1 tsp = 5ml)
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Optional: Small amount of cream cheese and yuzu rind to garnish


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Using chopsticks or a fork, mix until the egg yolks and egg whites blend together (avoid whipping).
  2. Heat the frying pan (for non-stick pans use 1 tsp vegetable oil). Pour the egg mixture into the pan and quickly mix.
  3. Turn off the heat when the egg mixture starts to become half-cooked and develops a scrambled egg consistency. Tilt the pan to move the egg to one side.
  4. Place plastic wrap on the makisu. From the pan, pour the semi-solid egg mixture onto the plastic wrap. Roll the makisu into a tubular shape (in a wrap, like you would roll sushi). Leave it to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.