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Tornado Eggs + Ginger Fried Rice

A delicious, silky-smooth Korean omelette worth mastering: Tornado Eggs!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: Ginger Fried Rice, Omelette, Tornado Eggs
Servings: 2
Author: The Subversive Table | Lis Lam


  • 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


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

Tornado Egg Omelette

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


Ginger 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. Set aside.
    ginger fried rice in non-stick skillet
  • 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.
    ginger fried rice on a plate

Tornado 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.
    eggs in bowl with fork
  • 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.
  • Plate Tornado Eggs immediately on top of fried rice. Repeat with 2nd omelette. Enjoy!
    tornado eggs and fried rice on plate


*Feel free to make a 2 egg OR 3 egg omelette.  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.