Rolled Omelette – Julia Child

Julia Child’s rolled omelette; A 1 minute omelette. There is no excuse to not have breakfast when it’s this quick and delicious.

Rolled Omelette Recipe from

I’m thrilled to finally let you in on some news. I’ve been keeping a secret for over a month and finally I can spill the beans! Over the next 15 weeks, I’ll be 1 of 100 bloggers making and sharing select Julia Child recipes leading up to what would have been her 100th birthday. Look for a new recipe each week, along with what is sure to be some interesting stories along the way.

I hope you’ll join in on the fun both on Facebook and Twitter. Share how Julia Child has inspired you in the kitchen or your favorite Julia Child recipes. Remember to use #JC100 with any tweets!

First up: rolled omelettes. I have to admit, I planned on passing this recipe off to The Mr to make. After over 10 years together, he mastered omelettes within the last few months thanks to an episode of The Chew where chef Michael Symon made omelettes. A switch from medium heat to low and butter to olive oil made all the difference.

Rolled Omelette Recipe from

When I read this weeks recipe, it contradicted everything that had been recently accomplished. Not only does the recipe start with butter, which honestly I’m totally okay with…but it requires “very high” heat. I read the entire recipe out to The Mr, shaking my head and laughing along the way. “Jerk the pan vigorously” she said. I had visions of egg splatter all over my stovetop. Who would be cleaning up this mess?! Leave it to Julia Child to make me question everything and have it turn out beautifully on the first try. I felt silly for questioning her but thrilled it worked.

I started out with a test round, you know… just in case we’d make it the way we’re comfortable with (low heat, olive oil, etc). It was perfect. Pale yellow and perfectly moist. I ended up doing three rounds total, because it’s that easy but still needed some to take pictures of! My final product was filled with chopped bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. I’m torn between which I liked better, the plain or the bacon and cheese variety. Both were really good.

If you have a few minutes, you can make these. They’re really a 1 minute egg but the extra few minutes will include whisking, heating the pan, etc. Seriously, 2-3 minutes! That’s all you need.

I’m your guinea pig. Trust me. This works, and is delicious!

Rolled Omelette

Total Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1


  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2-3 large eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • optional add-in items bacon, ham, sauteed vegetables, etc.


  • Crack 2-3 eggs into a clean bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.
  • Heat an 8-10" omelette pan over very high heat.
  • When hot, add 1 tablespoon of butter to your pan. Swirl it around to coat the entire pan.
  • When butter is at a foamy stage, pour eggs into pan. Allow the eggs to set for a few seconds. (*If adding fillings, do so now) The egg mixture should be sizzling and bubbling. Begin shaking your pan - away from you and back. Do not stop. Your eggs will cook quick. Continue this method, tilt and shake to force your egg to roll onto itself. If this doesn't happen, simply use a rubber spatula to fold the omelette into place.
  • Tilt pan and gently slide omelette onto a plate. Top off with butter (as Julia would do!), cheese, bacon or fresh herbs. Enjoy... or bon appetit! ;)


Yields 1 omelette
Recipe source: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

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39 Responses to “Rolled Omelette – Julia Child”

  1. #
    Jan — May 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Wow, Rachel! Your omelette turned out beautfiully! I’m turning to Julia’s book as well, but for help with pastry school and my failed génoise cakes. Actually, I just cracked open the book last night after another deflated cake. I’m crossing my fingers that her words of wisdom will work out for me as well as they did for you :)

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    Jeannette — May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am

    mmmm omelette!!

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    Kathryn — May 9, 2012 at 8:10 am

    That does look like a perfect omelette! Mine normally look like slop on a plate…lol. This is such a cool series and I look forward to seeing the rest of the posts!

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    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — May 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    What a fun project! This omelet is a great way to kick it all off :)

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    Amy — May 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I didn’t know it was a secret? I’m one of the 100 bloggers, too. I knew I’d be in great company :D But I’m only doing 1 or 2 posts – and I’m sure I’ll end up passing each week until I’ll run out of options and get stuck with a complicated roast or something. I should have done the omelette!

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      Rachel — May 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

      I didn’t want to wear out the fun of it before it started so I chose to not spill the beans publicly until the event started :) I’m honestly a little fearful of some of her more complicated recipes that could be thrown into the mix too!

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    Tracey — May 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I have never successfully made an omelette so I’ll have to try both of the methods you mention, and maybe one will work for me :) Bacon and cheese sounds *really* good!

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    Jen @ — May 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’m doing JC100 too! I am honestly a little scared by this omelette recipe… I might have to try it though.

