Gyeran Mari (Rolled Omelette)

This Korean rolled egg recipe is made with chopped carrot and scallion. It’s a popular side dish, especially for a lunch box, that you can easily whip up in no time!

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What is gyeran mari?

Gyeran mari (계란말이), literally translated to egg roll, is Korean-style rolled omelette. It’s usually served as a side dish for any meal, not just breakfast, and hugely popular as a lunch box item. Today, these Korean egg rolls have also become a popular street food by vendors who roll up giant size gyeran mari with so many eggs. It’s quite impressive to watch!

To me, this Korean egg roll recipe is another delicious side dish that I can whip up last minute before the meal. 

How to make Korean rolled omelette

Gyeran mari is typically made with one or two types of chopped vegetables, most commonly with scallions and carrots. The filling options are endless! Try with onions, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, or garlic chives (buchu). You can also add ham, bacon, or cheese, if you want. Another popular addition is gim (dried seaweed sheet). 

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Making gyeran mari is simple once you have the basics down. Simply pour a portion of the egg mixture into a thin layer. When the egg is set but still wet, fold it with a spatula and keep rolling. Pull the rolled egg to a side, and add more egg mixture to the open space to repeat. 

For 3 eggs, you can pour the egg mixture into the pan 2 or 3 times. For 5 eggs, 3 or 4 times. These are simply guidelines. There are no hard and fast rules. The first photo is made with 5 eggs. 

Tips for making the best Korean rolled eggs

  1. Preheat the pan until it feels hot when you place your hand 2 to 3 inches above the bottom of the pan.
  2. Do not overcrowd the egg mixture with the fillings. It would be harder to roll up. 
  3. Be patient and cook the eggs over gentle heat. If the heat is too high, you’ll end up with tough eggs that will break when folded. If you don’t cook the eggs enough, the rolled egg will be runny inside.
  4. Use both hands to roll, each holding a spatula, a spoon or a pair of chopsticks.
  5. Use a small skillet if you want your rolls to be thick. 

Don’t worry, if it’s not perfect the first time, it will definitely come with practice. Once you get the basics down, try it with more eggs.

More Korean rolled omelette recipes

Gyeran mari (rolled omelette) with seaweed
Gyeran mari (rolled omelette) with bell peppers

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Gyeran mari (Korean rolled omelette)

4.82 from 16 votes
Side Dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
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Equipment

  • medium size non-stick pan (9 to 10-inch)

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs You can use 5 or more eggs for thicker rolls
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoons finely chopped scallion
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoons finely chopped carrot
  • Salt to taste about 1/8
  • Pinch black pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Finely chop the scallion and carrot.
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  • Crack and beat the eggs, in a bowl with a spoon, a fork, or a pair of chopsticks until the yolks and whites are blended well with no visible strings of whites. Stir in salt and pepper.
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  • Stir in the chopped vegetables.
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  • Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to a medium size non-stick pan and distribute the oil evenly using a napkin or paper towel. Preheat over medium low heat, until it feels hot when you place your hand 2 to 3 inches above the bottom of the pan.
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  • Add 1/2 of the egg mixture to the pan. Swirl it around to cover the pan. Let it cook until the top begins to set but is still wet.
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  • Using a spatula, lift one end of the egg (about 1-1/2 inches) and fold it over to the other side. Reduce the heat or raise the pan away from the heat for a little while if the bottom is browning.
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  • Lift the folded part and fold it again. Pull the egg to the rolled side, making room on the round end for more egg mixture. Add 1/2 of the remaining egg and spread to cover the open space.
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  • When the egg addition is set, lift the folded part and fold it again. Pull the egg to the rolled side and repeat the process with the remaining egg to make an about 2-inch egg log.
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  • Remove from the pan and let cool for about 5 minutes. Slice the egg into thick, even pieces (3/4 to 1-inch thick).
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Notes

If using more eggs, simply increase the amount of the other ingredients proportionately.
Gyeran mari can be stored in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. You can heat it up in the microwave or eat cold as is.
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This gyeran mari recipe was originally posted in April 2012. I’ve updated it here with new photos, more information and minor changes to the recipe.  

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow! This was so simple but amazing!
    Made it yesterday for lunch.

  2. 5 stars
    Love all your recipes!! Thank you 😊

  3. Minuette K says

    5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! Could i use this for my assignment?

  4. Joey & Quynh says

    5 stars
    Very tasty and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe… I look forward to making it for lunches!

  5. Lovely recipe! I have one question, is this one of those dishes you can cook in advance, keep the roll in the fridge for a few hours and cut it before serving?

  6. Gabriela P. says

    Hi. Very very tasty. Of course I did not manage to make it as you. It is my first attempt. I will try again some other time.
    Thank you FOR inspiration.

  7. Nice.

  8. huda_isabel says

    My younger sister cooked this Gyeran Mari at home and it’s really delicious! I love spicy and my younger sister puts many hot chillies altogether and I think it’s better. ? Anyway thanks for sharing! 한식을 진짜 좋아해요! ??

  9. i tried to make it this evening. aaaaaaand i could make it, well not perfect as yours though hhe 😀 yeaay happy. thank you for the recipe. it’s so much help 🙂

    • Fajria – That’s great! I’m sure it will be perfect next time. I’m very happy to be helpful. Cheers!

  10. I love all your recipes. I’m glad i find your site. i love korean recipes. Godbless.

  11. Stephanie McGowan says

    This is awesome! Ever since I started warching k-dramas and I saw this in Boys Over Flowers I wanted to try. THANK YOU!

  12. daebak! its so simple to do.. thanks 😀

  13. Sonia-Doris Andras says

    Hi! This sounds awesome and simple, I will try it today! ^^

    Sonia

  14. Again beatiful! and a very detailed instruction, I am impressed and I am going to try it out!

    Life and travelling
    Cooking

  15. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says

    Can I just say how thrilled I am that I found your blog? My mom NEVER taught me how to cook Korean food. She would just tell me to do my homework and that was that. I try to recreate some of her dishes but it’s just too hard without specific measurements and such – but now I can slowly start making Korean food at home with your step by step pictures! 🙂

    • Thank you, Chung-Ah! That’s how my mom was when I was growing up in Korea. You know how important “school work” is to us Korean moms (ha ha). Hope my recipes will help you greatly in recreating your mom’s food. Keep in touch and let me know how it goes.

  16. This looks great! It would make a great appetizer at a party!

  17. Nisa Homey says

    Hey, I am new here, this looks so easy and cool..i gotta try this ASAP. Happy Belated Easter.

  18. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Hi Hyosun! So happy to see Korean version of rolled omelette! Do you dip in some kind of sauce or eat it as it is? Looks so pretty!!!

  19. Jeannie Tay says

    Hi Hyosun, Great looking omelette, you make it seemed so easy I got to try this out! Love your step by step!

  20. Amber @ The Cook's Sister says

    What a creative way to serve an omelette! It’s very pretty and a good way to get fussy eaters to enjoy carrot,

  21. Loveforfood says

    This recipe look really amazing and tasty,

  22. Sandra M. says

    Great dish, Hyosun! Great method how to make rolled omelette, and I appreciate that you shared with us!
    Have a lovely Sunday dear!

  23. Jeno @ Weeknite Meals says

    Hyosun! Another beautifully done dish, this looks like something I can cook on a busy school night. Thank you and hope you have a great Easter!