How-To: French Omelet

in Breakfast, How-To

Do you wear perfume? What do you smell like? Is this a personal question? Prolly. I think it is.

I usually don’t like the smell of perfume; I just dig the smell of soap. But, for the past two weeks I’ve been thinking that maybe–since I’m a grown woman now–I should smell like something other than laundry detergent. You know, like, have a scent.

So I’ve been on the search. I’ve smelled a lot. Tested a lot. Sneezed a lot. Been grossed out by most. Too much perfume can be like nose pollution. It’s invasive. Don’t be invasive with your perfume–that’s just rude.

The one that I love over and over and over…the one I can’t get enough of: Chanel No. 5. Totally classic and pretty. Makes me feel like a lady. I can for sure picture myself as a grandma, with my wrinkly hands and gaudy broaches (plan on wearing those), smelling like it.

Let’s talk classic. The omelet variety.

There’s the country omelet..and then there’s the French omelet.

Country omelets vs. French omelets.

Country omelets have larger curds, are usually browned on the outside and are typically filled with more heartier fare. They’re big and manly.

French omelets? Daintier, more delicate, smaller curds with creamy centers.

And to my surprise–taught to me by my dad–the technique is way different. They require a little work. WHO KNEW?!

The typical French omelet has four herbs: chervil (didn’t have it), tarragon (only like it in chicken salad), chives and Italian parsley. I added a little gruyére to mine too, because it makes every situation slightly better.

Let’s dooo it:

Over medium heat, melt some butter in a non-stick pan. And pour in the thoroughly beaten egg mixture.

Take a fork…(and if you’re concerned about scratching up your non-stick pan, use a plastic fork) and start scrambling the egg as it cooks.

…And then keep scrambling. This breaks up the curds and make them crazy small. This is where the delicateness is developed.

And then, do it some more.

When the egg sets a bit, flatten the eggs out evenly in the pan.

Take your fork (or spatula), and fold the omelet inward.

If you want to add cheese, place it in the center.

Tap the omelet so it moves downward in the pan and let it cook a bit longer. You want a creamy center, not a raw center.

Take your fork (or spatula), and run it around the edge and fold it inward.

Invert it onto a plate…and that’s it! Classic, dainty, French omelet!!

And now…let’s talk perfume!! Spill it! I need recommendations.

French Omelet

Print this recipe!

3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoon chives, finely diced
1/4 tablespoon Italian parsley, finely diced
Pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon Gruyére, finely shredded

1. Beat large eggs, thoroughly.

2. Add chives, Italian parsley and sea salt. Beat until combined.

3. In a 6-inch pan, over medium heat, melt unsalted butter, swirling the butter in the pan. When the foam subsides, add the egg. With your fork, stir the eggs quickly, as you shake the pan with your other hand. This will give you uniform, small curds.

4. When the egg mixture begins to set, using your fork, flatten them in the pan. Cook for a minute or two, just so it cooks a bit longer.

5. Angle the pan downward, and using your fork, fold the top part of the omelet inward. If you’re adding cheese, place it in the center. Fold in the bottom part inward. Cook for 30 more seconds and then invert on a plate. Serve right away!

Technique by Jacques Pépin via my dad

{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

Maia November 28, 2011 at 5:52 am

French omelets are the way to go. Any trace of brown not only tastes icky, but it dries out that delicious creamy inside that the small curd keeps intact. Great tutorial!

As far as perfumes go… there are only a few that I love:

~ Stella McCartney (original – tied for first place with the below – so delicious)
~ Serge Lutens “Fleur D’Oranger” (tied for first place with the above; magical)
~ Narciso Rodriguez for Her (clean, feminine, powdery)
~ Shalimar Light (citrusy, refreshing, exotic)

I find most perfumes start to smell like celery seed on me, so I get really picky not only about which I think smell good, but which formulations are of great enough quality to NOT do that!

Hope that helps you on your quest!


Solaera January 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Another vote for Narcisco Rodriguez. It has become my signature scent.


Maria November 28, 2011 at 5:53 am

0_0 I had no clue that french omlets were so complicated. I gotta try this!


Chrissy November 28, 2011 at 5:56 am

1. Fragrance: I use Toujours Moi, an old fragrance by Dana. It’s light and powdery but adult and still available. 2. French omelets are divine. I learned to make mine from Cook’s Test Kitchen.


la domestique November 28, 2011 at 5:56 am

Oh what fun! I learned to make an omelet from Julia Child. The video is on Youtube. I like the delicate French ones. I’m so glad you covered this because everyone should know how to do it. No perfume recs though, I’m still looking!


