How to Make an Omelet

How to make and Omelte with recipes

If there is just one food a person should learn to cook, I would recommend learning how to cook anything with eggs. If you can cook an egg, be it fried, scrambled, poached or hard-boiled, you can give yourself endless varieties for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eggs are versatile and inexpensive, and easily provide a satisfying, high protein meal. One of my favorite breakfasts is, scrambled eggs with a side of fresh chopped tomatoes and spinach, drizzled with truffle oil: A bright and  fresh taste combined with the indulgent smell and flavor of truffles. It is a great way to start one’s day. An egg is a perfect food and one that I am pleased is off the Do Not Touch list.

How to Make an Omelet with recipe
Araucana Chicken Eggs from Rochambeau Farm, Bedford NY

Rochambeau Farm, Bedford, NY

It is intriguing to me that this humble food arouses such debate about one’s skill as a chef. Rumor has it that one’s omelet making skill has either squashed or jump started a chef’s career, (Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton). My research shows that there are various omelet cooking techniques. One can add milk, water, heavy cream, cook on low heat, high heat, scramble, pull, tilt, and whack your way to omelet perfection. I believe that something so fundamental should be less complicated and intimidating.

“The egg can be your best friend if you give it the right break.” Julia Child, The French Chef episode, “Elegance with Eggs”.

How to Make an Omelet with 2 recipes
Mise en place for cheese omelet

Fortunately for me, my introduction to making omelets did not involve the intimidating classic French technique, but a more relaxed version of pulling the eggs away from the side of the pan and allowing for the liquid to easily flow into the emptied space. This introduction was generously taught to me when I was around 9 years old.

As I remember it, one morning I walked into the kitchen and saw Aunt Bunty at the stove making herself an omelet. I headed over to her as if being pulled by a magnetic charge. Aunt Bunty welcomed me and began to explain each step while she cooked her omelet. She appeared so confident and relaxed I believed making an omelet would be easy. I was mesmerized from watching her skilled and quick hand gestures as she flipped the omelet over. After she finished, Aunt Bunty surprised me by handing me her fork and said, “Your turn”.

Up until that moment I had very little stove top cooking experience. For the most part any cooking experience I had, was playing with my Easy Bake Oven and recipes from the “back of the box” mixes. This lesson would introduce me to the real, not play, cooking territory.

Cautiously, I began whisking the eggs with the fork she had given me. I felt in control while I poured the eggs in the pan, then pulled the eggs across it, making room for the uncooked liquid to slide into place. As the time to flip the omelet approached, I became terrified that I would spill on the floor. I positioned the spatula, ever so focused to succeed, I repeatedly said a silent prayer, “Do Not Spill the Omelet, Do Not Spill the Omelet…”.

How to Make an Omelet with 2 recipes

It all happened in an instant as I looked and saw a solid egg pancake, positioned mostly in the pan. I remember feeling more relaxed, believing I had completed the hard part and the fun part was beginning. I sprinkled the omelet with cheese and  folded it along with the guiding eyes, hands and instruction from Aunt Bunty.

Do you remember cooking something for the very first time and so full of pride you believe it is the very best thing you EVER ate? This omelet made me dance. I was ecstatic with this new knowledge. To me this was magic; a special trick and adult skill that I just learned. This lesson allowed me into the “grown up” world of cooking. So long Easy Bake Oven, I have graduated.  I forever felt connected to Aunt Bunty in the way that only a spontaneous shared experience can bring.

How to Make an Omelet with two recipes

No matter what age, starting out on your own is daunting. Learning to cook is no different. Having the skill of making a meal, such as an omelet, can help out with any transition be it work, school or learning how to cook.  There will come a time when friends and/or family members will put out a call to action for the in-house “chef” to satisfy a hankering of a home cooked anything. The person, who can satisfy this need, usually reaches celebrity-nobility status for life.

Your friends might not remember your record-breaking accomplishments throughout your tenure in college or successful career, but they will remember your late night comfort food and thank you for it. An omelet is a great place to start. If you can only cook one thing, make it with an egg.

