Perfect Classic French Omelette

Easy Traditional French Omelette Recipe

Master the art of creating a silky smooth French omelette with our foolproof recipe. This delicate egg dish epitomizes French cuisine with its tender exterior and creamy, soft-scrambled interior.

The Secret to French Omelette Perfection

Unlike its American counterpart, a French omelette boasts a pale golden hue and a delightfully creamy center. The key lies in the technique – a gentle scramble followed by a precise fold. With practice, you’ll be crafting restaurant-quality omelettes in your own kitchen.

Choosing Your Tools

For best results, use an 8-inch nonstick skillet. The nonstick surface is crucial for achieving that perfect golden exterior without sticking. Pair this with a plastic or wooden fork to protect your pan’s coating while stirring the eggs.


  • 3 large eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white or black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) unsalted butter

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them with your fork until just combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat your nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add butter and swirl until it’s foamy but not browned. Pour in the eggs and immediately start stirring with your fork. Shake the pan gently as you stir to ensure even cooking.
  3. As soon as the eggs begin to set but are still creamy, stop stirring. Use your fork to spread the eggs evenly in the pan. The surface should be glossy and slightly wet.
  4. Remove from heat. Tilt the pan and use your fork to gently roll the omelette onto itself, creating a neat cylindrical shape. Push it to the edge of the pan, allowing it to curl over slightly.
  5. Invert your pan over a warm plate and let the omelette gracefully slide out. It should have an elegant almond or cigar shape. Serve immediately for the ultimate French breakfast experience.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh, high-quality eggs for the best flavor and texture.
  • Don’t overcook – the interior should be creamy and slightly runny.
  • Practice makes perfect – don’t be discouraged if your first attempts aren’t flawless.


While a classic French omelette is sublime in its simplicity, feel free to experiment with fillings. Try adding herbs like chives or tarragon, or a sprinkle of grated Gruyère cheese just before folding.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
322 Calories
26g Fat
1g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 322
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 590mg 197%
Sodium 529mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 211mg 4%
*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.

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