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Japanese Ketchup Fried Rice

Japanese ketchup omelette fried rice consists of cooked rice that’s tossed with ketchup in a fry pan and topped with a very thin egg omelette.  The rice can also be mixed with a variety of toppings or vegetables such as sausages, mushrooms, carrots, frozen peas, and onions. This lovely dish goes great with a side of miso soup or egg drop soup or a side salad.

Japanese ketchup fried rice served in a white bowl, side view.

How to make Japanese style Ketchup Fried Rice?


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine ketchup, water, and your preferred sweetener to create a flavorful sauce.
  2. In a large pan, start by cooking the bacon until it’s nice and crispy. Once done, transfer the crispy bacon to a plate.
  3. In the same pan, add oil and bring it up to the right temperature. Then, introduce the rice, onions, and carrots, and let them cook together for about 2 minutes. This brief sauté allows the flavors to meld and the vegetables to soften.
  4. Toss in some butter, mushrooms, frozen peas, and the cooked bacon. Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper. Pour in the ketchup sauce you prepared earlier and ensure it’s evenly distributed throughout the dish.

Pro Tip

Best to use high heat and a large skillet or wok when making fried rice. This ensures you can retain the heat and have plenty of room for stir-frying!

Ingredient to make Japanese style ketchup fried rice being prepared on the counter top.

What ingredients do I need to make Japanese omurice-inspired ketchup fried rice?


  • Rice – rice of choice, use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe. If using white rice, best to use leftover rice or day old cooked rice for best texture.
  • Neutral Oil – no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted.
  • Mushrooms – choose from white mushrooms or cremini mushrooms.
  • Bacon – regular store-bought bacon sliced into small pieces.
  • Onion – yellow or brown onion.
  • Carrots – fresh and chopped.
  • Green Peas – frozen or fresh.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Ketchup – regular ketchup. Can use Sugar Free Ketchup for a low-carb sauce.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.

Ingredient Add Ins Fried Rice

  • Edamame
  • Ham
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spam
  • Broccoli
  • Scallions
  • Fried Egg
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Chopped Beef
  • Chopped Chicken

Japanese ketchup fried rice served in a white bowl, side view.

Does ketchup taste good with rice?

Omurice is a very popular menu item in many Japanese restaurants and for good reason. The combination of rice and ketchup is so tasty and satisfying to your taste buds. You have to try it to believe it!

How to store leftovers?

Simply place it in an airtight container in the fridge and microwave it to warm back up. Leftover fried rice should last 5-7 days.

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Japanese ketchup fried rice served in a white bowl being scooped up with a spoon.

Japanese ketchup fried rice served in a white bowl, side view.

Japanese Ketchup Fried Rice

Quick and easy savory Japanese ketchup fried rice is just what you need when hunger strikes!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: Japanese omelette rice, ketchup fried rice, Omelette fried rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 452kcal


  • 1 1/2 Cups Rice use cauliflower rice for low carb
  • 1 tsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 White Mushrooms or cremini mushrooms
  • 2 Slices Bacon
  • 1 tbsp Onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Carrots chopped
  • 1 tbsp Green Peas
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup use sugar-free ketchup for a low-carb sauce.
  • 1/2 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener


  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Prepare mushroom, bacon, onion and carrots by finely slicing/chopping.
  • Combine Ketchup, sweetener and water inside a mixing bowl.
  • In a small fry pan, add bacon on medium high heat and cook for 3-4 minutes or until done to liking. Transfer to a holding plate and discard excess oil.
  • In a new large fry pan, add oil and bring up to temp. Next add in rice , chopped onions, chopped carrots and cook on high heat for 2 minutes while occasionally stirring.
  • After 2 minutes, add butter, sliced mushroom, cooked bacon, peas, salt, black pepper and mix well. Continue an additional 1-2 minutes or until desired cauliflower rice texture is reached.
  • Mix in ketchup sauce, combine well and transfer to a serving plate.



Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1195mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3338IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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