How to Make the Perfect Omelet

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One of my goals for this next year is making and eating a healthy breakfast every morning. I can be very guilty of just pouring a few cups of coffee for myself until lunch time…

I made it my mission to take our love of scrambled eggs one step further and make the perfect omelet.

How to Make the Perfect Omelet - fluffy, gorgeous eggs with a perfectly cooked filling and just a hint of cheese, and no oily layer or taste. This is the ultimate healthy breakfast recipe to learn how to cook to make over your mornings

There are some simple tips to make the perfect omelet. While I sometimes enjoy a good “scrambled” omelet, with all of the vegetables mixed right into the eggs, a proper omelet is almost like an egg quesadilla! It should have perfect fluffy egg and  then a perfectly cooked “filling,” typically vegetables or breakfasts meats.

I’m going to take you step-by-step through how I’ve perfected the breakfast omelet, with little tips throughout that will change what you thought you knew about cooking eggs!

(And I’d love to hear from you! What are your best breakfast tips?)

How to make the perfect omelet - a step by step tutorial

First, clean off your work space and assemble all of your ingredients. A cluttered work space can lead to frustration and accidents, and there is nothing worse than getting halfway through a recipe and finding out you’re missing an ingredient.

Omelets are an easy healthy breakfast the whole family can agree on!

Add your chosen fat (butter, oil, or cooking spray) to your cold frying pan.

Place your pan over medium heat and heat until the chosen fat becomes translucent and starts to bead apart. You don’t want it to be so hot that your fat is smoking, but you want the pan to be hot so that the food you add next cooks immediately rather than sitting and soaking up the fat.

Omelets are an easy healthy breakfast the whole family can agree on!

Sautee your vegetables and filling ingredients (except for cheese) first if you like cooked vegetables/meat in your omelet. Cook for about 2-5 minutes, until vegetables are wilted and any meat is fully cooked.

Remove the filling ingredients from the pan to a small dish and set aside.

Give the frying pan a quick wipe with a paper towel and add another light coating of cooking spray or small amount of fat.

Omelets are an easy healthy breakfast the whole family can agree on!

While the new coating of fat warms up, crack your eggs into a small container and give it a good whisk – slant the bowl slightly to incorporate lots of air into the eggs for a fluffier omelet.

Add your desired amount of cheese and just a splash of cream, and give a good incorporating stir.

How to make the perfect omelet - a step by step tutorial

Pour the eggs into the hot frying pan and avoid the urge to stir them around.

Allow the eggs to form a slight crust along the edges and bottom of the pan – you should be able to go around the edge of the eggs with a heat-proof silicone spatula without the crust breaking or the eggs flowing past the crust.

Perfectly cooked omelet - check out this step-by-step tutorial to make over your mornings with this easy healthy breakfast recipe

Add the omelet filling ingredients to the center of the omelet, avoiding the edge by about one inch. You want to avoid having the ingredients spill out of the sides.

Cook through until there is no appearance of uncooked eggs on the top of the omelet.

Perfectly cooked omelet - check out this step-by-step tutorial to make over your mornings with this easy healthy breakfast recipe

Carefully but confidently, take your silicone spatula, wedge it underneath half of the omelet and flip that side over top of the second half of the omelet, making a “pocket” with all of the ingredients.

Cook for another minute to “seal” the omelet and then serve.

How to Make the Perfect Omelet - fluffy, gorgeous eggs with a perfectly cooked filling and just a hint of cheese, and no oily layer or taste. This is the ultimate healthy breakfast recipe to learn how to cook to make over your mornings

How to Make the Perfect Omelet

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons cream
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • PAM Cooking Spray

