The Perfect Quick Meal: Egg Over Rice


I’m going to throw it back. Way, way back.

This is a meal that sparks a lot of nostalgia for me. My mother often made this for me as a child, and I could never get enough. “What do you want to eat?” my mother asked, and after listing choice after choice, the conclusion was always the same.  “Egg and rice!” was always what I would decide.

It is a pretty popular and straightforward dish in Korean households, again more suited for young and fussy eaters. What’s even better, it is simple and cheap to make and can be endlessly customized to suit your tastes. A quick Google search showed me that this meal is not widely talked about and overshadowed by kimchi fried rice and other similar fried rice recipes.

This shouldn’t be confused with the Japanese “tamago-kake-gohan” which involves a raw egg being mixed into rice. All eggs in this Korean recipe are fried, yolks fully cooked or runny based on the chef’s preference.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 egg
  • serving of rice
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • sesame seeds
  • roasted seaweed


  • spicy garlic oil (rayu)
  • green onion

Not a lot of ingredients, but sometimes the most simple meals are the best! It’s great for a busy week, too. You can make a whole pot of rice and chip away at it for the rest of the week with this quick and simple meal.

What to do:

  • First of all, have rice already prepared. If you are pressed for time, or just really, really lazy (hey, I’ve been there) I would recommend getting microwaveable, ready-made rice. They’re convenient, quick, and easy but maybe not the most economical. But that’s not my decision to make.
  • Lightly oil a saucepan with some sesame oil. Don’t turn the stove on too hot, because the sesame oil will get too hot.
  • Lightly fry an egg in the sesame oil. Breaking yolk is optional.
  • Place fried egg on rice!
  • Start with 1 tbsp. of sesame oil and pour over rice and egg. Add more if desired.
  • Start with 1 tsp. of soy sauce to add to rice and egg. Add more, to taste.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Cut dried, roasted seaweed into vertical strips and garnish.


  • If desired, add spicy garlic oil (rayu) and chopped green onion (two stalks should do for one bowl!)



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