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How To Make Microwave Omelets

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What You Need

2 Tbsp. water
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
1 tsp. butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup filling, such as shredded cheese, finely chopped ham

Step 1

BEAT eggs, water, salt and pepper in small bowl until blended.

Step 2

MICROWAVE butter in 9-inch glass pie plate on HIGH until melted, about 45 seconds. TILT plate to coat bottom evenly. POUR egg mixture into hot pie plate. COVER TIGHTLY with plastic wrap.

Step 3

MICROWAVE on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes, rotating 1/4 turn every 30 seconds. Do not stir.

Step 4

When top is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, PLACE filling on one half of the omelet. FOLD omelet in half with turner; slide from pie plate onto serving plate. SERVE immediately.


For savory soufflé omelet: Fill with a combination of cheese, meat, seafood or poultry, and vegetables, as desired.

For sweet soufflé omelet: Substitute a pinch of sugar for the salt. Fill with preserves or fruit. Top with a dusting of powdered sugar or dessert sauce.

Insider Information

If pan handle is not ovenproof, wrap it completely in aluminum foil.

Puffy omelets begin to deflate when removed from oven, so plan to serve immediately.

To serve folded: Using sharp knife, cut across center of omelet, cutting through upper surface but not through to the bottom of omelet. Top with filling, if desired. Tip pan. Fold omelet in half with turner and invert onto warmed plate with a quick flip of the wrist. Cut in half or into quarters.

To serve open-faced: Invert pan over warmed plate, or slide omelet from pan onto plate. Top with filling, if desired. Cut in half or into quarters.

Keep the yolks separate from the whites. Fat from egg yolk will prevent egg whites from beating properly. When separating eggs, take care that no yolk gets in the whites. To avoid an accident, separate each egg white into a cup or small bowl before transferring it to the mixer bowl. Discard any white that has even a speck of yolk in it.

Equipment: Because any residue of fat on beaters or bowl will prevent egg whites from beating properly, they should be spotlessly clean. The bowl should be stainless steel or glass. Plastic bowls can retain a film of grease.

Egg temperature: It's easiest to separate eggs cleanly when they are refrigerator cold. However egg whites whip to greater volume when they've had a chance to warm a bit, 20 to 30 minutes. Always start by separating the eggs first. Let the whites stand at room temperature while you prepare the dish, sauce and other ingredients.

Cream of tartar: The air beaten into egg whites can be lost quite easily. A small amount of acidic ingredient, such as cream of tartar, acts as a stabilizing agent. A bit of lemon juice or vinegar will also work.

Salt decreases egg-white foam stability, so it should be added to the other ingredients.

Beat egg whites just until they are stiff peaks but not dry and no longer slip when the bowl is tilted. When underbeaten, whites will not achieve full volume. Overbeaten whites form clumps of dry puffs that don't hold air well, are difficult to incorporate when folding and do not expand properly when heated.

Gentle folding is the key to maintaining volume: Combining heavier mixtures with beaten egg whites can knock the air out of them. Begin by pouring the egg yolk mixture over the beaten whites, not vice versa. Then gradually and gently combine the mixtures by folding, rather than stirring. Using a rubber spatula, start with a downward stroke into the bowl, continue across the bottom, up the side and over the top of the mixture. Come up through the center every few strokes and rotate the bowl often as you fold. Fold just until the color of the mixture is uniform, with no streaks of white remaining.