Western Omelette Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Modified: August 4, 2021
Western Omelette Recipe

A Western omelette is a quick and easy breakfast recipe that makes use of simple ingredients to make a filling and savory meal. Hash browns, mixed vegetables, shredded cheddar cheese, and of course, the eggs all make a great combo that makes you feel full for the rest of the day. It’s a great dish to have with toasted bread or even a bowl of white rice. Also, you can make these into a breakfast sandwich to bring to work! Try pairing it with a stuffed bagel ball, cheesy hash brown egg bites, and many other delicious breakfast dishes. 

What is a Western Omelette?

Western omelette is also called the Denver omelet. It was originally a sandwich but eventually evolved into what we know today as the American style of cooking eggs. So, what’s in a western omelette? Unlike the French version which you fold into a smooth roll, the western omelette is folded in half. You then fry it in a skillet until golden brown and slightly crispy. In addition, the ingredients are typically ham, bell peppers, onions, and cheese to combine with the egg mixture. 

Tips on Making Western Omelette

Despite being an easy dish, it’s also easy to mess up an omelette. You don’t have to worry. We’re here to give you some helpful tips on making this hearty breakfast omelette truly flavorful.


  • Saute the vegetables over medium heat until it’s softened and lightly browned before adding into the egg mixture. Pre-cooking the vegetables will bring their flavors out early on.
  • Add milk for a fluffy and light texture. If you’re like us, we prefer omelettes that are extra fluffy, achieved by continuously beating the eggs and adding milk.
  • Avoid overfilling the omelette with toppings which can ruin or tear the omelette when it’s time for folding.
  • Use a non-stick pan. Since we’re folding the egg, we need the omelette to be easily removed from the pan, and a non-stick pan helps with this cooking process.
  • Cook over medium heat for best results. Too high of a temperature would dry out and burn it while low heat will make it too runny.

How To Make Western Omelette

Enjoy your breakfast with this Western omelette recipe packed with lots of tasty fillings from vegetables to hash browns and cheddar cheese.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 13 mins
Total: 23 mins


  • 32 oz hash brown potatoes, thawed and shredded
  • 10 oz lean ham, cubed and slightly cooked
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded, or Monterey Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup green bell paper (or red bell pepper), finely chopped
  • cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper, to taste


  1. Gather and prepare the ingredients.

  2. On a frying pan, add in the oil and sauté the bell peppers for about 3 minutes or until it’s softened. Set aside to cool.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add in milk, ham, onion, salt and pepper.

  4. Using the same pan, wipe off the oil, then melt butter.

  5. Next, add in the shredded hash browns.

  6. Cook while pressing down and flip to cook the other side.

  7. Cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.

  8. Then, pour in the egg mixture. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly.

  9. Cook for about a minute or until edges begin to set.

  10. Use a rubber spatula to lift the one side of the omelette, and then fold onto the other side.

  11. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, then loosen the edges of the omelette with the rubber spatula. Slide onto a plate. Serve.


  • Calcium: 406mg
  • Calories: 419kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 335mg
  • Fat: 24g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Potassium: 541mg
  • Protein: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 850mg
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 902IU
  • Vitamin C: 10mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What cheese is best in omelettes?

Any type of cheese can work well with this western omelette dish. Aside from shredded cheddar cheese, you can also try mozzarella, parmesan, swiss cheese, or alpine cheese like Gruyère. Make sure that the cheeses will also melt properly under medium heat. Shredded cheeses or thinly sliced cheeses will melt better than your cubed cheeses.

Is it safe to reheat a Western omelette?

Microwave your omelets on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Remember before heating to place your omelette on a microwave-safe plate, and cover with a paper towel.



Plan your next breakfast meal with this American-style western omelette that is packed with delicious fillings. It’s a wonderful and delightful breakfast addition to make your mornings fun. Serve it alongside other breakfast dishes like pancakes or waffles.

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