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Japanese Egg Salad

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.

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

How to make Japanese Style Egg Salad?


  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.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add peeled hard-boiled eggs and mash with a fork.
  3. 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.

Pro Tip

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.

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

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.

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


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

Japanese Egg Salad

Enjoy the delectable flavors of Japanese Egg Salad, featuring the rich creaminess of Kewpie mayo. This recipe offers a delightful twist on classic egg salad, perfect for satisfying your cravings.
4.87 from 15 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.
    Japanese Egg Salad Recipe (1)
  • Boil eggs for 8-10 minuets and remove shell.
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  • Mince cucumber and set aside.
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  • Mince deli meat and set aside.
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  • 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.
    Japanese Egg Salad Recipe (25)
  • Finely chop green onions and sprinkle on top of the egg salad.
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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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