Bento side: 3-minute omelette


Well, I have finally delivered the first draft of my bento cookbook. There is still a lot of work to be done before the book will be ready for publication, but I am so relieved to clear this first hurdle at least. I was practically unable to think about any other recipes other than the ones destined to go in there for a long while, but now I can start thinking about new things for the site! (And yes, the book will have all new recipes and bentos, except for some basics. What’s the point of just copying recipes available online here, you know?)

Anyway, here is one of those barely-a-recipe ideas - yet another way to cook an egg. I make this when there is a spot to fill in a bento box, or as a late night snack. It literally comes together in 3 minutes, from breaking the egg to final result. It adds a bright spot of yellow with so little effort. Here I have mixed in some leftover chopped up green onion, but you can put in anything any number of things. I’ve tried furikake, some plain bonito flakes with a little soy sauce, bits of leftover meat or hamburger, canned tuna, mixed frozen vegetables straight from the freezer, and more. You can also leave it plain.

Recipe: 3-minute microwave omelette

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. water
  • pinch of salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. softened butter
  • any additions you want

Put all of the ingredients into a small microwave-safe bowl, and beat with a fork until blended. The butter should be in little flecks throughout the egg. Cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on the HIGH setting for 30 seconds. Take out, and beat up with a fork to break up the cooked parts and mix with the still uncooked parts. Cover and return to the microwave for another 15 seconds. Note: The cooking time may vary slightly depending on your microwave. If it’s still undercooked, return to the microwave and cook a for 10-15 more seconds. Repeat if needed. The final texture should resemble moist scrambled egg.

Turn out onto the plastic wrap that was covering the bowl. (If you used cheap plastic wrap that disintegrates in the microwave, you may need to cut another piece.) Gather up the ends of the plastic wrap and squeeze the egg - it will be very hot, so protect your hands with a kitchen towel or something. Squeeze into a little teardrop/chestnut shape as shown here, or a ball, or anything you like. Open up the plastic wrap and leave to cool.

Use as a bento gap filler, or just eat as a protein-snack.

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Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Congratulations Maki. The end of the beginning is done - can't wait to see the end of the end.

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Way to go on the book! What a big undertaking, I'm sure you're glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel! I'm looking forward to adding it to my cookbook collection.

A really nice take on the omelet, very good especially for dorm room students who have a microwave. Plus it's really cute!

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

congrats on the first draft of the book - i can't wait for the final version (no pressure, haha)!

thanks for another easy, versatile recipe -- i'm sure i will be incorporating this into my arsenal very soon!

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Congratulations on your book! Great recipe and I love how easy it is to do.

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Looks good, do you think it would work if I put it in an onigiri mould?

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Sooo tasty...I love eggs...Whenever I make tamagoyaki or regular American omlette for my boyfriend, I always get this stuck in my head:


Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Yllsa that little egg video is so cute! I'll admit that I watched it twice already =)

Congrats on your book, maki! If your new recipes are anything like the ones here on the site, then I'm sure it will be a fantastic book! I made this little omelette yesterday but i put a few bacon bits and some shredded cheddar cheese. It turned out really cute! Thanks so much =)

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

I'm so glad you did it! First of all because I will be one of your readers! secondly because I'm glad you come back on your blog! Hurrey

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

I followed the intructions exactly, but the egg was not cooked after the full 45 seconds so had to put it on for another 30. Perhaps this is why my egg refuses to stick together into a proper ball? It's still quite wet and a bit greasy from the butter. :(

Still, it is a delicious idea that can be cooked quickly and tastes good! If i get it to work in the future, i think it will look great next to some rice balls.

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Your cooking time may vary, since not all microwaves are alike. If its undercooked, try returning it to the microwave for a few more seconds, mixing and testing again, etc. until looks like moist scrambled eggs. (I've put a note in the main article too.)

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

OK, thanks for that. :)

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

I found that when I tried this I had a similar result. Then I did the exact same process but in a small microwave safe glass and it worked like a charm. I think the in the bowl I was using the egg was too thin, but the cup offered less space and therefore more volume for the microwave to do it thing.

Re: Bento side: 3-minute omelette

Thankyou for the tip, I shall try that the next time. :)

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