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Classic Omelette

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Here’s how to make an omelette! This French technique makes an omelette recipe just the way Julia Child would…and it cooks up in seconds.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 grinds fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese, ideally 2 tablespoons each shredded cheddar and Parmesan
  • Additional filling ingredients, if desired (see above)


  1. *Read all instructions before you start! Whisk the eggs: In a small bowl, crack the eggs. With a fork, whisk vigorously together with the kosher salt, pepper and water.
  2. Melt the butter: Heat a small 8-inch or 10-inch nonstick skillet over just below high heat, with the pan handle facing towards you. Add the butter and swirl the pan to fully coat. Wait until the butter starts to become foamy with large bubbles but not yet browned, then pour in eggs.
  3. Cook the omelette (0 to 15 seconds): When a skin just starts to form after 10 to 15 seconds, add the cheese (and other filling ingredients) in a line from left to right. Working quickly, run a small spatula under the far edge of the omelette to release it from the pan. Start to pull the eggs up and shake and tilt the pan to spread out any uncooked egg and allow it to cook. Using the spatula, roll the eggs up and over the cheese; this will be intentionally messy!
  4. Cook the omelette (15 to 30 seconds): Cook another 10 to 15 seconds until just barely set; the outside should be a pale golden and the inside soft and creamy. For a harder cooked omelette, cook several seconds longer. Turn off the heat.
  5. Flip the omelette onto a plate: To remove the omelette, hold a plate in one hand. Then pick up the pan with your right hand, thumb up, and quickly turn the pan upside down over the plate so that the omelette rolls off onto the middle of the plate, folding over itself into a rolled shape. Serve immediately.


*The cooking process goes fast, so make sure to read everything before you start. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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