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How to Make a Thai Omelette

Whip up this simple, quick and filling traditional Thai meal for one


Khai Jiow (Thai omelette) is a common offering at local Thai markets. Often cooked in a wok  – Thai omelette is a quick and filling meal, eaten with rice and a few light garnishings like cucumber and fresh coriander. Made at home, Thai omelette is a ridiculously quick meal to prepare and put together, the perfect meal for one or a great starter to share.

This is the most basic recipe for the Thai omelette and many more ingredients can be added, like spring onion and diced tomatoes. Experiment with the filling and see which you prefer.


Minced pork, 2 tbsp

2 chicken eggs

Black pepper, 5-6 shakes

Oyster sauce, 1 tbsp

Soy sauce, 1 tbsp

2 – 3 tbsp rice bran or vegetable oil



2 cherry tomatoes, quartered 

2 tbsp coriander (hand torn) to serve

1/4 cucumber, skin peeled and sliced at medium thickness 



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Add 2 -3 tablespoons of rice bran or vegetable oil to a small to medium sized frying pan (preferably cast iron) on high heat


In the meantime with a fork, whisk the eggs, black pepper, oyster sauce and soy sauce together well in a bowl


Add the pork into the bowl with the egg mixture, then whisk together again. The pork may be clumped so break it down with a fork if needed to make the whisking easier


Once the oil in the pan starts to smoke, add the egg mixture to the pan and lower the heat to medium


When the edges are round and crispy use a spatula to check underneath the omelette to see if it’s cooked (should be golden brown)


If the bottom is cooked, flip the omelette to the other side and if not, wait until the bottom is golden brown. If you are a seasoned flipper – flip the entire omelette and if not, simple fold half of the omelette over (as per image above)


When both sides have been cooked lift the omelette and tilt the pan to drain the oil


Serve on a plate, top with torn coriander, and add tomatoes and cucumber to the side. You can also serve Thai omelette with steamed rice in case you are sharing, or just super hungry. Enjoy!