Japanese Cuisine

Savoury Umami Porridge With Fried Egg Recipe (Perfect For Winter!)

When it comes to breakfast, porridge is a staple meal. But it can often be unexciting if you’re just eating it with milk or water every day. Mixing different ingredients with oats can make for a much more interesting breakfast and sweet toppings are a popular choice. But have you ever considered savoury porridge? It’s a revelation for me!  

A savoury porridge I love eating relies on two classic Japanese ingredients: soy sauce and butter. Top it off with a fried egg and you’ve got a wholesome, filling breakfast that’s packed full of umami. And best of all, it’s easy to make.

Serves 1 for breakfast or lunch

Cooking time: 15 minutes




Dark soy sauce

1 egg


Seaweed sheets

Black pepper

Cooking method

  1. Fill a pan with oats and pour in the milk until the oats are completely submerged. Heat on a high temperature and add the soy sauce gradually until the oats have turned a golden brown colour.
  2. Crumble the seaweed sheets into manageable pieces and mix into the oats. Leave the porridge to warm for 5 – 6 minutes.
  3. Melt a wedge of butter in a non-stick frying pan and fry the egg to your liking.
  4. Transfer the porridge into a bowl and serve with the egg on top. Garnish with black pepper.
Adding soy sauce to oats creates an amazing umami texture.


  • Frying the egg in butter will provide a fluffier texture and provide an excellent contrast for the soy sauce infused oats.
  • The seaweed flakes give additional crunchiness and saltiness.

For more Japanese inspired recipes, be sure to read the following articles:

Vegetarian wafu conchiglie pasta with tofu and sake sauce

Wafu adzuki spaghetti with homemade sake sauce

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