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16 of the Best Tamagoyaki Pan Brands You Can Buy Online and Not Just on Amazon.

Nakamura copper tamagoyaki pan image courtesy of Shokunin

If you work BOH, or are an avid cook, to a sushi chef, I have compiled a list that does not limit you to just Amazon. I have done this because many of the specialty pans from Japan are not all sold on Amazon, and some of you may live in a rural area where you have easy access to a Walmart or a Target.

There are a number of “top 7-10 to best 10 tamagoyaki” lists, but the vast majority of them are solely intent on monetizing their website and cashing in on being an Amazon affiliate. I would have no issue with that if the content was not solely driven by promoting only the products and vendors that benefit their or Amazon’s bottom line. That sort of douchebaggery is the reason why I do this blog, and I hope to provide you the content that helps you to understand the market at-large and the products (beyond just Amazon) within it without being an Amazon affiliate ho.

Photo Description: a beautifully taken pic of a most likely a cedar box used as serving containers. In one is nicely prepared tamagoyaki with what looks like a mound of grated daikon?
Here you go, a pic of tamagoyaki in a box. Image courtesy of Shokunin.

Shokunin seems to be the smallest online seller listed, but they have a ton of great imagery and videos regarding Nakamura copper products.

Tamagoyaki Pan Characteristics Overview

  • A tamagoyaki pan is either square or rectangular in shape (the two regional styles in Japan).
  • Tamagoyaki just means “egg ” (tamago) “grilled” (yaki).
  • The vast majority of the pans are made of iron although aluminum to stainless steel options are also available.
  • Copper pans are the most expensive although that is common for copper cookware which are known for their great thermal conductivity.
  • A few companies offer non-stick coatings/treatments that are PFOA free.
  • Some pans come with a wooden lid (used to aid in shaping the tamagoyaki).
  • Pan handles range from bare metal, polymer (plastic), silicone wrapped, to wood.
Photo Description: the Summit cast iron pan sold by JapanTaste out of Kyoto Japan. The Japanese omelet pan is cast iron and almost looks like a glossy steel pan due to the sheen.
How could you not want a Japanese made pan to make your tamagoyaki.

A Summit cast iron pan features a 1.6mm thickness that allows this pan to heat up quickly, and they are sold through Japan Taste based out of Kyoto, Japan.

From Generic Producers, Multi-Generation Craftsmen, to Large Corporations

Everything can come down to price, but if care about the quality of the product, you will care if there is a brand backing the product or a producer with decades of specialized experience.

By Brand with an Online Presence:

  • Cuisinart – is an American company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. The parent company is the Conair corporation, and with their mighty corporation powers, they offer up the number one most affordable “square” pans of the bunch at only $10.
  • Green Pan – a Belgian brand with a PFOA and PFAS free coating called Thermolon. The ceramic coating is used throughout their product range, and they tout it as the “healthy cermaic non-stick.”
  • TeChef – One of the few Asian based companies with a U.S. presence. The Korean based company has been around since 1982 and has a website with extensive product information (minus no search capability, and that you have to understand their product segment branding to find anything).

By Country of Manufacture:

  • China – the vast majority of companies listed have no information beyond their name, and the only association for most, is that they all sell through Amazon, Sears, to Walmart (I did not list them all because there are so many, but here are a few Binpure, Duokon, Li-Gelisi, to Rong Tian X).
  • Japan – since tamagoyaki is Japanese, it should not be a surprise that there is a large number of producers and manufacturers. They range from large to small family owned and run operations spanning 80+ years and four generations to well over a century.
  • Korea – Only one company comes up as a Korean based and made product, but it looks to be a very competitive product amongst their dozen or more competitors.
Photo Description: a Kotobuki pan that looks very nicely produced because of the rolled edge to the wood handle.
Japanese companies (Kotobuki) met my expectations by never having decent resolution product imagery available.

Even Walmart carries Kotobuki, so while you are picking out a new hunting outfit, you can also order a tamagoyaki pan.

The Range of Materials for Tamagoyaki Pans

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Carbon steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum/stainless steel (induction)

Where to Buy a Tamagoyaki Pan Beyond Just Amazon

If you are an American, you will want the fastest and most affordable vendor which is why my focus will be American-centric vendors or vendors who cater to the U.S. market. Although, I will also list international vendors for online buyers, and I will denote where they are headquartered out of because I know many of you are also outside the U.S.

