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How to Make the Perfect Omelette

I used to work in my family's restaurant and helped run it. I love good food, and I've cooked family meals for over 60 years.

Omelette Folded Over

Omelette Folded Over

This Recipe Is Perfect for Every Level of Cook

There is a lot of mystique about how to cook an omelette, but really, making a perfect omelette is easy. If Jamie Oliver and I can make one, so can you.

Learn the secret of omelette making, and you can then make changes and use different fillings to suit your taste and mood. I will tell you how to make several versions, including a fluffy one, a pale one, a dark one, a cheese one, a mushroom one, and one or two that I have devised to suit my own taste, which includes ingredients such as tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs. You might also want to add salt and pepper at an early stage, but I usually leave people to add their own when the perfect omelette is on their plate.

Cooking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

4 min

9 min

Serves 1 person; add 4 minutes per person

Utensils You Will Need for Making an Omelette

  • Small frying pan preferably non-stick
  • Dessert spoon and tablespoon for measuring
  • Egg whisk (or fork)
  • Turner (or fish lift)
  • Grater
  • Mixing bowl
Grated cheese in a cheese grater box

Grated cheese in a cheese grater box

Ingredients for Cheese Omelette

  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 dessert spoon olive oil
  • 1 or 2 dessert spoons cheddar cheese, or other similar cheese

Instructions

  1. Assemble together all the equipment needed for the omelette, including a plate standing by to receive the omelette, as you will need split-second timing to ensure that the omelette is turned out of the pan as soon as it is cooked, to avoid burning.
  2. Grate the cheese.
  3. Heat the oil in the pan, and swirl it around until it just starts to smoke, ensuring that the base is completely covered in oil.
  4. Whilst the oil is heating up, break the eggs into a bowl, add water and whisk the mixture. If you like a slightly heavy omelette, whisk the eggs so that the yolks are only just combined with the egg whites, leaving the mixture still slightly streaky. If you want to make a fluffy omelette, whisk the egg mixture until it is frothy.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the smoking frying pan and tip or stir the pan so that the mixture covers the base completely. Then turn down the heat and keep dragging the partly set eggs into the middle, using the turner and tipping the pan so that the liquid spreads out to the edges and cooks evenly all over.
  6. When the egg mixture starts solidifying but is still slightly runny, sprinkle the cheese evenly over just one-half of the omelette. Scrape the turner around the side of the pan briefly to ensure the omelette doesn't stick, then, whilst it is still slightly loose, fold the half of the omelette that does not have cheese on it over the half that has got cheese, and continue cooking, allowing it to solidify slightly.
  7. If you want a pale creamy-yellow omelette, tip it almost immediately out of the pan onto a plate (you can either slide the omelette out with the turner or flip it over like a pancake). Serve straight away, whilst it is all puffed up and before it has time to sink down. If you want a pale brown omelette, just continue cooking until it browns, and then turn it out onto a plate.
Omelette in the pan with cheese, tomato and onion

Omelette in the pan with cheese, tomato and onion

Small mushrooms

Small mushrooms

So Let's Try a Mushroom Omelette

The quantity is for one person, but if cooking for several people, just increase the number of mushrooms accordingly.

  1. Slice 3 or 4 small mushrooms and fry them in butter or olive oil.
  2. Follow the instructions above for making an omelette, adding the cooked mushrooms instead of cheese.
  3. You might also like to try cooking a sliced tomato in with the mushrooms, for a tomato and mushroom omelette, which I think is very tasty. Or add cheese as well.
  4. Sometimes I add garlic and or herbs to my omelette—you could use basil, mixed herbs, parsley, chives or thyme, for instance. Now is your chance to be creative.
Onions, tomatoes and herbs are sufficient filling for several omelettes, or use the rest in another meal.

Onions, tomatoes and herbs are sufficient filling for several omelettes, or use the rest in another meal.

How to Make Onion, Tomato and Cheese Omelette

Use the same method as you would for making the cheese version, but this time fry the filling before you start cooking the omelette because onion takes a little longer to cook than the other ingredients.

Chop half a small onion into small pieces. Fry it in a saucepan with a little olive oil, add a clove of finely chopped garlic, and a roughly chopped tomato, and add a pinch of any dried or fresh green herbs that you have in your kitchen.

Add a tablespoon of the mixture to your omelette, spreading it over one side, and sprinkle some grated cheese over it. Then fold the empty half over to enclose the mixture. Cook as for the cheese omelette.

Add a little chili, but not too much.

Add a little chili, but not too much.

Go easy on onion and garlic; they are strong.

Go easy on onion and garlic; they are strong.

Now That You've Mastered the Perfect Omelette, Let the Fun Begin

You can start to be bold and creative and make up your own ideas for omelette fillings. You could add one or more of the following:

  • A little chili—but be careful, you don't want the strong flavour to hide the taste of more delicate flavours.
  • Prawns
  • Ham
  • Coriander
  • Smoked salmon
  • Finely chopped cooked bacon
  • Potato
  • Peas
  • Chopped onions, spring onions or chives
  • Garlic
Your Quick and Easy Omelette Recipe

Your Quick and Easy Omelette Recipe

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