Hello friends - today we're sharing a French style omelet recipe that you just have to try! This omelet has a soft and creamy texture from the cooking method (and goat cheese :)) and only requires a few ingredients. Let's go through the method!
Pedro started practicing this omelet last year, in the pursuit of culinary mastery of a few specific recipes. We learned the method from Serious Eats and have adapted from there. The key to this omelet style is to move quickly, and be careful not to overcook. So, you should prepare your ingredients and serving plate ahead of time so that it comes together smoothly.
How do I make a French Omelet?
To prepare, lightly beat or whisk your eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt. Crumble some goat cheese and dill in a small bowl - this will make it easy to sprinkle into the omelet. Grab a plastic fork - you will use this to scramble the eggs as they cook and avoid scratching the pan. Finally, grab a plate and put it beside the pan. The preparation is critical since speed is key to avoid drying out the eggs and you don't want them sitting on the pan while you search for or prepare ingredients or a plate to serve.
Start by melting the butter over medium heat. A non stick pan is easiest to start. Once the butter is melted and coating the pan, add in the whisked eggs and immediately start shaking the pan back and forth (like if you were getting ready to flip a pancake) and scrambling with the plastic fork. The key is not to let the eggs sit to avoid overcooking them. The higher the heat, the faster you must move through the steps. We recommend starting between medium and low heat until you recognize the right consistency of the eggs.
Once they look just soft enough, but still a little jiggly, add in the cheese and dill. Remember, you must move quickly to avoid overcooking the eggs. Now you'll fold from the top of the pan downwards (the top being where you hold the pan), folding the eggs into a sort of roll. Gently tuck the final edge in to "glue" it together, and slip onto a plate. If you see liquid spilling it means that you could have stirred a little longer, but no worries, just leave the pan tilted and cook that corner a little longer until it is soft enough to seal the omelet. If it is not sticky enough to seal, then we have cooked it for too long.
Here's a visual summary:
The method is easier said than done - it took Pedro quite a few times to master the balance of softly scrambled (i.e., not overcooked), and not too soft such that the omelet leaked. Don't expect your first one to be perfect, but kudos if it is 🙂 You can keep practicing, and experimenting with new fillings, as well!
What are the best French omelet fillings?
We love just simple goat cheese in this omelet, and you can pair it with a variety of fresh herbs chopped finely - basil and parsley or a combination of all three would be great. You can try any other soft or meltable cheese (cheddar, parmesan), just make sure it's shredded so it melts easily in the last few minutes of cooking. The best part about this omelet is the softness of the inside, so you don't want to hide it with too many ingredients!
Goat Cheese and Dill French Omelet
- Nonstick pan
- Plastic fork
- ¾ oz goat cheese (21 g)
- ½ Tbsp good butter (7 g)
- 3 eggs
- few sprigs fresh dill (1 g)
- pinch salt
- pinch freshly ground black pepper
- Beat eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt.
- Measure goat cheese and herbs into a separate bowl; set aside.
- Melt butter in the nonstick pan over medium heat. Once melted and coating the pan, add in the beaten eggs. Quickly scramble the eggs in a circular motion, removing the pan from the heat (or reducing heat) if the eggs are cooking too quickly (you want them to look like a soft scramble). This should only take 1-2 minutes.
- Once the eggs are just set on the bottom of the pan, add the goat cheese and dill.
- Holding the skillet at an angle from the handle, start to fold the eggs towards the middle of the pan. This will look more like a roll, and finish towards the bottom of the pan with a sort of "lip" seal. Carefully slide onto a plate.
- Top with freshly cracked black pepper and more dill to serve.