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How to Make the Perfect Omelette Every Time

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How to Make the Perfect Omelette Every Time

If you’ve ever had a really bad omelette, then you know the value of a perfectly cooked one. While you can order one in every diner from here to Siberia, what arrives at the table is rarely a perfect omelette — glossy like a yellow, lacquered table. Since this is an omelette lesson in the French-style, go ahead and pull out the butter along with the eggs for this cooking lesson. Master this essential technique and impress your brunch guests with your superior omelette-making skills by following the simple steps outlined below that will have you cooking omelettes like a pro. 

What You’ll Need: Tools

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What You’ll Need: Tools

A non-stick pan is an essential piece of the puzzle when making an omelette. Besides the pan, you will need a medium-sized bowl, wooden spoon, fork, and a stove top or hot plate.

When your omelette is finished, be sure to have a plate close by to plate your omelette, so it doesn’t sit in the pan and become overcooked.

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

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What You’ll Need: Ingredients

Since there is little more to an omelette than eggs, using the freshest eggs possible will keep the texture of your omelette at its best. The membrane begins to break down in older eggs making the white more fluid and have less body.

Additionally, you will need plenty of butter — at least three pats per omelette — a splash of water or milk, and your filling. We love a peppery, creamy Boursin cheese, but feel free to add your favorite seasonal vegetables.

Add Water or Milk

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Add Water or Milk

Once you have cracked your eggs into a medium mixing bowl, add a splash of milk or water. The steam released from the water or milk during the cooking process will prevent your eggs from browning or becoming overcooked.

Whisk the Eggs

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Whisk the Eggs

A fork is preferable to a whisk because your goal here is to incorporate the whites with the yolks, not add additional air. You will know your eggs are ready when you pull the fork up and a homogenous stream of egg runs off without any white streaks.

Heat Your Skillet

Heat Your Skillet

Place your skillet on the burner and turn to medium or medium-low. Add a generous pat of butter. You shouldn’t hear a sizzle. Wait for the butter to melt. 

Test for a Hot Skillet

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Test for a Hot Skillet

You will know your skillet is ready when you see the first small bubbles forming in the butter. If your butter is sizzling and browning, you will need to start over, and turn the heat lower.

Add Your Egg Mixture

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Add Your Egg Mixture

Once you see the first small bubbles appear, add your egg mixture. Again, there shouldn’t be a sizzle. If you hear a sizzle, don’t panic, just turn down the heat. 

Season Your Eggs

Season Your Eggs

You can season your eggs in the pan to your liking, with salt and pepper. Be sure to season your eggs well at this point, before you start stirring the eggs for an evenly seasoned omelette. If you don’t want your omelette visibly speckled with pepper you can use white pepper, but remember that white pepper is hotter than black pepper.

Stir the Egg

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Stir the Egg

The next three steps are the most important, and are done simultaneously. Now that you have added your seasoning, begin to gently stir or scramble the omelette with a wooden spoon. This will keep the omelette from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Shake the Pan

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Shake the Pan

While you are stirring the omelette, shake the pan in a circular motion to aid with the stirring. This will also help to keep the omelette moving so it doesn’t stick to the pan and ensure that it cooks evenly.

Scrape Down the Sides

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Scrape Down the Sides

Finally, all of that scrambling and shaking is sure to splash egg mixture up the sides of the pan, so as you notice it, scrape the sides of the pan to keep the edges from overcooking. The key here is an evenly cooked omelette. This whole process also slows the cooking down, so don’t be surprised if your omelette takes longer to cook than you expected.

Rest Your Omelette

Rest Your Omelette

Once you are satisfied with your omelette’s doneness, remove the pan from the heat, and allow the omelette to rest in the pan for about a minute. This will finish cooking the bottom of the omelette.

Add the Filling

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Add the Filling

While your omelette is resting go ahead and add your filling of cheese, bacon, ham, or seasonal vegetables. You don’t want to over fill the omelette or it will be difficult to roll.

Roll Your Omelette

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Roll Your Omelette

Hold the skillet in one hand. Tilt the skillet away from you slightly. Then, using a wooden spoon, gently roll the omelette. You can add a pat of butter as you roll to help loosen the omelette from the pan.

Flip Your Omelette

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Flip Your Omelette

Once the omelette is rolled you will need to transfer it to your serving plate. To do this, simply tip the pan in one fluid motion over the plate. You can adjust the omelette once on the plate so that the seam is on the bottom.

Garnish

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Garnish

To garnish the omelette, rub with the final pat of butter to give it a shiny look. Then, sprinkle with freshly chopped herbs, like chives, parsley, or chervil. Serve!

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