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Best Ingredient Ideas for Making Omelets

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My breakfast this morning!

My breakfast this morning!

Omelets Can Be Created With So Many Fillings!

I love omelets! My favorite ingredients are mushrooms and cheese. I also like chopped onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, ham, sausage, bacon—the list goes on. Really, you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever you're in the mood for. I often put sour cream and salsa on top. This article will give you lots of ideas for meat, cheese, and vegetable fillings, as well as yummy toppings to round out your healthy breakfast.

Omelet or Omelette?

How is the word spelled? It appears that only American English prefers "omelet" rather than "omelette," which is of French origin.

How to Make an Omelet

First, before you start filling your omelet, let's make sure you know how to make one. I make mine with three eggs mixed with a little milk (maybe 1/4th cup), salt, and pepper. Pour into a small non-stick pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook a few minutes until most of the runny mixture is cooked.

At this point, put all the ingredients you've decided on one side of the omelet. Fold over the other side and let cook until egg is done and fillings are tender. When I use onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms, I put those in pretty early to make sure they get cooked enough.

Okay, let's move on to the good part—what fillings and toppings to use.

Meat Options for Omelets

Here are some meat options to put on your omelet:

  • bacon
  • ham
  • sausage
  • lunchmeat (bologna, salami)
  • hot dogs? (Be creative!)

Veggie Omelet: Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Scallions, and Cheese

I put the heavier ingredients on one side and a few lighter ones on the other. The lighter side cooks faster and is easier to get the spatula under to fold over the other side.

I put the heavier ingredients on one side and a few lighter ones on the other. The lighter side cooks faster and is easier to get the spatula under to fold over the other side.

Vegetable Options for Omelets

Vegetables taste great in omelets. Here are some possibilities:

  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers: green, red, orange, and yellow
  • onions: white, yellow, red, or green (scallions)
  • spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • avocado

Cheese and other fillings

Cheese, to me, is a must-have in any omelet. Any kind will do—cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, or Velveeta or other processed cheese. Listed below are some other additions, too.

  • cheese
  • black olives
  • jalapeños
  • pepperoncinis or banana peppers
  • garlic

Toppings for Omelets

Once you've decided on what goes in your omelet, you can decide what to plop on top. Here are some options:

  • salsa
  • green salsa
  • sour cream
  • Ranch dressing

Putting It All Together in an Omelet

Now, let's put together some of these combinations.

  • Mushroom Omelet: This omelet, while simple, would have to be about my favorite. I love cooked mushrooms. Use fresh, not canned, and add cheese. I like onions with this one, too, and fresh garlic or garlic salt is another option. I like to top this one with sour cream. I have also made Hollandaise sauce for this omelet, an idea I got from a restaurant. Green salsa is also yummy on this omelet.
  • Bacon and Tomato Omelet: Crumble cooked bacon, chopped tomatoes, and choice of cheese. Top with sour cream or Ranch dressing.
  • Veggie Omelet: Load up your omelet with chopped veggies. The best choices are bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and, of course, cheese! Adding black olives and jalapeños are also a tasty addition. This omelet is good with red or green salsa, along with sour cream. Use some or all of these choices.
  • Spinach Omelet: I love these! Add spinach, along with items such as onions, mushrooms, and garlic. And cheese, of course!
  • Avocado Omelet: This is a unique omelet that I recently created. Slice an avocado to fill omelet. Add cheese and alfalfa sprouts. Top with choice of toppings. Experiment with this one!
  • Meat Lovers' Omelet: Fill omelet with choice or a mixture of bacon, sausage, and ham. Add cheese. This is a good simple omelet like this. Loving veggies, though, I would add onions and bell peppers to this mixture, possibly mushrooms, too. Consider jalapeños for spice. Top this hearty omelet with sour cream and salsa for a great meal!

Try these omelet combinations or create your own. And keep in mind that omelets are not only a breakfast option; you can try them for lunch or dinner, too!

Folding Omelet Pan

© 2012 Victoria Lynn

Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 13, 2019:

Patricia--yes, veggie omelets are awesome! And thanks for the angels. I haven't heard that in a long time! :-) I like Curtis Copin's idea of leftover pizza toppings, too. Yummy!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 11, 2019:

Yes, please. These have become one of my favorite breakfast foods. There are two places that I dine that make them so they are cooked to perfection---not overdone or underdone. And the yummy fillings especially the veggies make me very happy. thanks for sharing. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

Curtis Copin on October 12, 2019:

If you have left over pizza in the fridge pull the toppings off a piece & use them in your omelette. Eggs, cheese & leftover pizza toppings

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 30, 2018:

Yes, Leland, the toppings are great! Ranch, sour cream, hot sauce, and salsa! I haven't sauteed the other ingredients before, but I think you have a great idea there. I'll have to try that! Thanks for the great comment!