  • Akazuki (Azk)- Fukuoka, Japan
  • Amazon (Amzn)
  • Bento & Co (Bco) – Kyoto, Japan
  • Japan Taste (JT) – Amagasaki, Japan.
  • Shokunin (Shk) – Kyoto, Japan
  • Target (Tgt)
  • Walmart (Wmt)

From Japan? Well, How Much is the Shipping Going to Cost?

I’m glad you asked because Akazuki in Fukuoka, Japan has one of the best e-commerce features that all e-commerce platforms should have which is a feature where you can check shipping costs and to some degree transit times prior to checking out. One example:

  • Iwachu Tamagoyaki frying pan from Japan to Newport Beach, CA (92663) would set me back either
    • $10.95 – AIRMAIL eco (insured and tracked).
    • $15.95 – DHL Express, 4 working days (phone required).
Photo Description: tamagoyaki prepared at Masu in Portland, OR. Two large square pieces with a slit down the bottom end has sushi rice stuff in it.
Tamagoyaki from Masu in Porkland, OR. Photo by Don Dollete

16 Tamago Pan Brands from Asahi, Cuisinart, GreenPan, to Tikusan

However you call it or spell it, this is all of top brands that are not just sold on Amazon.

BRANDDESCRIPTION/MATERIALDIMENSIONSMADE INPRICE
AsahiCopper with wooden Lid 18cm 9.92 x 7.56 x 2.44 inchesJapan$75
Amzn
AsahiCopper (Cne133) 10cm x 15 cmJapan$64.87 Wmt
Aux Co., LtdKansai style Copper Pan w leather handle cover.33.8 x 13.4 x 9cm (L x W x H)Japan$149 Amzn
BinpureNonstick stainless steel (yet they also state “aluminum alloy”).18cm x 13cm x 3cm, 16cmChinaWmt $23.48
Cuisinart Mini 5.5″ non-stick square mini aluminum fry pan with silicone handle (5730M-14TQ)5.5″“Imported”(wtf)$9.99 Tgt
DuokonCast iron, Nonstick Egg Pan0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inchesChina$47.59 Amzn
GreenPanThermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium. Aluminum, Ceramic with a silicone wrapped handle5″China$12 Amzn
GreenPanThermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium. Aluminum, Ceramic with a silicone wrapped handle5″China$11.95 Wmt
IwachuIron with wooden handleL7 × W5.7″ (L18 × W14.5 cm) Japan$74.95 Azk
IwachuIron with wooden handle14.25 x 6 x 1.25 inchesJapan$79.95
Amzn
KotobukiIron, Non-stick coating
Traditional rectangular shape
7.5 x 5.25 x 1.25 inchesJapan$21.99 Amzn
KotobukiIron, Non-stick coating
Traditional rectangular shape
N/AJapan$27.98 Wmt
Li-Gelisi TradingCarbon steel and Polymer Plastics Hard Anodized Non-Stick Coating7.2 x 0.85 x 4.9 inchesChina$12.99 Amzn
Nakamura Rectangular copper pan with wooden handle.12×16 cm (13x18cm)Japan$79 JT
Nakamura DoukiRectangular copper pan with wooden handle.5.9 in. × 5.9 in.
0.05 in. thick
Japan$112.32
Amzn
Nakamura DoukiRectangular copper pan with wooden handle.13.8×18.2xH3.3cmJapan5,800 (JPY) Shk
Rong Tian XCast Iron with Wooden Handle5.9 x 1.5 x 7 inchesChina$39.99 Amzn
SanjoSanjo iron pan with silicone coating and natural wood handle.14 x 18 cm (1.6mm thickness)Japan$39.90 Bco
Summit Long pan cast iron with wooden handle. 374 x 104 x 70mm (L x W x H)Japan$28.00 JT
SummitCast iron square pan with wooden handle.(W x L x H): 160 x 390 x 105 mmJapan$45.00 JT
TakumiSmall Iron (Magma Plate) with beech wood handle and die-cast aluminum clasp.Width 3.9 × length 12.8 (whole length 6.0 in.) × height 2.3 in.Japan$52.22 Amzn
TakumiMedium Iron (Magma Plate) with beech wood handle and die-cast aluminum clasp.14.69 x 6.22 x 2.4 inchesJapan$61.22
Amzn
TeChefCoated with New Safe Teflon Select / Non-Stick Coating PFOA Free / INDUCTION-CAPABLE extra-heavy gauge aluminum construction with stainless steel base7.5 x 1.2 x 5.5 inchesKorea$20 Amzn
TeChefCoated with New Safe Teflon Select / Non-Stick Coating PFOA Free / INDUCTION-CAPABLE extra-heavy gauge aluminum construction with stainless steel base“Large”Korea$25.99 Wmt
TeChefCeraTerra Ceramic Nonstick, heavy gauge aluminum with stainless steel base.8.5″ x 8.5″ Korea$24.99
Amzn
TikusanCopper, Including Specialty Wooden LidPan; 7.1×7.1×1.4 inches 27.5 oz Lid; 7.1×7.1×1.4 inchesJapan$75
Amzn
TikusanCopper, Including Specialty Wooden Lidan; 8.3×8.3×1.4 inches 43.4 oz Lid; 8.3×8.3×1.4 inchesJapan$95 Amzn
Photo Description: the aubergine aka purple eggplant colored TeChef Teflon Select tamagoyaki pan.
TeChef in eggplant color what TeChef calls aubergine because they are fancy.

