Nothing makes a weekend morning better than a fresh, tasty, omelet. Now, before you race out the door to a restaurant to make your own omelet, why not try making one at home? It’s less expensive, includes fresh ingredients of your choice, and shows off your impressive kitchen skills.
Most people have tried to make omelets in the past, but the results might have been less than appetizing. Maybe you burned the butter or let the eggs sit for too long. No worries here. Follow these steps to make sure your omelets are tender and delicious.
Choose your utensils wisely
Perhaps the most important part of making an omelet are the tools you use. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 non-stick, (heavy bottom pan preferred) saute pan/skillet. Do not use a stainless steel pan. You’ll end up with burnt eggs!
- 1 heat resistant rubber or silicone spatula
- 1 serving plate
- 1 medium sized bowl
- Eggs: Let’s start with 2.
- Splash of whole milk: If you are lactose intolerant try soy, almond, or coconut milk… just depends on your tastes.
- Butter or clarified butter
- Fillings of your choice: Please, go wild here. Customize the omelet and choose vegetables, meats, and cheeses you love. You’ll want to stick to 3-4 fillings so that the omelet is still easy to flip. Be sure to sauté vegetables that need more time to cook – onions, peppers, mushrooms etc. beforehand. Also pre-cook meats because cooking an omelet does not take a lot of time. You’ll want everything pre-prepped and ready to go.
- Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
1. Soak the eggs for five minutes in hot water. This will bring the egg to room temperature and help the eggs to cook faster, allowing your omelet to be fluffy.
2. Combine the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in the medium sized bowl.
3. Use a fork to beat the eggs vigorously and mix until blended. You do not want your eggs to be frothy.
Into the frying pan…
1. First, heat your nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
2. Next, drop your butter into the pan. Let the butter coat the entire surface of the pan. You’ll know your pan is ready when the butter no longer bubbles on the surface.
3. Pour in the egg mixture and stir the mixture a little. Then, let it sit in the pan. The eggs should begin to set in the pan around 30 sec – 1 minute.
4. Grab your handy spatula and lift one edge of the egg off the pan. Tilt the pan and allow any extra liquid to move toward the edge. This will allow you to shape the omelet. Repeat.
5. Holding the handle of the pan, begin to swirl the egg around the nonstick pan. Using your spatula, flip the egg over.
1. Add in your favorite cheese first, being sure to sprinkle it on one side of the omelet. Then, spoon in your other fillings on the same side.
2. With the spatula, flip the unfilled edge over to meet the other side of the omelet. Grab your serving plate and slowly shake the omelet to loosen it from the pan. Tilt the pan towards your serving plate and slide the omelet out of the pan and onto the plate.
Here are some pro tips to keep in mind:
- Use a fork instead of a whisk to eliminate extra air getting into the omelet.
- If you are looking for fancy hand work, sprinkle your toppings throughout the omelet. Then, fold one third of the omelet in on itself. Next, slide the omelet onto a plate and as the last edge is coming off the pan, flip the pan down to close the omelet.
- Skip the milk altogether. Instead, use a splash of water in your egg mixture. This can make your omelet even fluffier.
- Watch the egg mixture to make sure it is not browning or burning. In steps 7-11 the egg is still yellow. If it begins to burn, lower the temperature.
- If your mixture gets stuck while flipping, use a brush to spread melted butter on the bottom of the egg. This will help it slide out of the pan better.
If you are cooking for more than one, repeat the same steps for the next omelet (you can double your egg mixture ingredients from the start). In ten easy steps, you can have your own appetizing omelet. Enjoy!
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