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Basic Omelet

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 10 min
  • Ingredients 4
  • Servings 1
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What a delicious way to enjoy eggs! Omelets are made from eggs that have been mixed with seasonings and sometimes milk or water and are cooked in butter in a skillet. They may sound fancy, but they only take 10 minutes to make! They can be served flat (sort of like an egg pancake) or folded in half and filled like a tortilla, making them as light or hearty as you like.
So quick and easy to make, omelets are a low-cost, simple recipe to make for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are perfect for those meals when there’s “nothing in the fridge” or you want to have a fun “breakfast for dinner” night, served with Pillsbury™ Cinnamon Rolls and fresh fruit.

With our step-by-step photos, you can learn to make an omelet, even if you’ve never cooked before! Customize them by what you add to the egg mixture or what you use as a filling. Get a jump on breakfast by prepping your filling ingredients the night before. It’s a great way to use up those tidbits that go unloved in the fridge. Chop up some ham or fresh herbs or cook up some veggies as your omelet filling, so in the morning, your hot, hearty omelet is ready in minutes.
Updated Mar 14, 2024
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How to Make the Best Fluffy Omelet

You can learn how to make a fluffy omelet with these simple tips. Follow the recipe for all the directions as well as step-by-step images to help you get a great omelet every time:
Beat the Eggs: It’s important to beat the eggs well, so that you’ll incorporate air into them and mix the whites and yolks together. A whisk makes this job a breeze! It breaks them up quickly. If you’ve left the eggs a few minutes before the next step, give them another quick stir with the whisk to get more air into them that would have released while they sat.

Use the Right-Size Skillet: If you use a skillet larger than an 8-inch, the eggs will be too thin to make a fluffy omelet that holds its shape.

Melt Butter: Be sure it’s sizzling, to help cook the eggs while making them fluffy.

Stir the Eggs: This step goes quickly--but stir the eggs as soon as they hit the hot pan, until they begin to thicken.

When should you flip the omelet? We leave the flipping step out of our best omelet recipe—it is not necessary if the directions are followed in the recipe. The eggs are cooked and stirred briefly when they hit the hot pan and are spread out to cover the bottom of the pan. Once they begin to thicken, they can cook without stirring or flipping. Having the right size pan for the two eggs called for, means they will be the right thickness to cook through without flipping. This makes getting a beautiful omelet super easy!

Simple Omelet Ingredients

Next time you or someone in your house says, “there’s nothing in the house to eat”, omelets are the perfect solution. Just eggs, butter, salt, and pepper are all you need to make the best omelet recipe! Chances are, you have those omelet ingredients already on hand. Our easy omelet recipe is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Keep them simple, and enjoy them plain, or add ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator and turn them into a new dish every time!

You can add ingredients to the eggs while mixing them (if they are finely chopped) or place them on half of the cooked omelet before the other half gets folded over them. Here are some delicious ingredients to try:

Cheese: Any shredded cheese or crumbled cheese (such as blue cheese, feta or cotija) can be added with the eggs. Shredded cheese will melt, while the crumbled cheese holds its shape, but softens when heated.

Herbs: Use any of your favorite fresh herbs (the omelet isn’t cooked long enough to get flavor from dried herbs). A little goes a long way! Just add a small amount to each omelet.

Veggies: Try chopped tomato, zucchini, bell pepper spinach leaves or sliced mushrooms as the filling itself or with any of the other tasty omelet filling ideas.

Flavorful Adds: Try drained chopped green chiles, chopped ripe or green olives; chopped, marinated artichoke hearts or sun-dried tomatoes.

Meat or Poultry: Add leftover chopped cooked chicken or turkey, cooked or smoked ham, prosciutto, or bacon. Crumbled cooked breakfast sausage, Italian sausage or even leftover chopped cooked bratwurst would be delicious!

What to Serve with Omelets

Omelets are delicious served on their own (especially when they are loaded with a bunch of tasty fillings). Or you can serve them with any of these other foods, for a scrumptious, heartier meal:
Breakfast Breads: Pop a batch of Pillsbury™ Cinnamon Rolls in the oven to bake while you make the omelet. So delicious! Pancakes, waffles, banana bread or doughnuts would also be great options with your omelet.

Fruit: Serve up fresh or canned fruit, next to your omelet. From bananas to apple slices, orange juice or canned peach slices, any fruit would be delicious with an easy-to please omelet!

Breakfast Casserole: Try one of these amazing breakfast casseroles with omelets, for a hot and hearty meal.

Lunch or Dinner Options: If you’re making an omelet for lunch or dinner, pair it with your favorite soup or chili and a side of Pillsbury™ biscuits or crescent rolls.

The Best Pan for Omelets

To ensure success, the best pan for omelets is a nonstick skillet, to help the omelet slide out of the pan with ease! The butter will also help with getting the omelet out of the pan, but there’s nothing like the slipperiness of a nonstick coating to do the job! If you don’t have a nonstick skillet, you could spray a stainless skillet with nonstick cooking spray before melting the butter. Also equally important is using the right size skillet. An 8-inch skillet is big enough to get an omelet that is thick enough to fold without breaking. If a larger skillet is used, the egg mixture will be too thin and break when you are trying to fold it over and remove it from the pan.

Can you store & reheat leftover omelets?

Omelets will have the best flavor and texture if they are eaten right after being cooked. And since making an omelet only takes 10 minutes, that makes it easy to do! If you make an omelet with fillings from ingredients that have been stored in your refrigerator for a while, plan to make and eat the omelet after cooking.
We do not recommend storing and reheating omelets for food safety reasons as well as their moistness and texture being compromised during the storing and reheating processes.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Black pepper


  • 1
    In small bowl, beat eggs and salt with fork or whisk until well mixed.
  • 2
    In 8-inch nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat until hot and sizzling; tilt skillet to coat bottom with butter.
  • 3
    Add egg mixture to skillet; quickly begin stirring eggs continuously with heat-resistant spatula. As eggs begin to thicken, stop stirring, and cook additional 30 to 60 seconds or until eggs are set.
  • 4
    With spatula, lift 1 edge of omelet, and fold in half; sprinkle with pepper. Serve immediately.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Remove the egg yolks for an egg white omelet.
  • tip 2
    Serve with a side of fresh fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are variations to this basic omelet recipe?

With our Simple Omelet Ingredients ideas above, you can make omelets just how you like them, or use up ingredients you already have on hand. What do you have lurking in your fridge that isn’t getting used up? Cheese, herbs, veggies, or cooked meats used together or separately can make a different flavor combination each time, making your omelets as light or as hearty as your hunger level desires. If you have picky eaters in the house, this individual omelet recipe can be customized for each person, using only the added ingredients they love!
Or take your omelet to the sweet side, by spreading half with your favorite preserves or jelly or spooning on your bite-size pieces of fruit. After folding over the other half of the omelet, dust the top with powdered sugar.

Or try our recipe for ham and cheddar omelet or any of our other omelet recipes.

Can you make omelets ahead of time?

For the freshest tasting omelet with the best texture, enjoy it immediately after cooking. If you want to make omelets ahead of time, the best way to do it is to prep your filling ingredients. Since making the omelet itself only takes 10 minutes, if your filling ingredients (or those items you will add to the egg mixture) are ready to use, then you can make your omelet fresh, adding the already prepped ingredients, without any extra time.
We do not recommend storing and reheating omelets for food safety reasons as well as their moistness and texture being compromised during the storing and reheating processes.

Do you add milk to an omelet?

In some cases, a tiny amount of milk or water (up to 1 teaspoon per egg) can be added to the eggs when making an omelet for moisture. We prefer not to add any liquid when making these omelets, so that the omelet has enough strength to fold over filling ingredients without breaking. If milk or water is added, it changes the egg structure, making the eggs more delicate and therefore easier to rip or tear when the omelet is folded over.

Why is my omelet not fluffy?

There are a few simple reasons your omelet might not be fluffy:
Underbeaten: Be sure to beat the eggs until the whites and yolks are well mixed. Use a whisk for the quickest and surest way to make sure they are well mixed.

Eggs Sat Before Cooking: If you had to let your eggs sit for more time than it took to melt the butter, air may have escaped from the eggs.

Pan Was Not Hot: Be sure the butter is melted and sizzling when the eggs are added.

Wrong Size Pan: Use an 8-inch pan for a 2-egg omelet, so the egg mixture can cook successfully.

Omelet vs Omelette: What is the difference?

Omelet is the US English way of spelling this easy-to-prepare egg dish done on top of the stove that is most frequently used in the United States and actually dates back to the seventeenth century. Omelette is the British English spelling (and the modern French spelling) of the exact same dish! Neither one is wrong, but regardless of how you spell it, this savory dish is very quick to prepare and so delicious, any time of the day.

Nutrition Information

250 Calories, 22g Total Fat, 12g Protein, 1g Total Carbohydrate, 1g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
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% Daily Value*:
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0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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