This Tuna Tamago Kake Gohan Is Our New Power Breakfast

May 29, 2020

Tamago kake gohan may very well be the definition of Japanese comfort breakfast. For the uninitiated, it’s simply raw egg mixed into rice; with toppings of choice, of course. The dish is easy to make, and packed with richness and flavor. Frankly, we can’t believe we’ve only developed our tuna-added iteration of it now. Even then, our recipe developer had been holding off on making it for the longest time (saying she worries it’s a waste of good tuna)⁠—only to admit that “it’s so good” after.

No relation to Dragon Ball.

So here’s our tuna tamago kake gohan. Tuna, frankly, is not required. You can use whatever protein you want. But if you want to get the whole oomph of this recipe, we suggest splurging for the good stuff.

For the recipe to work⁠—and to make sure your egg is cooked⁠—it’s important that your rice is piping hot (as in, fresh from the rice cooker hot). If you’re skeptical about it, you can simply mix everything in a bowl, then stick it in a microwave; or you can toss it in a pan.

Tuna Tamago Kake Gohan

  • Serves: 1 person
  • Active time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 cup rice, very hot
  • 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1 tbsp. furikake (or ground nori and sesame seeds)
  • 1 egg yolk


  1. Place piping hot rice into a bowl, then season with soy sauce.
  2. Add tuna over the rice, leaving a well in the center.
  3. Sprinkle furikake all over, then place egg yolk in the center.
  4. Mix all together before eating.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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