Basic Western Omelet Recipe

Jun 18, 2011 9:31 am

A real Western omelet (cheese not included)

The breakfast fave known as the Western omelet is also known as a Denver omelet or a Southwestern omelet. The filling includes diced ham, green bell pepper, and onion. Feel free to add a little shredded cheddar or Swiss if you like cheese in your eggs, but this recipe is for the Western omelet purist so we've skipped the cheese. And in typical Food Republic style we like to keep it spicy, so we recommend serving hot sauce like Tabasco or Sriracha on the side.

Photo: <a href="">Nubby Tongue</a> on Flickr
Photo: Nubby Tongue on Flickr
A diner classic you can make it home (and should!)
Servings: 2 (3- egg) omelets


6 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup onions, small diced
1/2 cup green bell pepper, small diced
1/2 cup ham, cooked and diced
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the milk and eggs until frothy.
  2. In a large non-stick pan, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add half of the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring until translucent. Add half of the ham and cook for one more minute, stirring.
  3. Add another piece of butter and swirl around pan to melt. Add half of the beaten eggs, and swirl around pan to form a large circle.  
  4. Turn heat to medium low and cover with a lid for about 2 minutes, check that your edges are not browning, if so remove the pan from the heat and lower the heat. Once the eggs are solid and cooked almost through, flip the entire circle and cook for one more minute.
  5. Roll or fold the omelet onto a plate and serve. Repeat the above steps for the second omelet.

If you like this recipe try our Simple Cheese Omelet too.

Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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