The French Omelet

The French Omelet

A true French omelette, or omelet as we Americans call it, is just eggs and butter, no filling. The egg is folded for a soft, tender texture. It's 10% ingredients and 90% technique, so it does take a bit of practice to perfect.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Eggs

Materials

  • 2 Large eggs.
  • 2 tbsp Milk.
  • Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • Omelet filling suggestions (below).

Instructions

  • Combine the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl and mix very well with a fork or a whisk.
  • Set a plate by the stove. Heat a small (about 6 inches) seasoned omelet pan or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is warm, add the butter (it should sizzle gently). Swirl the pan to distribute the butter as it melts. When the butter stops sizzling and the foam subsides add the eggs. serve.
  • Pause to let the eggs heat slightly and then stir vigorously, with a heatproof spatula, making sure you include the sides of the egg mixture occasionally so the omelet cooks evenly. Once the eggs are just set, bang the pan gently on the burner to release the omelet from the pan. Check to see that it is not sticking to the sides or bottom of the pan, if so release the omelet with a heatproof spatula. Hold the pan at a 45-degree angle to the stove and carefully fold the omelet like a business letter. Cook just until the desired degree of doneness lifting the pan or reducing the heat to prevent browning. (A classic omelet doesn't have any browning on it.) Transfer to a warm plate and
  • Omelet Filling Suggestions: There are many omelet fillings, both raw and cooked, sweet and savory. Here is a starting point, but feel free to improvise. Once the eggs are set add any of these ingredients before folding. An alternative method, to use with delicate fillings, like creme fraiche and herbs, fresh fruits or caviar; is it to roll the omelet and then slice the top open, as you would a baked potato, and then fill it.

Filling Ideas:

  • 2 tablespoons diced fresh tomato or avocado 
  • 1 tablespoon currant jelly, then dust omelet with confectioner's sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs, like Italian parsley, basil, dill, tarragon, chives, thyme, and chervil. Use the herbs alone or in combination, like the classic combination fine herbs (equal parts parsley, chervil, chives and tarragon.) Brush the finished omelet with butter and sprinkle with additional herbs. Herbs can also be added to the omelet mixture to flavor the eggs more fully. 
  • 2 tablespoons grated cheese, like Gruyere, Goat cheese, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Gouda, Feta 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cooked vegetables like, chopped asparagus, spinach or other greens, zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant or peppers 
  •  1 to 2 tablespoons chopped smoked salmon or trout, with a tablespoon sour cream, cream cheese or creme fraiche 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped prosciutto or other ham, crumbled cooked bacon or other cured meat 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sliced apples, pears or strawberries, alone or with a complimentary cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey with 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese