Enjoy eggs for breakfast to start the day off right. Whether scrambled, fried, frittata-ed or mixed into omelets, eggs make a quick, easy, and protein-packed breakfast to keep you full through lunch. We love omelets because they can use up leftovers, give you a chance to play around with different flavor combinations, and turn a few eggs into something that feels like a real meal. Here are a few of our favorites.
If you don't know how to make an omelet follow steps below or just scroll down to recipes.
How to Make an Omelete
Learning How to Make an Omelette is a great basic cooking skill to master for preparing a healthy, filling breakfast in minutes.
There are all sorts of omelet ingredients that you can try, like sausage, bacon, ham, peppers, caramelized onions, tomato, mushrooms, cheeses of many varieties and more.
How to Make an Omelete:
To start the omelet, combine whole eggs, salt, and water in a bowl:
I like my omelets on the thinner side (you could say it’s more of an egg crepe), so I do two eggs for one omelet in a 10″ pan.
However, if you want a thicker omelet, use 3, which is more traditional, or use a smaller skillet.
Also, some people swear by adding milk, and some people even add cream, but I am fully in the water camp for beaten eggs.
I find water to make for the fluffiest eggs, and it also keeps things dairy-free for people who don’t want cheese or other dairy ingredients in the filling.
Whisk the eggs together until well-blended, and you no longer see any egg white streaks.
Also, in my experience, a whisk is much better than a fork here (even though sometimes a fork is easier to grab).
To cook the omelet, preheat a nonstick skillet over medium and add the fat of your choice.
Butter is the best option for spreading evenly around the pan, but you can also use oil (I often use olive oil myself):
Add the egg to the pan, and if the pan is hot enough, some of it should sizzle and set immediately.
Then, I like to lift up the edge with a turner and tilt the pan, to allow the uncooked liquid egg to drip down and underneath the cooked egg:
You can also add a lid during cooking to trap the steam and cook the egg more on top.
Once the egg is nearly set, add the fillings of your choice.
Here I have cooked Italian pork sausage, sauteed baby Bella mushrooms, chopped fresh tomatoes, and shredded cheese:
Let the cheese melt and the ingredients warm through, then fold the omelet over to close:
You can also shape the omelet like this, with the filling ingredients down the middle, and folding into thirds:
Low-Calorie Bacon Omelet
You don't often find the words "low calorie" and "bacon" in the same sentence, but this omelet makes it possible. Swap out fatty pork bacon for the lighter turkey version, and use skim milk instead of full fat. Caramelized onion gives it a nice smoky sweetness and egg whites instead of whole eggs lessen the cholesterol. Don't swap out the one whole egg for whites; you'll need one yolk to hold things together.
Cheesy Pizza Omelet
Enjoy pizza for breakfast with this filling, saucy day-starter. Gooey mozzarella cheese, chopped pepperoni, and tomato sauce give it that signature Italian flavor that works great for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner. Garnish with a little chopped basil or parsley for flare. If you'd like to lighten it up a little, use turkey pepperoni instead of pork.
Asparagus and Gruyere Omelet
Tender asparagus and smoky gruyere make a beautiful match in this simple springtime omelet. Use thin asparagus stalks, which will cook quickly but keep a little bite. Fresh eggs work best, too. Use a nonstick skillet if you have one, for easy flipping. The whole thing comes together in just 20 minutes, so you can be out the door in no time.
Diner-Style Denver Omelet
Many diners feature this meaty omelet that makes enough to serve two. It comes chock full of ham, bell peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese. Use either Canadian bacon or thick, chopped ham in this delicious recipe that goes over just as well for dinner or brunch as for a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast. Serve with hot sauce or salsa for a kick.
Chow down on cheesesteak for breakfast, but without the carb-heavy bun. Philadelphia natives have strong opinions on the right kind of cheese to use, so consider yourself forewarned. Classic American gets nice and melty, but you can use any kind you like best. Shaved flank steak or chunks of leftover steak work great, and sizzling onions round it all out. Drizzle with a little sriracha before serving.
Classic French Omelet
Master this simple French omelet for an easy dish that you can endlessly customize to perfection. We like it with bacon, cheddar, and herbs, but the sky's the limit. Toss the filling in just before it finishes cooking, for best results. A classic French omelet doesn't blend the ingredients into the eggs. The resulting uneven heat can cause them to overcook, so fold them in right at the end.
Country Garden Omelet
No problem. Omelets have plenty of protein to tide you over until lunch, even without adding extra ingredients. Diced tomatoes, shallot, and cheddar cheese give this one lovely garden flavor, but you can add additional vegetables if you have them on hand. Add a dash of Cajun or another seasoning if you like a little spice.
Kosher Mushroom and Onion Omelet
This umami mushroom and onion omelet tastes great for breakfast or brunch, whether you keep kosher or not. Earthy crimini mushrooms work well, but you can use other varieties if you can't find the artisanal variety. Serve it with toast and fresh fruit for breakfast or a green salad and some crisp white wine for dinner.
Hearty Chicken Omelet
Toss shredded leftover chicken into this quick and easy omelet for a hearty flavor that's a little different than your classic diner favorite. Nutty Gruyere cheese gives it a lovely creamy texture and spinach rounds it all out with a hit of nutrition. Serve it for any meal, especially if you're short on time.
Egg White Greek Omelet
Using egg whites lightens up this delicious Greek omelet, but don't think it shortchanges the flavor. Salty feta cheese and kalamata olives, juicy cherry tomatoes, and iron-rich spinach make it taste just like the islands. A grilled pita on the side just completes the picture.
Simple Italian Omelet
Creamy mozzarella cheese and sweet sundried tomatoes give this Italian-style omelet a wonderful contrast to start your day off right. Use fresh shredded basil for the most assertive flavor, and save a little extra to sprinkle on top at the end. This recipe makes enough for four omelets, but you can also scale it down if you only need one or two.
In Spanish, omelets are called "tortilla española" and often come filled with region foods. Some even consider it the national dish of Spain. The presentation looks a little different from what Americans consider an omelet, so try this one for a unique breakfast, dinner, or even a light snack or appetizer.
Korean Rolled Omelet
A Korean rolled omelet, or gaeran mari, makes a tasty and unique breakfast, lunch, or side for a larger meal. While it looks complex, the preparation doesn't take any more work than the American version. If you don't care for seaweed or don't have any on hand, feel free to omit it or substitute additional vegetables or even some diced ham.
Some mornings, even heating up the stove takes too long. For those situations, try this simple omelet that comes together in a microwaved mug. Add in ham, bacon, cheese, sausage, leftover veggies, or any of your favorite omelet toppings. Don't forget to spray the mug with nonstick cooking spray before you start; the eggs will stick like glue otherwise.
A Japanese fried rice omelet, or omurice, makes a filling and unique breakfast or other meal. Most commonly made with fried rice and chicken then topped with ketchup, it demonstrates a lot of Western influence on Japanese culture. Swap out bell pepper for other veggies and chicken for different protein for a change of pace, once you master the recipe.
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