The Oyster Omelette, known in Mandarin as “蚵仔煎” (óǔzǎijiān), is a classic dish of Taiwanese cuisine that combines salty flavors and crunchy textures. It is especially popular in Taiwan’s night markets, where it is served as a delicious street snack.

This food has its roots in the Fujian province of southeastern China, where fishermen prepared dishes with fresh seafood and local ingredients. The recipe is said to have been brought to Taiwan by immigrants from Fujian during the 18th century. Over time, the recipe evolved and was adapted to include Taiwanese ingredients, becoming an iconic dish of the country’s street cuisine.

The Oyster Omelette is typically served freshly made and hot, straight from the griddle. It is placed on a plate and cut into pieces before being garnished with the sweet and sour sauce on top. It is best eaten fresh, to enjoy the crunchy texture of the omelet and the salty flavor of the oysters.

Oyster Omelette

How to prepare the Oyster Omelette from home


  • 200 g of fresh oysters
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or potato starch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the sauce (optional):
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 clove of garlic, minced
    • Chopped chili to taste (optional)

Oyster Omelette

  1. Rinse the oysters under cold water and drain well. If they are very large, you can cut them into smaller pieces.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs and then add the cornstarch or potato starch and water. Mix well until there are no lumps.
  3. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  4. Pour half of the egg mixture into the hot skillet and spread it evenly to form a thin layer.
  5. Place the oysters on the egg layer and press lightly to adhere.
  6. Sprinkle the chopped chives over the oysters and season with a little salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Let the omelette cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the edges are golden and crispy.
  8. Carefully use a spatula to flip the omelette and cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes, until cooked through.
  9. Remove the omelet from the pan and place it on a plate. Repeat the process with the remaining egg mixture and oysters.
  10. Optionally, you can make a sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  11. Serve the Oyster Omelette hot, cut into pieces, and accompany it with the soy sauce and hot sauce if you wish.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Oyster Omelette!

Oyster Omelette


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