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 13, 2018:

Victoria Lyn- loved your article! I never thought of adding ranch or sour cream as toppings, isn't that funny? They're two of my favorites as well. Question- do you ever cook (pan fry) your ingredients prior to putting them in the omelette? I always sauté' my onions, mushrooms, and meats before adding them to the omelette. Doing this dries the ingredients out and keeps the cheese from being diluted with veggie juice. I've found that the cheese stays creamier. Again, great hub, love your ideas and content!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 28, 2017:

Brunchmaster Flex--I love salmon and cream cheese, and I love omelettes, so I need to try this combination. Thanks!

Cooper Harrison from San Francisco, CA on April 18, 2017:

I love omelettes with salmon and cream cheese - I know it sounds weird, but try it!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 22, 2016:

Kristen, I love things hot enough to be spicy, but not so hot that it burns my mouth. Then I feel that I'm not really tasting the food. :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 13, 2016:

Effer! Great to see you! Yum--just the mention of bacon makes me hungry! Hope you have a wonderful 2016, girl!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 03, 2016:

Thanks Vicki. I don't like things spicy hot per sae. Wow! That's right up my brother's alley on hot stuff. lol

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 03, 2016:

Kristen, I don't like things too hot, but I do like spicy! My favorite hot sauce is Louisiana hot sauce since it's tasty, spicy, and not too hot. (Is that the kind of tip you wanted?) Oh, and I have fallen in love with cooked jalapenos. I've always liked sliced jalapenos in chili and on Mexican food and various things, but I've discovered that cooking them, like with a burger, crisping them up a bit, is to die for! Okay, those are all my tips for the day. :-)

Suzie from Carson City on January 03, 2016:

Hey Vee..."Happy New Year GF! I wish you all wonderful things in 2016. I love eggs, especially omelets. I order them out and also make them at home often. I pretty much stick to the same ingredients: cheese, bacon or ham or sausage and onions, LOTS of cheese.

Now of course I am HUNGRY! LOL........Peace Cutey, Paula/Effer

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 03, 2016:

You like things hot, lol. Thanks. Any tips?

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 02, 2016:

Kristen, I love omelets! I've had two in the past few weeks. I just throw in whatever I have. I did have almost a western one recently--ham, cheese, and green onions! I usually put some hot sauce or salsa, plus sour cream or homemade ranch dressing on top! Yums! You've made a great goal!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 27, 2015:

Great recipes, Vicki. I love Western omelettes with a bit of ham inside with green peppers and cheese. I haven't conquered making omelettes yet--my goal for 2016 is to learn how to make them and scrambled eggs too. I'll try your recipes real soon.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 07, 2015:

vickiholder (Vicki is my name also!)--did you go make an omelet? Gosh, I love them. Besides these recipes, a person can just be creative and put all kinds of things in them and on them! Thanks for commenting!

Vicki Holder from The beautiful Ouachita Mtns. in Arkansas on May 26, 2015:

I agree that omelets make the perfect meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You have an endless variety to choose from, they are a great use-up for things you already have on hand, they are inexpensive, and quick to make. What more could you want! Sorry---gotta go--suddenly hungry.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 01, 2013:

trusouldj--Just your mentioning the tomato and bacon makes me want one. I could always have an omelet. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on May 01, 2013:

They all sound great, but especially the tomato and bacon.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 19, 2012:

ElleBee--Omelets are about my favorite! Hope you find time to have one!

ElleBee on September 18, 2012:

Now I really want an omelet! Don't have time today, gues it will have to wait til weekend :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 17, 2012:

TycoonSam--I'm sure yours is great with just egg whites. Spinach and onion--yummy! Thanks for reading!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on September 17, 2012:

Great Hub! I'm craving an Omelet now. My favorite are the 3 egg spinach and onion. I make an egg white omelet though to help keep the cholesterol down.

Voted up and useful

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 15, 2012:

Thanks, Milli. I appreciate your reading and your thoughtful comments!