The TeChef tamagoyaki pan is a standout from all the competition (designed for induction stovetops and is treated with Teflon Select), and they are the only Korean product/brand listed.

Photo Description: the silver finished pan with the TeChef's CeraTerra coating.
Only 1 Korean company out of the couple dozen producers, but they deserve not just one product feature, but two.

This is TeChef’s CeraTerra coating.

Photo Description: a very attractive looking square pan with a silver inner area and a black outer. The handle is the most distinguishable handle is a loop with a green silicone wrap for the handle.
This pan costs the equivalent of a large or super sized meal.

The Belgian based GreenPan offers up the second most affordable tamagoyaki pan.

Photo Description: The details of the Nakamura copper tamagoyaki pan. In the rear righ-side of the pan is the stamp logo of an "N" for Nakamura in romaji.
I highly doubt they had Martha Stewart stamping out license plates when she served time, otherwise she would have had more appreciation for the metal work of this Nakamura tamagoyaki pan. Image courtesy of Shokunin.

If you have Martha Stewart money, you go copper, and you go Nakamura.

Photo Description: Iwachu cast iron products have a long history. The case iron pan is square with the font side, like the other pans, slightly sloped. The handle is wood with a ring to be able to hand the pan on.
I did not do a “best tamagoyaki” pan list because for some, the best might mean “the cheapest” versus purchasing a pan from an ironsmith with over a century of experience.

One of the leading producers of cast iron products in Japan is Iwachu which was founded in 1902, but none of us would know that if it were not for people and sites like Boonie Hicks (www.booniehicks.com), the cast-iron guru’s. They have a great post on Iwachu, and I highly suggest you check out their site because it is all about cast iron cookware/products – this is one of the best sites I have come across in a long time.

Photo Description: a TAKUMI Magma Plate tamagoyaki pan with their light colored wood handle.
TAKUMI offers up 3 sizes for feeding yourself, you and a significant other, to a family sized pan. Image courtesy of TAKUMI.

Takumi “Magma Plate” tamagoyaki pans seems to have a unique surface that their online seller describes as:

“A uniquely developed plate, finely indented on both surfaces. The indent makes the pan’s surface area larger and heat conduction better, so food can be heated to the core very fast, with its delicious taste kept in. Furthermore, the surface fabrication with the indent enables the cooking oil go in more easily. The longer used, the less sticky!”

– TAKUMI
Photo Description: the surface of the TAKUMI iron Magma Plate looks like a very evenly applied stucco wall surface.
If I did not say anything, you might think this is a stucco wall, but it is the Magma Plate surface of TAKUMI pans. Image courtesy of TAKUMI.

Got to respect that TAKUMI is one of the few Japanese companies to market a distinguishable feature of their product.

My Conclusion After My Ridiculous Amount of Research on Tamagoyaki Pans

There are your Japanese tamagoyaki pans made of iron to the high-end copper pans from craftsmen with almost a century producing the products, to the endless amount of Chinese products that are sold through Amazon, Sears, to Walmart.

Although the standouts from the traditional centuries-old durability and “non-stick” usefulness of cast iron that the Chinese and Japanese products both offer, is TAKUMI with their Magma Plate. Magma Plate could be marketing hype, but you can not go wrong with a company such as Iwachu with well over a century of experience producing cast-iron.

Beyond the traditional materials are the Green Pan (Belgian) and TeChef (Korean) products. Both utilize aluminum/stainless steel, but Green Pan utilizes their proprietary ceramic coating,Thermolon where as TeChef employs not only Teflon Select, but they also offer up their ceramic “CeraTerra” coating that is PTFE and PFOA free.

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