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Omelette Recipes and Fillings - Ingredient ideas from fresh veggies to last night’s dinner

Updated on February 25, 2013
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Omelettes Are Great!

Omelettes are easy to make, once you get the hang of it. They are quick. They are inexpensive. They can be very healthy. And they are fun!

Most people restrict omelettes to breakfast or brunch. Why? What about brinner? What is brinner? Why it is breakfast for dinner, of course! I have to thank my good friend Sarah for introducing me to that great word.

I also have made a push to eat more fresh foods, lean protein, and veggies. Omelettes are great for healthy eating. I love omelettes for the variety they give me and for all the healthy things I can sneak into my breakfast, brunch, or brinner.

Omelettes are perfect if you are on a budget. Eggs are relatively affordable and leftovers make great omelette fillings.

I love to experiment in the kitchen. I always have. I will combine just about anything. The only rule in my kitchen is to follow your taste buds! Omelettes are great for experimenting.

I love to watch cooking shows and check out menus when I am out to eat. I have seen some combinations of omelette fillings that left me shaking my head. A buffalo chicken omelette? Absurd! Or is it brilliant? I was too chicken to try it!

For those of you that need a little encouragement and inspiration to create an absurd omelette of your own, I will share a few of my favorite combinations and a lot of great ingredient ideas.


It all starts with eggs... I like to scramble one whole egg, a few whites, and a dash of milk. Other yummy things can be added now too.
It all starts with eggs... I like to scramble one whole egg, a few whites, and a dash of milk. Other yummy things can be added now too. | Source
When eggs are almost set add the cheese
When eggs are almost set add the cheese | Source

Omelette Recipes

Fish if You Wish

Haddock or another white flaky fish, Onion, Spinach, Sharp Cheddar (optional), Sour Cream (add at the very end or it will liquify)
Serve with a side of potatoes or rice.

Perfect for leftover fish. I prefer this with egg whites only.


It’s all Greek to me!

Spinach, Feta, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Red Onion
Serve with toasted flat bread.

I prefer this one with whites only and I add the veggies near the end so they are just warmed through


Cheese Omelette with a side of fresh berries
Cheese Omelette with a side of fresh berries | Source


Italian Sausage and Peppers

Green Peppers, Onions, Garlic Powder, Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella

Serve with crusty Italian Bread.

This is great when I have leftovers from dinner!


Pizza Pizza!

Tomatoes, Sausage, Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Oregano, Grated Parmesan or Romano (topping)

Serve with toasted Italian bread or serve open faced on top of toasted Italian Bread.


Insalata Caprese

Sliced Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Garlic (optional)

Best with egg whites only and very fresh Ingredients. Add the ingredients just before folding the omelette. You do not want to cook them through.
Serve with toasted Italian Bread


A Hearty Omelette for Two
A Hearty Omelette for Two | Source

Loaded Baked Potato

Potatoes (chopped and cooked), Bacon, Green Onion, Cheddar, Sour Cream


TexMex

Corn, Diced Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Green Peppers, Pinto or Black Beans, Cheddar, Salsa (add to the top), Sour Cream (add to top), chopped Green Onions (garnish)

You can also add beef or chicken. Serve with corn bread or rice.


EGGS

No kidding! It all starts with eggs...

The amount of eggs (and pan) will dictate the size and thickness of the omelette. A lot of eggs and/or a small pan will give you a thick and hearty omelette. Fewer eggs and/or a large pan will give a lighter thinner omelette.
If you are making a think omelette I find it best to add the eggs to the pan and let them set a bit. Then lift the edge of the omelette and let the uncooked egg go underneath. I do that in a few spots. It speeds up the cooking and keeps the omelette from browning too much.

WHITES vs YOLKS – Using whites only will give a lighter flavor and cuts back on fat and calories. Including the yolks give a heavier flavor.
Yolks have gotten a bad rap over the years. I
t is perfectly fine to eat a few egg yolks now and then. It is actually good for you! I generally make my omelette with one whole egg and two whites.


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Some see leftovers. I see tomorrow's breakfast.
Some see leftovers. I see tomorrow's breakfast. | Source

Omelette Fillings

Just some ideas to get you started. The sky is the limit!

VEGGIES

Tomatoes, Spinach, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Onions, Frozen Peas, Zucchini, Peppers, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Artichoke, Eggplant, Squashes, Avocado, Peas, Green Beans, Carrots…just about anything!

Vegetables can be precooked or not. I like them both ways. If I want crunchy veggies I add them shortly after the eggs. If I want cooked veggies I will cook them in the pan and add the eggs to them.
Leftover Veggies are perfect for omelettes!

I have yet to try cucumbers or lettuce. Hmmm.


MEATS

Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Fish, Lox, Shrimp, Crab, Beef, Chicken

Unless you are using precooked meats like ham, be sure meat is thoroughly cooked before adding it to the eggs. Eggs will cook far quicker than raw meat.


