How to Make Eggs for a Sushi Roll

Eggs can be used for toppings on sushi in the form of tamago, but it might require a few ingredients and equipment that might not be readily available to you.

How do you make eggs for sushi? Tamago is essentially scrambled eggs without you stirring it on the pan and it might require more ingredients than your standard western scrambled eggs. You whisk it with a bit of mirin, sesame oil, dashi stock, white sugar, white pepper, and salt. You will then need to use a special square pan for frying and then rolling the eggs.

Tamago might be simple on paper but it can be a bit tricky in practice if you have never made it before or if you don’t have much experience in cooking.

How to Make Egg Roll for Sushi

The most important thing to remember about making the egg roll that is used in sushi exactly as the Japanese do it is to have the right equipment for the job. Remember that you are trying to create something that is not normally consumed in the west and this might require you to either make some concessions or work even harder.

Among the requirements for making actual tamago are:

·         Tools and equipment

·         Ingredients

·         Recipe

·         Cooking Skills

Since you are making the egg rolls for sushi anyway, it is just a given that you should have the necessary capabilities to actually get the job done. After all, you do have to work with some fairly delicate ingredients and if you don’t know how to handle them, you might as well buy your sushi. With that being the case, you can refer to the table below for the steps of making tamago.

Mix ingredientsCombine the eggs, mirin, dashi stock, and other seasonings in a bowl and mix with either a whisk or chopsticks, with the latter offering more authenticity
Prepare panHeat the square pan or skillet while oiling liberally, making sure to spread the lubricant all across the surface for maximum non-adhesion
Pour the egg mixture and rollPour enough of the egg mixture into the pan to form a thin layer and gather to one side once cooked enough before pouring more of the egg mixture. Using the gathered egg mix, you roll it over the new layer and drag it to the side again. Repeat the process until the mixture is used up
DryPlace the egg roll gently on a plate with a paper towel laid on top of it and allow the oil to be absorbed
SliceOnce the egg roll is less greasy, you can place the egg roll on a cutting board and start slicing piece that is either half an inch to an inch thick
FormPlace the egg pieces on a molded piece of sushi rice before binding the two using a strip of nori

So, there you have it, you now know how to make sushi egg roll so that you can have your own tamago experience. Just make sure that you actually have the patience for this kind of cooking because it can be a bit tedious.

What is Tamago or Egg Roll

Tamago in English simply translates to egg and apart from frying it sunny side up style, this is about as basic as egg cooking goes for the Japanese. Tamago is not limited for use only in sushi, either, since it can be a complete breakfast all on its own. You can eat it with a wide variety of partners, including rice, bread, noodles, or just by itself.

In the case of its use in sushi, tamago basically falls under the category of nigiri where the sushi rice is molded to form a block or a ball and is then complemented with toppings. More often than not, this type of sushi is served in restaurants rather than in sushi bars due to the wait time if it is cooked from scratch.

Of course, if it is cooked in advance and preserved, that would be a different story. As a matter of fact, you will actually find canned tamago in Japan, which is about as weird of a concept as anything can get. That would be like being able to buy a canned scrambled egg in the supermarket. It just doesn’t make sense and yet it is here to stay.

What is Tamago Used for?

Tamago can be used for a wide variety of food options. As already said, it can be eaten on its own, but this is certainly not something that a lot of folks would have much experience with, in the west. You basically get a bento of these rolls along with a small bowl of soy sauce. You use a chopstick to eat the tamago while dipping it in the condiment every now and again.

Then there is the use of tamago with other items in what is called a homemade bento. You’ve seen those nifty little lunch boxes, right? They can often be made of single layers with a base of rice and plenty of toppings or the rice and the toppings can be separated. Either way, tamago is often seen as a staple of such items, which is also seen as a way of expressing affection and love.

As for its roll in sushi, its existence is certainly a wonder to many western diners who assume that sushi is just about fish and rice. This is certainly not the case and you might even see the actual western influence in sushi when you also taste spam sushi, but I digress.

Tamago is actually great in sushi because it provides your mouth with a break from the complex flavors given by other options. Sweet kinds of fish, soft textures, crunchy veggies, and the like can get quite intimidating. Tamago, on the other hand, is familiar and soothing among the sea of complexity.

Related Questions

How Do You Make Maki?

Maki is made when you take a sheet of nori, spread sushi rice over it to form a layer, place your fillings right at the bottom edge, and then rolling forward. This is absolutely best done when you have a sushi rolling mat to work with so that you won’t have a sticky time of rolling sushi.

Does Sushi Have Egg in It?

Sushi can have egg in it and the egg can actually come in a variety of different ways depending on how you want to approach the matter. It can be in the form of the regular egg roll or it can be in the form of strips of fried egg, which is then included in maki and the like.

What Tamago Tastes Like

Tamago is one of the most popular dishes in Japanese cuisine and to a lot of people who have never tried it but see it, it is only natural that they would assume that it is just fried egg. However, this is both wrong and right at the same time, mostly because you are dealing with something that does consist of eggs, which you then fry.

In terms of the taste, though, tamago tends to be richer and sweet than most other types of fried eggs due to all of the mixtures placed in it. It also tends to be denser than your average scrambled egg because it incorporates less air. This is done intentionally, of course, because it is meant to be a full meal on its own.

You will be able to tell if the tamago is made well by its smooth texture and the excellent balance of the taste. At the end of the day, it also needs to be a tad heavy thanks to the density of the rolls that were made.

Tamago for Garnishing

As already mentioned, tamago is used in a lot of Japanese dishes, which is what makes it as popular as it is. Simply put, it is the kind of dish that you would want to serve in any gathering just to put people off their game when they see that they are being fed egg rolls. It is quite the experience to have, after all,

In terms of garnishing, though, one of the biggest strengths of tamago is just how versatile it can be. You can pair it with pretty much everything and you are good to go. Few other dishes can make the same claim, especially when it comes to the matter of cooked versus raw food. After all, tamago can go just as easily with sashimi as it can with ramen, and that itself is proof of how versatile it is.

For purely decorative purposes, though, you can easily find ways to make use of tamago as a means of making anything shine. You might have already heard of such things as sushi pizza or sushi cake, and tamago can be used to make those kinds of things look prettier. Just don’t expect a miracle if you don’t have the necessary skills to take full advantage of it, though. 

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