The Denver Omelet


The Denver omelet is a change of pace from a French omelet and is known for its firmer texture and caramelized flavor. It's one of the first foods I learned to cook professionally as a line cook in high school. Make it a complete lunch or dinner with arugula salad and toasted bread.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ cup diced smoked ham

  • 2 tablespoons diced onion

  • 2 tablespoons diced green bell pepper

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Beat eggs in a small bowl until just combined; do not overbeat.

  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham, onion, and bell pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until onions soften and ham begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in eggs. Mix briefly with a spatula while shaking the pan to ensure ingredients are evenly distributed. Quickly run the spatula along edges of omelet. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese and cayenne pepper over omelet.

  4. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until top is still wet but not runny, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to fold omelet in half and transfer it to a plate.

    close up view of a Denver omelet with toast and an arugula salad on a plate
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
39g Fat
5g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 51%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 632mg 211%
Sodium 751mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 362mg 28%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 328mg 7%

* 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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