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Tomato eggs is a popular Chinese recipe–a humble dish that is often served at home. Called 蕃茄炒蛋 or 西红柿炒蛋 in China, tomato eggs is basically egg omelet with tomatoes. As simple as it sounds, tomato eggs is hard to master. I have seen many tomato eggs that are not properly cooked–too runny, watery, or simply overcooked.

The good news is that I am going to share with you my tomato eggs recipe and the easy way to prepare this Chinese dish. It takes only a few ingredients: eggs, tomatoes, salt and sugar for flavoring, and chopped scallions for garnishing.

Tomato eggs is a great Chinese recipe that you should add to your cooking repertoire. I love it very much. Below is my tomato eggs recipe, try it out and happy cooking!

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      • Leo

        Great recipe. I’ve had different versions of this that friend’s have cooked but never learned how to cook it myself. I like this recipe, especially with the sesame oil and the Shaoxing wine. I’m going to check out your other recipes now. One minor note about this recipe: the scallions are missing in the ingredient list.

  1. thanks for sharing this recipe! i have been looking for this for a long time… i used to eat this with corn kernels and green peas! :)

  2. Woops, after watching your cooking method, I realised that how silly I am for this while to just pour tomato source into the egg and stir fried :p Ok, will try this out over the weekend. Thanks for the great recipe and method for such a wonderful dish that everybody loves.

  3. June Ong

    I am reminded of my tours around China. Wherever the tour bus stopped for lunch/dinner, a big plate of tomatoes fried with eggs would be among the 6-8 dishes on the table. This simple, humble dish made a refreshing change from the usual oily food there.

    lisaiscooking – this dish looks good with rice, porridge and bread :)

  4. We eat this ALL THE TIME in our home. We never seem to get sick of it too. Some days when we have prawns in the fridge, we add it in too.

    (btw, we kinda found out why so many people like this dish or get addicted to it. Tomatoes have lots of natural MSG in it. That’s why it’s so tasty!)

  5. Though a simple dish, there are many tricks to make it the perfect 蕃茄炒蛋. Yummy. Another home-cook’s (me) favorite.

    P.S A really well-written article in KW Chinese paper :D …a nice big pretty smile too.

  6. This is a simple yet delicious and nutritious meal for my family. I also cooked the same dish based on tips from “So Far 苏 Good” cooking show. But your dish looks so great! Hey, I am ready with my rice now, dun mind to serve me some tomato eggs please?

    P/S: Congrats for being featured on Kwong Wah Yit Poh 光华日报! Kong Hee! ;)

  7. June Ong

    Just adding one more tip. Eggs from ‘kampung’ chicken cost a lot more but they are very tasty in omelettes, especially the yolk.

  8. You make it look so beautiful! I like your blog and am wading through all of the good stuff you have on here. I’m glad you left out the ginger on this one. My MIL puts so much ginger in it that it just overwhelms it.

  9. pegs

    Hey, thanks for sharing this! this is the kinda tomato eggs i was looking for all these while.
    And guess what, i ran out of rice hence i ate it with macaroni, it was surprisingly good. :)

  10. Dee

    Just cooked this dish for dinner tonite using yr recipe. It turned out great and my family loves it! Thanks for sharing this recipe and looking forward to more of such delicious recipes on your blog. :-)

  11. Thanks for the recipe! I have been cooking Tomato Eggs for ages, and I just found out that I’ve been doing it wrong all along. I would cook the tomato wedges first, and then add the eggs!

    I cooked it exactly your way yesterday and it turned out, not only extra delicious, but very pretty too.

  12. foodieBear

    Nice..! Just when I was about to look for a 蕃茄炒蛋 recipe, I stumble onto your page and found this :) Thanks for posting this. Great pic!

    Hm.. by any chance you have watched the jap movie “Flavor of Happiness” ?

  13. Steve

    Thank you for this recipe.

    I have been looking for a good Eggs & Tomatoes recipe for a while (there are about a million variations available online) and this one is absolutely perfect, and even more perfect when served with rice & some soy sauce.

  14. Kim

    My Thai-Chinese grandmother used to make a tomato-egg dish like this all the time, but she would fry the tomatoes first, seasoned with oyster sauce, sugar and salt, until the water in the tomatoes had come out and evaporated, then crack an egg or two into it, and fold the tomato over it without much stirring for another minute or two. It would be another vegetable dish in a meal, but for me, it’s my favourite comfort food just served with rice :)

  15. Jennifer

    Love that you’re bringing all my mother’s comfort food recipes to English. Whenever I ask my mother to translate her Chinese recipes (which are all done by approximation) to English, it usually seems to translate poorly to me. I’m glad to finally have something to follow.

    I’m curious if you’d made (or have recipes ) of creamy corn soup or omurice or zongzi or other sorts of comfort foods. =)

    I’d also like to add if you ever publish a cooking book with the recipes off your website, I would buy it. =)

  16. Lychee

    Thank you for the recipe. i tried to make eggs and tomatoes , but they were not perfect. I guess I missed sesame oil. Perfect recipe

  17. Larry

    Many thanks for this, it looks yummy! I keep my own chickens and am always looking for new ways to cook the eggs.

  18. Miranda

    Wow. Stumbled across this looking for recipes to make with tomatoes. Was absolutely delicious! Thank you for providing it.

  19. Doc

    Hey, thanks for the guidance. I’ve always cooked mine too runny or too raw. Now I have a question, I usually use regular onions instead of green onions to cook this. Would it be best to cook it before putting tomatos in?

  20. Immie

    I just tried this recipe tonight, can’t believe what a difference it makes! I never got ‘taught’ how to cook it, i usually stir in eggs after tomatoes and it never taste that great. You’re a genius! Thank you so much

  21. I had this as a side dish at a tea shop the other day and it was the first thing I finished eating. This looks EXACTLY like the version I had and I’m running out to the store right now to get fresh tomatoes to make it!

  22. Mark

    I have traveled to China for years. This is always one of my favorite dishes on the table. This one and a sweet and spicy eggplant! Serve with an ice cold Tsingtao!

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