Omurice

Omurice

If you like putting ketchup on your eggs, you will love this Omurice recipe. Sweet and salty ketchup fried rice topped with soft scrambled eggs layer and more ketchup for garnish. One thing for sure that this dish is popular among children and adults alike in Japan.

 

Hi there, just to let you know that I am trying to survive the coronavirus by social distancing and staying at home. It has been more than three weeks already. And whether I love the idea or not, the extra time spent indoors almost certainly means a lot more home cooking.

Embracing home cooking in this pandemic means utilizing all the ingredients I have in the kitchen. I believe that it will be helpful to share an easy recipe that most people have the ingredients at home, just like this Omurice recipe.

 

About Omurice

Omurice or omuraisu literally means omelet and rice in Japanese. It consists of an omelet on fried rice and usually topped with ketchup. It does not sound like Japanese food, does it? Omurice is actually a contemporary of Japanese cuisine creating blending Western omelet and Japanese fried rice. The dish is popular both commonly cooked at home and often found at the western-style cafes in Japan. It has been a very popular food for people of all ages, especially kids.

There are two main components in this Omurice, which are the fried rice and omelet that will be explained further below.

 

1. Fried Rice

Although everyone makes it a little differently, the fried rice used in omurice is usually a chicken-stir-fried rice mixture seasoned with ketchup sauce. The condiment gives the sweet-savory taste to the creamy egg on the top, which is the trademark flavor of this dish.

 

2. Omelet

Omelet is usually put on the top, covering the fried rice below. The traditional omurice egg is cooked very thin. However, people do the scrambled version just like me nowadays because it is easier to do.

To make this, pour the beaten egg on the pan on low heat. Then, use chopsticks to quickly form small curds. When the eggs are half cooked, gather the egg to the center with a rubber spatula to form an even circle. When the bottom is set but still soft and barely hold together on the top, drop the eggs over the rice. Then, finish the omurice with ketchup. The Japanese like to decorate the top of the omelet with ketchup designs.

 

 

The soft-cooked omelet and sweet tomato-flavored rice complement each other very well. I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

 

 

 

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Omurice

If you like putting ketchup on your eggs, you will love this Omurice recipe. Sweet and salty ketchup fried rice topped with soft scrambled eggs layer and more ketchup for garnish. One thing for sure that this dish is popular among children and adults alike in Japan.

Course Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Fried Rice, Omelet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

Fried Rice

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced finely
  • 1 medium carrot diced finely
  • 150 gr chicken thigh diced into 1/2-inch
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Omelet

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ketchup for serving
  • Kewpie mayonnaise for serving
  • shredded roasted nori for serving

Instructions

Fried Rice

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and stir in onion and carrot until the carrot becomes tender. Add chicken and cook until it is fully cooked.

  2. Add the rice and combine with the vegetables. In a small bowl, combine together the ketchup and water. Pour the ketchup water and soy sauce to the frying pan. Stir until everything is fully incorporated. Turn off the heat.

  3. Scoop the fried rice to a bowl for serving. Set aside.

Omelet

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and salt until the mixture is uniform in color.

  2. Heat butter in a large non-stick pan over low-medium heat. Swirl the butter to coat the pan evenly.

  3. Pour the egg mixture to the pan. Immediately scramble it with a chopstick in small swirls to form curds. Then, scrape down the edges with a spatula.

  4. Once the egg has set but still looks slightly runny, remove the pan from the heat.

  5. Flip the fried rice bowl to a plate. Gently slide the egg on top of the fried rice. Garnish with ketchup, mayonnaise, and nori. Serve immediately.



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