Omurice オムライス

Omurice is a thin omelet wrapped around ketchup fried rice made by frying rice with other ingredients and flavoring it with ketchup. It is one of the popular yoshoku dishes developed as Japan’s unique take on the Western-style omelet. The subtle tanginess of the ketchup fried rice and the mellow flavor of the thin omelet combine into an addictive taste.


How to cook

When making the ketchup fried rice, the ketchup is fried in the frying pan and butter is added to finish, creating a mellow flavor. If you find it difficult to wrap the thin omelet around the rice, you can simply place it on top of the ketchup fried rice on a plate or top the rice with scrambled eggs instead. “Ketchup art”—drawing words or designs on the egg in ketchup—is also popular in Japan.

Ingredients for 1 serving

Ketchup Fried Rice

Cooked rice
Chicken thigh
2 Tbsp
To taste
Salt and pepper
2 tsp
Cooking oil

Thin Omelet

1 tsp
Cooking oil
To taste

Prepare the rice.

Please prepare rice. See here for how to cook rice.

Cooking Steps


Cut the ingredients

Cut the chicken and mushrooms into roughly 5 mm pieces and mince the onions.

Make ketchup fried rice

Add oil to a frying pan and fry the chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Once they are cooked, add the rice and continue frying. Add the ketchup and fry briefly, and then add the butter, salt, and pepper and mix.

Make a thin omelet

Add the eggs to a bowl, add the salt, and beat the eggs. Heat a frying pan with oil in it, pour in the egg, cook one side, and then turn off the heat.

Wrap the thin omelet around the rice

Place the ketchup fried rice from 2 in the center of the thin omelet. It is easier to wrap if you place it in an elliptical shape. Use a spatula to flip the sides of the thin omelet onto the ketchup fried rice to cover it.


Move the omurice to the edge of the frying pan, bring it close to the plate, and flip the frying pan to place the omurice on the plate. Cover it in plastic wrap and shape it with your hands. Add ketchup on top if preferred.