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Omurice Recipe

Omurice, omelet rice, is ketchup fried rice wrapped with a crepe-like thinly fried egg.  Doesn’t sound like Japanese food, does it?  Omurice is a “western style” dish created in Japan in the early 1900s.  For over 100 years, Omurice has been a very popular food for people of all ages, especially kids.

Omurice is often served at western style Japanese restaurants where Hamburger Steaks and Curry and Rice are also on the menu.  Today, there are omelet specialty restaurants in Japan, and they have a lot of different and elaborate kinds of Omurice.  Omurice can be covered with cream sauce or demi-glace brown sauce, while basic Omurice is usually finished with ketchup.   At restaurants recently, more eggs are used and the trend seems to be for the eggs to be soft and runny, although more traditional Omurice egg is cooked very thin.

Ketchup fried rice may sound a little strange, but it is more like tomato pilaf.  The typical meat used in Omurice is chicken fried in butter which has an aroma that makes this dish taste western.  However, you could use ground beef, shrimp or anything you like.

We put rice and eggs together separately because it may be a little easier, although many people wrap rice with eggs in a frying pan.  Do whichever works for you.  It tastes great either way!

Omurice Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 chicken thigh
  • 1 small onion
  • 1Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas
  • egg crepe
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • 1 tsp oil


  1. Cut chicken thigh into 1" pieces. Cut onion finely.
  2. Melt butter and add oil in a frying pan at medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add onion and cook until onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add cooked rice and cook mixing for 2 minutes. Season rice with salt and pepper. Make room in the frying pan and add ketchup. Cook only ketchup for 30 seconds to cook it down. Mix rice and ketchup and fry together for 1-2 minutes. Then add frozen peas and cook some more.
  4. Place half of the ketchup rice into a rice bowl or similar kind of bowl, pack lightly, and unmold on a plate. Make another one.
  5. Beat eggs and a pinch of salt together. Heat frying pan with 1/2 tsp oil. Pour 1/2 of egg mixture onto hot frying pan and make a crepe-like thin round egg sheet. Cover molded rice with egg sheet to form an oval shape. Repeat one more time.

Omurice Recipe

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  • Samuel
    February 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I’m a total newbie when it comes to kitchen , how do i cook the rice?.

    • Noriko
      February 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      we have the steamed rice recipe on our Youtube and web sites, so check it out!

    • cameryn
      February 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      I cup of rice to two cups of water.

      Put two cups of water in a pan and bring to a boil. I like to put in a little dab of butter to help with flavor and make the rice not stick to each other as much. Pour in one cup of rice and stir. Immediately turn the stove top to the lowest setting. (this is called simmering) and let stand for 20 minutes. (with the stove still on at a low temp.) after 20 minutes, the rice absorbs the water making it fluffy. enjoy!

      • Hazelm
        March 24, 2016 at 3:16 am

        Rice is supposed to be sticky

        • Ben Beasley
          August 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

          Not always.

  • Elizapreise
    March 16, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Can i use any type of rice. Is it necessary japan perfume rice. Thanks for the recipe

    • Noriko
      March 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

      we use short grain rice. You could use other kind of rice, but texture and flavor is not going to be the same.

  • Daisy
    March 17, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Instead of a chicken thigh can I use chicken breast ?

    • Noriko
      March 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      of course! Shrimps, hams, whatever works for you.

  • maya
    April 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    can you use fish

    • Noriko
      May 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      ketchup and fish may not go well together, but try it if you like.

  • Kira
    May 14, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I would like to know what substitute you can use instead of ketchup…I’m allergic 🙁

    • Noriko
      June 4, 2014 at 1:23 am

      you can make home-made tomato sauce, and use it as a substitute.

  • Paul
    May 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I made this for my girlfriend as part of a bento box. She said it was really tasty!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Noriko
      June 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      what a nice boyfriend!

  • David
    June 26, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Thank you for this, I can’t wait to try it out and I love this site!

    Question, do you happen to know where can I find an omurice rice mold? I have been searching everywhere with no luck.

    Thanks again!

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      if you can’t find it, use a round bowl as a mold and reshape to oblong with hands.

  • Yuki
    July 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I was wondering if I cold put in spinach instead of peas or does it taste better with peas

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      yes, you could.

  • Geneva
    July 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This may seem like an odd question, but is Japanese ketchup any different than the regular Heinz ketchup I can pick up at my local grocery store? My husband is Filipino and they use a banana ketchup, which taste different from tomato ketchup. I know the Japanese ketchup is tomato, but didn’t know if there are possibly other ingredients that might make it different. Hope my question makes sense and doesn’t seem silly.

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      banana ketchup! Wow I’ve never had it and I can’t tell how it’s going to taste. Omurice is typically (or only) with tomato ketchup. But you can experiment with other condiment if you want.

    • Tara
      January 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Japanese ketchup is less sweet than heinz ketchup

  • Lori
    July 27, 2014 at 5:48 am

    What a great help your recipe’s for cooking, it added my little recipe’s…

    After Sujin retirement, he oftenly requested me to do the home cooked food.

    Tasukeremashita, Okini.

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Glad we can help!

  • Lukman Hakim
    August 24, 2014 at 6:52 am

    i try it and it was delicious! Thanks for the guide. Its totally an easy recipe for beginner like me.

    • Noriko
      September 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      glad you liked our Omurice recipe! Come back for more recipes too!

  • Marcy
    September 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    can we use red rice?

    • Noriko
      September 23, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      we never tried, but you can try it! Let us know what you think.

  • Dre
    October 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Can you substitute chicken with other meats?

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      of course! You can use ground beef or pork, or anything. I even use lunch meat (ham) sometimes.

  • Evi
    January 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Can i use red, yellow and orange peppers instead of green peas?

    • Yuko
      January 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm


    • Noriko
      January 18, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      yes you can!

  • Jessica
    January 29, 2016 at 5:13 am

    This is easy for a starter like me! By the way, what type of meats are best to put in the dish? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Noriko
      January 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      chicken is very good, but you can put ground beef, ham, or anything you like!

  • Jens
    March 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I would just like to thank You for such tasty and easy recipes.
    I have tried a couple of them with great result. Omurice was a positive surprise, it was alot tastier then i expected!
    Please keep up the good work, and once again, thanks to the both of You.

  • Mike
    August 3, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Please, I’m not japanese, but this is really the worst omelette I’ve seen in my life. I wouldn’t even call it that. It should be thick and runny and not thin and dry.