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 28, 2011 at 6:00 am

I’ve never consistently stuck to one perfume, but I was home for Thanksgiving all week and stole my mom’s Coach perfume (I think it was their “signature” version) every single day. It smelled amazing, and I’ll probably be buying it for myself…

I’m also a fan of the Philosophy brand fragrances since they’re nice and light!


Natashia@foodonpaper November 28, 2011 at 6:24 am

Hrmm I think this will be my dinner tonight!

@Maia – Stella and Narciso are my two favourites! Stella during winter, Narciso for summer :)


Dana B @ thebakingbooth November 28, 2011 at 6:25 am

_great_ explanation of a what distinguishes a french omelet! I’ve made many an omelet, but none like this; this must change :) tarragon? wonderful to lightly season artichokes as they’re steaming; just put some in the water below the steamer insert in the stock pot. perfume? hmmm allergic to most of it. Victoria’s Secret “body splash” – pear glace – is the only one that I’ve ever found I can wear and I don’t do that much since just ’cause I like it doesn’t mean others do :)


Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet November 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

Yum! I love French Omlettes…much more delicate than the standard omlette.

As for perfume, I always wear Clinique Happy. Very basic, not too fancy, but such a pretty and light scent. I also really like Chanel Mademoiselle, which is a little muskier and really well suited for the winter (it feels a little heavy for summertime).


Katrina November 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This omelet looks so tasty! The more eggs the better in some cases. Yum!


Katie November 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Wow, that omelet looks fantastic! I’ve attempted to make them a few times, but they generally always turn into scrambled eggs… I’m grateful for the how-to!

Perfume: I wear Body By Victoria. I LOVE it! I’ve tried to branch out, but at thus point it’s just my signature scent. Which is something fun to have! Good luck on your search 😉


Ly November 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Omelet looks amazing! :) I love light blue by D&G. It smells light and musky at the same time. I also use Hermes Un jardin sur le nile. Light and citrusy! Good luck finding a perfume. It’s SO hard. x


Courtney @ Sunday Soup November 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Oh, I like the delicate omelet! I am used to the traditional “manly” versions so I can’t wait to try this one. As for perfumes, here are my favorites:

Vera Wang The Fragrance – I wore this on my wedding day and everyday the year after. I love it for any occasion. It feels special. Floral and feminine.
Ralph Lauren Romance – Perfectly floral and classic. This is another everyday go to.
Bottega Venetta Parfum – I recently fell in LOVE with this. I can’t get enough. It’s stronger than I am used to when you first put it on but it turns into the perfectly light, clean, linen like fragrance. Can’t put my finger on it but something about it is very sexy.
Prada Milano – Fresh and clean scent. I like this one in Spring/Summer.

Please tell us what you decide to get!!!


Retha Hase November 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

that omelet looks delish! I love Light Blue by D&G. I had a fried who always wore Dior Jadore so I’m going to try to get me a sample to see how it smells on me. And now I’m also going to sample that Coach fragrance I saw in the comments. I need a signature scent, just haven’t found it yet.


Hannah-lyz November 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I don’t tend to go for “real” perfume! In school, I was really into Patchouli oil! Very heavy though, and now I’m older I crave a lighter scent. The body shop sells little bottles of “Vanilla Spice” oils, which is amazing! I decent about 10 drops of oil into a spray bottle, top it up with alcohol, and viola! It’s vanillary, spicy, and so so lovely! Chanel no.5 reminds me of my mum :) She wears it all the time. Such a classic! x


Kami Haupt November 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm

My husband loves it when I wear Egyptian Goddess by Auric Blends! He’s really picky about the perfume I wear but will follow me around the house when I’m wearing this! The website’s description says “soft florals, light powder and musk to create a perfume that is seductive, feminine and enticing.” Besides smelling great, it’s an oil, so it lasts a long time on the skin. Plus, you can buy a roll-on for $7!!!


Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life November 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Yum!! Looks delish. And I love Chanel no. 5. Very elegant choice.


Meredith November 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Looks so good! I’ll have to try it when I have time on the weekend!

Burberry Brit. I get compliments on it everytime I wear it. It’s classic and a little musky and I just love the smell!


Emily D. November 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I wear Daisy by Marc Jacobs. It’s pretty unobtrusive but still has a nice flowery, springy scent.


yummy supper November 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Hey Adrianna,

That’s one gorgeous omelet! I am a huge fan of omelets but have never tried this style. We always made the more manly type in my house;) OMG have you seen the Julia Child U Tube video of her teaching omelet making? It is friggin’ hilarious and so worth a glance.

