How to Make the Perfect Omelet

In just a few easy steps, learn how to make the perfect omelet.
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Want to make an omelet like a pro? It's possible if you follow our easy step-by-step how-to.

Prep Your Toppings and Tools

Have all your toppings ready before you start cooking the eggs — it comes together fast! Pre-cook meats and vegetables such as mushrooms, onions and peppers, shred cheese, and slice raw tomatoes, scallions and fresh herbs. Try two to three toppings to avoid overstuffing the omelet. Also, grab a serving plate and heat-proof spatula.

Add Water to Eggs

Crack your eggs into a bowl and add a splash of water. When cooked, the steam from the water makes the omelet light and fluffy.

Whisk the Egg-Water Mixture

Whisk the egg mixture vigorously with a fork until the whites and yolks are completely blended.

Heat Your Skillet

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add enough butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Use unsalted butter; that way you can control the amount of salt in the omelet.

Tip: How to Know When the Pan Is Ready

The pan is ready when the foam from the butter subsides.

Add the Egg Mixture

Pour the egg mixture into the hot pan, then let the eggs set a little along the edges — it will only take a few seconds.

Gently "Scramble" the Egg Mixture

Using a spatula, pull the eggs in from all four sides toward the center, allowing the liquid eggs to flow underneath the set ones.

Add the Toppings

When the eggs are set on the outside but still soft on the inside, it's time to add the toppings. Don't worry if it's a little soft; the eggs will continue cooking once the omelet is rolled.

Fold the Omelet

Fold one side of the omelet in with your spatula. The other side will fold over as you tilt it onto the plate.

Flip the Omelet

Tilt the skillet to fold the final third of the omelet over, then turn the skillet a little more so the omelet falls onto the plate fold-side down. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Congratulations, you've made the perfect omelet!

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