How to Make an Omelette

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An omelette seems fancy but really it’s an easy way to cook your morning eggs!

In just a few easy steps, you can have a light fluffy omelette filled with your favorites from cheese and ham to spinach or even leftover taco meat!

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Any Time of Day

If you love fluffy omelets from a diner I have great news… it’s easy to recreate this breakfast at home! Don’t stop at breakfast, they make a great lunch or quick dinner too!

What’s in an Omelet?

EGGS Naturally, eggs are the key ingredient in an omelet.

A bit of milk/water is optional but I find it helps the eggs whisk nicely and keeps the omelette a little bit softer. Many people make (and prefer) omelettes with just eggs.

Be sure to use real butter for frying!

ADD-INS Omelettes are perfect for add-ins like meats, veggies, and cheeses. Precook meats or steam or panfry veggies before starting with the eggs.

Tips for Perfect Omelets

  • Whisk lots. Whisk very well, the egg mixture should be a consistent color with no visible bits of egg yolk or whites.
  • Use the right pan. Use a small pan for an individual omelette, if it’s too large it will be too thin. The pan is what gives the omelet its signature shape.
  • Not too much heat. Cook over medium heat (with real butter). You want the omelette to cook but not brown.
  • Add extra eggs. You can follow the recipe below with up to 3 eggs (no other changes needed).
  • If cooking for a crowd, you might like to consider a frittata (which is similar to an omelette).
  • Pre-cook add ins. Ensure meats and veggies are pre-cooked when adding to the omelette, they will basically heat but not cook in the eggs.

How to Make an Omelet

Making a restaurant-worthy omelette is super easy. It’s all about the timing.

  1. Beat the eggs, milk (if using), salt, and pepper until it is a consistent soft yellow color. You shouldn’t be able to see any bits of whites or yolks.
  2. Melt butter in a 6” skillet, cook on medium heat. Add the egg mixture.

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  1. Let it cook about 1 minute. Run a spatula around the rim of the skillet to loosen the edge and tilt the pan all around so the uncooked eggs run under the cooked eggs.

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  1. Once eggs are barely set, add cheese (& other add-ins). Cover omelet with a lid and continue to cook until set and cheese is melted.

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  1. Gently fold one half of the omelet over the other with the spatula & serve immediately.

Add-Ins!

Nearly anything can go into an omelet but here is a list of the most popular ones!

VEGGIES Tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, onion, bell peppers, and asparagus are favorites!

MEAT Ham, bacon, breakfast sausage, or even leftover taco meat.

CHEESE Any shredded or crumbled cheese (cheddar is my favorite).

Basic Egg Favorites

Egg Recipes

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Review Recipe

How to Make an Omelette

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 omelette
Author Holly Nilsson
This recipe is quick, easy, & makes the perfect light & fluffy omelette!

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk or water, optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • toppings as desired

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Instructions

  • Beat eggs, milk, and salt & pepper with a fork until the yolks are completely incorporated. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a 6” skillet over medium medium-low and add egg mixture. Allow to cook about 1-2 minutes.
  • Gently run a spatula along the edges moving the cooked egg away from the edges while tilting the pan and letting the raw egg run underneath the cooked egg. Repeat as needed until the eggs are almost set.
  • Once the eggs are almost set, add cheese (and other toppings as desired) and cover.
  • Cook until the top is set and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
  • Fold in half and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 477, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 462mg, Sodium: 599mg, Potassium: 219mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1485IU, Calcium: 485mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Cuisine American
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  1. Thanks for this recipe and tutorial. I am as old as dirt and had been afraid to make an omelet after a few bad tries. It came out almost as good as a restaurant would do. So excited I can now make omelets!5 stars

  2. Wonderful instructions on how to make the base of an omelette. I used 3 yolks and 1 white, cooked over avocado oil rather than butter. Then added cooked onions, mushrooms, garlic and basil for the toppings and tried nutritional yeast towards the end of cooking rather than cheese. It was delicious. :D5 stars

  3. Excellent recipe and directions. I would suggest that sometime you try using olive oil to cook an omelet (or use half olive oil/half butter. It’s amazing how fluffy the omelets turn out. 5 stars

  4. Thank you. I love omelets but never could cook one to come out right. I’ve been doing it wrong the whole time. Your recipe gave me the perfect omelet.5 stars