Parmalet (Crisp Parmesan Omelet)


I was attempting to achieve a crispy, inside-out Parmesan omelet — and it worked! The caramelized cheese formed a thin but protective layer and, since the eggs had never directly touched the pan, they were moist and tender. This will also work whether you use one or three eggs, depending on the texture you're going for. Using a single egg is kind of a cool trick, since the cheese layer is almost as thick, and you can really appreciate the crispness even more.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ teaspoon water

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 ounce freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or a little less

  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Crack eggs into a mixing bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon water. Whisk together until just beaten (do not overmix).

  2. Drizzle olive oil into an 8-inch nonstick skillet. Brush evenly over the bottom of the pan. Evenly grate cheese into the skillet approximately 1/2-inch deep (or just shy of 1 ounce).

  3. Place pan over medium-high heat. Cheese will slowly start to melt. When cheese starts to bubble and turn golden brown, about 4 minutes, pour eggs evenly over cheese. Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cover and let eggs cook on low until they are set, checking after the first 30 seconds. For 2 eggs, this should take about 1 minute, total cooking time.

  4. Remove pan from heat. Carefully use a spatula to fold parmalet in half. Transfer to a serving plate.

Chef's Note:

I had the best luck with the cheese crust using 25 grams of finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or just shy of 1 ounce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
22g Fat
2g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 352mg 117%
Sodium 712mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 362mg 28%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 158mg 3%

* 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.

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