Everyone loves a good omelet, but they aren’t always easy to make. You get unevenly cooked eggs, a scrambled mess instead of the perfect fold, or uncooked filling. We’ve found a foolproof way to make perfect omelets in just five minutes, and we’d like to share it with you.

How to Make a Five-Minute Omelet

  1. Choose the right size of pan.  A three-egg omelet requires an eight-inch pan.  The pan should be nonstick.
  2. Whisk the eggs together in a bowl.
  3. Put a pat of butter in your nonstick pan.  Place it on medium-high heat.  On our stovetop, a high BTU gas burner, that’s 6 out of ten.  Heat the butter to just short of brown and swirl it around the pan.
  4. Pour the eggs into the hot pan.  Salt and pepper the eggs.
  5. Scramble the eggs with a soft silicone spatula scraping the bottom and sides of the pan.  The eggs will cook quickly and curds will form.
  6. When the eggs approach the consistency of cottage cheese with mostly solids but some liquid eggs, stop stirring.  Use the spatula as a paddle to pat the eggs down into an even layer.  Place a plate on the pan, right side up, to capture the heat and cook the top of the eggs more quickly.  Let the eggs continue cooking until the liquids are set and the top of the omelet is cooked.  Remove the plate.
  7. Place the fillings across half of the omelet.  If you are right-handed, put them on the left side of the omelet.  For most fillings, you will want them pre-cooked.  Let the heat from the pan heat the fillings for a minute.
  8. The omelet should slip around in the pan without a hint of sticking.  Move the pan to a plate, tip the pan on an angle over the plate, and gently shake the omelet onto the plate filling side first.
  9. When the omelet is about half onto the plate, twist the pan with your wrist folding the remaining omelet over that on the plate.  The omelet should be folded over with the bottom edge protruding about one-half inch.

Your omelet should be golden brown and puffy with the interior set and any cheese melted. For larger omelets, use larger pans.

There you go. With just a little practice, you’ll be an omelet pro.

What You’ll Need

Unless you’re going to make larger omelets, you’ll need a medium frying pan which is the perfect size for a three-egg omelet.  It needs to have a good nonstick surface so that it will slide out of the pan easily.

You’ll also need a good silicone spatula to stir the eggs as they begin to cook and to slide under the omelet and loosen it if it starts to stick.

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