How to Make an Omelette

Updated March 17, 2017
Basic Omelette
We’re breaking down the basics to making an egg-cellent omelette (it’s easier than you think!). MORE+ LESS-


An omelette is the ultimate customizable breakfast. You can pick out your favorite fillings and tuck them into a cozy blanket of eggs for a delicious meal in a matter of minutes. But sometimes that egg blanket just ends up looking like plain old scrambled eggs, right? Well, omelette you in on a little secret: it’s actually really easy to make this classic breakfast dish—once you learn the right technique and a few kitchen tricks.

What is an Omelette?

An omelette is a dish made up of beaten eggs cooked on a frying pan until slightly firm, then filled with your choice of vegetables, cheese, proteins, starches and more—the sky’s the limit!

Omelet or Omelette?

Good question! Omelette is the French spelling, so most places in the United States use omelet instead. Both spellings are technically correct, but doesn’t omelette just look prettier? Ooh, la la!

Omelettes vs. Frittatas

While they’re both generally a dish made from whisked eggs and your choice of fillings, omelettes and frittatas have a couple key differences. Omelettes are made start-to-finish on the stovetop in a simple non-stick pan (no need for one of those fancy omelette pans), while frittatas are usually started on the stove and finished in the oven, typically in a cast-iron skillet. Also, omelette fillings are folded into the almost-finished product, while frittata fillings are more like mix-ins—they’re scattered throughout the dish. So, a frittata is like an egg pie, and an omelette is like an egg taco.

Are Omelettes Good for You?

If you’re looking for healthier meals for you family, omelettes can be a great choice. Eggs are full of protein, and adding tons of veggies boosts the flavor while delivering even more vitamins and minerals. You can also cut down on cholesterol and fat by separating the egg whites to make an egg white omelette.

Different Types of Omelettes

Omelettes are eaten across the globe in one form or another. In Spain, omelettes are called tortillas de patatas and are made with potatoes and onions and served hot or cold. French omelettes are closest to what you see most often—spread thin and delicately rolled with your favorite fillings or served plain. In Japan, omelets, called tamagoyaki, are made by stacking thin layers of cooked eggs on top of each other, rolled up tightly and served slightly sweet by adding sugar to the egg mixture.

What Can I Put in My Omelette?

Anything you want! The best omelette usually includes a mixture of veggies, cheese and protein. Omelettes can be eaten plain with salt and pepper, or Denver-style with ham, bell peppers and onions. You could get fancy and add avocados or get creative and add the toppings from your leftover pizza!

How to Make an Omelette

Grab your eggs and let’s get crackin’. Our basic omelette recipe makes no-fail, delicious omelettes every time.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • Black pepper, for serving


  • Small bowl 
  • Fork or whisk 
  • 8-inch nonstick skillet 
  • Spatula

In a small bowl, combine eggs and salt. Using a fork or whisk, beat until well mixed. This step is important! Show no mercy—the eggs should be a pale yellow color with no dark yellow or white strands.

Whisk eggs in a small bowl

In a small (8-inch) nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat until hot and sizzling; tilt skillet to coat bottom with butter.

Melt butter in a pan on the stove

Add egg mixture to skillet and quickly begin stirring eggs continuously with a heat-resistant spatula. As eggs begin to thicken, stop stirring and cook for an additional 30 to 60 seconds, until eggs are set.

With spatula, lift edge of omelette

With spatula, lift edge of omelette and fold in half; sprinkle with pepper. Serve immediately.

Fold omelette in half

Serve your omelette plain, or top with some freshly sliced avocado and extra black pepper, if you’d like.

How to Store Leftover Omelettes

If you have any leftover omelettes, or you like to prep your meals ahead of time, it is possible to cook omelettes in advance. Simply prepare your omelette using our foolproof method above and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, just pop it in the microwave for one minute prior to eating. You can also store omelettes in the freezer for up to six weeks in a tightly-sealed container. 

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