03/02/2012 03:51 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Omelettes: A Well-Balanced Meal In Just 10 Minutes (Photos)

When you're short on time after a long day of work, sometimes you just don't want to cook at home -- it takes a lot longer, and way more effort, than picking up the phone and ordering delivery. But this generally ends up costing you more money, and usually is not nearly as healthy as making a meal in your own kitchen.

So, what are you to do? The solution is simple: make a dish that can be ready in just 10 minutes. You might be thinking to yourself, "That just isn't possible!" But the truth is, there are a handful of recipes that come together in no time -- and also make a most satisfying dish.

One of those dishes is the omelette, which is perfect for any meal of the day: breakfast, lunch or dinner. All you need to get this meal on the table is a quick tutorial on making omelettes -- and the ingredients, of course.

The omelette is a great way to use those odds and ends of cheese and veggies that are bouncing around in your fridge. And since most of us always have eggs in our fridge, it's quite literally one of the best meals to turn to when in a pinch. But not just any omelette will do. Learn how to make the perfect omelette with the help of the recipe below, and get tips for filling it by clicking through the slideshow.

The Perfect Omelette:
Serves 1


  • three eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of fresh pepper
  • a dollop of extra virgin olive oil
  • a small pat of butter
  • Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • As the pan heats, beat the eggs in a bowl with salt and pepper. Beat until little bubbles begin to appear.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the butter and oil and tilt the pan to evenly coat.
  • Pour in the eggs and scramble with a rubber spatula immediately.
  • As the eggs cook, run the spatula around the edge every so often to ensure that the omelette is not sticking and to allow the runny egg to seep onto the pan.
  • When the eggs are halfway cooked, add your toppings to the center, then fold it over in thirds with the help of your rubber spatula (with time and practice you can learn to do this by just flicking the pan).
  • Once the eggs are at your desired level of done-ness, slide the omelette onto a plate and enjoy.

Looking for a little inspiration to make your omelette extra special? Click through the slideshow below for ideas -- you'll be surprised at how many ingredients you already have on hand.

Omelette Add-Ins