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Oyster Omelet: A Taste of Chinese delicacy in Your Kitchen

Have you ever tried Oyster Omelette? Imagine the plump, sea-fresh oysters coated in sweet potato starch and pan-fried with eggs and coriander. It’s a unique local dish from China.

Oyster omelet with egg and coriander
Oyster omelet
Fried Oysters With Egg

 πŸ“ About This Recipe

If you happen to visit my hometown of Xiamen and ask the locals for must-try dishes, Oyster Omelet is definitely at the top of the list – it’s a dish you won’t want to miss.

Xiamen, located in the Fujian Province of China, is famous for its abundant oyster farms along the coastline. We can get these oysters fresh all year round in the market, and they’re pretty affordable at around $10 USD per kilogram. That means we can enjoy fresh oysters without breaking the bank.

When we buy them at the market, they’ll even shuck them right in front of us to ensure the absolute freshest quality.

Whenever I’m feeling homesick, whipping up this dish is my go-to remedy.

Fried Oysters With Egg

🍳 Ingredients

  • Oysters: When it comes to oysters, the ultimate experience is all about having the freshest ones. However, I’ve discovered that frozen oysters are a more budget-friendly option, even though they don’t quite match the taste of the fresh ones. Just remember to thaw them completely before using them.
  • Sweet Potato Starch: Sweet potato starch is a distinctive ingredient in Southern Chinese cuisine. You can pick it up at Chinese grocery stores. It has a silkier texture compared to corn starch, but I’ve found that corn starch is an equally good substitute.
  • Coriander: In Xiamen, we typically use Chinese leeks, but I’ve never been able to find them in my local market. Coriander makes for a great alternative.
Oyster omelet with egg and coriander
Oyster omelet

πŸ”ͺ How to Cook Oyster Omelet

Step 1: Prepare Oysters and Mix Ingredients

  • Wash the oysters in cold water, drain well, and mix them with sweet potato starch (or cornflour), salt, and coriander.

Step 2: Cook the Oyster Mix

  • Heat some oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the oyster mix and cook for about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Add Eggs and Complete Cooking

  • Add the beaten eggs, cook for about 30 seconds, and then flip the omelet. Continue cooking until the oysters are well-cooked, which usually takes another 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Garnish and Serve

  • Finish it off by garnishing with fresh coriander and serve with chili sauce. Enjoy!
Oyster omelet with egg and coriander
Oyster omelet

πŸ“‹ Recipe Notes

  • Preparing Oysters: When preparing oysters, it’s common to find small shells. Make sure to remove them while washing.
  • Cooking time: The cooking time for the oysters varies based on personal preferences. Some prefer them fully cooked, while others like a juicier version.
  • Oil: The oyster mixture tends to soak up oil quickly, and if it becomes too dry, especially when adding the eggs, feel free to add more oil as needed.
  • Serving size: This recipe is designed for 1-3 servings. Keep in mind that oysters release water as they cook. Cooking a large quantity can make it challenging to cook off the excess water and achieve that sizzling pan-fry effect.

πŸ”Ž FAQs

Q: What can I serve with the oyster omelet?

A: You can serve it with rice for a complete meal. Feel free to get creative and pair it with your favorite side dishes to suit your taste.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time and reheat it later?

A: Oyster omelet is best enjoyed fresh, as reheating may affect its texture and taste. It’s recommended to prepare and serve it right away.

Q: Can I use a regular skillet instead of a non-stick one?

A: While you can use a regular skillet if needed, it’s a good idea to use a non-stick skillet, which makes cooking easier and prevents sticking.

Oyster omelet with egg and coriander

Oyster Omelet

Learn to make a delicious Oyster Omelet: Juicy oysters pan-fried with coriander and eggs. Start cooking it today.
Author: Lei
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 300 g fresh oyster meat
  • 2 Tbs sweet potato starch (or corn starch)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup coriander (chopped)

Instructions

  • Prepare Oysters and Mix Ingredients: Wash them in cold water, drain well, and mix them with sweet potato starch (or cornflour), salt, and coriander.
  • Cook the Oyster Mix: Heat some oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the oyster mix and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add Eggs and Complete Cooking: Add the beaten eggs, cook for about 30 seconds, and then flip the omelet. Continue cooking until the oysters are well-cooked, which usually takes another 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish and Serve: Finish it off by garnishing with fresh coriander and serve with chili sauce. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Preparing Oysters:Β When preparing oysters, it’s common to find small shells. Make sure to remove them while washing.
  • Cooking time: The cooking time for the oysters varies based on personal preferences. Some prefer them fully cooked, while others like a juicier version.
  • Oil:Β The oyster mixture tends to soak up oil quickly, and if it becomes too dry, especially when adding the eggs, feel free to add more oil as needed.
  • Β 

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 2gCalories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 7gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 660mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 582IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Hello! Cool post, amazing!!!

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