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      Rachel — May 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

      I was happily surprised by the results. I was so sure it wouldn’t work!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    ooo congrats!! that’s so fun and this looks like a great breakfast..i’m hungry and haven’t eaten breakfast so i’m starving now!! haha at first i thought this entry was a pregnancy announcement..but i didn’t think it was after thinking about it for a bit ;)

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — May 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I’ll have to give this a try. We typically do scrambled for BF and over easy for me… yes, 2 different kinds for breakfast. Gotta change it up

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’m so excited to see your posts in this series!!! You are a real life Julie and Julia movie :) I’m scared to try cooking an omelette this way lol

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    Elle — May 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I’m one of the lucky 100, too! Your omelette came out beautifully, Rachel! They can be so tricky.

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    yay, congrats on being one of the 100 bloggers – i’m thrilled for you! =) and this rolled omelette looks great. i make a lot of rolled omelettes (which you may have seen come across instagram, ha!) + yours looks fab. can’t wait to see the other posts!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — May 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This looks great! I’ve seen that episode where Julia Child makes the rolled omelette but have never tried it myself. I’m glad to hear it is easy enough!

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    heather — May 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    This is perfection, Rachel! Julia would be proud!

    I’m doing the JC100 too – just the sweet stuff though. Can’t wait to see everyone’s posts. :)

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      Rachel — May 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Heather – I’m so excited you’re going to be a part of this too! Can’t wait to see what you do with her recipes :)

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    brandi — May 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    yours looks great! i’m very intimidated to try this – my husband is the omelet maker in our house, too! you make it look easy.

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      Rachel — May 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      You should try it Brandi! If all else fails, hubs can be your backup… that was the plan here lol. I gave it a go and didn’t need his help in the end.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I always fail,miserably, when I try to roll omelets. I must try again, if for nothing else than the admiration for Julia :)

  17. #
    Julia — May 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Pretty much anything Julia does is like pure food gold. Even simple omelets! I love reading her books!
    Fun little project you guys are doing… I bet there will be so many fun recipes!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I love a rolled omelet and yours looks perfect, Rachel! Great job!

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    Pam @ The Meltaways — May 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Neat little series! I remember watching her on TV rolling that omelette thinking, it just couldn’t be that easy! Maybe I’ll bite the bullet and try it – yours looks great!

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      Rachel — May 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      I thought the exact same thing. Surely it couldn’t be that simple… but it is! The rolling takes some practice but otherwise it’s super quick and tasty.

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — May 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This is awesome! Love Julia, love omelets. We like ours with ham and a little garlic powder.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — May 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    i almost always stick to fried eggs bc i suck at omelets…ill have to try this method!

  22. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Too cool! Congrats! I love these omlettes….such an awesome start to your Julia Child recipe features :)

  23. #
    Paula — May 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

    This is a great blog project and I’m sure you will have a lot of fun with it. Your omelette looks wonderful, you are off to a great start!

  24. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Gorgeous! There’s nothing better than a simple omelette!

  25. #
    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — May 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Rachel!! I just saw you on the Julia FB pg! I’m also doing it and will be posting the omelettet tomorrow! So fun! :)))

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      Rachel — May 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to see yours :)

  26. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    What a fun project! Your omelette looks perfect!

  27. #
    marla — May 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Conrgrats! Looks like a very tasty omelette!

  28. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Ahh…didn’t take long to figure this out ;) Love this idea, how cool!

  29. #
    Ceptor — July 4, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Julia was right. Only butter and high heat make a proper Omelet.

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    Jim — August 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I, too, saw The Chew episode you referenced. I kept thinking “No, no, NO!” as he made mistake after mistake after mistake (I love Michael, but you’ll recall him saying “this is the worst omelet I ever made!”). Glad you conquered your fear of heat. There is simply no substitute.

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    Mrs. Earl McDaniel — January 7, 2022 at 11:21 am

    My heat may have been too hot, and I will turn it down one notch next time. Having said that, I was amazed at the outside almost crispy eggs texture on the outside of the omelet and how it browned nicely. It was tender on the inside. I had always cooked my eggs slow and low. This recipe surprised me, too! A friend from Ireland taught me to go through the fridge and use up your leftover bits every week or two. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing.

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      Rachel — January 18, 2022 at 8:35 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Definitely play around with the heat, as each stovetop and pan used will offer different results.

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    LMJ — April 26, 2022 at 10:44 am

    I know this is old, but I learned to make these a long time ago. I serve mine with mild white kim-chi. The omlette is even better with the hot Kim chi, but my belly cannot handle the heat anymore. It is also delicious with a cold bean salad.

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