If you're looking for an easy and delicious breakfast idea try this French Omelette recipe. This classic French dish is simple to make and can be customized with your favorite ingredients.
Homemade French Omelette
A French omelette is a type of egg dish that is made by cooking an egg mixture in a pan until it becomes thick and fluffy. The word "omelette" comes from the French word "omelet," which means "small, thin cake." French omelettes are typically cooked in a skillet or frying pan, and they are often filled with ingredients like cheese, ham, or vegetables.
They are a great option for breakfast because they are easy to make and they are a good source of protein. French omelettes can also be served as a main dish or a side dish depending on what you serve them with.
This recipe for French omelette uses simple ingredients like eggs, milk, butter, and chives. Feel free to fill it with your favorite foods to customize to what you enjoy! Serve it with homemade buttermilk biscuits, a Mango Raspberry Smoothie Bowl, Skillet Potatoes, or a Strawberry Banana Smoothie for a full breakfast.
How To Make A French Omelette
- Melt the butter: Add butter to a medium-sized skillet. Add a low medium heat and melt the butter.
- Whisk the omelette ingredients: While the butter is melting, whisk the eggs, half and half, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk until the eggs become a thin mixture that is similar to water. Then, stir in the chives.
- Cook the omelette: Pour the whisked egg mixture into the buttered pan and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Then swirl the pan to make sure the middle touches the heat to get cooked. After 30 seconds, use a rubber spatula to loosen the eggs from the edges to the center.
- Add fillings: Once the egg is not custard-like in the center, you can fold over and serve or add your favorite fillings, then fold one side over and fold again. Garnish and serve while hot.
- If the omelette sticks to the pan, it may be because the butter hasn't melted enough. Make sure to use low heat and add a little more if needed.
- Don't overfill your omelette or it will become difficult to fold without breaking.
- Use a rubber spatula when folding to help prevent the omelette from breaking.
- Use low to medium heat while cooking so that the eggs cook slowly and evenly, preventing them from becoming dry or rubbery.
- When swirling the pan after adding the egg mixture, make sure to get it into all of the corners so that it cooks evenly.
- If you're not serving the omelette right away, keep it in a warm oven until ready to eat.
- Instead of using chives, you can use any other herb like parsley, thyme, or basil.
- Add additional protein to this breakfast by adding cooked bacon, diced ham, or crumbled sausage.
- If you're looking for something a little more savory, try adding some shredded cheese.
- Spice it up by adding a jalapeño pepper to the filling or a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flake to the egg mixture.
- For a sweet version of this recipe, omit the salt and pepper and add in some sugar or honey. Try folding in some diced strawberries, blueberries, or bananas.
- If you have any leftover vegetables from the night before, add them to your omelette for a quick and easy breakfast meal. Try adding roasted bell peppers, spinach, or mushrooms.
Storing: A cooked French omelette is best served immediately. If you have leftovers store them by wrapping them in plastic wrap and placing them in the fridge in an airtight container. They will be good for up to 24 hours. Freezing is not recommended.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoon(s) half and half, or milk
- ⅛ teaspoon(s) kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon(s) chives, chopped
Optional filling ideas:
- Diced ham
- Shredded mozzarella
- Green peppers
- Jalapeño slices
- Cooked shredded hash browns
- Diced onion
- Breakfast sausage
- Melt the butter in a medium size skillet over low medium heat.2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
- In the meantime, whisk the eggs, half and half, salt and pepper in a medium bowl for 1-2 minutes or until the eggs are thin, similar to water.2 eggs2 tablespoon(s) half and half⅛ teaspoon(s) kosher salt⅛ teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
- Whisk in the chives then pour the egg mixture into the pan.1 teaspoon(s) chives
- Let it cook for 1 ½ minute then swirl the pan around to make sure the center gets cooked fully.
- Let it cook for another 30 seconds then use a rubber spatula to loosen the edges all the way around and the center should start to loosen.
- Once the omelette no longer has a custard-like center, add whatever filling you prefer. (I used diced ham and mozzarella cheese.) Then fold one side over the center and fold the other side over the center.
- Serve with freshly chopped chives for garnish and enjoy immediately.