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How to Make a French-Style Omelet

Updated on August 2, 2012
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On special occasions like Mother's Day and Easter, my family will go to brunch. We usually splurge a little by choosing an upscale restaurant. Tables are loaded with colorful fruit arrangements, sparkling ice sculptures and an astounding selection of meats, salads and desserts. Families dressed in their "Sunday best" line up to help themselves to the feast. The lines move smoothly until you get to the most popular place in the restaurant: the omelet station. Stomachs grumbling, patrons wait impatiently as chefs dressed in crisp, white uniforms expertly create delectable egg creations. Brunch at a fine-dining establishment is a wonderful treat most families can only afford a few times a year.


Make omelets at home

Over the years, I have tried many ways to make an omelet. Mostly, my concoctions would end up sticking to the pan. I would then declare that I had made scrambled eggs. I just couldn't get it right. I soon gave up on making omelets entirely as I was convinced that restaurant chefs had specialized equipment for preparing their omelets. Recently, after hearing about the many health benefits of eggs, I stepped up my efforts to learn how to make an omelet and found my favorite method at last. This method is so easy, even my 16 year-old son can do it successfully and there is no fancy restaurant equipment required. A good, non-stick pan is essential, though. I found a set of three at Costco for $19.99.

For me, a perfect omelet (or omelette if you are European) is golden and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You may enjoy them plain or with cheese. If you would like to add vegetables to your omelet, I suggest cooking them in advance. The water that cooks out of most vegetables will cause your omelet to be watery and rubbery rather than crisp and golden. The omelet in this recipe is similar to the french-style but I've substituted canola or vegetable oil for butter. Here is how I make a perfect french-style omelet in my home kitchen.

How to make a three-egg French-style omelet

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • vegetable or canola oil, to lightly coat pan
  • shredded cheese, 2 tablespoons
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French or American Style?

  • A French omelette is smooth and delicate. It is cooked quickly over relatively high heat. They are usually rolled in a tri-fold design and are lighter in color than their American counterpart.
  • An American omelet is fluffier than the French omelette. American omelets are often stuffed with various ingredients and cheeses. Milk or cream is added to the eggs and beaten until bubbly in order to produce a fluffier omelet. American omelets are typically folded into a half-moon shape.

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Instructions

  1. Lightly oil a non-stick pan that has a low, curved edge. Warm pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Gently beat eggs in a bowl using a fork just enough to blend the yolks with the whites. Add salt and pepper to eggs and stir to blend.
  3. Pour egg mixture into heated pan. Using a spatula, gently stir eggs in until you see that they are starting to cook. As the eggs are beginning to cook they become firm. Lift the pan off of the stove and swirl around to spread the eggs evenly over the surface.
  4. Place back onto stove. Using your spatula, shape the omelet into the desired round shape by lightly pushing on the edges. Next, leave the omelet alone on the stove for about 10 to 15 seconds until it is set on top. You will no longer see any liquid running when you pick up the pan and tilt it.
  5. Sprinkle Cheese into center of omelet.
  6. Shape omelet into a tri-fold: over a plate, lift pan and tilt toward plate. Using spatula, gently lift edge and fold toward middle to cover the cheese. Next, shake the pan to release omelet onto plate. Use edge of pan to fold remaining side over the first fold to create a beautiful, tri-folded omelet.

Health benefits of eggs

You can receive a lot of health benefits from eating eggs. According to an article, The Health Benefits of Eggs Revealed in Women's Health Magazine, eggs may reduce your risk of cancer, help you to fight macular degeneration in your eyes, and aid your battle against bulge. Much maligned in the past the humble egg has been redeemed. Studies have concluded that there is no linking healthy people who eat eggs to either a heart attack or stroke. On the food pyramid, eggs are an important member of the protein group. The USDA website, choosemyplate.gov, touts many nutritional benefits of proteins, like eggs, because they are an important source of protein, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, and B6), vitamin E, iron, zinc, and magnesium. For more information, visit the USDA website and the Women's Health Magazine website.

In our household we all eat eggs for different reasons. I make them for my son in order to help him in school and to help him build muscle mass. At incredibleegg.org, they say egg consumption can help cognitive abilities. Eggs improve memory and can help improve grades and test scores. I eat eggs because I'm trying to lose weight. It's important to eat a lean, protein rich breakfast to get your day started. This helps to keep my glucose levels even so that I no longer crave junk between meals. So enjoy your omelet. It is, after all, delicious and nutritious.

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Bmcoll3278: sounds delish!

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      I will try this on Friday. My day off I always cook breakfast. I learned a secret ingredient from my son. I make scrambled eggs with cheese and he showed me the idea of adding 1\2 teaspoon of chili powder. It really makes eggs good .

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just recently bought a new non stick pan and have been wanting to try it out with omelets. Tomorrow morning it will be French Omelets on the menu.

      Great hub with very easy to follow instructions and great pictures.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      An French style omelete on a white plate...what could be more appetizing. It is beautiful. We grew up on eggs and could never understand the who-ha about not eating them at night, or, they are heavy, di da..they're just great and inexpensive and versatile and delicious.

      Wonderful Hub.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      The biggest secret to making an omelet is a very nice pan! Thanks for the great advice. I'll have to try a french-style omelet.

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks for reading Nell. That's a good tip regarding the grill. That's what I love most about the French style omelets. They are much thinner and don't require flipping at all. They cook all the way through in not time.

      Uninvited Writer, have I ever told you how much I envy you pen name? So clever. I'm happy to see you working eggs back into your diet. They are packed with nutrients and really got a bad rap in the past. A shame because eggs are a healthy food and they cost very little.

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I have recently rediscovered omelets after avoiding eggs due to cholesterol problems. I am working them back into my diet.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi denise, I love Omelets, I make them all the time. The one trick I found that was so useful is instead of turning it over to cook the other side as some people do, just heat the grill and once the bottom of the omelet is cooked, put it under the grill to cook the top. This looks delicious, rated up! cheers nell

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Oh, wonderful, Pamela! Thank you for the kind words. :-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I love omelets and this looks easy plus delicious. Thanks for the directions.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Beautiful and simple in lay out, writing and topic. I remember learning basic cooking like this was so important for me and I am sure it will do well out there in Googleland :)

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you for stopping by, taw2012 and AliciaC!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the hints for making a good omelet. I love omelets, but my recipes don't always turn out very well! Thanks for describing the health benefits of eggs, too.

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      taw2012 5 years ago from India

      woww omlet !!!! its my favorite and.... lol....its the only think i can prepare in my kitchen. Love the hub as i love the recipe.

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