Kimchi Omelet

Every week, about 2-3 times a week, I go to physical therapy for my knee. The exercises are quite boring – lift your leg up….put it back down…and repeat 3,251 times. In the middle of the wall hangs a television, and every time, I thank the owners for putting that TV there. I don’t know if I could handle the monotony of these exercises without the company of Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray or Dr. Oz.

Rachael was on last week and she came up with another clever little saying, “BLD” or food that’s great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Of all her quirky (“stoop”) and annoying (“yum-o”), I think I like BLD the best. It’s practical, and the food is practical.

So here’s my BLD recipe for you – a Kimchi Omelet. It’s full of savory vegetables (green onion and zucchini) and the chopped kimchi inside gives it a little spicy, crunchy, kick.

But kimchi isn’t the secret ingredient here – it’s actually the Mirin, or Japanese sweet rice wine that really brings it all together. The mirin gives the omelet just the right touch of sweetness to balance all of the flavors – so that you have salty, spicy, sour, savory and a tinge of sweet. Kimchi adds the spicy and sour.

This is a recipe I’ve created for client Mitsukan, the makers of one of the very best Mirin out there. It only takes 10 minutes to make – perfect for either for breakfast, lunch or dinner….BLD FTW!

How to make a Kimchi Omelet

Here’s whatcha need:

Start by beating the eggs together with the mirin in a mixing bowl.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the zucchini, green onion and kimchi and saute for about 2 minutes.

Then, pour in the eggs with mirin.

Season with salt and pepper then turn down the heat to medium. Cover the skillet and cook until the egg is nearly set, about 2 minutes.

Fold the omelet in half and serve.

Kimchi Omelet Recipe

Servings: serves 2

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:5 minutes

2 eggs
1 teaspoon sweet rice wine (mirin) - I prefer Mitsukan brand
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1/4 zucchini, sliced very thinly in half-moons
1/2 stalk green onion, green part only, cut into 1 1/2" lengths
2 tablespoons chopped kimchi, plus more for serving
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a bowl, beat the eggs together with the mirin.
2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with the cooking oil. Add the zucchini, green onion and the chopped kimchi and saute for 2 minutes.
3. Pour in the egg mixture, season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat to medium and cover skillet. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the egg is nearly set. Fold omelet in half and cook until done. Serve with additional kimchi on the side.