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Pan-Fried Garlic Chives and Egg (Nira-Tama) (Vegetarian/ Gluten-free)

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Today I introduce you to “Pan-fried garlic chives and egg”, called Nira-Tama in Japanese.

It is a very common homemade dish and takes only 10 minutes to cook.

Garlic chives have a great garlic flavor as it is named. It is also called Chinese chives or Asian chives. In ancient times, garlic chives were used for medicinal purposes in East Asia because it is rich in nutrients.

Here is a tip for storing garlic chives. The chives are easy to wilt in the refrigerator. I highly recommend to froze it. Wash fresh garlic chives, dry them and put in a freezer bag. Use within one month.


Ingredients (servings 2)


The recipe is very easy and quick.

In a small bowl, combine beaten egg, dashi powder, soy sauce, salt and pepper and mix well.
In a pan, heat sesame oil over medium heat and sautee garlic chives for 3 minutes. Pour the egg mixture to the pan and cook without stirring until the edges of the eggs are slightly cooked. Reduce the heat to low, using a spatula, gently gather the cooked part toward the center of the pan and spread the uncooked egg toward the edge of the pan. Fold the edges over onto themselves until cooked all the way through. This gives the dish a fluffy texture.

Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

8 thoughts on “Pan-Fried Garlic Chives and Egg (Nira-Tama) (Vegetarian/ Gluten-free)

  1. We grew chives when we lived in Connecticut and there is nothing like fresh cut chives. Mixing them with eggs was a favorite Sunday morning breakfast. Thank you for reminding me. I will give them a try again here in NC this spring!

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  2. I will try that..easy and great.

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  3. looks delicious, I am going to have garlic chives in my garden next summer, I will try the dish then

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