Classically trained chefs have to look away, but it’s a damn handy trick: making an omelette in the microwave. The perfect omelet in a frying pan can fail, but using the microwave is really, pretty foolproof.
Mug cakes , perfectly baked sweet potatoes , beurre noisette or crispy onions : you can think of it that way or you can use your microwave for it. You can also use your microwave for a very good omelette. Why haven’t we been doing that for a long time? No idea…
Making an omelette in the microwave
There are several methods for making omelets in the microwave. The easiest method follows the same procedure as that of a mug cake. Basically, you stir the ingredients in a large cup, then heat it to the right temperature in the microwave.
So it really couldn’t be simpler. The only ‘disadvantage’ here is that your omelette may look more like scrambled eggs than a perfectly smooth, fluffy omelette as you know it. Try it yourself to see if it finds a problem or not. Click here for a good recipe for such a mug cake omelette (with chives, cheddar and red pepper, delicious!).
Extra perfect omelettes
Are you still striving for an omelet that is even more perfect in terms of looks? In addition to the mug cake method, you can also approach it differently. This method requires a few more steps, but is again ridiculously simple.
First, steam the ingredients you want in your omelet (think broccoli pieces or other vegetables). You can of course also do this in the microwave with a little water. If you want your omelette pure, you can of course skip this step. Then take a round microwave-safe dish with a raised edge.
Put a small knob of butter in the bowl and heat it just long enough until the butter foams nicely. Remove from the microwave and make circular movements so that the butter spreads nicely. In another bowl, make your favorite egg mixture and pour it into the buttered dish. Arrange the steamed ingredients in it and heat for 1 minute at the maximum number of watts in the microwave.
Use a spatula to lift the omelet and better spread the raw parts. Reheat the omelette for 30 seconds, reapply the spatula trick and repeat this process until your omelette is the desired thickness. The correct amounts and microwave times can be found in this recipe .
And no, probably this microwave method isn’t something you’d see classic French chefs doing anytime soon. But we do love such a genius life hack, especially when it produces delicious omelettes…