Japanese Egg Salad

Step into my flavor-packed world with my Japanese Egg Salad recipe! This Japanese-style egg salad is not only bursting with flavors but also packed with protein. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to prepare, requiring just 5 minutes of prep work. Made with basic, readily available ingredients, it’s a versatile dish that you can enjoy on its own or as a filling for sandwiches!

Japanese style Egg Salad served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, close up shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Japanese Egg Salad recipe is a delightful fusion of Japanese cuisine and the classic egg salad, featuring the creaminess of fresh, hard-boiled eggs. What makes my version truly special is the addition of cucumbers and deli meat, elevating both texture and flavor blending Western and Japanese influences, much like my Japanese Tuna Sandwich and Japanese Scrambled Eggs recipes! I also crafted this recipe with speed and simplicity in mind, making it ideal for a fulfilling lunch or snack!

Imagine the creamy goodness of the eggs combined with the refreshing crunch of cucumbers – it’s a flavor explosion you don’t want to miss. If you’re looking for a unique and delicious version of egg salad that’s a breeze to make with simple ingredients, this one’s for you. Get ready to dive into the world of Japanese flavors and experience a taste sensation like no other!



  • Eggs – hard-boiled eggs.
  • Mayonnaise – use Japanese Kewpie Mayo. Can substitute with regular mayo but will alter flavor.
  • Deli Meat – your preferred brand of deli ham, chicken or turkey.
  • Cucumber – Persian, Japanese or baby cucumbers work best.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.

🍖 Deli Meat Note

Consider options like Honey Turkey, Chicken, or Ham, as they work wonderfully in this dish. You can also experiment with savory options like Pastrami, Smoked Turkey, or Ham to add unique flavors to your salad.

Japanese style Egg Salad served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, side angle shot.


Step 1 Boil a pot of water and once boiling, add in eggs and boil for 8-10 minutes. Transfer Boiled Eggs to a bowl of cold ice water and let them rest for 1 minute. Peel off skins.

Hard boiled eggs.

Step 2 In a mixing bowl, add peeled hard-boiled eggs and mash with a fork.

Hard boiled eggs smashed in a bowl.

🍴 Mashing Pro Tip

When mashing the hard-boiled eggs, use a Fork and mash them into fine pieces. This helps to create a creamy texture for the salad.

Step 3Combine minced eggs with Kewpie mayo, chopped deli meat, chopped cucumber, and a sprinkle of green onions.

Japanese egg salad in a bowl.

🥚 Boiling Egg Pro Tip

To ensure easy peeling and a smooth egg salad, make sure your Water is vigorously Boiling before adding the eggs. After boiling, promptly transfer the eggs to an Ice-Cold Water Bath.

Recipe Variations

If you want to try a variation of this Japanese Egg Salad recipe, go for an authentic Japanese egg sandwich, also known as “tamago sando.” Start with Japanese milk bread or fluffy white bread, remove the crust, spread the egg mixture on one slice, and top it with another slice to create your tamago sando.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair your Japanese Egg Salad with a simple green salad in Miso Dressing or Japanese Ginger Dressing for a refreshing side. For a warmer meal, consider Japanese Chicken Soup as a delightful soup option. And to round off your meal, enjoy a glass of Barley Tea to quench your thirst.

Japanese style Egg Salad served in a white bowl being scooped out with a wooden spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ensure the eggs are easy to peel after boiling?

Ensure the water is vigorously boiling before adding the eggs, and immediately transfer the boiled eggs to an ice-cold water bath. This will make peeling a breeze.

Can I prepare the egg salad in advance and store it for later?

Yes, you can prepare the egg salad in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

What is Kewpie Mayo

Kewpie Mayo is a Japanese mayonnaise available in a squeeze bottle, typically found in Asian and Japanese grocery stores. It distinguishes itself from American mayonnaise by its creamier, sweeter, and umami-rich flavor profile, making it a preferred choice for various Japanese dishes.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, simply place the mixture in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh and flavorful for up to 3-5 days.

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Japanese style Egg Salad served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, side angle shot.

Japanese Egg Salad

Discover the perfect Japanese Egg Salad recipe – a delectable fusion of flavors with creamy hard-boiled eggs, crisp cucumbers, and savory deli meat. Try this easy and delicious dish for a satisfying lunch or snack!
4.89 from 17 votes
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Japanese
Keyword: cucumber egg salad, japanese egg salad, kewpie egg salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 374kcal


  • 2 Eggs hard boiled
  • 2 tbsp Kewpie Mayo can sub with regular mayo but will alter taste
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 slice Deli Meat ham, chicken, turkey
  • 1 tbsp Cucumber Persian, Japanese or baby cucumbers
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Japanese egg salad.
  • Boil eggs for 8-10 minuets and remove shell.
    Hard boiled eggs.
  • Mince cucumber and set aside.
    Chopped cucumbers.
  • Mince deli meat and set aside.
    Chopped turkey.
  • In a mixing bowl, smash eggs with a fork into fine pieces. Add cucumber, deli ham, Kewpie mayo, salt and pepper and mix well and transfer to a serving bowl.
    Hard boiled eggs smashed in a bowl.
  • Finely chop green onions and sprinkle on top of the egg salad.
    Japanese egg salad in a bowl.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 418mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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