STARCHES AND LEGUMES

Potatoes, Corn, Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Refried Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Rice, Pasta

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CHEESE

Just about any cheese works. Even soft cheeses, cream cheese, and ricotta. It is all about what you like.
Don’t be afraid to combine cheeses. Soft creamy cheeses liquefy when they get hot, so be sure to add them towards the end


TOPPINGS
Salsa, Sour Cream, Hot Sauce, Grated Cheese, Green Onions, etc.

HERBS and SPICES
Oregano, Basil, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Chives, etc.

REMEMBER MY NUMBER ONE RULE:
Follow Your Taste Buds!


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    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Very well presented, Dana. I love omelettes and will certainly try these recipies and suggestion.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Omelets are great! I love them at any time of the day too. What a great hub here and now I am so very hungry. Those are my favorite toppings too. Excellent variety here.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Thanks, Faith Reaper

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You have presented a lot of good ideas for making omelettes. Great article.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dana-great hub, I love omelets and do add whatever I can find in the refrigerator. Yum, your photos look inviting. UP/U & I

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Wow, great ideas. I haven't made omlets for ages but you have inspired me! Thanks Dana.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for going through the effort to bring me these fresh ideas.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      MMmmmmm...i adore 'brinner'! And..i adore omelets anytime - anywhere..lol..

      REAL women eat omelets! And clearly - you're all woman...lol..

      my tummy is talking as i am writing this..

      gotta eat..

      up and sharing, Dana..

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      Justin Muir 4 years ago from New York

      Dana you clearly read my my mind. I think I'll have a buffalo chicken omlette for breakfast. Excellent hub. Voted Up.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Believe it or not I've done most of these. Once or twice a month we have "eggs for supper" and its always omelets. This was a great hub and I know the egg appreciates it ;)

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      MartieCoetser - Thank you Martie. I am slowly getting better at this sort of hub. They are tricky for me!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Faith Reaper - Thank you so much for the vote up and share!! I tried to include as many different sort of recipes that I have tried. Hwy share the same old thing, right? :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Angelo52 - That's the idea - to get your creativity going with a few oddball examples. I hope I have inspired you.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Denise - thanks a bunch! I am glad you like the photos. Taking or finding pictures used to be somthing I dreaded and really was not very good at. I have been working on it becuase I have noticed that pictures can really make or break a hub..... see you around!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Sheri Faye - Happy to inspire you. I really do hope you whip up a few omelettes. A great filling idea can hinestly take me from dreading breakfast to being excited about it.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Mhatter99 - My pleasure. This is ot my usual sort of hub, but I am determined to do more of them. My primary rule is that I must be presenting something out of the ordinary. Not the same old recipes, you know? So if you see a food hub from me you can bet it will have something unique!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Justin Muir - oooh. the buffalo chicken omelette! i have yet to try that. i think next time i have leftover chicken i will give it a go. hope you enjoyed your breakfast! thanks for the vote too! :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      tillsontitan - ah a fellow EGGsperimenter! :) thank you so much for the compliment and the votes. it is always a pleasure to hear from you and a thrill. i really do appreciate you stopping by.

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      I almost never read recipe Hubs... but this one was different for 3 reasons... 1) I love breakfast for dinner (brinner/love it)

      2) you wrote it so I thought I'd give it a try and...

      3) Leslie recommended it. :)

      It is a great Hub with omlette ideas I haven't tried... Here is one of mine I had last night... I made Taco's for dinner the night before and last night I sauted some mushrooms added the eggs and spicy Taco meat, melted sharp cheddar over it and then topped with cold black olives, lettuce and tomato, guacamole and salsa... ummmm.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      HLPhoenix - I love your reasoning! Thanks for reading.... and i LOVE your taco omelette idea. My boyfriend has shredded cheese with taco seasoning in it. I have been debating using ot for an omelette. You have just convinced me to. :)

      THANK YOU TO LESLIE FOR SHARING (i forgot to say that earlier. shame on me for being a bad girl)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ah, nothing like a good omelette and it actually takes a lot of skill to fry one perfectly! Here, our favorite is with oysters. They call it Hao Jian (Oysters fried, with egg, of course). Thanks for the share, Dana, passing on these egg-sellent recipes!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I love omelettes for a quick, nutritious dinner when I don't feel like cooking. I love some of your ideas like adding cream cheese or fish to omelettes. Great way to use up leftovers, too!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      midget38 - Ooooh! I love oysters! That is something I never would have thought of. Yum! Thanks for another tastey idea, Michelle! :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Stephanie Henkel - glad to find another lover of the egg/leftover combo! I like to experiment with sides too, everything from fruit to mashed potatoes to rice. Hmmmm. Do I fel another hub coming???

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I think we will be having omelettes for dinner tonight because of this hub! One of my favorite fillers is Thanksgiving leftovers. Stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey make an awesome omelette!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Glimmer Twin Fan - OOOH! A Thanksgiving Omelette! What a great idea! Never in a million years woulda thought of that one. You know I will have to try it.... This hub has turned out to be so much fun with all of these great comments. Thanks for adding to the fun! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love omelettes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I vote for the sausage variety, but will have to try your fish suggestion as well. Great tips and suggestions. Yum!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      teaches12345 - thanks! i really do hope you try the fish and maybe a few more new things. enjoy!!

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