Omelettes are my favorite breakfast food. Scrambled eggs get cooked into a flat, crepe-like wrapper around some filling like meat, cheese, or veggies.

For the longest time, I didn't even try to make an omelette. "Omelettes are hard", I always hear. But after a few failures that ended up as scrambled eggs, I think I figured out the technique.

Mushroom onion and cheese omelette with hashbrowns





Prepare any additions first: Shred cheese, dice and/or saute veggies, cook meats. Scramble the eggs. In a medium fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the eggs and cook slowly. When the top of the eggs starts to firm up, add the additions in a row in the middle. Flip the two sides over the middle and serve.


Ingredients for a mushroom, onion, and cheese omelette

Like so many good meals, it's not about the ingredients, it's about the preparation. The egg part happens pretty quickly, so make sure you've got everything ready for that.

Sliced mushrooms and diced onions on a cutting board

For this omelette, I bought some mushrooms and onions. So I diced the onions and sliced the mushrooms thin so they'd cook faster.

2 eggs in a bowl

Then I prepped the eggs. I only used 2 eggs, but you can use more. No milk or cream though.

2 eggs scrambled in a bowl

Scramble them well with a fork in a circular, folding motion.

Shredded cheddar cheese on a plate

Finally, I shredded some cheese. Everything goes better with cheese. A nice melty cheese like cheddar.

Fry pan with oil on a stove

For sauteeing the veggies, we need a pan with a bit of oil, nice and hot.

Mushrooms and onions in a fry pan

Saute is high heat and constantly moving, so keep the heat medium-high and keep moving things around. As long as everything's squeaking and steaming, it won't burn.

Mushrooms and onions in a fry pan getting brown

After a few minutes, they'll start looking like this. Keep turning the mushrooms so they brown evenly on both sides.

Mushrooms and onions in a fry pan golden brown and delicious

When they look like this, they're done. Remove them from the pan to a plate, as we need the pan for the eggs.

Butter melting in a medium fry pan

Melt the butter in the pan. After the high heat of the saute, we need our pan to cool down a bit, so melt the butter with the heat off.

Raw egg in buttered fry pan

Turn the heat on to medium, then pour in the egg. Spread the egg around to the sides of the pan.

Eggs cooked through in fry pan

Cook slowly. Because we've only got two eggs, it's thin enough we just need to wait. If we had more eggs, we'd need to peel back one side of the omelette to let the uncooked egg on the top make it to the bottom.

Cheese added in a line in middle of cooked egg

Once the egg is cooked through, we can turn off the heat and add the filling. I added the cheese first, to give it time to melt.

Veggies added on top of cheese in a line on cooked egg

Then the veggies make their encore appearance.

Omelette sides wrapped over filling in fry pan

Finally, wrap the sides around the filling, and serve seam-side down.

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