Korean Egg Roll - Gyeranmari

Gopher and the lunch box have been long time friends. Lunch box has been my companion since I started going to grade school. Throughout my school years, my Mom got up early to prepare nutritious lunch boxes to send me to school with. That tradition has continued in my household. Nowadays, I pack lunch boxes for Mr. Lunch and myself the night before. These egg rolls make an excellent lunch box item. Not only do they keep well in the refrigerator for days, but they are even delicious served cold. I also like popping one in my pie hole if the 4 o’clock munch monster attacks me^^

So try this simple, yet delicious Korean side dish ~

Korean Egg Roll: Gyeranmari (계란말이)
SERVES 2 as a side dish Total: 15 minutes Active:  15 minutes
  • Egg Mixture
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp vinegar
  • virgin coconut oil
  1. To prepare the egg mixture, add all the ingredients of the egg mixture to a medium mixing bowl and whisk it well. Pour it through a fine sieve to get rid of the chalaza, the thick ropey strands of the egg white. * Removing the chalaza will make the texture of the egg roll optimally smooth.
  2. Add the carrot, onion, green onion, and vinegar to the egg mixture. Mix it well together. *Vinegar will help the eggs to coagulate, which will make rolling up the egg easier.
  3. Heat a 12 inch non-stick skillet and coat it with the coconut oil. Lower the heat to medium low.
  4. Add half of the mixture to the skillet, roll it around to spread it out. Let it cook 2-3 minutes until it’s half way done. Then, start to roll it up with a spatula until it’s about half way rolled up. Coat the exposed side of the skillet with the coconut oil. Next, slide the egg roll to the side and coat the other side of the skillet with the oil. * When is an optimal time to start rolling? There should be some liquid left on top, but the liquid should not move when the skillet is moved around.
  5. Add half of the remaining mixture, repeat step 4.
  6. Add the rest of the mixture, roll it around to spread it out. Let it cook 2-3 minutes until it’s half way done. Roll it up completely.
  7. Turn the heat off and continue to cook and shape the roll with the remaining heat.
  8. Rest it a few minutes. Slice and serve. Enjoy^^
Gopher’s Tips: Take care to have as little color as possible when cooking the egg. You don’t want to develop browning. Having less color will yield a creamier texture. Don’t worry if the roll tears a bit whilst cooking. Watch my video to see how to fix it in action^^ You may have to make this dish a few times to perfect the technique. Don’t worry, regardless of perfect form, the result will be delicious ~

It is important to have a good none-stick skillet to make Korean egg roll, T-fal is my trusted fry pan.

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6 Thoughts on “Korean Egg Roll: Gyeranmari (계란말이)”

  • Hi! This video makes me feel that, though I’m not an accomplished chef, I just might be able to create this egg roll. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your skill. Now here comes an important question: what brand of coconut oil were you using? If you don’t remember (the video was posted over a year ago), would you please share what brands you like?

    I may have double posted this comment. I apologize. It was unintentional.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Thank you so much for the kind words =).

      Great question. I am not set on a certain brand, but I make sure to read the label so the criteria are met.
      I look for a certified organic, virgin, cold-pressed and unrefined coconut oil.
      My usual places to get the coconut oil are Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and Whole Foods.

      I hope this helps~

      Sun aka Hungry Gopher

  • Can you use tomatoes instead of carrots? I don’t really like carrots but tomatoes sound better to me ? Or does it have to be a solid vegetable?

    • Good question, Ebony.
      Just skip it then. It’ll turn out delicious. I think tomatoes will give too much water. That said, cooking is all about experiment. So try with tomatoes as you please =)


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