Here are two  omelet recipes: Cheese Omelet, and Fresh Herb Omelet with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper. The cheese omelet is a budget friendly and beginner option. Any good melting cheese, like Monterey Jack, Cheddar or Swiss, will work. I used pepper jack cheese and loved it.

How to Make an Omelet with two recipes

The fresh herb omelet with goat cheese and roasted red pepper is inspired by a Barefoot Contessa episode “Fines Herb Omelet”.   It is a creamy and luxurious omelet. Fines herb is a french term for the fresh herb combination of tarragon, chervil, chives and parsley. Unfortunately, I cannot get chervil at any market around me so I usually use what ever fresh herbs I have at home. Use equal amounts of fresh herbs in any combination of 2 to 4 fresh herbs to your liking. Great combos are: 1)basil and parsley (you could also add mint), 2)chives, tarragon and parsley, 3) Fines Herbs, 4) dill, 5) whatever suits your taste.

Enjoy!

Cheese Omelet

Serves 1
Prep time 3 minutes
Cook time 2 minutes
Total time 5 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
This is an easy cheese omelet recipe to first learn how to make omelets.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1oz grated cheese (Any good melting cheese will do, I used jalapeno pepper jack cheese in the photo, but Swiss, cheddar, monetary jack cheese will work)
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions

Mise en Place
In a small bowl whisk the eggs until they are completely combined. You want to have the egg whites thoroughly mixed in with the egg yolks.
Mise en Place for cheese omelet.
Mise en place: Assemble all the prepared ingredients, cooking pan and utensils that you will need.

The actual time it takes to cook an omelet is very quick, a couple of minutes, so everything needs to be ready and at your side.

I use an 8 inch frying pan when I make a 2 egg omelet. If you use more eggs use a 10 inch frying pan.

Use a fork , wooden spoon or heat proof rubber spatula to cook the omelet.
How to determine size of frying pan.
Cooking the omelet
Heat your frying pan on medium high heat and melt the butter. When the butter is melted swirl it around the pan so it evenly coats the bottom and sides of the pan.
How to make an omelet, melt butter in pan over medium high heat.
Pour the egg mixture into the center of the pan. Let the eggs set up for a few seconds, then using your cooking utensil, (spoon, fork, or spatula), start at the edge of the pan and pull the eggs towards the center. If need , use the handle to slightly tilt the pan to help guide the egg liquid slide into the empty space. Repeat this step 3-4 times, going around the perimeter of the pan and eggs to get the eggs set.
How to make an omelet, pulling the eggs to the center of the pan.
Before the eggs are completely cooked through, run your rubber spatula around the edge of the pan to make sure the eggs are loose and not sticking. Then slide a medium size spatula under the eggs at one side and flip the omelet over like a pancake.
How to make an omelet, loosening eggs from side of pan before flipping then over.
Sprinkle the grated cheese over half of the omelet and turn off the heat.
How to make an omelet, sprinkle cheese over half of the omelet.
Fold the omelet in half, using your spatula lift the side of the eggs without the grated cheese, and fold it over onto the cheese side of the omelet. Let is sit in the pan for a brief moment to melt the cheese. Then using your spatula, slide the omelet onto your serving plate.
How to make an omelet, fold the half of the omelet over the half with the sprinkled cheese.
Sprinkle the omelet with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
How to make an omelet, finished omelet.

Note

I prefer to make an individual omelet with two eggs verses a larger omelet with more eggs and for more portions. The one portion omelet cooks quickly and more thoroughly. If you want to make larger omelet you should use a 10-12 inch skillet, (depending on how many eggs), and possibly not flip the omelet over like a pancake, just fold the omelet in half. A larger sized omelet will be more fragile and it could rip. Once folded in half the eggs will continue to cook while the cheese melts.

