How to Make The Perfect 5-Minute Omelet

Perfect quick omelet

The Spruce

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
383 Calories
35g Fat
2g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 383
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 481mg 160%
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 15g
Calcium 104mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Some people are intimidated by omelets, but trust us: if you can make scrambled eggs, you can make an omelet.

You should always make an omelet in a nonstick pan. The best choice for a 2-egg omelet is an 8-inch omelet pan, especially when you're first learning. But any nonstick sauté pan will do as long as it's round with sloped sides and between 6 inches and 10 inches in diameter.

But don't try to make a 3-egg omelet in a smaller pan. Once you've mastered the technique, you can move up to a 3-egg omelet, but you'll want to use a 10-inch omelet pan for that. (Here's a set that includes an 8-inch and a 10-inch pan.) Also, you should always use a heat-resistant silicone spatula, so that it doesn't melt and so that you don't scratch your nonstick pan.


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  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter (or whole butter)
  • Salt and ground black or white pepper (to taste)
  • Filling of your choice (options are below)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Crack the eggs into a glass mixing bowl and beat them until they turn a pale yellow color.

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  3. Heat a heavy-bottomed 6- to 10-inch nonstick sauté pan over medium-low heat (see note below on pan sizes). Add the butter and let it melt.

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  4. Add the milk to the eggs and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Then, grab your whisk and whisk like crazy. You're going to want to work up a sweat here. If you're not up for that, you can use an electric beater or stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whatever device you use, you're trying to beat as much air as possible into the eggs.

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  5. When the butter in the pan is hot enough to make a drop of water hiss, pour in the eggs. Don't stir! Let the eggs cook for up to a minute or until the bottom starts to set.

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  6. With a heat-resistant rubber spatula, gently push one edge of the egg into the center of the pan, while tilting the pan to allow the still liquid egg to flow in underneath. Repeat with the other edges, until there's no liquid left.

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  7. Your eggs should now resemble a bright yellow pancake, which should easily slide around on the nonstick surface. If it sticks at all, loosen it with your spatula.

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  8. Now gently flip the egg pancake over, using your spatula to ease it over if necessary. Cook for another few seconds, or until there is no uncooked egg left.

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  9. If you're adding any other ingredients, now's the time to do it (see below.) Spoon your filling across the center of the egg in straight line.

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  10. With your spatula, lift one edge of the egg and fold it across and over, so that the edges line up. Cook for another minute or so, but don't overcook or allow the egg to turn brown. If necessary, you can flip the entire omelet over to cook the top for 30 seconds or so. Just don't let it get brown.

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  11. Gently transfer the finished omelet to a plate. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs if desired.

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  12. Serve and enjoy!


  • When making omelets, make sure to use a round nonstick sauté pan with sloped sides. It should be between 6 inches and 10 inches in diameter.
  • You'll want to use an 8-inch omelet pan for a 2-egg omelet and a 10-inch omelet pan for a 3-egg omelet.

Recipe Variations

There's no limit to the number of fillings you can use with this basic omelet recipe. Some filling suggestions include:

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