Cooking Basics – How to Make the Perfect Omelette

How to Make the Perfect Omelette

Among the first dishes that anyone learns how to make is the omelette. It’s amazingly versatile, and requires minimal washing up. They’ve been developed independently in just about every corner of the world; you can stuff them with cheese, mushrooms, peppers, or just about anything else. You can make them in a range of different frying pans, including the cast-iron skillet, the wok, or the non-stick pan.

But making this dish the right way is something that eludes even vastly experienced home cooks.

Let’s take a look at how we might make an omelette that’s worthy!


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How to Make the Perfect Omelette

The Recipe

To create a great omelette, you’ll need three eggs. For this omelette, we’re also going to throw in some cheddar cheese (a handful, grated) and a knob of butter (1 -2 teaspoons) You can substitute your preferred oil, or go with no oil at all if you’re cooking in a non-stick pan.

  1. Mix the eggs in a bowl, just as you would if you were making scrambled eggs.
  2. Season them with salt and pepper, according to taste.
  3. Next, heat your fat in the pan, until it’s nicely runny, but not smoking.
  4. You can then pour your beaten eggs onto the pan. A French-style omelette might be cooked evenly all the way through, but some other variants call for more heat, which will create more browning.
  5. Next, it’s time to add your grated cheese. Allow it to melt before folding. If you fold too early or late, then the outside of the omelette may split, creating a little bit of a mess. This is part of the learning process; the omelette will still be edible.
  6. Once the middle of the omelette is cooked through, you can serve immediately.

5 Omelettes from Around the World

Looking to spice up your omelette – check out these omelettes from around the world.

  • Spanish Omelettes (Tortilla de patatas) include layers of potato and ingredients such as spring onions and bell peppers.
  • Japanese Omelettes are made by rolling layers of plain omelettes together, and are often enjoyed with soy sauce.
  • Greek Omelettes include mediterranean ingredients such as feta cheese, olives and cherry tomatoes.
  • Mexican Omelettes exclude the yolks but include jalapeno peppers, black beans and avocado.
  • Indian Masala Omelette includes onions, green chili peppers, coriander, chili and turmeric powder.

Cooking Basics - How to Make the Perfect Omelette - Folded Omelette

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How to Make the Perfect Omelette

Tips and Tricks on How to Make the Perfect Omelette

Your eggs should be as fresh as possible, and of the highest possible quality. If you’re unconvinced of the difference, then simply buy six factory farmed eggs and six free-range ones and do a comparison.

If you’re going to be adding lots of fillings, then cook them in a separate pan. Mushrooms and peppers are filled with water: if you add them to the omelette raw, then they will boil rather than frying.


What can you serve it with?

You can serve an omelette with just about anything you’d serve eggs with. Add it to toast, or to a plate of vegetables, or to a chow mein. Garnish it with your choice of herb. Once you’ve experimented with the filling, you can start to look at the influence that your choice of fat has on the overall flavour. Cooking a handful of chopped-up chorizo will result in a wonderful layer of fragrant fat, which reliably works a treat.


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