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Perfect French Omelet Recipe

6 mins
Vadim Rachok
01.07.2024
05.07.2024
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Let me tell you how to make the perfect French omelet. You will get a tender omelet with a super creamy consistency. The main secret of the ideal French omelet is the right technique. I will show you how to do it with minimal effort. The instructions with photos are below. The preparation takes only 6 minutes. Let’s make it together. It could become your new favorite breakfast or lunch.

What is a French Omelet?

The French omelet is just eggs and butter, with no filling.  The French omelet is more minimalist than its American counterpart, which is often airy and filled with a variety of ingredients. It’s usually seasoned with only salt and pepper and is sometimes served with a garnish of fresh herbs such as chives, tarragon, or parsley.

The key to making a perfect French omelet is in the way it is prepared. The eggs are beaten until they are completely blended and then cooked over medium-low heat in a skillet that is well-greased with butter. The cook gently agitates the eggs and shakes the skillet, creating small curds that help maintain a creamy consistency. When the eggs are mostly set but still runny in the center, carefully fold the omelet into a cylindrical or oval shape. Serve immediately.

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French Omelet Ingredients 

  • Eggs: The star of French omelets, eggs provide rich, creamy texture and mild flavor. Fresh, high-quality eggs are essential for the best flavor and consistency. Eggs’ proteins coagulate when heated, creating the omelet’s delicate structure. Whisking the eggs well will incorporate air, making the omelet light and fluffy.
  • Butter: In making a French omelet, butter plays two roles. First, it adds a rich, savory flavor that enhances the natural flavor of the eggs. Second, butter ensures that the eggs cook evenly and prevents them from sticking. Melted butter creates a smooth, silky surface that allows the omelet to glide in the pan, which is essential to achieving the classic folded appearance. 
  • Salt: Salt is used to season the eggs to bring out the natural flavor of the eggs and to add a subtle depth of flavor to the omelet. Salt helps balance the richness of the butter and eggs. This ensures that the dish is well-rounded in flavor. Proper seasoning with salt is crucial as it enhances the simplicity of the ingredients and makes the omelet delicious and satisfying.

How to Make French Omelet?

  1. First, break the eggs into a bowl and beat well with a fork.
  2. Heat a frying pan over low heat. 
  3. Then, add butter and spread it over the entire surface.
  4. Salt the egg mixture and pour it into the pan.
  5. Then, using a silicone spatula, quickly stir the omelet to form small lumps.
  6. When half of the omelet is lumpy, stop stirring so that the bottom of the omelet is set but the top is still liquid.
  7. Using a silicone spatula, roll up the omelet into a roll.
  8. Immediately transfer to a plate. Enjoy!

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • Beat with a fork, not a whisk, to avoid foaming.
  • It is very important to control the temperature and cook the omelet at a low heat. 
  • It is advisable to use a Teflon-coated frying pan so that the omelet does not stick. 
  • The perfect omelet is when the center of the roll is a little runny.

The Origin of French Omelet

how to make French omelet

The French omelet has a rich culinary history that can be traced all the way back to France. Its exact origins are a little unclear, but it’s believed to have originated as a simple yet elegant dish that was enjoyed by the common people as well as the aristocracy. The technique of making a French omelet has been refined over the centuries. This was especially true in the kitchens of French chefs who sought to perfect the art of cooking eggs.

Omelets became especially popular in the 19th century, with the rise of French haute cuisine and the establishment of cooking schools and cookbooks emphasizing precise techniques. French chefs such as Auguste Escoffier elevated the omelet’s status by incorporating it into fine dining. They trained generations of cooks in its meticulous preparation.

Today, the French omelet remains a staple of French cuisine. It is admired around the world for its simplicity and elegance. It is an example of the French culinary philosophy: Using basic ingredients and careful technique to create a dish that is greater than the sum of its parts.  

What to Serve with French Omelet?

  • Fresh green salad: A light, crisp green salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing is the perfect accompaniment to this dish. The richness of the omelet is balanced by the acidity and freshness of the salad. Consider adding mixed greens, arugula, or spinach with a vinaigrette of lemon or balsamic vinegar.
  • Herbed potatoes: Add a satisfying, savory component to roasted or sautéed potatoes seasoned with herbs such as rosemary or thyme. The crunch of the potatoes contrasts nicely with the creamy omelet.
  • Sautéed vegetables: Lightly sautéed vegetables, such as asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers, enhance the meal without overpowering the delicate flavor of the omelet.
  • Fresh bread: A crusty French baguette or warm, buttered croissant is ideal to pair with the omelet. The bread can be used to mop up any remaining egg and provides a satisfying textural contrast.
  • Tomato Salad: A simple tomato salad can provide a burst of flavor and freshness with ripe, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt.
  • Cheese and Charcuterie: A small selection of cheeses and charcuterie can transform your French omelet into a more substantial brunch dish. Opt for mild cheeses like brie or camembert and thinly sliced prosciutto or ham.
  • Avocado slices: Creamy slices of avocado or a simple slice of avocado toast can add a delicious, rich texture that pairs well with the smoothness of the omelet.

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Choose Right Tools

When Soltner and his colleagues used the omelet test to screen potential hires, one of the things they wanted to observe was whether the cooks knew how to correctly handle a carbon steel skillet, a common piece of restaurant kitchen equipment (and one of my favorite pans for home use, too). Like cast iron, carbon steel was a great choice for eggs, especially before the advent of nonstick cookware, because it can be seasoned to create a nonstick surface.

The challenge with omelets is that they require a perfect nonstick finish, more so than other delicate proteins such as fried eggs, scrambled eggs, or fish. Even the slightest sticky spot can spell trouble for an omelet. Many restaurants reserve a couple of carbon-steel pans for omelets, just to protect the pristine seasoning from damage. Using one of these pans for anything fish-searing, sautéing vegetables, etc.- was a big mistake.

Perfect French Omelet Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Breakfast
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.
recipe for best French omelet
Prep Time:
1 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
6 mins
Servings:
1
The ingredients you need:
3 pcs eggs
0,7 ounces (20 g) butter
salt
Let’s start !
1

Break the eggs into a bowl and beat well with a fork.

2

Heat a frying pan over low heat.

3

Add butter and spread over the entire surface.

4

Salt the egg mixture and pour it into the pan.

5

Using a silicone spatula, quickly stir the omelet to form small lumps.

6

When half of the omelet is lumpy, stop stirring so that the bottom of the omelet is set but the top is still liquid.

7

Using a silicone spatula, roll up the omelet into a roll.

8

Immediately transfer to a plate.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 1 Calories: 336
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g46%
Saturated Fat 19g94%
Cholesterol 552mg184%
Sodium 668mg29%
Total Carbohydrate 1g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 1g0%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 77mg6%
Iron 2mg13%
Potassium 188mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data. (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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