Vietnamese Omelet with Tomatoes and Onions

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This 10-minute Vietnamese omelet with tomatoes and onions is made with simple ingredients, but you will be surprised at how good it tastes. Eggs are fried into an omelet with browned spots at the bottom to enhance the flavors. Then come the juicy tomatoes and sweet onions to make the whole dish tasty.

a serving plate with pan fried eggs with tomatoes and onions, decorated with cilantro and served with rice and fish sauce on the side

A super quick and easy meal

While Western-style omelet is often made for breakfast, this Vietnamese omelet is also suitable as a savory side dish (or even a main dish) for dinner. I like to call it omelet with tomatoes and onions (or pan-fried eggs with tomatoes and onions). The name in Vietnamese is trứng chiên cà chua or trứng chiên hành cà.

There is a more traditional Vietnamese tomato and egg dish, called trứng chưng cà chua, in which eggs and tomatoes are stir-fried together. You can watch how that dish is made in my stir-fried tomato and egg with noodle recipe. I think this omelet is more flavorful and delicious than the traditional one.

Everything is cooked in one pan, and it takes just 10-15 minutes from start to finish. Just as quick as our sautéed shrimp with zucchini or honey glazed salmon. We like to serve it with steamed rice and fish sauce (or soy sauce) on the side.

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Ingredients

This recipe requires very few ingredients: eggs, tomatoes, onions, and scallions. Eggs and tomatoes go really well with each other (like in this Vietnamese tomato egg drop soup).

a plate with eggs, tomatoes, onions and scallions

To season it, we use salt, pepper and fish sauce. If you want to make it vegetarian, you can omit the fish sauce and add more salt or use soy sauce. Then serve it with additional soy sauce on the side.

Cooking Steps

As you can see in the video, it is very easy and straightforward to make this omelet with tomatoes and onions. I will do a summary of the main steps here and explain the way we cook it.

1️⃣ First, sauté the onions briefly until fragrant and add the tomatoes. Cook them for another minute so that the onions are slightly browned, which will bring out their sweetness, and the outside of tomatoes just start to soften.

tomato wedges and onions are being sautéed in a skillet

2️⃣ Next, add the scallion slices. Then pour the beaten eggs into the pan evenly.

pouring beaten egg into the pan

Make sure to cook until the bottom of the omelet has some browned spots, producing lots of flavors for the eggs. However, don’t brown it too much since we don’t want our omelet to be dry.

3️⃣ Then flip the omelet and cook the other side very briefly. We want one side to get browned and keep the other side more lightly cooked so that we can still enjoy the softness and richness of the eggs.

pan-fried eggs and tomatoes in a skillet

Note: It’s best to use a non-stick pan with a coating that allows for browning. I use a 9.5-inch Scanpan skillet.

And that’s it. You can find detailed list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions to cook this Vietnamese-style omelet in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Omelet with tomatoes and onions being served with rice and fish sauce on the side

To Serve

As mentioned above, I like to serve this dish with steamed rice. Besides, there are some other ways to serve it that you can try:

  • Serve it over a slice of toasted bread.
  • Serve it as filling for Vietnamese banh mi or baguette. Drizzle a bit of soy sauce and add some julienned cucumber and cilantro if desired.
  • Serve it with roasted potatoes and green salad on the side for a fusion meal.

If you try this Vietnamese omelet recipe, feel free to comment and let me know how you serve it.

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a serving plate with omelet fried with tomatoes and onions

Vietnamese Omelet with Tomatoes and Onions

This Vietnamese omelet with tomatoes and onions is made with simple ingredients, but you will be surprised at how good it tastes. Eggs are fried into an omelet with browned spots to enhance the flavors. The recipe is vegetarian adaptable.
Author: Sophie
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients
 

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce (or soy sauce if preferred)
  • 2-3 scallion stalks, cut into 2-inch long pieces
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (or half a medium onion)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges (or 3 large tomatoes)
  • cooking oil

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, add eggs, salt, pepper and fish sauce. Beat well.
  • Place a pan over medium heat and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add onions. Stir and cook until fragrant (about 40-60 seconds).
  • Add tomato wedges, stir to distribute evenly in the pan and cook for a minute until onions start to brown lightly and tomatoes just start to soften.
  • Add scallions and give everything in the pan a stir to distribute evenly. Then pour beaten eggs into the pan.
  • Let the omelet cook for about 10-15 seconds and then push the edges slightly towards the center to let the uncooked eggs flow out. Drizzle a bit more oil around the edges if needed.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes until the bottom of the omelet has browned spots. Don't let it brown too much or the omelet will be dry. Flip (you can divide into quarters so that it will be easy to flip) and cook the other side briefly (about 30 seconds or so). Remove from the heat.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve hot with steamed rice and some fish sauce (or soy sauce) on the side.

Video

Notes

Please adjust heat as needed depending on your stove. Once you add the eggs, don’t go over medium heat or it will dry out the omelet. We want one side to have brown spots and the other side lightly cooked for softness. 
If you want to make this as a main dish for 2 people, you can add one more egg (and more salt) to make it more filling.
To make the dish vegetarian, you can omit fish sauce and add more salt or soy sauce. Then serve it with some soy sauce on the side.
Here are some other creative ways to serve the dish:
  • Serve it over a slice of toasted bread.
  • Serve it as filling for Vietnamese banh mi or baguette. Drizzle a bit of soy sauce and add some julienned cucumber and cilantro if desired.
  • Serve it with roasted potatoes and green salad on the side for a fusion meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1501IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizers and Side dishes, Main Dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: eggs and tomatoes, omelette with tomato and onion
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Note: the post was originally posted on May 21st, 2020. It has been updated with additional photos and serving tips in April, 2023.

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3 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    So simple so lovely. I cooked the onion a little longer than suggested and added miso instead of salt to the egg but this recipe is fabulous. Love the different levels of slight sweetness. So simple I wonder why I have never ever made egg with just onion and tomato

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