Tamago Kake Gohan: The Ultimate Japanese Comfort Food

Authentic Japanese Tamago Kake Gohan Recipe: Egg Rice Dish

Discover the simple yet delicious world of tamago kake gohan – a beloved Japanese dish that’s taking the culinary scene by storm!

Tamago kake gohan, which translates to “egg over rice,” is the epitome of Japanese comfort food. This incredibly easy dish combines fluffy white rice with a raw egg, creating a creamy, luxurious texture that’s both satisfying and addictive. It’s a recipe that’s been cherished for generations and is now gaining popularity worldwide.

Growing up with Japanese heritage, tamago kake gohan was a staple in my household. My grandmother would serve it for breakfast, and the memory of those mornings spent enjoying this humble yet delightful dish still warms my heart. Now, it’s time to share this culinary gem with you!

The Magic of Tamago Kake Gohan

What makes tamago kake gohan so special? It’s the perfect balance of simplicity and flavor. The hot rice gently cooks the egg, creating a creamy sauce that coats each grain. A dash of soy sauce adds umami, while optional ingredients like furikake or nori bring extra texture and depth. It’s a dish that proves sometimes, less really is more.

Don’t let the raw egg scare you off – when using fresh, high-quality eggs, it’s perfectly safe and incredibly delicious. If you’re still hesitant, you can use pasteurized eggs or briefly coddle them before adding to the rice.

Mastering the Tamago Kake Gohan Technique

The key to perfect tamago kake gohan lies in the mixing. You want to beat the egg and rice vigorously, incorporating air and creating a light, fluffy texture. The result should be somewhere between a custard and a meringue – creamy, yet still retaining the individual grains of rice.

While some chefs may suggest separating the egg or pre-mixing it with soy sauce, I find the simplest method works best: crack the egg directly onto the rice, season, and stir. It’s quick, easy, and delivers fantastic results every time.

Ingredients for the Perfect Tamago Kake Gohan

  • 1 cup hot cooked white rice (about 12 ounces cooked rice; 340g)
  • 1 large egg (plus 1 optional egg yolk for extra richness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon mirin (optional, for a touch of sweetness)
  • Pinch kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Pinch MSG powder, such as Aji-no-moto or Accent (optional, for umami boost)
  • Pinch Hondashi (optional, for savory depth)
  • Furikake to taste (optional, for added flavor and texture)
  • Thinly sliced or torn nori to taste (optional, for a hint of the sea)

How to Make Tamago Kake Gohan

  1. Start by placing the hot rice in a bowl and creating a shallow well in the center. Crack the whole egg into this well. Season with 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon mirin (if using), a pinch of salt, a pinch of MSG (if using), and a pinch of Hondashi (if using).
  2. Using chopsticks or a fork, stir the mixture vigorously. The goal is to incorporate the egg fully, resulting in a pale yellow, frothy, and fluffy texture. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  3. For the finishing touch, sprinkle with furikake and nori (if using). For an extra indulgent version, make a small indentation in the top and add another egg yolk. Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade tamago kake gohan!


Hondashi is a powdered form of dashi, a Japanese soup stock. You can find it in Japanese markets or well-stocked supermarkets. Furikake is a dry Japanese seasoning typically containing seaweed, dried fish, sesame seeds, and other flavorings. It adds a delicious umami boost to the dish.

Tamago Kake Gohan (Japanese-Style Egg Rice)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
515 Calories
6g Fat
96g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 515
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 96g 35%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 200mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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