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Japanese Fish Roe Omelette (Ebiko/Tobiko/Masago)

Japanese Fish Roe Omelette Recipe

In this recipe, the seasonings for the egg are minimal as the fish roe is seasoned and already salty.

Take care not to overcook the egg in the pan so that the omelette will be moist and soft when cooked.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp dashi powder see cooking note below
  • 2 dashes white pepper powder
  • 3 + 1 heaped tbsp Japanese roe (ebiko, masago or tobiko) divided
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp chopped spring onion divided
  • 1/2 tsp cooking oil
  • 1og unsalted butter

You also need

  • a non-stick pan
  • heat-resistant silicon spatula

Directions:

  1. Prepare egg mixture. Crack the eggs in a bowl. Add dashi powder and white pepper. Beat well. Then stir in 3 tbsp fish roe and 1 tbsp spring onions & combine well.
  2. Make the omelette. Heat oil and butter on medium low heat. Tilt the pan to ensure the surface is evenly greased. Beat the egg mixture one last time to ensure the roe is evenly distributed, then pour the egg into the pan. Fold the egg (see cooking note below) by pulling edges with a spatula to draw the egg from various sides to the centre, letting uncooked egg flow underneath.  Do so until the egg is just set with some raw egg still on top. Cut the egg to chunks with the spatula and fry quickly until there is no more raw egg. Take the omelette off the heat immediately.
  3. To serve, dish the omelette out to a plate, garnish with remaining fish roe and spring onions.

Cooking Note(s)


  1. Dashi powder is a Japanese ingredient used to season this omelette. If you don’t have dashi powder, you can substitute with about 1/2 tsp light soy sauce and/or a pinch of salt, to taste.
  2. Types of fish roe. This recipe can be made with masago (capelin roe), ebiko (shrimp roe) or tobiko (flying fish roe). If you want a crunchy bite to the omelette, use tobiko.
  3. Folding the egg. To understand what “folding the egg” means in step 2, check out the step-by-step photos for ham & cheese omelette. This folding technique helps the egg to cook more evenly.
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2 comments on “Japanese Fish Roe Omelette (Ebiko/Tobiko/Masago)”

  1. Definitely my kind of food :-) However, I will have to triple the portion LOL too good to just eat just a small portion.

  2. I don’t think I have tried Japanese fish roe. But I do know that I ‘ve had those tube-shaped fish roe – fried Chinese-style. Your side-dish is so good with 养身粥

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