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How to Make an Omelet

Created January 10, 2017
A simple yet elegant omelet transforms a bland breakfast into something spectacular. Make your own with our easier-than-ever guide.
how to make an omelet

Build a better breakfast by learning how to make restaurant-quality omelets at home. This simple yet nuanced task is easier than ever when you have the right tools and tricks at your disposal—follow along to make your best omelet yet.

What you’ll need:

  • 8 eggs
  • 8 teaspoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, if desired
  • Spatula
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • 8-inch nonstick skillet
How to:

1. For each omelet, in a small to medium-sized bowl, beat 2 of the eggs until fluffy. Add salt and pepper to taste. In skillet, heat 2 teaspoons butter over medium-high heat until hot and sizzling. As butter melts, tilt pan to coat bottom.

beating eggs with whisk

2. Pour eggs into pan. While sliding pan back and forth, continuously stir with spatula to spread eggs as they thicken. Let stand over heat a few seconds to lightly brown bottom of omelet. Do not overcook; omelet will continue to cook after folding.

moving eggs in pan with spatula

3. To remove from pan, first run spatula under one edge of omelet, folding about one-third of it to the center.

folding omelet in pan

4. Transfer to plate by tilting pan, letting flat, unfolded edge of omelet slide out onto plate. Using edge of pan as a guide, flip folded edge of omelet over flat portion on plate. Repeat with remaining butter and eggs.

how to make an omelet

Expert tips:

  • Beat eggs before adding butter to pan. The butter melts quickly so having the eggs already beaten will prevent the butter from burning.
  • Beat eggs well. Air beaten into the eggs will result in fluffy omelets.
  • If desired, omelets can be kept warm on platter in 200°F oven while preparing remaining omelets.
To try our other takes on the classic omelet, make one of these recipes complete with fun add-ins and fillings: