Bursting with flavors and super crispy, this Thai omelet is a must-try when you’re looking to fix yourself a quick breakfast or snack. You will love the flavors that elevate an ordinary egg dish into a delicious meal that is packed with protein and far from boring.
Thai Omelet Recipe
Omelette is a breakfast staple in many parts of the world, but there’s just something about this Thai omelet that can really make you feel good about the day.
Just like most other Thai recipes, you’ll need a few simple ingredients to put it together, and you’ll end up with a dish that’s packed with flavor and deliciousness. And oh- you don’t necessarily need to have it for breakfast. Not unless you want to though because this omelet can make for a super quick snack too.
Similar to the egg foo young recipe or shakshuka egg dish we have shared before, it's definitely not a breakfast-only meal, but a delicious recipe you can serve any time of the day.
What Makes a Thai Omelet Unique?
So why would you want to switch your typical breakfast omelet (or snack) and try this one- you may ask? Well, here’s why.
The umami flavor added from the combination of fish sauce and lime juice elevates an ordinary egg to a new level. Unlike what most consider an omelet, this is fried in oil to be crispy on all sides. It also takes less than one minute to cook and only seconds to whisk together, so a very fast and easy but also healthy breakfast.
- Lime juice
- Thai fish sauce
- Rice flour
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- Green onions
- Red chile
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Crispy Thai Omelette
In a medium bowl, crack the eggs being careful to remove any broken shell.
To the bowl of eggs, whisk in the lime juice, fish sauce, water, and rice flour until incorporated and no lumps remain from the rice flour.
In a small skillet, heat the vegetable oil until 350°F or piping hot.
Once the oil is hot, pour the egg mixture on top of the oil. It will immediately puff up.
Cook for 20 to 30 seconds without touching.
Then flip the omelet over to the other side to finish cooking for an additional 20 to 30 seconds.
Serve hot with freshly chopped green onions and chilis for garnish.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is the basic version that can easily be updated with your preferences. Fresh herbs, onions, or even other vegetables mixed into it, this is easy to adjust to your own preferences.
No. Unlike other omelets from around the world, this does not automatically include cheese. While you can add cheese, it is best as a topping rather than whisked into the omelet in this recipe.
You can add meat to this recipe if you prefer. A more traditional breakfast flavor would include bacon, sausage, or ham. You could also use bits of chicken, beef, or pork if you had leftovers on hand.
Since it is so easy to make and only takes a minute to prepare, you really don't need to make this ahead of time for serving. You can have a batch of omelets for the entire family prepared and on the table in under 5 minutes.
Substitute with soy sauce if fish sauce is not available.
Tips for Making Thai Omelets
While this is best fresh, you can store leftovers for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Just place in an airtight container once the omelet has cooled completely and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat in a skillet or microwave when ready to serve.
Pour the batter into the pan from above with extra space so it hits the oil and creates layers of omelet with a soft inside and crispy outside. Also, make sure that the oil is piping hot, nearly smoking, before adding the batter so it cooks fast and evenly.
Since you want this to puff up, you want to use a smaller skillet or pan so it doesn't have as much room to spread out and latten.
Neutral oil such as vegetable oil is best as it won't add flavor to the omelet but will just be a nice source for frying. Avoid flavored oils or those that have a low smoking point when making this recipe.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
While it may be called a Thai omelet, you don’t necessarily need to stick to making it only for breakfast. This versatile dish can pair wonderfully with a lot of other foods. Here are a few ideas to get you going.
- If you’re looking to enjoy the omelette the traditional way, top it on a bed of steamed Jasmine rice, with some sriracha or your favourite hot sauce on the side.
- If you’re trying to create budget-friendly meals, this Thai omelette might be a saviour. You can serve it with your bowl of Ramen noodles or some homemade Thai fried rice.
- And of course, you can enjoy it as is or with a dipping sauce on the side for when you’re hit by a sudden snack craving.
Crispy Thai Omelet Recipe
- 2 Eggs
- ½ tsp Lime juice
- 1 tsp Thai fish sauce
- 1 tsp Water
- 1 tsp Rice flour
- Vegetale oil 1 cup for frying
- In a medium bowl, crack the eggs being careful to remove any broken shell.
- To the bowl of eggs, whisk in the lime juice, fish sauce, water, and rice flour until incorporated and no lumps remain from the rice flour.
- In a small skillet, heat the vegetable oil until 350°F or piping hot.
- Once the oil is hot, pour the egg mixture on top of the oil. It will immediately puff up.
- Cook for 20 to 30 seconds without touching.
- Then flip the omelette over to the other side to finish cooking for an additional 20 to 30 seconds.
- Serve hot with freshly chopped green onions and chilis for garnish.
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