Korean Tornado Egg Omelette with Ginger Fried Rice

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A delicious, silky-smooth way to enjoy eggs: Korean Tornado Omelette. Soft, fluffy layers of eggs bundled into a beautiful twist. An egg omelette that’s so delicious with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Serve on top of easy, 10-minute Ginger Fried Rice.

What are Korean Tornado Egg Omelettes?

Tornado Eggs are a type of omelette that’s also a popular street food in South Korea. Beaten eggs are twisted into a tornado shape as they cook. The swirling technique creates layers of silky smooth eggs. Served over a mound of rice, it’s a simple dish that feels so special!

Similar to Omurice, the texture is decadently soft and lush. I often make Korean Tornado Omelettes instead of regular scrambled eggs for ribbons of silky, velvety smooth egg. So soft that it will melt in your mouth!

Tornado Omelette goes by many names: Tornado Omurice, Egg Tornados, or Omelette Rice. Although it’s simple egg dish, the cooking process is mesmerizing to watch! You can see viral video of Tornado Egg Omelettes all over TikTok and YouTube.

Serve with 10-minute Ginger Fried Rice for a fast and easy meal. The delicate twist of egg makes regular fried rice luxurious.

For even more decadence, serve Tornado Omelettes with sauce. I recommend either a demi-glace sauce or boxed Japanese curry.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs. The main ingredient — use the best you can find. I recommend organic, free-run eggs for their flavor and color.
  • Day-old Rice. Leftover rice that’s been refrigerated overnight makes the best fried rice.
  • Ginger. Organic ginger has more peppery bite!
  • Green Onion. A staple Korean aromatic that adds color and flavor.
  • Salt + Black Pepper. To flavor the omelet and fried rice.

Instructions:

  1. Make Fried Rice. Saute ginger + green onions in a non-stick skillet with a little oil. Add cold, day-old rice, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss a few times to combine.
  2. Plate. Scoop Ginger Fried Rice into a small ramekin. Turn upside down onto a plate. Now you have a pretty mold of fried rice!
  1. Whisk eggs. Crack eggs into a bowl and whisk well with a pinch of salt. Whisk until there are no lumps. Optional: put the eggs in a sieve for extra silky texture.
  2. Cook. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat until hot, then add a tablespoon of oil. Add eggs. Grab ends with chopsticks, and turn the pan to create those beautiful, twisted ribbons of egg. Plate immediately. Enjoy!

PRO Tips:

  • Prep Ginger Fried Rice first. Tornado Eggs cook fast. Only 60 seconds! I recommend making and plating the ginger fried rice first so the Tornado eggs can be placed immediately on top.
  • Preheat the pan The pan needs to be hot but not too hot. When added, the eggs should immediately bubble.You’ll see the edges firm up. Make sure the pan is not smoking — if it’s too hot, the eggs will overcook and be hard to twist!
  • Keep a small gap between the chopstick ends. When you first start twisting, there’s a natural temptation to bring the chopsticks together. But for ribbony layers of eggs that mound nicely — keep a 1-2 inch gap between the chopstick ends.
  • Spin the pan! Rotate the pan away from you while keeping the chopsticks firmly in place.

Essential Kitchen Tools:

  • Non-stick frying pan. Eggs are notoriously sticky. A non-stick pan will help the eggs glide and twist with ease. And pay attention to pan size! Depending on the number of eggs, you’ll need to adjust the pan size. A large surface area will cause the eggs to spread out. They will be hard to twist into a bundle. I recommend an 8″ non-stick skillet for 2 egg omelets and a 9.75″ non-stick skillet for 3 egg omelets.
  • LONG melamine chopsticks. If you have them, I recommend long, melamine chopsticks with blunt ends. The perfect utensil for the eggs to hold onto while it twists!

Other egg recipes you may enjoy:

tornado eggs and fried rice on plate

Korean Tornado Egg Omelette with Ginger Fried Rice

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
A delicious, silky-smooth egg dish: Korean Tornado Egg Omelette Especially delicious with easy, 10-minute Ginger Fried Rice. Soft, fluffy layers of eggs. Bundled into a beautiful twist. Melt-in-your-mouth texture with ribbons of silky, velvety smooth eggs. SO GOOD!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Servings 2 omelettes
Calories 354 kcal

Equipment

  • Non-stick skillet (for fried rice)
  • Large, blunt-end chopsticks
  • 8" non-stick skillet for 2 egg Tornado Omelette OR
  • 9.75" non-stick skillet for 3 egg Tornado Omelette
  • optional: fine mesh sieve

Ingredients
  

Ginger Fried Rice

  • 2 green onions, chopped finely
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1-2 tsp oil (any neutral tasting oil works)
  • 2 cups cold, day-old rice
  • salt + black pepper

Tornado Egg Omelette

  • 4 eggs (large, organic) *for 2 omelettes (2 eggs each)
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

Ginger Fried Rice:

  • Make fried rice. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add oil, ginger, and green onions and let it sizzle away for 30-60 seconds. When fragrant, add cold, day-old rice and break up large chunks with a wooden spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss a few times to combine and cook until rice is heated through and no longer hard, about 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Plate. Evenly divide Ginger Fried Rice into 2 portions. Scoop each portion into an 8-ounce ramekin, patting down with the back of a spoon. Turn upside down onto a plate. Remove ramekin, leaving behind a perfectly shaped mound of fried rice.

Tornado Eggs:

  • Whisk eggs. Make 1 omelette at a time: Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and whisk well with a pinch of salt. Optional: put the eggs in a sieve for extra silky texture.
  • Cook. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. When the pan is hot, add a little oil (about 1 tsp) and swirl around. Add eggs. They should immediately spread out into the pan. When you see bubbles and firm edges, grab the edges with chopsticks and move towards each other, leaving a gap between the chopstick ends. Turn the pan away from you while keeping the chopsticks in place, facing you. As the eggs cook and start twisting, keep turning the pan. Jiggle and shake the pan from time to time, so the uncooked egg will fall down to the bottom of the pan.
  • Serve. Plate Tornado Eggs immediately on top of fried rice. Repeat with 2nd omelette. Enjoy!

Notes

*Feel free to make an omelette with 2 OR 3 eggs.  The method is the same.  However, I recommend an 8″ skillet for a 2 egg omelette and a 9.75″ skillet for a 3 egg omelette.  

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 16gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 217mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 595IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Ginger Fried Rice, Omelette, Tornado Eggs
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15 minutes, All Recipes, Breakfast + Brunch, Korean, Rice, Snacks, Weeknight Meals

2 Comments

  1. This is a delicious and unique dish! I love the ginger fried rice and the tornado egg omelette is a great addition.

  2. This is a delicious and unique dish! I love the ginger fried rice and the tornado egg omelette is a great addition.

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