Instructions

  1. Spray cold pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place your pan over medium heat and heat until the chosen fat becomes translucent and starts to bead apart. You don't want it to be so hot that your fat is smoking, but you want the pan to be hot so that the food you add next cooks immediately rather than sitting and soaking up the fat.
  3. Sautee your vegetables and filling ingredients (except for cheese) first if you like cooked vegetables/meat in your omelet. Cook for about 2-5 minutes, until vegetables are wilted and any meat is fully cooked.
  4. Remove the filling ingredients from the pan to a small dish and set aside.
  5. Give the frying pan a quick wipe with a paper towel and add another light coating of cooking spray or small amount of fat.
  6. While the new coating of fat warms up, crack your eggs into a small container and give it a good whisk - slant the bowl slightly to incorporate lots of air into the eggs for a fluffier omelet.
  7. Add your desired amount of cheese and just a splash of cream, and give a good incorporating stir.
  8. Pour the eggs into the hot frying pan and avoid the urge to stir them around.
  9. Allow the eggs to form a slight crust along the edges and bottom of the pan - you should be able to go around the edge of the eggs with a heat-proof silicone spatula without the crust breaking or the eggs flowing past the crust.
  10. Add the omelet filling ingredients to the center of the omelet, avoiding the edge by about one inch. You want to avoid having the ingredients spill out of the sides.
  11. Cook through until there is no appearance of uncooked eggs on the top of the omelet.
  12. Carefully but confidently, take your silicone spatula, wedge it underneath half of the omelet and flip that side over top of the second half of the omelet, making a "pocket" with all of the ingredients.

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To perfect my omelet recipe, I decided to opt for a cooking spray for ease and control of the cooking process. While I love cooking with butter and bacon grease, it can be hard to control their smoke point (the point at which they burn during cooking) so I wanted to take that out of the equation for now.

I compared PAM to a bargain brand cooking spray and there were a few difference:

  • taste: the original PAM left no taste on the eggs, while the other cooking spray did
  • residue: the PAM was easy to both wipe away after the veggie saute, and also clean from my nonstick pans after cooking our omelets
  • spray control: the PAM spray was easy to control and I was able to just lightly and evenly coat the pans, and the button was easy enough to push that I didn’t miss the pan!
  • smoke point: the PAM didn’t burn or smoke at any point in cooking the eggs, which is something to pay attention to when cooking with any fat/oil

The biggest impact for me was the lack of residue – it’s a residon’t in my books! Especially with a recipe like omelets where I want to use a pan twice, or potentially use two pans, I don’t want to have a lot of sticky clean up.

How to Make the Perfect Omelet - fluffy, gorgeous eggs with a perfectly cooked filling and just a hint of cheese, and no oily layer or taste. This is the ultimate healthy breakfast recipe to learn how to cook to make over your mornings

I am participating in the PAM No Residue blog comparison program with enCompass Media. I’ve received payment as a thank you for participating and sharing my honest opinion.

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10 Comments

  1. I use Pam all the time and have been for years. I love that it allows me to sauté my veggies so wonderfully. I haven’t tried it on an omelet so I will have to try that. Not to mention that omelet is making me hungry!

  2. We love omelets for breakfast on the weekends!! There are days that we completely mess up the omelet. Pam is great for helping omelets not stick to the pan and flip easier for cooking correctly.

  3. This is a very thorough tutorial. I really enjoyed reading your post! While I am not an omelet person, it is nice to learn a trick or two on how to make the perfect omelet. I tried to make an omelet with some fillings before, but instead of cooking the fillings first, I just dumped everything together at once. That was a big mistake. I will try making omelet again, and try your tips.

  4. Oh my this omelet looks so good, mine never ever turn out that nice and perfect! I think I need that PAM oil, I used to have it all the time on hand, but somehow I forgot about it. This is a nice reminder that I need to get some more and try this deliciousness for breakfast.

  5. I’m never too good at making an omelet! Next time I’m following your directions because that looks delicious. I’ll probably make some this weekend!

  6. Hubby likes to make an omelet every Saturday morning for breakfast. He doesn’t add the extras you have in yours. I would like it your way much better, so I’m adding spinach and tomatoes to mine.

  7. I never thought of it that way, but yes, a good omelet is like an egg quesadilla. I enjoy a loaded one with onions, tomatoes, pico de gallo, and cheese. Oh, and spinach, I like to add that too.

  8. Making an omelet has been something I just can’t seem to master. Every time we want them my hubby has to take the spatula. Maybe with these easy to follow directions and a bit of PAM I can finally get it all right and make the perfect omelet.

  9. I’ve been working in getting better about fixing a healthy breakfast each morning but I’m not very good at it! However, I’m always looking for new recipes and Ideas to help me get back into the swing of it. I’m half way ok with making omelets and I love the step by step photos for making one! This will totally help me get over the omelet fear that I have every weekend when I’m working on making our breakfasts!

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