Making an omelette is easy. Even kids can whip up their own version of this egg dish without any fuss. All you need is an understanding of a few simple steps, and a good flip of your wrist and you can already be serving this egg dish at the breakfast table. The best part is that you do not have to fret about the ingredients. You can use any leftover food you have. So, how do you make an omelette in a pan?
Omelette Across the Atlantic
It would be wise to learn more about this egg dish before we start cooking. There are some people who do not know that omelette has many variations. What many do not know is that American omelette is a bit different from European omelettes.
American omelettes are firmer than their European counterparts. Cooks from across the Atlantic prefer to whisk their beaten eggs continuously. At the same time, they shake their pans in order to prevent the egg from sticking to the bottom. This robs the European omelette of the classic browning or golden color we all associate with a perfectly cooked omelette.
European omelettes are also simpler than the American egg dish. We love to stuff our eggs with different ingredients. Those in the Southern states love their omelettes filled with beans, cheese, corn, and spices. Western omelettes have bell peppers and ham. European omelettes only contain herbs and cheese; although Germans love to add sausage slices to their omelettes.
Another difference is the way we form our omelettes. Americans love to fold the omelette in half to create the classic look of a half-moon. Europeans, on the other hand, love rolling their omelettes in such a way that it looks more like a tube. Regardless of what variety of omelette you want to prepare, the star of the dish is still the egg.
How to Make an Omelette in a Pan
The main thing about making omelettes is that you can be as creative as you want. So, let us start making a good American style omelette.
- Prepare the Ingredients
Beat two to three eggs for every omelette that you make. However, you can always use more eggs, depending on how many mouths you intend to feed or how high your craving for an omelette is.
As for the filling, everything depends on what ingredients you have in your refrigerator. Our advice is for you to cook raw meats and poultry first before you put them in your omelette. You can throw vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients straight into the omelette without pre-cooking them.
You can try the following combinations.
- Gruyere and roasted potatoes
- Bacon, potatoes, and chives
- Tomato, spinach, and feta cheese
- Leftover vegetable stew, like ratatouille, with Parmesan
- Avocado and cheddar cheese
- Leftover meat stew and cheese
- Heat the Pan
Always use a nonstick pan when making omelettes. Some chefs may prefer a heavy-bottomed cast iron pan. Unfortunately, we do not recommend this for beginners as you can easily burn your omelette and rob you of the fun and enjoyment of eating this dish.
An 8-inch nonstick pan is enough for an omelette made of 2 eggs. If you are going to use 3 eggs, then you need a 9-inch nonstick skillet.
Heat your skillet on medium-low. Make sure to maintain a low temperature to help prevent burning your omelette.
- Melt the Butter
Add just enough butter to the skillet. Make sure to swirl the butter around the inside surface of the skillet.
While your skillet already has a nonstick surface, the butter here will further improve the slick characteristic of the surface. Adding butter also imparts a unique flavor to your omelette.
- Add the Beaten Eggs
Gently pour the beaten eggs right in the center of the pan. Allow the eggs to spread outwards on their own. Let it sit for about a minute to let it firm up a bit.
Get a silicone spatula. Carefully lift one side of the cooked eggs using the spatula. Slowly tilt the skillet so that the uncooked eggs will flow towards the skillet’s edge. Set the skillet back on the stove.
- Add the Filling
You can start adding the filling as soon as you see the eggs start to set and firm up.
Do not overstuff your omelette. Make sure that the filling is just enough to let you have an enjoyable omelette eating experience. You do not want the filling to burst and spill out of the eggs when you fold your omelette.
Continue cooking for about 20 to 30 seconds more.
- Fold the Omelette and Serve
Carefully lift half of the omelette and fold it over the other half. Slide the omelette onto a serving plate and serve at once. You can also add your favorite garnishing if you like.
Making an omelette is easy. You only need beaten eggs, your choice of filling, and a good pan to surprise your family.