I love a good egg omelette, but I like to change it up a little bit each time, using different ingredients to make something unique and special. I’m a big fan of the Texas omelette, loaded with green peppers, chili, onions, and ham, but I also like the classic basic omelette with just meat and cheese and maybe a little mushrooms for added texture.
I want to tell you today about a type of omelette you might not have had before- the French omelette. It uses a really, really simple recipe that only has a few ingredients. While making an omelette turn out well if you’re not very experienced at making them can be a little bit of a challenge, I’ll walk you through the whole process step by step. Even if you’re an inexperienced cook, I think you’ll be able to handle this if you take your time with it and follow the directions precisely.
How to Make French Omelette Recipe
- 3 eggs
- A pinch of fresh chives (for garnish)
- Salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Beat the eggs well, adding the salt to them as you mix them. Use a whisk or fork to beat the eggs well until the yolks and whites have combined thoroughly. You shouldn’t see any egg white left over when they are done mixing.
- Heat up a skillet on medium low heat then add the butter. You don’t have to wait until the skillet has heated first. Once the butter melts, you can pour in your beaten eggs. (A nonstick skillet works best.)
- With the rubber spatula, scrape the bottom of the skillet and hold the handle of the skillet with the other hand and shake the pan around with circular motion, making sure that the eggs cook evenly and slowly. Only tiny curds should be formed, and the cooking process should take about one or two minutes.
- If you can see the bottom of the pan for second or two after you’ve scraped the pan, then start forming the eggs into the shape of a circle. Continue cooking the eggs until the edges start to harden and become solid. From there, give the pan a tilt and roll it over onto itself.
- Drop the omelette onto a plate and garnish with chives.
This method for how to cook French omelette may not be one you can pull off immediately and perfectly the first time, but with a little practice, and once you know what to expect as you make it, it should become much easier in time.
Tips on How to Prepare French Omelette
If you never made it an omelette of any kind, particularly a French omelette that requires you to roll it, you want to take your time with the final part of the process. As you roll up the omelette, do it slowly. Don’t rush yourself, or you’re likely to make some simple mistakes. Roll slowly and steady until it is all rolled over on itself to create a spiral shape.
Before you start rolling, ensure that the egg isn’t sticking to the pan any longer. If you try to roll too early, before the egg is started to cook properly, you’ll end up with a mess and an omelette that’s full of holes and ragged areas. Test out how well the egg is sticking to the pan, and if it moves freely when you try to roll it with the spatula, then you’re good to go.
The best thing about making an omelette is that even if you don’t roll it properly or flip it over like it supposed to be and end up with a perfect looking omelette, it still tastes good. Don’t toss out the omelette just because you didn’t roll it properly at the end. If you’re concerned about the way it looks and how unsightly your finished product is, you can pour some salsa or melted cheese over it to cover up a lot of the damage.
Feel free to spice up your omelette in any way you can think it. The recipe I’ve given you above is super simple and just provides you with the basics. Try adding different kinds of grated cheese to it, salsa, or a variety of different meats. Sausage, bacon, ham, and chicken breast all work really well when chopped into small, bite-sized pieces and added to the omelette.
Any fillings you’re going to add to your omelette need to be added before you start rolling the omelette closed. Consider whether your fillings need to be cooked or not. If you’re adding meats to the omelette, you may want to cook them separately ahead of time, as they will probably need to cook longer than the eggs. You don’t want to burn your omelette just to try to cook your fillings.
If you’re making this in a pan that is not non-stick, you definitely want to make sure that your eggs don’t stick to the pan. You can do that by putting a little oil down in the pan or spraying the pan with cooking spray. Make sure there is a thin, even coating along the bottom of the pan. Ensure that the entire pan bottom is covered on the inside with your spray or oil. The eggs can move around in the pan and take up a lot of space there, so you don’t want the eggs to run into any unoiled parts.
Feel free to garnish the omelette in different ways, like sprinkling salt or pepper on the outside. Parsley, chili powder, and chives also make good garnishes. If you’re serving it to kids, you may want to garnish the omelette with some parmesan or other type of cheese.
Have fun making your French omelette. It may not turn out perfectly every time, as it is a little bit of a challenge to make, but you’ll get better at it than more you attempt it.