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Omurice recipe | The deliciously filling fusion breakfast omelette

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Yōshoku, a mix of Western and Japanese foods, has sparked an influx of delicious recipes. The Japanese have reinvented breakfast foods.

Omurice is the type of food that takes the classic omelette to a whole new level by filling it with delicious chicken, fried rice, and ketchup.

When you first see Omurice, you'll think that it looks like a large, soccer ball-shaped egg wrapper.

Believe it or not, Omurice was and is the main breakfast for children. But adults also love it and many parents choose this recipe for a family breakfast.

Let me assure you that it is absolutely delicious, especially if you love a hearty breakfast or brunch.

In this post we cover:

How to make omurice

Recipe for omurice (Japanese rice omelette)

Joost Nusselder
Omurice is the type of dish that you can customize to your liking, but today I'm sharing a delicious fried rice, veg, and ketchup chicken omelet with tons of flavor. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare (if you have some pre-cooked rice).


  • 1 rice cooker cup of short grain rice
  • ½lb chicken breast
  • 1 small onion
  • ½ cup of frozen vegetables thawed
  • 2Egg mixture
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 5 tablespoons of grated cheese


  • Rinse the rice and cook in the rice cooker.
  • Cut the onion into small pieces.
  • Cut the chicken breast fillet into ½ ”pieces.
  • In a non-stick pan, add a little oil and sauté the onions until tender.
  • Add the chicken and cook for a few minutes until it is no longer pink in color.
  • Add the thawed vegetables and season everything with salt and pepper.
  • Now it's time to add the rice and mix everything together.
  • Add the ketchup and soy sauce and keep mixing.

Make the Omurice (1 piece at a time)

  • Beat 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of milk to make the first omurice.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan.
  • Once the pan is very hot, pour the egg mixture and tilt the pan so that it is completely covered in egg.
  • Once the egg is set, turn the heat down and wait a while. While the egg is still soft on top, place 2.5 tablespoons of grated cheese on one side of the omelette.
  • Now pour half of the rice mixture over it.
  • Fold both sides of the egg towards the center with a spatula.
  • Place the omurice on a plate and garnish with more ketchup.
  • Now repeat steps 9-15 to make the second omurice.
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Omurice cooking tips

How to make and fold the omelette

The main obstacle people face is making the perfect omelette and then wrapping it around the rice. To be fair, the original Omurice recipe calls for a paper-thin omelette, and it's very hard to work with unless you're a professional chef.

But luckily, you can use a thicker omelette, and the dish will turn out nice and taste excellent.

When you beat the eggs, add milk or cream to make them softer and fluffier.

Wait until the pan is completely hot, then pour in the egg mixture. The key to making a good omelette is not to burn the bottom. So you need to lower the heat once the egg has set.

While the top of the egg is still visibly soft, add the grated cheese on one side and the rice mixture on top. You fold the whole side of the omelet towards the middle and then fold the empty half of the omelet towards the middle with a spatula.

The egg should almost cover the top of the rice filling. You can maneuver the pan a little and tilt it to the right so that the entire side is covered.

Then remove the whole thing with a spatula and place it upside down on a plate. It will look like a big burrito or American football.

Alternatively, you can place the rice and chicken in the center of a plate in a mound and drape the omelette over it. How you enjoy making plates is up to you.

What is Omurice?

Omurice (オ ム ラ イ ス pronounced Omu-raisu) is an oval Japanese rice omelette packaging. It is a delicious example of yoshoku (western food), and the Japanese consider it the "ultimate breakfast omelet" because it contains many delicious ingredients.

The rice is fried in the pan with a little ketchup and chicken. Then it's wrapped in an omelette.

Think of this as an omelette burrito with a rice, chicken, and ketchup filling. It's the perfect fusion breakfast that will keep you fuller than a bowl of oatmeal.

Known for its sweet and savory tastes, Omurice is popular in Western-style Asian cafes.

The best omurice is served burrito style, with the omelette on the outside and the meaty fried rice and ketchup on the inside.

Also, some people like to put the rice in a mound and drape the omelette over the mound and pour it in ketchup.

