Kina Omelette with Lemon Sauce

11:30 am on 6 August 2012

This is a good way to introduce people to eating kina. A lot of people who don’t usually like kina love it this way. A winning combination of salty, sweet, creamy and crunchy.

(Serves 1)

Kina OmeletteIngredients

Lemon Sauce

  • 100ml cream
  • 1 × 200g pot of kina
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • salt and pepper

Kina Omelette

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50ml cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 25g butter

To Serve

  • 50g baby spinach
  • 25g butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 slice ciabatta, toasted


Lemon Sauce

Place cream and half the kina in a bowl and blend with a stick blender. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and chives, and season with salt and pepper. Blend until slightly thickened.


Place beaten egg, remaining kina and cream in a bowl and season well with salt and pepper.

Stir to combine, trying not to break up the kina. Set aside.

Melt butter in a hot frying pan and pour in egg and kina mixture. Cook for a few seconds until edges go frilly, then tilt the pan and draw the cooked egg into the centre, letting the uncooked egg run to the outside of the pan.

Do this a few more times until omelette is just cooked but still soft in the centre. It is now ready to fold. Fold omelette in half and keep warm.

To Serve

Wilt down spinach with butter in a hot frying pan and season with salt and pepper.

Place toasted ciabatta on a plate and top with spinach and then omelette. Drizzle over sauce and serve.

From Hunter from the Heartland by Cameron Petley
Published by Random House NZ

Drinks Match

Beer, something brown and with a little touch of sweetness – Speights Old Dark 5 malt ale.

Yellow Clay Road 2008 Cabernet-Merlot blend (Waiheke) – cassis and black currants. A hint of tea tannin or saltiness. Well framed with cedar notes. $30

Villa Maria “Reserve” 2009 Malbec (Hawkes Bay) – dark chocolate fruits. Chewy. Dense. Blueberry concentrate but not as fruity. Solid in the mouth. Great power. A nice tart twist on the finish. Significant wine! $45

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Drinks match

Eggs are always tough to match with as they fill the mouth, and the addition of kina makes it no easier.

Option one for me would be cold and crisp lager – Steinlager anyone?

But, with the omelette as a fresh and sunshine filled brunch.. sauvignon blanc.

Goldwater 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough) – archetypal fresh and green flavours with good mineral notes. $20

 Wither Hills “Rarangi” 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough) – pungent asparagus and tomato leaf. There are oyster shells in there too. Good mouthfeel. Classic Marlborough freshness but with a step up. Rock salt on a tomato calyx. $25

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