Introducing our Japanese Egg Salad, a delightful twist on the classic egg salad recipe. This dish takes your traditional egg salad to new heights by incorporating unique flavors and textures. It boasts the crunch of cucumbers, the savory of deli meat, and the rich creaminess of Japanese-style Kewpie mayonnaise.
Whether you savor it on its own or as a filling for a delicious egg salad sandwich, it’s a protein-packed delight that’s easy to prepare and enjoy.
How to make Japanese Style Egg Salad?
- 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.
- In a mixing bowl, add peeled hard-boiled eggs and mash with a fork.
- Combine minced eggs with Kewpie mayo, chopped deli meat, chopped cucumber, and a sprinkle of green onions.
Tamago Sando Variation
To create an authentic Japanese egg sandwich “tamago sando”, begin by selecting Japanese milk bread or shokupan, or opt for the fluffiest white bread of choice you can find. Remove the crust, generously spread the egg mixture onto one slice of bread, and delicately place another slice on top to complete your egg sandwich assembly.
Ensure that the water is vigorously boiling before adding the eggs, and don’t overlook the crucial step of transferring the boiled eggs to a cold water bath.
These two essential steps will guarantee that your eggs are effortlessly peeled, resulting in a smoother egg salad preparation.
What ingredients do I need to make Japanese Egg Salad?
- 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.
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.
What Kind of Cucumbers to Use
Consider using varieties such as Persian cucumbers, Japanese kyuri, or baby cucumbers to achieve that delightful crunch.
What Kind of Deli Meat to Use
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.
How to store leftovers?
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.
Looking for other egg recipes?
- Japanese Deviled Eggs
- Japanese Scrambled Eggs
- Japanese Ramen Eggs
- Egg Drop Soup
- Cream Cheese Breakfast Egg Bites
Japanese Egg Salad
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Boil eggs for 8-10 minuets and remove shell.
- Mince cucumber and set aside.
- Mince deli meat and set aside.
- 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.
- Finely chop green onions and sprinkle on top of the egg salad.
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