Hi everyone, Sarah here. This Chinese tomato egg stir-fry is something you’ll find on many Chinese home dinner tables. It’s fast, easy, cheap, and made with very simple, everyday ingredients.
You’ll really be surprised at how tasty it is. The tangy tomatoes, mixed with rich scrambled eggs, a hint of sugar, and flavorful sesame oil and Shaoxing wine all come together to create a very satisfying (and vegetarian!) dish that tastes lovely on a bed of rice.
It also happens to be one of my go-to’s when I don’t know what else to eat on a weeknight!
This recipe was originally published in July 2013. We’ve updated it with new photos, re-tested, improved recipe instructions, and nutrition info!
What’s So Special About a Tomato Egg Stir-fry?
Stir-fried tomatoes and eggs. If you’ve had it, you know why you’d want to make it again and again. If you haven’t had it, it may not sound like much.
But for many Chinese people, this dish represents home-cooked comfort food, or 家常菜 (jia chang cai). Every family has their own version.
When I was studying abroad in China, many American students there with me LOVED this stir fried tomato and egg dish, and we ordered it every time we went to a little local place where dinner cost about 7 RMB (a little over a dollar).
Of course, those American students were chowing down their tomato egg stir-fry right next to the Chinese students, who also appreciated an affordable, tasty dinner.
Tomato and egg are a beloved combination in general-also check out our tomato egg noodle soup and our tomato egg drop soup!
The Ultimate Quick & Easy Meal
I also made this tomato egg stir-fry countless times in college when I got home late from class or practice, and I wanted something quick and on the cheap, with ingredients I already had available.
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I would just whip up this Chinese tomato egg stir-fry in just ten minutes, throw some leftover rice in the microwave, and have at it.
You really can’t get much easier than this, and I’d wager if you’ve been cooking with us for a while, you already have the ingredients on hand.
If you can’t find Shaoxing rice wine in your local grocery store, you can substitute a dry sherry or mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine).
Tomato Egg Stir-fry Recipe Instructions
Start by cutting tomatoes into small wedges.
Be sure to remove the stems.
Finely chop the scallion. Then crack 4 eggs into a bowl and season with ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon white pepper, ½ teaspoon sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine. Beat eggs for a minute.
Preheat the wok over medium heat until it just starts to smoke. Then add 2 tablespoons of oil and immediately add the eggs. Scramble the eggs and remove from the wok immediately. Set aside.
Add 1 more tablespoon oil to the wok, turn up the heat to high, and add the tomatoes and scallions.
Stir-fry for 1 minute, and then add 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste), and ¼ cup water (if your stove gets very hot and liquid tends to cook off very quickly in your wok, add a little more water). Add the cooked eggs.
Mix everything together, cover the wok, and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the tomatoes are completely softened.
Uncover, and continue to stir-fry over high heat until the sauce thickens to your liking. Serve with steamed rice.
Feel free to add more scallions, more or less seasonings, etc. Adjust this recipe to make it how you like it!
Here’s the printable version of the full recipe:
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