You want to make a breakfast that will impress out of the half-dozen eggs and random condiments in your refrigerator? Don’t worry—you have all the right ingredients to make an epic omelet at home! From a simple dish with fresh herbs to one that’s bursting with ham and cheese, the sky’s the limit. Here are some of the best omelet recipes to try once you’ve mastered this technique.
How to make a cloud-like omelet
You’ll need a strong whisking arm for sure. This French technique is part omelet, part soufflé, and when done correctly, it makes two or three eggs into a fluffy mass that will fill a whole dinner plate. Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Separate the eggs
You’ll want to crack each egg, and put egg whites in one bowl and the egg yolks in another. Lightly scramble the yolks, season with salt and pepper and set ’em aside.
Step 2: Whisk it good
You’re about to get down to the real work now. Take a whisk to the egg whites and don’t stop beating them until you have stiff peaks. (OK, you can take breaks, but don’t give up!) Then gently fold your light-as-air whites together with the yolks. See our guide on how to fold ingredients for light-as-a-feather texture.
Step 3: Cook to perfection
Next, choose your cooking method. You can cook the fluffy mixture in a nonstick skillet on the stove top (melt butter, cook mixture over medium-low until golden, then fold in half to serve) or in an oven-proof 8-inch skillet under the broiler (grease your skillet, add eggs, broil for 2 to 4 minutes and fold in half to serve). It couldn’t be simpler! By the way, here’s the truth about whether egg whites or whole eggs are healthier.
Add your own flavor
The best thing about this omelet technique is the infinite ways to personalize it. Add fillings like cooked vegetables or cheese before folding the omelet in half, or top with a condiment like hot sauce or salsa.
You can also add flavor to the egg mixture like sour cream, Greek yogurt, or dried herbs. Just beat them into the yolks before adding the whipped egg whites. Don’t add vegetables or meats to the egg mixture before cooking, though, because heavy mix-ins destroy the delicate structure of the egg white. Your over-the-top fluffy omelet will deflate into a plain Jane omelet pretty quickly.
Never fear an empty fridge again—with this sky-high omelet technique, as long as you have eggs, you have a meal! If you love eggs, check out these 55 amazing egg recipes that are each a different take on this cooking staple.