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Datemaki is a delicious Japanese rolled omelet traditionally eaten for New Year as part of Osechi Ryori. This easy Datemaki recipe comes together from just a handful of ingredients.


Datemaki is a Japanese sweet rolled omelette traditionally eaten for the New Year as a part of Osechi Ryori. This easy version comes together from just a handful of ingredients and yet it is fluffy and moist.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword omelet, omelette, osechi, osechi ryori
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Egg, Fish
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Pescatarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 106 kcal


  • 90 grams hanpen (torn up)
  • 5 large eggs (50 grams eggs)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Put the oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  2. Soak a makisu (bamboo sushi mat) in water.
    Soaking bamboo mat used to shape the Datemaki in water.
  3. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
    Square baking pan lined with parchment paper for making Datemaki.
  4. Add the hanpen, eggs, mirin, sugar, and salt to a blender and puree until smooth.
    Hanpen and egg in a blender.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and place it in the oven.
    Datemaki batter being poured into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the egg comes out clean.
    Baked datemaki, Japanese sweet rolled omelette.
  7. When it's done, let the Datemaki cool for a minute or two. It should be cool enough to handle, but still hot.
  8. Remove the parchment paper and place the egg on onto the bumpy side of the damp bamboo mat.
    Rolling Datemaki using a makisu.
  9. Starting slowly, roll the egg up using the matt.
    Rolling Datemaki using bamboo matt.
  10. Wrap rubber bands around the matt to compress the Datemaki and hold its round shape.
    Compressing the rolled Datemaki using rubber bands.
  11. Wrap the whole roll in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or as long as overnight.
    Datemaki rolled in bamboo matt wrapped in plastic.
  12. Unwrap the Datemaki and slice it up into 10-12 slices.
    Slicing Datemaki.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 177mg59%
Sodium 243mg10%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.