About perfume… like you I spent years trying to find a scent. But everything smells kinda sickeningly sweet on me, so I gave up on the bottled stuff. Finally I found body balms by In Fiore and they are awesome. Natural scents. Very subdued. Yummy!



Bev Weidner November 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

This omelet is PERF.

(see what I did there?)

I wear essential oils! Lavender, mint, jasmine, etc.


Abigail November 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Chanel Chance!!!!


elizabetty November 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Someone metioned Philosophy Grace perfumes. They really are light and are a small step above smelling like soap and laundry detergent because they kinda smell like soap and laundry detergent. Very natural.


Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

YAY for perfume recommendations! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I’m a perfume slut but am really partial to Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. It smells good on everyone, it seems. Tom Ford has wonderful and sophisticated fragrances but they may be too strong for someone who doesn’t like a strong scent. Also Tocca’s fragrances are complex but very light.

But back to the food, I love french omelets – I make them for my husband when I really need to suck up to him :)


Leisa November 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I dig the lack of browning on your omelet, but I find runny eggs really gross :\ I’ll be sticking to my own recipe for this one 😛

As for perfume, I’m a huge fan of Diesel Fuel for Life. Not nearly as fancy as some of the names other people have been tossing around 😛 but I find it to be a warm and sweet scent.


Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

I used to dislike runny, creamy eggs too, but I’m a changed woman–I love them!


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I am an omelet addict. I just wish I had the egg skillz to master this shuffly foldy technique… 😉

As far as perfumes, I’m probably the worst person to ask…I’ve been using Clinique Happy Heart since circa 2005. Oops?


modernworkinggirl November 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Yum! 4:30pm, nearly end of the workday. As usual, I’m famished and these pictures are not helping :) great post!


Leah Adams November 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

That omelet looks wonderful! As far as perfume goes, I’ve never been able to find one that I like. It all smells like alcohol & chemicals to me. Though I love perfume oils! Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) & Possets are two of my favorite perfume oil purveyors. BPAL’s scents tend to be heavier and spicier, and Possets tend to be lighter and more floral. I know there are a bunch more around that are good, try Etsy, but I’ve only been able to try BPAL & Possets. Give them a try!


MollyL November 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for the omelet how to. I would love the french, my husband the country style.

As for perfumes, I am very very sensitive to certain scents, and I like Chanel No. 5, Victoria Secret used to make one I wore a lot, So In Love, Philosophy’s scents are very light, Clinique’s Happy is ok, but too “orange spicy” for me. I want to try Coach though. I will have to see if I can get a sample. I don’t wear perfume too much anymore and prefer a scented body lotion instead, but feeling it would be nice to have some perfume in a light scent this Christmas season.


socha November 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I love eggs!
And I love a good scent!
Here are my recommendations:
*Parisienne – YSL (if you’re the floral+sandlewood type)
*Tender Touch – Burberry (if you like Jasmine)
*Black Aoud – Montale Paris (if you like exotic, unisex, Arab bukhoor type of smells)
*Perfume Oils – my personal faves: vanilla, jasmine, gardenia, sandlewood, lilac, rose…


Alejandra November 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Nose pollution is right! totally rude to wear too much perfume. I’m also currently trying to find a scent. I go through periods where I wear perfume and then I don’t. I enjoyed “Euphoria” by Calvin Klein for a while. A little floral, but with amber undertones which I really like. There is a “blossom” variety that is available now but I haven’t tried it. I like floral scents but they have to have deeper undertones or else I feel like I’ll smell like a bowl of potpourri haha.

Love the omelet tutorial. Did not know there was a difference!


Teri Lyn Fister November 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm

This is cute. Nice action shots.


Chris November 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

This omelet looks amazing! So very yummy. I can’t wait to try to make this. My omelets are usually disasterous – too brown and tough.

Perfume? I can’t do them anymore because they tend to be too strong. I like the sample until I put it on my skin and then I end up sneezing or with a horrible headache. Instead, I wear a body splash from Victorias Secret. I have been wearing their Amber Romance since forever (maybe the late 90s?? Yikes!). I have tried to buy different splash options but I tend to use them once then head right back to my norm. I like it because I can spray it all over my body (a la body splash) and the smell is just enough to make my skin smell – not the whole area around me. Nothing worse than walking into someone’s horrendous perfume cloud.


Alice in LA November 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I will definitely try this omelet out! Perfumes, I like Calvin Klein’s “One” that was designed to be for men or women – I think it’s light and fresh. I used to love Tiffany (by the jewelry people) — everyone always complimented me on it — but it’s out of my budget now.


