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Chef John's French Omelette

Rated as 4.87 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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10 m servings 393
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 serving)


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  1. Whisk eggs, salt, and water together in a mixing bowl. Whisk until mixture is very liquid and whites are completely blended in, 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a 9- or 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. As soon as butter melts and before it starts to sizzle, pour in the whisked eggs. Stir in a circular pattern with a heat-proof spatula, lifting and "scrambling" eggs, shaking pan to keep leveling out the mixture, and scraping down the sides. Continue stirring until shaking the pan no longer levels the eggs.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Using the spatula, smooth the surface of the eggs to move runny eggs to less runny spots, working toward an even thickness. As soon as surface is wet but not runny, remove from heat.
  4. Starting at the handle side of the pan, use the spatula to begin rolling the omelette into a cylinder shape, about 3 rolls until omelette is about 2 inches from opposite side of pan. Use spatula to fold the last flap of egg over the top of the cylinder leaving the seam side up. Add cubes of the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to pan. Gently push the butter as it melts under the omelette.
  5. Slide omelette to edge of pan. Flip onto a plate with the seam side down. Even out the shape, if necessary. You can tuck in the ends, if you like. Brush surface with a bit more butter. Dust with cayenne pepper.


  • Chef's Note:
  • Feel free to stuff this with your favorite fillings before folding up, but if you've never had an authentic French omelette before, I highly recommend making one without filling first. You'll be amazed at just how delicious these few ingredients can be when elevated using this method.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 393 calories; 36.2 1.1 16.9 552 668 Full nutrition

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Learned new technique, and made as written. Oh yes, will be making this again and again and again...

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Like the recipe but the instructions for medium high heat instantly burned the butter and the eggs. I dialed it down to low (2-3 on a scale of up to 9) and while it took longer got much better r...

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Learned new technique, and made as written. Oh yes, will be making this again and again and again...

I watched the video before making this omelette, which I’d really suggest! It makes everything very clear since this is very much a technique based recipe. My omelette came out really nicely on ...

Did as Chef suggested except on my outdoor stove, first time made plain and came out perfect, and delicious. Chef, your right- it’s all about the

Diet time trying this recipe and it is very tasty. I used garlic salt instead of regular salt and white pepper at the end. I think I stirred, litter and rolled correctly but I did have problems ...

As far as making omelette a go this was pretty simple and easy to manage. One thing I will say is if you don’t have a gas stove top have one burner set to medium high and turn another on low whe...

Excellent!! Made as recipe calls.

This was easy and fun to make; however, my omelette didn't look as pretty as the one shown (not sure if my pan was too large or the eggs too small - used a 9 inch sauce pan and Grade A Eggland's...

Awesome almost got it on my first try will definitely make again

I have to work on technique, to perfect it, need to not "scramble" too much and remember to turn heat down. Butter makes them good, I don't add as much either -just a calorie thing, and I use 1/...