Hey, that’s rice in my omelet!

June 21, 2010 § 19 Comments

Rice omelet is a very popular dish in Taiwan and in Japan (it actually originated from Japan). There are restaurants in both Taiwan and Japan that are solely dedicated to serve these so-called rice omelets. They also come in many different flavors.

You can have the simple, ketchup-fried rice wrapped in soft, fluffy cooked eggs.

Or you can jazz it up and put veggies, chicken, shrimps, etc in the fried rice.

It is also very popular to serve them with curry sauce instead of ketchup.

And of course, many come with tonkatzu, or fried pork cutlets on the side.

I swear, Japan makes the fluffiest, perfectly cooked eggs!

Tonight for dinner, I tried in vain to replicate these omelet babies. The fried rice part was easy enough, but the eggs? Not so much.



The recipe is very versatile, as you can add more stuff to your fried rice.

Serves 4 (or one with moderate appetite and one with an appetite of 3 persons)


  • ~ 4 cups cooked rice (I used brown)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped finely (can use more if you like)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (or more)
  • salt & pepper

The steps are very simple. First, heat some oil in a pan on high heat. When hot, add in the onions and cook till slightly golden.

Next, dump in your rice and mix with the onions. Turn heat down to medium-high.

When the rice has heated through, squirt the ketchup on and stir. Add salt & pepper to taste. Set aside for later use.

Now that you got the easy part down, let’s do the hard part! Sorry, no pictures because I was slightly distracted while I was cooking the eggs. Never multitask while you’re cooking these eggs cause you want them to be perfect. I learned my lesson. I actually kind of burned Dmitri’s eggs πŸ˜›

First, spray the pan with cooking spray and let it heat through on low heat. This is one of the many mistakes I made here. You must cook your eggs at low heat! This is the way to achieve that perfectly even yellow color.

For mine, I whisked together one egg and one egg white. Whisk them good. Add a tbsp of milk, some salt & pepper to taste.

Pour the mixture into the pan so that it evenly coats the pan and let sit for a minute or two.

Okay, this is what I forgot to do but should have done. One of the tricks to make the eggs light and fluffy is to constantly stir them while cooking, but you don’t want to end up with scrambled eggs. I read online that people use chopsticks to stir the uncooked egg mixture, but I guess a fork would do too.

When the eggs are about 2/3 cooked, add in about 1 cup of the ketchup-fried rice onto the middle of the egg. Fold the eggs over in whatever style you like–burrito style, omelet style. Or if you’re like me and failed at tucking the corners of the eggs in…

Sort of works right?

Be sure to dress it up with more ketchup!

I need to perfect my egg-cooking skills so that they end up looking like the pictures above. The dinner was still really tasty though! πŸ™‚ It was a new dish for the boyfriend, but he really liked it!

Going off to devour some pineapples! πŸ˜‰


+ Of the above pictures, which type of rice omelet would you like to try most?

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§ 19 Responses to Hey, that’s rice in my omelet!

  • Monet says:

    What a great idea…a little rice package. My husband adores omelets and rice, so I can only imagine how much he would love this!

  • I LOVE rice omelets. Gosh, I do love them. I think I like the plain one the best, followed by the one with curry. SO GOOD. Man. Sometimes, though, the ketchup flavour is a little too strong in the rice. I’m not that big a fan of ketchup :S


  • Marina says:

    I definitely will try and make this! It looks amazing. I’m scared of white rice though, so I’ll probably make it with another grain, tnx for the recipe!
    I also dried japanese omelet, tamagoyaki, and I love it!

  • This looks amazing! In the past I’ve mixed rice IN the egg to make some kind of wacky omelet creation, but what you did is so much better (and prettier). I love how you’re cooking these traditional dishes…I can’t believe how lucky I am to go to a country where they eat food I LOVE. And, I’m very lucky to have stumbled across your blog!

  • thehungryscholar says:

    There is a restaurant here that puts fried rice in an omelet and I was telling Lars to go with me to get one. He thought it was weird, I think HE is weird. YUM!

  • brandi says:

    I’ve never had anything like this, but I do LOVE rice with eggs.

  • Kat says:

    Im not a very big omlet person, and Im not sure how I’d feel about rice in my eggs lol One thing I do love on my eggs though is ketchup…yum yum yum!!

  • Lori says:

    VERY cool! I love eggs and those (all the pictures) look perfectly cooked and fluffy. Wow. How the heck do they wrap the eggs up to make a stuffed packaged so perfectly?

    Great ideas for an omelet. Can’t wait to try my little egg package wrapping skills.

  • Mae says:

    That’s really cool! It reminds me of how the spanish put potatoes in their omelets (starch+egg)… These look beautiful!

  • Oh yum! I have never heard of that, but it sounds amazing!

  • Run Sarah says:

    I need to try this, what a fun idea!

  • nattietan says:

    OMU-rice!!! Hehe. There was this Japanese show my brother and I used to watch called Lunch Queen and they featured this in almost every episode I swear I almost went crazy craving this (we were in the UK at the time studying). And they had a demiglace sauce to go on top! Next time you can also try putting those noodles in too. Yakisoba or something it’s called? Anyway, you’ve got me pining after this now. I think I know what’s going to be for lunch tomorrow! x)

    Much love
    Nat xoxo

  • Dee says:

    Oh my goodness! This looks delicious!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting btw! πŸ™‚

    ps. your pictures are lovely as well!

  • highonhealthy says:

    Wow! Those look really cool and yours turned out really good! Well, it looks good to me. :p

  • mmmm more like “hey that’s extra deliciousness in my omelet!!” girl i think that looks FABULOUS!!! ❀

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  • I love omuraisu! My favourites are just regular ketchup, or with a cream sauce πŸ™‚

    I think the key to making them is getting the pan just the right temperature to be able to spread the eggs out and cook crepe-style for super fluffiness. I’ve never stirred mine and my eggs usually come out okay πŸ™‚ My problem is wrapping the rice – I always break the omelet part! D’oh 😦

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