How to make an omelette

Discover the tricks of the trade and whip up an eggcellent omelette

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Learning how to make an omelette is the ultimate cooking hack that just doesn't get enough credit. The most versatile dish, suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the capacity to don cheap and cheerful ingredients or be given a bougie twist, the omelette is truly a wonderful creation. A pinch of salt, a bit of heat, a knob of butter and a few eggs are all you need (well, and a knife and fork) and you can indulge in the lovely simplicity of a good old omelette. 

However, Elizabeth David put it like this: 'As everybody knows, there is only one infallible recipe for the perfect omelette: your own'. So, for that reason we aren't going to hark on about what fillings you should use... (though we can't help but nudge you towards the cheese). We'll leave all that to you This piece is about how to make the best omelette. So let's crack on, shall we?

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How to make an omelette

You will need:

  • 3 free range organic eggs 
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Filling (we love cheese)


1. Chuck a knob of butter into your pan when it's started to heat up (on a medium heat). A non-stick, 7in to 9in pan will do the trick. 

2. While the pan's heating, crack your eggs into a bowl and add a pinch of salt and a crack of black pepper. Whisk.

3. Add your eggs to the pan and for the first 20 seconds, gently drag them into the centre and tilt the pan to get that silky, lovely consistency while forming the shape. 

4. If you're going to add a filling, such as cheese, do it next. The egg in the centre of the pan won't be cooked yet but don't worry, it will continue to cook during the next step.

5. Now, take your pan off the heat; fold the two sides into the middle and shake the pan so they roll together.

Season and serve while it's hot!

Tip: If you're adding mushroom or bacon as your filling, fry it off first. 

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