Milli Thornton on July 13, 2012:

We love breakfast (and brunch) and omelettes are a favorite. I'm with you on adding sour cream and salsa on top. Salsa verde is my preference.

Your finished omelette photo is beautiful! Wish I was having that tomorrow morning for breakfast. Great tip, too, about putting the lighter ingredients on one side to make it easier to fold. Beautiful Hub.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 17, 2012:

Thanks, lovedoctor! Go make yourself an omelet!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 17, 2012:

Angela, thanks. Better go feed that tummy!

lovedoctor926 on June 17, 2012:

This is simply delicious~! It's making me hungry just looking at it. vote up awesome!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 17, 2012:

This is great thank you! I will share while my tummy growls!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 12, 2012:

Yum, ElleBee. Feta in an omelet sounds great!!!

ElleBee on June 12, 2012:

I've never had an avocado omelet! That sounds delicious. My personal favorite is a greek omelete, with feta cheese, spinach, black olives and mushrooms. I make mine with egg whites :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 15, 2012:

KD--I adore spinach omelets. Haven't had one in a while. May have to soon. Thanks for the comments!

KDuBarry03 on May 15, 2012:

The spinach omelet sounds great! THank you for sharing :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 10, 2012:

dinkan--I like your omelet suggestion, too. Simple yet very tasty! Thanks!

dinkan53 from India on April 10, 2012:

Your filling suggestions are great. Me for example like simple omelet, that is with chopped onions, garlic, some chillies and curry leaves. I will try someday to make omelet as per your list. Thanks.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 09, 2012:

greatstuff--Bananas and cinnamon in an omelet! Wow--that's different. I will have to try that. Very cool! Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Mazlan from Malaysia on April 09, 2012:

Just came across this hub and I too loved omelet. Sometime for breakfast, I will use bananas and cinnamon in my omelet. Voted up and SHARING.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

SilentReed--You are so poetic in your comments. An artist creating a masterpiece... so true of an omelet! I did get a comment about using shrimp. I hadn't thought about using seafood, but I bet it's good!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

Ghaelach--Morning! You can still go to your account and pull up your bookmarks and save them elsewhere. Someone from HubPages is supposed to let us know how we can do that so that we don't lose them all. I have a lot saved, too! :-)

SilentReed from Philippines on March 27, 2012:

The lowly omelet, with so many ingredients the possibilities are endless. Upon it's yellow canvas one has the opportunity to be an artist creating a masterpiece:) Thank you for an interesting hub...how about using seafood?

Ghaelach on March 27, 2012:

Morning Victoria.

Thanks for letting me know about the Bookmark Bummer.

So now I have lost all my bookmarks of my favourite recipes and the other special hubs I saved or have HQ stuffed them somewhere else??

LOL Ghaelach

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

I agree, random! I've never met an omelet I didn't like!! :-)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 26, 2012:

My husband and I love omelets. I usually include onions and peppers with a little garlic, salt, and pepper, but there are so many great options. I haven't had an omelet yet that I didn't like. Thanks for the great tips and suggestions!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Exactly, Riverfish! Just differences in location....:-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Yes, alocsin, onion and garlic are awesome! Thanks for the votes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

cookies--I LOVE green salsa! It IS great on eggs!

Riverfish24 from United States on March 26, 2012:

That's right- it is simply British vs American English...just like favour vs favor or labour vs labor and programme vs program. :) Both are correct.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 26, 2012:

I would need to include onion and garlic as necessities for my best omelet. Voting this Up and Useful.

cookies4breakfast from coastal North Carolina on March 26, 2012:

This is a delicious hub! Thank you for sharing your unique combinations. Now, I just want to run to the store and get all of those things for an omelette dinner. They all sounded fabulous, but I'm really crazing the tomato and bacon omelette. The green salsa sounds good, too. Next time I have a ham, cheese, and jalapeno omelette, it's going to be smothered in green salsa!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Cardisa--I've never had chicken or pulled pork in an omelet. Perhaps I'll branch out some more! Any combination would probably be great!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Keep trying, Eddy! Omelets are so worth it!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Yes, teaches, it IS a meal!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Hi, Ghaelach! Yes, mushrooms and cheese! And the bookmark is gone. You're not blind. HubPages took off that feature. Bummer!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

You're welcome, Rosemay! I loved the hollandaise sauce. I just made it from a packet. Shrimp and salmon--that sounds good, too! I love omelets!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Thanks, vellur! Good to see you again.

GoodLady is correct. The US uses omelet, although I've seen it spelled the other way, too. That's why it's confusing. I think sometimes the spellings are intermixed.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Goodlady--Your fave omelet sounds wonderful! Thanks for the idea!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on March 26, 2012:

I love omelette, even the egg white omelettes can be spruced up to be a little more interesting. I must say chicken, ham or pulled pork might be my favorites. I also like vages like callaloo (vege similar to spinach). Heck, I love all omelettes.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 26, 2012:

Thank you so much for this one;I do a lot of cooking and on the whole maybe not a bad cook;but for the life of me I cannot make a really good omelette;in fact they are worse than; they are 'BAD'.Anyway you never know my next one may be reasonable after reading this gem.

Take care,

Eddy.

Dianna Mendez on March 26, 2012:

My husband and I enjoy omelettes on occasion with the veggies you have listed. They are so filling and a complete meal in itself. It is also a good dish to serve to guests in the morning. Wonderful hub and so yummy! Voted up.

Ghaelach on March 26, 2012:

Hi Victoria.

You're quite right omelette's are so versatile and I can say are tastes are the same when it comes to an Omelette with muchrooms and cheese.

Q. where has the bookmark gone to??? or am I just blind

Take care.

LOL Ghaelach

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on March 26, 2012:

Voting this up, I love omeletes, especially with mushroom, I had never thought of using Hollandaise sauce so I will definitely try this next time, maybe even tomorrow :)

I have never used avocado in them either, so I must try that, maybe even add a few shrimps or some smoked salmon. definitely omelete to morrow, the question now is with which filling. Lol

Thank you for the tips.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on March 26, 2012:

Vellur...I checked the spelling too. It's omelet in USA and omelette in Europe!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 26, 2012:

Great hub. Tasteful delicious recipes. Voted up as always.The spelling of omelette always confuses me. This is a case of a simple dish with a difficult spelling.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on March 25, 2012:

My favorite omelet has finely sliced mozzarella cheese and a few leaves of finely chopped basil!

Your Hub is infectious and full of great recipes. Thanks. I bet the avocado omelet is wonderful. What an exotic idea!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

Yes, Deb, that's a perfect combination! I love omelets! Had one this morning! Thanks for the read and the vote!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on March 25, 2012:

My favorite omelet is spinach and lots of cheese.. oh yes mushrooms.. MMMMMM

Great hub.. I love recipes and I am bookmarking this.

voted up

Debbie

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

I agree, Angela! Cheese is a must with omelets!

Angela Kane from Las Vegas, Nevada on March 25, 2012:

I try to put a little of everything in my omelet from vegetables, meats to sauces. The one thing I must always have is cheese.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

Weestro--Feta sounds heavenly! Great idea! I may steal that one. Thanks for the vote up!

Pete Fanning from Virginia on March 25, 2012:

Great hub on one of my favorites! I think we'll try some of the toppings listed...We do feta cheese, spinach and tomato. Voted up!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

Barbara--Oh, real butter is the best! I'm sure you burn it off as you go about your day. Thanks for commenting!

Barbara Vell from Florida on March 25, 2012:

Victoria, ah delicious! A favorite of mine is Onion Omelette. I cook the onions lightly first then join them with the cooking eggs. Beside the calories, the butter I use is well worth it at breakfast. Always a good start to my day.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

Good idea, Susan! Make one and share! I actually shared with my brother the one I made for this hub this morning! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

I love 'em too, Sally's Trove. I think whatever you put in them will be great! They are fun to get creative with!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 25, 2012:

Omelets are delicious and a great way to fill up. Sometimes I'll make a huge one in my electric frying pan and we'll have it for dinner.

Now you have me craving one :)

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 25, 2012:

Delicious! I adore omelets, no matter how they are spelled. :) But lately, I've been gravitating away from the traditional filled version toward just lightly scrambling eggs into whatever meat and veggies I've cooked, so you get more of a creamy scramble than an egg "package". Love the avocado version. Definitely will do that one. Up, useful!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

I agree, Riverfish. Omelets are healthy and filling--a great way to start the day!

Riverfish24 from United States on March 25, 2012:

Couldn't agree more! I love omelette's and am always imaginative about the fillings. I even add chopped Avocado to the omelette once it is full cooked. It tastes heavenly. Not forgetting the nutrition value is so high, fantastic way to start the day!