Fiddlehead and Bacon Omelette


When choosing fiddleheads look for bright green, tightly wound fronds. Great for a hearty breakfast or for lunch.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 large omelettes


  • 1 cup fiddleheads

  • 2 slices bacon

  • 6 eggs

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • 2 slices Gruyere cheese (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Carefully wash each fiddlehead, remove all of the brown papery cover, and trim the ends.

  2. Add an inch of water to the bottom of a steamer basket and heat on high until the water is boiling. Place fiddleheads into the top of the steamer basket and cover with a lid. Steam for 10 minutes. Fill a medium bowl with ice chips and water and set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, place bacon bits into a small nonstick skillet and add 2 teaspoons water. Cook on medium heat until crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Plunge the steamed fiddleheads into the icy water to stop the cooking progress. Remove after 5 minutes and pat dry.

  5. Break eggs into a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add milk and 1 tablespoon water; whisk until smooth.

  6. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour in 1/2 the egg mixture let partially set. Lift 1 section of the omelette with a spatula and tilt skillet, allowing liquid egg to run underneath. Add 1/2 the bacon and fiddleheads to the lower section and carefully fold the uncovered section over the bottom. Add 1 slice Gruyere cheese; let melt, about 2 minutes more. Repeat with the other half of the ingredients.

Cook's Notes:

The water is added to the skillet with the bacon to moderate the temperature and ensuring that the fat renders before burning.

You can steam the fiddleheads the day before and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

438 Calories
32g Fat
5g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 438
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 610mg 203%
Sodium 623mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 395mg 30%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 483mg 10%

* 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.