Skip Nav
Cooking Basics
3 Methods For Making Matcha
Scrambled Egg Ideas
Cooking Basics
5 Ways to Add Pizzazz to Your Scrambled Egg Routine
Strawberry Tart Easy Recipe
Original Recipes
The Easiest Strawberry Tart You'll Ever Make

Difference Between American and French Omelets

What's the Difference Between American and French Omelets?

If you've ever ordered an omelet in Europe, then you know you were served something very unlike the omelets we know and love in America. Many Americans feel squeamish about undercooked eggs (hello, risk of salmonella!), but that custardy, underdone quality is sought out in Europe. Whether you plan to cook one of the styles yourself or experience it at a European restaurant, here are the main differences between American and French omelets.

An American omelet, as pictured on the top, has a speckled golden crust from the pan, and the surface is uneven with craters. This effect occurs because, similar to how steak chars on a pan, the scrambled eggs are cooked over a high heat and left untouched until the eggs set. The round omelet is then folded in half and served. Often, the fillings like meat and vegetables are cooked into the eggs rather than added afterward.

The French-style omelet, as pictured on the bottom, has a smooth surface and a pale exterior devoid of any golden color. This prized appearance is achieved by constantly shaking the pan to keep the eggs from sticking to the bottom while simultaneously whisking the eggs with a fork so they cook uniformly. The omelet is rolled into a cylinder just as the eggs begin to coagulate on the bottom of the pan, even though part of the egg is still wet and underdone. The fillings, usually herbs or cheese, are added to the center of the omelet before it is rolled up.

Unlike the American omelet, which is cooked through, the French omelet has an underdone center that oozes out upon cutting the omelet open. Which do you prefer: the fluffy, moist texture of the French omelet or the tougher, slightly crispy American omelet?

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts
19 Satisfying Breakfasts Under 300 Calories
Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes
Healthy No-Cook Breakfast Recipes
Healthy Breakfast Sandwich Recipes
Healthy Avocado Breakfast Recipes
This Is Exactly What You Need to Eat For Breakfast to Lose Weight
Scrambled Egg Ideas
Healthy Sweet Breakfast Recipes
Weight-Loss Smoothie Ingredients
Healthy Whole30 Breakfast Recipes
Low-Carb, High-Protein Breakfasts
The Best Healthy Zucchini Recipes
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds