Recipe for Gyeran Mari (계란말이, Korean Rolled Omelette). Layers of beaten eggs with carrots and scallions are rolled up and sliced for a perfect lunch box addition or side dish.
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Literally translating to rolled egg, Gyeran Mari (계란말이) is a Korean omelette made by tightly rolling layers of egg in a pan as it cooks. The technique reminds me of the Japanese Tamagoyaki (玉子焼き), but these are a bit more customizable with a variety of options and are more savory without the sweetness from the mirin and sugar.
Like Tamagoyaki, Gyeran Mari works well for a lunch box or as a side to pair with rice and/or Kimchi Jjigae. Once you get the rolling technique down, the omelette comes together in less than 10 minutes. Claire especially likes hers topped with a drizzle of ketchup.
I don’t currently have the specialty omelette pan for making Gyeran Mari, but was able to make do with this 5″ square cast iron skillet. It is very well seasoned to help release the egg easily without tearing (very important that the pan you use is nonstick, oiled, and thoroughly heated before adding the first layer of egg). The sides of my cast iron are more shadow than the omelette pan, so I just had to be careful during the last roll to pull the omelette away from the edge to keep any still wet egg from splashing over. You can also use a medium (8 inch) nonstick round pan. The omelette just won’t be as uniform in shape.
I usually skip this step by beating the eggs well, but you can pour the beaten eggs through a fine mesh strainer to help make a more even color and texture. I mixed the carrots and scallions right into the egg mixture, but you can also set them aside to sprinkle over each wet egg layer individually in the pan before rolling.
Be sure to roll the egg before the top of the layer is completely set. If the egg is too dry or the layer is too thick, then the Gyeran Mari will tear during the rolling process.
My current favorite ingredients to add to the Gyeran Mari are finely chopped carrots and scallions, but I also love using gim (nori, toasted seaweed- photo above on the right from one small sheet) to create more pronounced layering in the omelette. Other popular additions include onion, crab, ham, bell pepper, zucchini, mushroom, cabbage, or even cheese.
Looking for more Korean recipes? Try Duk Mandu Guk (Korean Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup), Gyeran Bbang (Korean Egg Bread), and Hodduk (Korean Sweet Fried Pancakes).
Gyeran Mari (Korean Rolled Omelette) Recipe
Adapted from Korean Bapsang
Gyeran Mari (Korean Rolled Omelette)
- 3 large eggs
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped carrots
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
- Vegetable oil for greasing
In a small bowl (preferably with a spout), beat together the eggs and salt until smooth. To make the color and texture more uniform, pour the eggs through a fine mesh strainer if desired. Mix the carrots and scallions into the eggs.
Place a Tamagoyaki omelette pan or medium (8 inch) nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Grease with a layer of oil.
Once thoroughly heated, pour 1/3rd of the egg mixture into the pan in a thin, even layer. Gently cook until the bottom is set, but the top is still slightly wet.
Use a spatula or chopsticks to gently lift one side (short side if using a rectangular pan) and fold it over about an inch. Continue to lift and fold/roll until the egg reaches the other side.
Grease the exposed part of the pan with oil and pour in another 1/3rd of the egg mixture in a thin, even layer. Once the bottom is set and the top is still a little wet, tightly roll the egg back to the opposite side.
Repeat the process one more time with the remaining 1/3rd egg, rolling again to the opposite side to form one log with multiple layers of egg.
Remove the roll to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the roll into even pieces about 3/4-1 inch thick.