Ultimate French omelette
The omelette is one of the most fundamental dishes in any cook's arsenal, and this recipe will teach you how to get it right every time
- Ready in under 5 mins
- Serves 1
Nutrition per serving
- kcal 396
- fat 33g
- saturates 14g
- carbs 0g
- sugars 0g
- fibre 0g
- protein 24g
- salt 0.95g
- 3 eggs, as fresh as possible, preferably organic and free-range, room temperature
- 2 knobs unsalted butter
- 1 tsp finely, freshly grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
- 2-3 chopped tarragon leaves
- 1 tbsp each snipped chives and chopped chervil or parsley
- 3 rounded tbsp finely grated Gruyère
Get everything ready. Warm a 20cm (measured across the top) non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork so they break up and mix, but not as completely as you would for scrambled egg. With the heat on medium-hot, drop one knob of butter into the pan. It should bubble and sizzle, but not brown. Season the eggs with the Parmesan and a little salt and pepper, and pour into the pan.
Let the eggs bubble slightly for a couple of seconds, then take a wooden fork or spatula and gently draw the mixture in from the sides of the pan a few times, so it gathers in folds in the centre. Leave for a few seconds, then stir again to lightly combine uncooked egg with cooked. Leave briefly again, and when partly cooked, stir a bit faster, stopping while there’s some barely cooked egg left. With the pan flat on the heat, shake it back and forth a few times to settle the mixture. It should slide easily in the pan and look soft and moist on top. A quick burst of heat will brown the underside.
Grip the handle underneath. Tilt the pan down away from you and let the omelette fall to the edge. Fold the side nearest to you over by a third with your fork, and keep it rolling over, so the omelette tips onto a plate – or fold it in half, if that’s easier. For a neat finish, cover the omelette with a piece of kitchen paper and plump it up a bit with your fingers. Rub the other knob of butter over to glaze. Serve immediately.