Datemaki (伊達巻) Japanese Sweet Rolled Omelette

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Datemaki may be a traditional rolled omelette typically eaten as a part of the New Years feast (osechi ryori) in Japan. it’s a sweet but savoury flavor palette and features a special ingredient to elevate the entire omelette. This sweet rolled omelette is delicious and makes an excellent addition to any meal.

Datemaki (Japanese Sweet Rolled Omelette) 伊達巻 receip
Datemaki (Japanese Sweet Rolled Omelette)

What is Rolled Omelette (Datemaki)?

Rolled omelette, also referred to as Datemaki in Japanese, is rolled omelette sweetened with sugar, mirin, honey and other ingredients. it’s one among the staple New Year’s food in Japan. it’s very almost like regular Tamagoyaki, however, this rolled omelette has an additional special ingredient called “hanpen”. Hanpen may be a fish ball made up of white fish and other ingredients, which provides this rolled omelette a fluffier texture than Tamagoyaki.

Datemaki japanese food
Datemaki japanese food

Why you’ll Love This Rolled Omelette

This special New Year’s feast staple is fluffier than Tamagoyaki due to the special ingredient ‘Hanpen fish cake”. Also It might be easier to roll flat baked omelette with a rolling mat than Tamagoyaki one layer by one layer with an egg flipper.

Datemaki japanese food egg pmelete

Ingredients you would like

  • eggs
  • Hanpen is fish ball which you’ll find within the freezer at Japanese/Asian grocery stores and in my humble opinion, i prefer the “Kibun” brand one. If you’ll catch on because it makes your datemaki airy, light, and fluffy.
  • sugar
  • mirin may be a Sake-like Japanese condiment with sweetness.
  • honey
  • sake If you don’t have any Japanese condiments, see the japanese food substitute post for alternatives.
  • usukuchi soy may be a sort of soy with a better content of sodium and therefore the colour is lighter.
  • dashi

Useful Kitchen Tools To Roll

This rolling mat called “Onisudare” is greater than a standard sushi rolling mat. Onisudare may be a sort of large bamboo rolling mat that’s a series of rod shaped bamboo dig triangles which make crinkled indents. you’ll make rolled omelette without this special rolling mat. you’ll roll omelette with a sushi rolling mat, or baking paper and place chopsticks around to form the indents.

Datemaki tools
Datemaki tools


  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 Hanpen fish cake * 1
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp mirin *2
  • 1 tbsp Dashi *
  • 1 tsp sake *2
  • 1 tsp usukuchi soy sauce *2


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking tray with a parchment sheet. *3
how to make Datemaki
how to make Datemaki

Mixing with a Blender

  • Cut the hanpen into little cubes and add it to the mixer.
  • Put all the ingredients into a blender or a kitchen appliance .
  • Mix all the ingredients together for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Leave the mixture to settle until the bubbles go down.
  • Pour the mixture into the baking tray.
how tomake datemaki 2
how tomake datemaki 2

Mixing with a Whisk manually

  • Squish the hanpen over the package.
  • Empty the package of the hanpen into an outsized bowl .
  • Add one egg at a time and whisk well whenever adding the eggs.
  • Add all seasonings and blend well with the whisk.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tray.
how to make Datemaki 3
how to make Datemaki 3

Baking *4

  • Bake within the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Turn the oven off and remove the omelette. While it’s still hot, place the rolling mat (flat side face up) over the omelette and quickly and punctiliously flip it over one hand on the omelette and one hand on the mat.*5
  • Remove the baking paper and score the omelette from the sting about 0.4″-0.6″(1-1.5cm) apart so as to roll it nicely without breaking.
  • Roll it into a cylinder shape with the rolling mat and secure it with a elastic band on each end to carry the form .
  • Look from the side and place the spring roll closed side down, or leave it standing vertically. Let it cool slightly then wrap it with cling wrap and refrigerate the rolled omelette overnight, then remove from the sushi mat and slice through 0.8inch (2cm) thick and serve!


  • One hanpen that I used weighed 2.8oz (80g), and that i used two of them.
  • If you can’t access any of the ingredients, see this Japanese food substitute post.
  • My baking mold size 12×12 inch (30x30cm)
  • you’ll use a frypan too. Cook it over low heat for about 15min with an aluminum foil cover, flip it over carefully and cook the opposite side if necessary.
  • Rolling into the form must be done while the omelette remains hot otherwise it’ll break when it’s rolled. Just take care to not burn yourself.
  • Dashi – look here
  • Cooking time doesn’t include setting time.
  • Nutrition information is for an entire rolled omelette.