Fresh Herb Omelet with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper

Serves 1
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 2 minutes
Total time 12 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Website Food Network -Ina Garten
Recipe and instruction on how to make a goat cheese and fresh herb omelet. This recipe is inspired by Barefoot Contessa, Fines Herb Omelet.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1oz goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 Tbls mixed fresh herbs (any combination of minced herbs, tarragon, chive, parsley, basil, mint, chervil)
  • 1oz chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 Tbls butter

Directions

Mise en Place
Get all of your ingredients prepped and ready for cooking.
Mix the two eggs in a small bowl until they are completely combined.
Chop the herbs and mix half of the herb mixture into the eggs.
Chop the red pepper.
Measure and gently crumble the goat cheese. Set all ingredients to the side of the stove for easy access.

Get all of your cooking utensils and pan ready. I use an 8 inch frying pan, a heat proof rubber spatula and a pancake spatula.
Cooking the omelet
Place an 8 inch frying pan on a burner and turn the heat to medium high. Heat the pan and melt the butter.
When the butter is completely melted, lift the pan and swirl the butter around so that the butter completely covers the bottom of the pan and up the sides.
Pour the mixed eggs into the center of the pan. Let the egg mixture settle for a few seconds. Using your utensil, (fork, wooden spoon, heat proof rubber spatula), gently pull the eggs from the edge of the pan towards the center. If needed, slightly tilt the pan by lifting the handle, to help guide the eggs into the cleared space.
Repeat this step 3-4 times going all the way around the perimeter of the pan.
Before the eggs are cooked all the way through, the eggs will still be a little wet on the top, place the rubber spatula between the edge of the pan and the eggs and slide it all the way around the perimeter to make sure that the eggs are loose and not sticking to the pan.
Slide the spatula under the eggs then flip the omelet over like a pancake. Once flipped, immediately sprinkle the goat cheese, roasted red pepper and half of the remaining herbs down the middle of the omelet.
Turn off the heat.
Tri-fold the omelet: Using your spatula, fold over one side of the omelet over the center of the omelet to cover the cheese and herbs
Continue to gently roll the omelet over, using your spatula to encourage the omelet to roll over onto itself, towards the other side of the omelet.

Place your serving plate at the edge of your pan and slide the omelet onto your plate seam side down.

*A slightly easier way to tri-fold your omelet after you have sprinkled your fillings down the center of the omelet, fold over one side of the omelet to cover the cheese filling in the center, then fold over the opposite side toward the center to cover the filling. Use your spatula to lift the omelet out of the pan and place it seem side down onto your serving plate.
Sprinkle the omelet with salt and pepper and the remaining fresh herbs and serve.

Note

I prefer to make an individual omelet with two eggs verses a larger omelet with more eggs and for more portions. The one portion omelet cooks quickly and more thoroughly. If you want to make larger omelet you should use a 10-12 inch skillet, (depending on how many eggs), and possibly not flip the omelet over like a pancake, just fold the omelet in half. A larger sized omelet will be more fragile and it could rip. Once folded in half the eggs will continue to cook while the cheese melts.

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2 thoughts on “How to Make an Omelet”

  1. Hi Ginger, Thanks for the omelette recipe. Eggs are staple in our home as well. We have access to beautiful local organic eggs just down the street from where we live- which I think makes all the difference in taste and color. Our favorite is creamy scrambled eggs with cheese – whatever cheese we have in the fridge. Scrambled plays well to my Plays set – and by that I mean lack of precision! We eat them for dinner with a salad, for brunch on a piece of toasted bread with some broccoli rabe or other green, etc. etc. Delicious and easy. Photos are beautiful!

    1. Hi Margaret, I have fallen in love with farm fresh eggs and I can taste the difference between fresh eggs from the farm compared to store bought eggs. Luckily if we cannot get to the farm a couple of grocery stores are selling “local” fresh eggs. It is better than nothing. Scrambled eggs or fried eggs are my usual breakfast egg that I eat. One of the goods things about making an omelet is if you mess up, you have scrambled eggs and they will still taste just as good.

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