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Best Tamagoyaki Pan aka Makiyakinabe (巻き焼き鍋)

What is the Best Tamagoyaki Pan aka Makiyakinabe (巻き焼き鍋)? There are many factors that you should consider. From cookware material to handle and construction. While they all perform the same task, I would say that the most important that you should consider is the material. I have a preference to cast iron Tamagoyaki Pan. With use, it will develop a nonstick finish and its durability is pretty much guarantee. Having said that, the american market does not really have a well made cast iron model. The best alternative is the copper one made by Asahi, just expect to pay quite a bit more for it. I have compiled a list of some of the Best Tamagoyaki Pan below.

What to look for in a Tamagoyaki Pan?


While it may seem like any square pan will work, those ridges like usually flare out. Look for one with sides that are straight up. This helps form and give the egg that distinct square shape. You also want a wooden lid to help you push and form the egg. Without it, you will just be flipping it. If the pan does not come with the lid, I recommend that you use something that fits the shape of the pan.


Another factor that you should consider would be the material. Copper is the best choice for fast and even heat. You can change how fast the egg coagulate with a change in the dial. The heat should also be even throughout the pan. This portion of the egg from getting overcooked. The only downside is that it sticks more than the other material.

Cast Iron is great because it develops a nonstick overtime. However, it responds slowly to heat change and it has poor heat distribution. You can get around this by heating it slowly. This should ensure that the heat is even, it just takes a while.

Nonstick is the easiest to cook in. The issue is that it doesn’t last long. Expect nonstick pan to last only one or two year before you have to replace it. If you can afford to do that, then it should work just fine.

Wooden Lid

The Wooden Lid is actually a critical piece. You need it to push and form the egg into a nice square shape. Unfortunately, only one of the model comes with the lid. In this case, you would need to cut one to fit the right size. Kind of a hassle, but the one that comes with the lid, cost a lot more than the rest.


The size is dependepnt on how many you want to feed. Most of the one available for the American market is designed for single serving. Bigger professional models are designed to for mass production. For that reason, Tamagoyaki Pan of around 7 Inch should fit your need.

Making the Egg

To see how to use a Tamagoyaki, check the video below.

Asahi Tamagoyaki Pan Professional Model

Asahi Tamagoyaki Pan
Country of ManufacturerJapan
MaterialCopper and Tin Lining
CompatibilityGas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top
Size7 Inch (18cm)
ShapeStraight Sides that are perfect for forming a professional looking Tamagoyaki. The front does not have a rolled edge to aid in flipping, but with practice, it should not matter. Once you master the technique, this design is actually better. You can press the egg forward. Where as the one with the rolled lip will make the egg look slightly deformed. This model also has a higher sidewall height of 2 inches. This should let you form bigger Tamagaoyaki.
HandleThe handle is wood and should stay cool on the stove top. The porous wood will help you maintain grip even if your hand is greasy. Overall a good handle design.
PriceOne of the most expensive model. However, this is also one of the best designed one out there. If you have the money, I recommend this model over the other.
ThoughtsThis is the only Tamagoyaki Pan that comes with a fitting wooden pressing board. Without it, it will be difficult to form the eggs into a nice crisp Square. It has straight sides unlike the competitor, letting you make professional looking Tamagoyaki. Pair that with its heat conductive copper, you have one of the Tamagoyaki Pan available.
Reviewed CookwareAsahi Cne117 Egg Pan Tamagoyaki Professinal Model, Wooden Lid 18cm Copper

TeChef Tamagoyaki Pan Professional Model

Asahi Tamagoyaki Pan
Country of ManufacturerKorea
MaterialAluminum with Teflon
CompatibilityGas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction
SizeVarious Sizes
ShapeTeChef Tamagaoyaki pan almost has a perfect square shape. The front has a slight curve to help roll and toss the egg. While this intrude slightly with the square shape. The effect should be minimal and unnoticeable.
HandleThe handle is made of plastic. It is ergonomic and should not get hot on the stove top. While it looks cheaply made, it should work just fine.
PriceOne of the most affordable of the bunch. If you are just looking to make it or practice on, I recommend buying this model.
ThoughtsThe nonstick coating makes it one of the easiest to cook on. You can pretty much be sure that you wont accidently ruin it due to it sticking. The issue is durability. It wont last as long as the other pan. Not only that, the front is slightly curved and it doesnt come with a wooden lid. You would need to make your own if you want that perfect square.
Reviewed CookwareTeChef – Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan/Egg Pan

T-Fal Tamagoyaki Pan Omelet unit Egg Roaster

T-fal Tamagoyaki Pan
Country of ManufacturerUnclear Probably China
MaterialCast Aluminum with Teflon
CompatibilityGas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top
SizeAround 7 Inch (14~18 cm)
ShapeT-Fal Tamagoyaki pan has tall sides that lets you maker bigger Tamagoyaki. However, the front is extremely angled to allow for easy tossing. This means that when you form the square shape, you have to press the egg back. Not exactly convenient but its a trade off for easy tossing.
HandleThe handle is made of plastic. It has a simple angle but at this size, it should feel light regardless. It wont cause you any fatigue.
PriceQuite pricey for a T-Fal pan. I suspect this is because this is a Japanese model. It was probably brought state side as a low import number. Hence the price.
ThoughtsA good nonstick Tamagaoyaki pan. The front makes it easy to toss but at the same time, forces you to form the egg from the back. It is a good trade off if you are not practiced at tossing eggs. It does not come with a forming lid.
Reviewed CookwareT-fal skillet omelet unit Egg roaster”cast line” 14~18cm C76618

LI-GELISI Cast Iron Tamagoyaki Pan

LI-GELISI Cast Iron Tamagoyaki Pan
Country of ManufacturerChina
MaterialCast Iron
CompatibilityGas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction
SizeAround 7 Inch
ShapeLI-GELISI Tamagoyaki pan has a square designed with a rolled front. This rolled front aids in tossing but that also means you have to form it backward. The height is relatively short as well. Limiting the size of your Tamagoyaki
HandleIt uses a simple wooden handle. It wont get hot on the stove and it should help maintain grip. Overall a good design.
PriceVery affordable and it should pretty much last a lifetime.
ThoughtsOne of the few cast iron Tamagoyaki pan around. The front rolled lip means you can toss easier but makes it difficult to form a square egg. It also lacks any forming lid. You need to make your own to compensate.
Reviewed CookwareLI-GELISI Cast Iron Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan/Egg Pan,Rectangle Frying Pan

Best Tamagoyaki Pan Thoughts

This is my list of the Best Tamagoyaki Pan. The american market is a little limited on what you have. But the copper one by Asahi is the best. It has a forming lid and the copper means that it is extremely responsive. This will save you if you accidentally overheated the egg. The rest are good as well, but you should look for one that suites your need. Unfortunately, they don’t have any really good cast iron Tamagoyaki Pan. You also have to make your own forming lid for most of these pans. Quite a disappointment.

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