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy November 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I cannot make an omlet at all! I usually just make scrambled eggs because I can never fold them! I may have to try this step by step!


Ashley November 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Wow!! I’ve really never researched different omelet types, which is surprising because I am a huuuge egg fan. Thanks for this tutorial! Too bad I’m out of eggs!


Lee November 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Had no idea there was a difference in omelets. I”m always learning something here!

Regarding perfume, I use a combo of Avon’s Skin So Soft oil and then a spritz of Thierry Mugler’s Angel Innocent. Love, love, love them together (as does my husband!). Also, for work I’ll often use Bath and Body Work’s Pink Grapefruit body mist. I’ve had several people tell me that it makes me smell wonderful!


Jessica @ How Sweet November 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

i love chanel no.5 too! my go-to scents (meaning the only ones i’ve ever bought more than one bottle of) are burberry brit and prada. i swap back and forth. third choice is chanel allure. mmm.


Michelle November 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Everything tastes better with Gruyere. Fact.


Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

Fact. Truth.


kayla @ la cucina del bargello November 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Your going to smell really good after all these perfume suggestions. Funny thing, my dad won’t eat anything other than a french omelet….growing up my mom would let him make his own because she would “mess” his up.


Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

Your dad and my dad would be friends.


Cass November 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

So, this might sound a little on the adolescent side…however, I honestly love Lucky; it’s not over powering and it gives a soft-warm-sweet kind of smell. The bonus is that they sell it at many department stores AND WALMART (cheap cheap).


Monica @ Soirees & Such November 29, 2011 at 1:03 am

Try Jo Malone perfumes, they have very elegant and fresh scents.
As for the omelet, thank you! One of my biggest pet peeves is that hardly anyone can get this right. An omelet should always be creamy on the inside and have no color on the outside.
I like to put goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes inside. The goat cheese give it extra creaminess!


Rachel November 29, 2011 at 3:49 am

I was actually planning on making omelets for dinner! So weird! I made a sage and mozzarella omelet. Delish!


Let Me Eat Cake November 29, 2011 at 5:12 am

i wear Marc and love it subtle but pretty :) and that omelet looks like perfection!


Jessica S. November 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

I don’t think they make it anymore (and its kinda geeky anyway) but my favorite perfume of all time is the Esmeralda perfume they used to sell at the Disney Store before it got all lame.


Zee @ The Recipe Code November 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

I love Gucci perfumes and by the way your omelet looks amazing! I am hungry now 😀


Pooja Kumar November 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

Who knew there was so much technique into this? I’m trying this tommorrow morning :)

Perfume! I lovee sunflower by Elizabeth Arden! :) Smells of my childhood 😀 It’s such a fun summer smell 😀


Sandrine November 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

I love perfume! I need perfume but I don’t use it profusely so that people get offended by it. I’m also a big fan of essential oils etc …mmmmhhh

My all time favorite perfumes are from Shiseido … yes I know they are expensive but they have wonderful earthy smells: “La feminité du bois” (might be a bit too strong for the start) or their last one that came out : “Zen” very dainty and smooth.

Another classic for me are the Dior perfumes, they came out with a triplet last summer called “Les Escales” and one smells wonderfully: “Les escales à Pondichéry”.

Guerlain has a very nice serie of natural smells from Orange to Mandarine to fresh Herbs. The fresh Herbs is my favorite.

If the comercial perfumes are to offensive for starters, why not try to find some essential oil roll ons? I dig lavender in all varieties!


Kate November 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

this is lame, but i am quite literally allergic to every kind of perfume that has ever existed! add to that the fact that i’m back in school and the term is wrapping up, and you’ve got yourself one hot mess. and i mean “hot mess” as in “sweaty and unshowered”, ha.

love your blog, by the way :) like, a whole lot.

happy tuesday!


Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 1:54 am

i know what this feels like! ugh! the end is near!


Shannon O'Connell November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

YSL Parisienne. Makes me feel pretty! And this omlette is making me feel hungry! LOVE EGGS!!!


Lisa @ The Cooking Bride November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I have a bottle of Chanel Chance. I love the smell, but I only wear it occasionally. Sometimes it just seems fussy. Probably why I seldom bother with lipstick.

I never knew there was a difference between omelets – good to know!


Jamie-Lee November 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I wear vanilla fields. Delicate and pretty.

Also, sorry darling, but that’s not quite how you make a French omelet. You gotta use a rubber spatula and make it a little smoother. Plus you put the cheese before you fold the omelet =]

I’m in culinary school. Oh and PS. I love your blog!


Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

It’s the the Jacques Pepin way. It’s his technique. And he is one of the founders of FCI so I’m pretty sure it’s correct. Here’s the NY Times article. Check it out!


LeahJo November 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm

You are too funny!

I felt like I was the only girl out there without a signature scent other than Dove’s pomegrante body wash. My husband bought me a while back Gucci’s Envy Me, and got lots of compliments from it. It smells girly but not pop princess girly. Just feminine.
Other than that. I got nothing.

Btw – love how you always have the perfect way to transition from everyday life to cooking.


Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

“Pop princess girly.” <—THAT’S SO GOOD. I’M USING THIS PHRASE.


Kelsey November 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

fantastic tutorial! my dad taught me how to make an omelet too, that’s funny. As for scents, I’m with you – less is more. I’m all over some aveda yogi oils, but I do spritz a bit of hanae mori from time to time. It’s light, subtle, not overly sweet and girly. I’m not into all that stuff.


Eugenia November 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

Try Muguet by Guerlain. Love it!


cindy December 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Those are some omelet making skills! I’ve never even tried to make any kind of omelet–country or french-y.
When I’m feeling fancy I wear my Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey…I love it, love it. It’s fresh, warm, and sparkling…according to Sephora. It smells like pretty goodness to me.


Lisa December 2, 2011 at 1:07 am

Looks so pretty! I must beg you to try “Lola” by Marc Jacobs. It smells wonderful!


Diana December 2, 2011 at 2:19 am

Child perfume. You’ll love it! I never wear anything else.


Rebecca - Life in New York December 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

That looks jummy!


Alexandra December 3, 2011 at 6:28 am

This is how I usually make my omlettes with the small curds but didn’t know they were “French”. However, I beat in about 1 T. heavy cream per egg. It yields a in a richer moist omelet.

I agree that some perfumes, especially when applied seemingly an oz at a time, can be offensively intrusive to the extent of inducing a headache and nausea. If applied sparingly, many of the same fragrances can be pleasant (less is best). I like the lighter scents of philosophy (Amazing Grace) and fusion brands Ultimate Clean.


MWG @ Midwest Girl in LA December 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Delicious! I think I’ll have to make one for breakfast this morning now. Love your blog.

As for perfumes, if you want classic, I’d recommend smelling any Burberry scents. I like Summer. I also love Daisy from Marc Jacobs, The One from Dolce & Gabanna, and Issey Miyake.


Pricila Hernandez December 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

that looks sooo yummy mujer!!

If you like sweet smelling perfumes, as I do, I recommend Jessica Simpson’s fancy and Pink Sugar. I get so many compliments, its insane. The boys love the smell. lol, including my boy.
Kenzo’s flower smells so pretty if you like the softer and clean smelling scents.

good luck (:


Chrisan December 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

I’m gonna have to also recommend Light Blue. The best scent ever. Before Light Blue, I always wore Happy by Clinique.


Kristen @ The Endless December 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I love omelettes but have never been able to make them successfully myself. Your post is going to change that! The omelette I just ate, using your recipe, was infinitely better than any other I’ve made myself. It wasn’t perfect (yet) but it was light and fluffy almost everything an omelette should be.

Thanks for sharing your recipe!


Christy January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Made this today and my husband loved it, way different than all the fillings country style.
Scent wise try Jo Malone-Pomegrante Noir-Love it, just check out the site many different options.


Cookie and Kate January 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Thans for schooling me on the art of the French omelet! I rarely wear perfume, but when I do, it’s Dolce and Gabbana’s The One. It’s “the one” for me. Har, har.


kerry January 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

i started reading this post and the first thing i was gonna reccommend was channel either number 5 or chance. my first perfume at 15 was chance and since then i have been a channel exclusive. i now only use mademoselle, but everyday i use bath and body works or vicky secrets spry cause chanel is too expensive to use everyday plus i work in a hospital so i have to keep perfumes down good choice every woman needs to find a chanel perfume that suits them


Bess March 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Perfume? I’ve read comments that this is only for old ladies, but, I’m only 59 and have loved OPIUM since I was in my twenties. Granted it is an evening fragrance, but if you apply it lightly it is wonderful for day. You will forget you have it on and someone in the afternoon will ask “What is that fragrance you’re wearing?” Get a sample and give it a try. I think you will love it.


Adrianna March 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Hi Bess! Thanks for the recommendation–I’m gonna give it a try.


Evan Hughes November 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

Anything by Le Labo.


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