no flip omelette in a frying pan

How To Make An Omelette Without Flipping It

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no flip omelette in a frying pan

Have you not been successful flipping your omelette? Does your omelette tear when you try to flip it?

Well, you don’t really need to flip an omelette in order to cook it through.  I don’t like the taste of running eggs on top of omelette, and I know how to get the eggs cooked on top without flipping.

Here’s how you do it:

Prepare your omelette mixture in a bowl (I like to use eggs, a tiny splash of milk and shredded cheese). Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add the eggs – you should hear the searing sound if the pan was properly heated.  Turn the heat to very low and cover the pan.  That’s it!

The pan cover will ensure that the top of the omelette cooks.  If your lid is see-through, you can watch the omelette cook through it.  Check your omelette after 2 minutes to see if the top is ready.  Do not overcook!  I cook it until there is no runny glop of top.

I’ve never seen anyone else covering their omelettes while cooking, but this method works really well for me.  The omelette is tender, not overcooked and doesn’t get ripped.

On the top picture, it’s a 6-egg omelette in a 12-inch frying pan.  Good luck flipping that one :)

Yes, I know about the method of pushing the cooked portion of the eggs to the middle and getting the runny eggs to go to the side.  For some reason, it never works for me – I end up with the overcooked bottom, and the runny top of the omelette.

So if you are like me, try my method of covering the eggs, and you’ll finally make a great omelette.

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18 replies
  1. Ted Mosby
    Ted Mosby says:

    Definitely didn’t work for me. Egg wasn’t at all cooked after two minutes, so I turned up the heat to medium-low for another two minutes. Still wasn’t cooked after another two minutes, so turned to medium and left it another two minutes. STILL not cooked after that so I looked on the bottom and it was completely burnt. Used 7 eggs instead of 6, but that shouldn’t have made that much of a difference.

  2. Melanie Mendelson
    Melanie Mendelson says:

    Hi Ted,

    Sorry it didn’t work for you. Did you use a 12-inch pan?

    I think the problem was in turning the heat up to medium. Medium heat burns the bottom. If it’s not cooked after a couple of minutes, please continue cooking on Low until the eggs are almost set. Might take another 3-4 minutes, I’m sure it depends on your stove. I have a large 12-inch electric burner, so maybe it works so well just on my particular setup :)

    If you attempt this omelette again, please post back and let me know if it ever turned out well.

    Best regards,


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