Omelette Pans – How to choose and buy an omelette pan

What is the best pan for making an omelette? In culinary terms, there really isn’t such a thing as an “omelette pan”. However when the time comes to cooking the omelette, if you do not have the right equipment, you might end up with scrambled eggs at best.

An omelette pan is a skillet with shallow sides that curve and flare out gently. Most cookware sets include an 8-inch pan which should be a good size for making a 2 to 3 egg omelet.

The material you choose is important. While you can make a thick fritatta in a well-seasoned cast iron pan and finish it in the oven, a quick omelette will not do well in it.

The best pan (and my all-time favorite) for an omelette is the hefty 3 ply stainless steel with nonstick coating pictured below. This is an All-Clad Stainless 9″ Non-Stick French Skillet. It has perfect sloping sides and a long handle. The nonstick surface is durable and its thick aluminium core retains heat superbly.

All-Clad Stainless 9″ Non-Stick French Skillet

Since the All Clad pan comes with a hefty price, you might want to look for an alternative. America’s Test Kitchens (a popular PBS show) did some testing and they came up with an inexpensive alternative.

Gourmet Chef Nonstick  Frying Pan

I keep a nonstick pan strictly reserved for eggs and pancakes. If you have the storage space, I recommend that you keep one too.

Do you have any comments? Is there a specific pan you use for omelettes? Let us know.

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