Whatever you prefer, the end result is delicious. Omurice is found in many Asian countries, but it is most popular in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

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Omurice: nutritional information

Omurice is one of those high-calorie breakfasts. It's high in fat and carbohydrates due to fried rice, egg, and ketchup.

Even if you are on a diet, you can enjoy this dish in moderation. Adding a serving of vegetables makes the dish healthier and less and less ketchup can be used.

In fact, ketchup is full of sodium and sugar, so I recommend making a light tomato sauce and low-sodium soy sauce when making omurice.

But overall, omurice is delicious and satisfying, and definitely packed with nutrients compared to a simple omelette.

Another nutritious omelette can be found here This Delicious Tortang Giniling Filipino Beef Omelette Recipe

Omurice recipe variations


Classic omurice is made with chicken breast. You can also use chicken thighs if you prefer the taste of dark meat.

The breast is less chewy and soft when fried in the pan. However, the chicken is not the predominant aroma that you will taste.

The omelette filling tastes like a bowl of good fried rice with chicken and lots of ketchup. The sweetness and acidity of the ketchup are balanced out by the taste of the meat and rice.

I've heard of omurice recipes made with ground or chunks of beef, pork sausage and ham.

The truth is, you can use any type of meat and fry it alongside the rice. Some Americans also use canned SPAM beef and cut it into small pieces.

If you like fish, you can make Salmon Omurice, and it's just as tasty as the original, but it's healthier.


Adding vegetables to your omurice is completely optional. However, I am always looking for ways to add more vegetables to my meals and make them healthier.

The easiest way to do this is to add some frozen mixed vegetables.

A Mexican mix of corn, beans, and carrots is a good option, but you can use any vegetable you like.

Broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, peas, onions, leeks, zucchini and garlic give the otherwise mild rice many flavors.


The most popular sauce for this dish is good old ketchup. The store-bought sweet ketchup adds a sour sweetness that soaks into the rice.

You can add ketchup as a decoration and an extra topping once you've folded the omelette.

You can also use a homemade tomato sauce or pasta sauce for a more complex flavor profile.

There are other popular sauces that are used alongside or in place of ketchup.

How to replace the ketchup:

  • Oyster sauce
  • Hayashi sauce mix
  • Japanese curry sauce
  • soy sauce
  • Soy sauce mixed with ketchup
  • Spicy ketchup
  • Chili sauce
  • Japanese meat sauce

Scrambled eggs omurice version

The classic omurice recipe calls for a thin layer of omelette wrapped around the chicken rice.

But these days, a lot of people like to put the fried rice with chicken and ketchup on the plate and then add a layer of soft scrambled eggs so it's no longer a wrap.

How to serve omurice

Omurice is mainly a breakfast or brunch meal, but you can enjoy it at any time of the day as it is very hearty and nutritious.

You can find it in many cafes and restaurant menus listed as "Homestyle Omurice". You can order it along with a cup of tea, coffee or even some hot soup.

To eat the omelette, cut the "burrito" into pieces with a knife and fork and add a little more ketchup if you want more flavor. You can also add some spices and garnish with green onions.

When you visit a Japanese girls' café, a kind of cosplay restaurant, the girl will decorate the omurice for you with some ketchup.

Origin of the Omurice

There isn't much information on the origins of Omurice, but like many fusion foods, Omurice is believed to have been invented around the turn of the 20th century.

With western foods growing in popularity, it's no wonder the mundane omelette has been reinterpreted in the Japanese way.

The recipe was popularized by a restaurant called Renga-tei in Tokyo's Ginza neighborhood.

Apparently the dish was marketed as the perfect kids breakfast first, but I'm not surprised adults enjoyed it too!

It then emigrated to Taiwan, Korea, and was regularly featured on Gimbap restaurant menus across Korea.

The next time you crave eggs, consider this delicious omurice recipe. It's one step further than a regular omelette and really doesn't take long to make.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun, is a content marketing designer, father and loves to try new food - with Japanese food as a passion. Together with his team, he has been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.