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

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 omelet
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat eggs until just combined; do not over-beat.

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  • Melt butter in a skillet over high heat. Add ham, onion, and bell pepper. Sprinkle in a nice pinch of salt and a touch of pepper. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until onions start to soften and ham begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in the eggs. Mix briefly with a spatula while shaking the pan to ensure ingredients are evenly distributed. Quickly run the spatula along the edges of the omelet.

  • Sprinkle Cheddar cheese and cayenne pepper over the omelet. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the top is still wet but not runny, about 5 minutes. Fold omelet in half with your spatula and transfer to a plate.

Nutrition Facts

491 calories; protein 30.3g 61% DV; carbohydrates 4.6g 2% DV; fat 39.4g 61% DV; cholesterol 631.8mg 211% DV; sodium 750.8mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2019
This is about Chef John, not the omelet. I had to turn off the sound because what started out when he first was on the videos was a sort of lilting and clever way of speaking, that now has become so annoying I have to turn off the sound. I went back to his first video and he did not talk in this silly way as if talking to a 3 year old child.....Chef, I love your recipes and comments, but PLEASE, PLEASE stop with that annoying delivery. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/14/2020
It was alright I'm not a huge omelet person though, this review is more me. Read More
51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2019
This is about Chef John, not the omelet. I had to turn off the sound because what started out when he first was on the videos was a sort of lilting and clever way of speaking, that now has become so annoying I have to turn off the sound. I went back to his first video and he did not talk in this silly way as if talking to a 3 year old child.....Chef, I love your recipes and comments, but PLEASE, PLEASE stop with that annoying delivery. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2018
Super good and easy to make! Watch the video for help! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2019
This is a response to you in regards to Helen Smith. I think she sips a wee bit too much wine while cooking. I am mildly gritting my teeth with your intro but it's not that bad. You should do one monotone just for her. Love the recipes Sir. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2018
Quick, simple, and very good! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2018
Love Denver omelettes. My father was a short order cook as a young man and he always put chopped dill pickles in his Denver omelet which really makes it as far as I’m concerned! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2018
This was so,so, good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2018
Soooooo delicious! I made with bacon bits instead of ham and it was perfect:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2018
So good turned out perfect from following the video directions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2020
Excellent omelet although I did think the cooking times were a little long. Added to my breakfast rotation. I usually add green pepper, onion and mushrooms to the ham. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
05/14/2020
It was alright I'm not a huge omelet person though, this review is more me. Read More
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