Omu Rice (Japanese Omelette)

Total Time
20 mins
25 mins

My mother taught me to make this recipe. It is a popular lunch dish, but is not traditional Japanese cooking. It is easy to make, but you dirty four pans and bowls.

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  • Rice and vegetable mixture

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 100 g carrots, chopped in very small pieces
  • 100 g red capsicums, chopped in very small pieces (bell pepper)
  • 100 g onions, chopped in very small pieces
  • 150 g bacon, chopped in small batons
  • 50 g tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • Egg mixture

  • 8 eggs (2 per person)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Additional

  • 4 teaspoons oil, to cook eggs, using one teaspoon at a time
  • 8 teaspoons tomato ketchup, garnish


  1. Prepare the vegetables and bacon. Mix well in a bowl, and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add the sugar, oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Heat the first two teaspoons of oil in a deep saucepan, and add the vegetables. Cook for 5-10 minutes (until the vegetables are tender). Add the rice, and stir well.
  4. Add the tomato paste, and stir well. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. The next step has a long explanation, but it is not hard. It needs to be repeated for each of the four servings, and takes about 3 minutes each time. The series of photos will give you a good idea of part of the process.
  6. Put one teaspoon of additional oil in a large, heated, non-stick frying pan. Use a brush to spread the oil around the base of the pan. Pour in 1/4 of the egg mixture, and tilt the pan to coat the base. Cook for about 2 minutes. Scrape the egg away from the edges of the pan. Add 1/4 of the rice mixture to one side of the cooked egg. Flip the other side of the egg over the rice mixture. Invert a plate over the pan. Pick the pan up and turn it over, and your omelette is on the plate. Garnish with the tomato ketchup.
  7. Repeat the previous step 3 more times.