Chef John's French Omelette


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.

Prep Time:
2 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 3 large fresh eggs

  • ½ teaspoon cold water

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 pinch cayenne or white pepper to taste (Optional)


  1. Whisk eggs, water, and salt 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 nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. As soon as butter melts and before it starts to sizzle, pour in whisked eggs. Stir in a circular pattern with a heat-proof spatula, lifting and scrambling eggs, shaking the 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 to move runny eggs to less runny spots, working toward an even thickness. As soon as the surface is wet but not runny, remove from heat.

  4. Starting at the handle side of the pan, use the spatula to begin rolling omelette into a cylinder shape, about 3 rolls until omelette is about 2 inches from opposite side of the pan. Use the spatula to fold the last flap of egg over the top of the cylinder leaving the seam-side up. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to the pan. Gently push the butter as it melts under the omelette.

  5. Slide omelette to edge of the 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.

    close up view of Chef John's French Omelette on a plate with toast and spinach
    Chef John

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
36g Fat
1g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 393
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 552mg 184%
Sodium 668mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 188mg 4%

* 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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