Omurice is simply an egg omelette but with a ketchup flavoured chicken fried rice centre. The western world influenced some Japanese dishes. (Called Yoshoku) This is one of them.This is also one the most popular kids meals that Japanese children love. I am going to show you a few different ways to wrap the ketchup rice with eggs.
What is Omurice オムライス?
The word omurice derived from two words, omelette and rice. Frying the rice and chicken occurs first, and then flavoured with ketchup. That’s the big American influence, right. Finally, the fried chicken rice is wrapped with the omelette. You can see why this dish is a clever example of western style Japanese dish “Yoshoku”.
Perfecting chicken ketchup rice
I often make omurice as a solution to use leftover chicken ketchup rice. If you are making chicken ketchup rice from scratch with omurice in mind, when you cook the rice you need to reduce the amount of water tiny bit. This is because the cooked rice then will be fried with two tablespoons of ketchup. Otherwise it will be too moist.
Evolution of Omurice
Over the years, the construction of Omurice has changed a lot from when I was a young child. Way back then, it was simply the chicken rice wrapped in fried egg with tomato sauce on top. I love those memories of Mum cooking for us. Nowaydays though I see many different variations, scrambled egg just sitting on ketchup rice and not rolled. Also there are many different sauces for omurice nowadays.
How to successfully roll in classic way
Japanese Omurice is a fairly easy dish to make, however, wrapping the egg over the rice can be a little tricky. The easiest way to do it is to put the chicken rice into the centre of the egg omelette then push it all together to one side of the pan and fold the sides of the egg over the rice then flip it onto a plate. Only half cook the egg. This is important as the egg works as glue to the ketchup rice.
Scrambled eggs version
I found the scrambled egg version is easier because you don’t need to shape the ketchup rice, and you don’t have to roll them all together. However, the eggs need to be half cooked scrambled so that it stays fluffy not clumbly. Then you just place it over a mountain of ketchup rice.
3 Sauce recommendations
- Tomato sauce ( Ketchup)
- Demi Glace sauce – if you are going for this sauce, I have shared how to make demi glace sauce from scratch previously. So check it out.
- Homemade special sauce – To make a delicious sauce that goes perfectly with the omrice, melt 15 g of butter into a small frying pan over medium heat then add 3 tbs of ketchup and 1 tbs of worcestershire sauce and mix it all together. Once it’s all mixed and cooked, just pour it over the rice!
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Chicken Ketchup Rice
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 150 g chicken breast
- half onion
- half a medium carrot
- 1/4 cup frozen green peas
- 2 tbs ketchup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Chop the chicken, onion, carrot, and capsicum into small cubes.
- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat.
- Add the chicken to the pan and cook until the meat has all turned white.
- Add the vegetables and cook until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add the ketchup and mix it all together.
- Add the rice and mix in until the rice is all coated with the ketchup.
- Add thawed frozen pea to the ketchup rice and mix them together.
- Flavour with salt and pepper.
- Remove from heat and set aside in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl crack and beat 2 eggs.
- Heat the large frying pan with 1/2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat and pour in the egg, allowing it to spread all over the bottom frying pan and slightly scramble the middle without breaking the omelette.
- Turn off the heat, and pour half the ketchup rice into the centre of the omelette.
- Push the omelette and rice to one side of the pan and fold in the sides of the omelette to wrap the rice.
- Hold a plate beside the omelette and tip the pan a bit to slide the omelette on to the plate so that it flips on to the plate so the egg is on top covering the rice.
- Repeat these steps again for the next 2 eggs and remaining chicken rice then serve!