I love just about everything related to Japan, and Japanese food is high up there in my favorites. On my latest trip to Japan, I discovered a type of omelette called omurice. I kept seeing locations that had this on their menu in Osaka, but I never tried it until I was in Tokyo. I stumbled across a little place inside a mall called “Ducky Duck”, and Ducky Duck had some of the omurice I had been dying to try. Long story short, it was amazing and I’ve been trying to recreate it in the U.S. ever since.
I really enjoy cooking, but I’m a very impatient human being, so I typically want my food done quickly. I usually end up shortening my recipes or finding ways to cut back on the overall time spent in the kitchen, so that I can eat the delicious food sooner. So, without further ado, let’s dive into my “lazy” omurice recipe.
Ingredients you’ll need for 1 serving:
For the Omelette:
1 box of chicken flavored rice or other instant rice
2 large eggs
1 tbsp sugar
For the Sauce:
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup ketchup
1 tsp rice vinegar
Step 1: Make the boxed or instant rice according to the package directions. A lot of recipes online tell you to stir fry rice to put in the omelette, but the one I had in Japan had smooth plain rice, which is why I chose to use a box. I also don’t like chunks of chicken in my omurice. If you have left over stir fry or other rice, feel free to use that in place of the boxed rice.
Step 2: While the rice is cooking, I work on my sauce. Combine the salt, sugar, onion powder, paprika, sriracha, black pepper, cinnamon, ketchup, and rice vinegar in a bowl and set aside until later. Most online recipes tell you to just use ketchup, but PLEASE DON’T SETTLE. I promise adding in the extra spices makes it so much better.
Step 3: Once the rice is done, start working on the omelette. Scramble the sugar and 2 eggs and pour into a frying pan over medium heat. (If you don’t have a non-stick pan, spray your pan with cooking spray before putting the eggs in.) Optional - you can add a splash of milk if you want fluffier eggs.
Step 4: When the omelette starts to solidify, put your desired amount of rice into the center of the omelette. When it looks cooked to your preference, fold the omelette over the rice using a spatula and move the omelette to your plate.
Step 5: Drizzle the sauce on top and enjoy!
When all is said and done, this recipe should take you under 30 minutes to complete-possibly even less time depending on what rice you use. This recipe is for one serving, so if you want to make it for more people you will have to increase the amounts of the ingredients used (except for the rice). If you happen to have any leftover sauce, you can keep it in the fridge for about a week.
Let me know if you try it, what you think, or if you have your own omurice recipe in the comments below!