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Ostrich Egg Omelette Recipe South African Style

Ostrich Egg Omelette Recipe South African Style

An ostrich omelette is exactly what you would expect. An omelette made using the egg of an ostrich!

In South African cuisine, the ostrich egg omelette is considered a hangover cure and boy what a hangover you must have to need an egg that big for breakfast! Just one ostrich egg alone is the equivalent of 24 chicken eggs, weighing up to 5 pounds!

You don’t need me to tell you an ostrich egg is huge, but here’s a picture of one anyway for good measure:

Ostrich Egg

What Do Ostrich Eggs Taste Like?

Ostrich eggs mostly taste like the chicken eggs you are used to. Some people report that they have more of a buttery texture and some say it has a sweet, intense flavor.

Many people actually find the ostrich egg to be more tasty than chickens eggs since they are a lot richer. They also have a lot of distinctive health benefits including:

  • Protein rich
  • Fiber rich
  • Rich in omega 3
  • Lower cholesterol than chicken eggs
  • Low in saturated fat

Cooking Ostrich Eggs

There are many ways to cook an ostrich egg, as you would expect, you can do about as much with them as you can a normal chicken egg.

Whilst the cooking times will be different, the methods are essentially the same. Using ostrich eggs you can make:

  • Boiled Ostrich Egg
  • Scrambled Ostrich Egg
  • Fried Ostrich Egg
  • Ostrich Egg Omelette
  • Poached Ostrich Egg

In this article we are going to be sharing our recipe for an ostrich egg omelette. The methods are pretty similar to a traditional omelette, but make sure you take notice of the cooking times and methods for cracking the egg. Those are the slight differences in preparation of the dish.

Ostrich Egg Omelette

Ostrich Egg Omelette Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Ostrich Egg Omelette recipe is a South African hangover cure. The ostrich egg is the equivalent of 24 chicken eggs so you can make yourself a pretty big breakfast!


  • 1 Ostrich egg
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 3 Spring Onion Diced
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 3 knobs Butter
  • 6 tbsp Milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Fresh Thyme to garnish


  1. Use the back of a knife to crack the shell of the ostrich egg, being careful with your fingers. Pour the egg into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add diced red bell pepper, diced spring onion, milk, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl.
  3. Using a whisk, give the mixture a good mix to bring the ingredients together.
  4. On a low heat, add the knobs of butter to a frying pan until melted.
  5. Gently pour in the omelette mixture, moving the mixture from the edges in the beginning until it begins to set.
  6. Once one side has set enough to get leverage underneath with a spatula, flip it over so that it can cook on both sides. It should only take 2 minutes for the mixture to be flippable.
  7. Add your cheddar cheese on top, spread evenly so that it melts through.
  8. Cook for a further 2 minutes. Check that it is thoroughly cooked by poking with a knife and ensuring there are no watery bits still lingering in the pan.
  9. Once it is cooked, flip half of the omelette onto the other half to create a semi-circle and remove from the pan to the plate.
  10. Season with thyme and additional salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 894mgSodium: 545mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 32g

Watch: Cooking Ostrich Egg Omelette

Here’s an excellent step-by-step instructional video for cooking ostrich egg omelette if you would like to try another version of the recipe.

Once you are finished you should be able to serve at least 5 people by slicing up the omelette. And then your hangover should be cured!

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