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NanaNina Sat 12-Oct-13 17:37:56

PLEASE can anyone tell me why my omelettes are like pancakes! I whisk the eggs very hard and pour them into a very hot pan (small amount of butter in there) and try and swirl the mixture into the middle like I read somewhere, put the filling in one side and turn it over. Looks ok in the pan but once it's on the plate immediately after coming out of the pan it has the texture of a pancake!

What am I doing wrong?

Bowlersarm Sat 12-Oct-13 17:44:53

Ooh no OP. what you need to do is:

Not to worry too much about whisking too much.
Yes to very hot pan.
Don't do any swirling.
As it starts to set draw the sides in to the middle with a metal spoon.
Keep doing this until it is not runny.
Turn half the omelette on to itself. And finish cooking.

Eh voila!

NanaNina Sun 13-Oct-13 13:28:34

Thanks - but I think this is pretty much what I do! A friend told me not to whisk the eggs too much but then I read that you had to whisk till your arm ached (!) Does it have to be a metal spoon - wondered about this with a non stick pan.

MortifiedAdams Sun 13-Oct-13 13:35:21

Hot pan.
Large dollop of butter and DONT put the eggs in til the butter starts to brown.
Pour in eggs.
Once the edges start to pale, add the filling in a pile in the middle.
Once the edges look slightly curled, lift one edge over to the other, so fold it in half.
Only flip once the two halves have merged together.

debka Sun 13-Oct-13 13:35:21

I add a splash of water to my eggs and do as bowlersarm says. Pan should be very hot so the omelette is cooked in less than a minute, I'd say.

MortifiedAdams Sun 13-Oct-13 13:35:44

Oh and I dont overly whisk.

luverlytea Sun 13-Oct-13 22:48:44

watch Julia Child making an omelette!

and Jacques Pepin -

luverlytea Sun 13-Oct-13 22:50:32

and just for fascination,
a Japanese omelette -

luverlytea Sun 13-Oct-13 23:09:42

this is a Shanghai pancake with an egg on top! wow!
She puts chopped spring onions on top, chilli sauce, and a piece of tofu, I think

Bowlersarm Sun 13-Oct-13 23:11:55

luverly are omelettes your hobby? smile

luverlytea Tue 15-Oct-13 00:04:38

you bet! Here's Jamie Oliver -


luverlytea Tue 15-Oct-13 03:30:35

sorry, I hope these links work now -
and just for fascination,
a Japanese omelette -

you bet! Here's Jamie Oliver -


NanaNina Tue 15-Oct-13 12:46:14

WOW thanks Luverly - you sure are an expert. I liked Jacques Pepin best. Julia Child was sooooo slow......I think the trick might be to shake the pan - still wondering about the use of a metal fork on a non stick pan. BUT I reckon I know how to do it thanks again

MsPickle Tue 15-Oct-13 13:17:01

I use a wooden or silicon spatula, our pans don't like metal utensils. I think it was Delia in her how to cook who used a wooden fork that had been her mothers, I think if I ever spot one I'll get one as I'd use it for more than omelettes but I digress...and I don't whisk, I combine. Whisk pancakes combine omelettes.

Bollocks. Now I want an omelette and I'm out of eggs.

luverlytea Tue 15-Oct-13 20:13:26

I noticed that all of them combine the eggs for about ten seconds.
The longer you beat them, the eggs get tougher.
It's the same thing for scrambled eggs, they all say only combine till just mixed. Do not beat.
The only time you beat, I think, is when you beat egg whites for meringue or souffle or cake.
Then you can really have a go.

luverlytea Tue 15-Oct-13 20:19:34

Try a plastic fork or one of those coloured synthetic things. A small wooden spoon is good, which I like using, and the Asians use chopsticks!!
I think the experts use well-seasoned metal pans which are not nonstick coated.
You get anodised metal pans which are like nonstick, I believe.
My daughter has an anodised metal pressure cooker.

BooItTooJulia Tue 15-Oct-13 20:24:21

Put the omelette under the red hot grill instead of turning, watch it puff up!

MissWimpyDimple Tue 15-Oct-13 20:29:17

I pull the mixture into the middle and then as soon as I feel the base is suitably cooked (very quickly) I stick it under a hot grill and it puffs up loverly

luverlytea Wed 16-Oct-13 00:54:39

:Here is a recipe for an Indian omelette and a curry made with it
and some few more Indian egg recipes Enjoy!

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