A Guide to Selecting the Best Omelette Pan
Preparing perfect omelettes or “sunny-side up” eggs can be tricky. There can be problems of hot spots in the skillet, where one part is hotter than another. It might also be challenging to flip an omelette properly, or to get the right consistency to the egg yolks in “sunny-side up” eggs. And there are also specialty dishes, such as the rolled Japanese Tamagoyaki omelette, or frittatas or Spanish omelettes, where you include all sorts of interesting fillings in your omelette. Well, there are special omelette pans that can get the job done!
We’ll see some of the features of the best skillets for making omelettes, and how to choose the right one for your type of stove. We’ll also learn about square omelette pans and hinged, dual-compartment pans, that can widen your serving options considerably. If you’re looking for ways to make breakfast more interesting, these omelette pans are a big help!
Types of Omelette Pans
Round skillet: This is like a typical frying pan, with an increased bottom and sloping sides to make it easier to flip an omelette.An example is the Caannasweis Nonstick Pan Marble Frying Pan. It has an 8” diameter and a soft touch handle that won’t get hot. It is suitable for induction stoves, with a stainless steel bottom layer.
Caannasweis Nonstick Pan Marble Frying Pan
Tamagoyaki omelette pan: This has a rectangular shape, for the distinctive tamagoyaki rolled omelette. You make it by cooking a square omelette and rolling it up (much like a burrito), and placing it on the side of the omelette pan. You then prepare another such omelette, and roll the previous burrito-shaped omelet into the new omelet. You can do this several times, until you get a Tamogoyaki omelet of the desired thickness. The Iwachu
Tamagoyaki omelette pan is a pre-seasoned cast-iron square skillet.
Iwachu Tamagoyaki Omelette Pan
Frittata frying pan: There are also omelette pans with two hinged sections, that allow you to prepare frittatas: an omelet filled with fried meat, cheese, or vegetables. You prepare an omelet in one section, while frying the filling in the other section. When the filling is sufficiently sauteed, you flip the filling section into the omelet section. (Grasp the handle with a hot pad.) This allows the filling to mix with the omelet. When the bottom of the omelet is sufficiently cooked, you close the frying pan again, flip the frittata and cook the other side. You can also make personal-size omelets in each side of the frittata pan. An example is the Nordic Ware Italian Frittata and Omelette Pan.
Nordic Ware Italian Frittata and Omelette Pan
Another variant of the hinged frittata pan is the Cuisinart 10-inch Nonstick Frittata Pan Set. It is actually a pair of matching, interlocking frying pans. You can of course use each skillet separately. But each skillet has a loop on the end that serves as a lifting handle, which allows you to lock them together. You can thus cook an omelette in one pan, close it with the upper pan, flip the omelet, and complete cooking the omelette.
Cuisinart 10-inch Nonstick Frittata Pan Set
What reviewers say
Here are some customers’ impressions about the omelette pan that they bought:
Flipping the frittata pan: One customer who bought the Techef Frittata and Omelette Pan said that, after closing the frying pan, you should flip the frittata pan from front to back (i.e., handle over handle), and not from side to side. Flipping it from side-to-side may cause the uncooked food leak out through the corners of the hinges. He said that it took a few times before he got it right!
Using the correct heat setting: The makers of the Calphalon Omelette Fry Pan recommend low heat for warming or simmering foods, a medium heat for frying, grilling, sauteeing, or stir frying, and a high heat if you are cooking with a lot of liquid and you want to boil it. One customer who bought the Nordic Ware Italian Frittata and Omelette Pan said that he browns the ingredients of the filling in one side of the skillet on a low flame, and then adds them to the omelette cooking in the other compartment. After the omelette is ready, flip it, and wait only a minute, so that the onelette will not be too brown or scorched.
Here are some tips to help you select an omelette pan:
Compatible with your induction stove: You’ll notice that some omelette pans are suitable for an induction stove. Typically, pans made from cast-iron can be used on an induction stove. This is because cast-iron is magnetic, and a current is created in the cast-iron skillet by magnetic induction from the stove’s induction coil. The induced electric current in the skillet is what causes it to heat up. However, be aware that some skillets made from stainless steel may not be compatible with an induction stove, even though steel is also magnetic. This is because the base layer of steel must be of a magnetic grade to generate sufficient heat by induction. The Techef Tamajoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan has a stainless steel base, but is suitable for induction stoves as well.
Oven-safe: Besides just preparing omelettes or frying, you may want to use your omelette pan for preparing meals in an oven, such as roast chicken, or chicken pot pie. But, you’ll have to make sure that your omelette pan won’t be damaged by the heat of an oven. For example, skillets with faux wood handles are not suitable for use in an oven. However, the All-Clad Hard Anodized Nonstick 10” Fry Pan is one of the best in this area, and its nonstick coating is oven-safe up to 500℉, while its glass lid is oven-safe up to 350 ℉.
Nonstick surface: Nonstick cookware allows you to cook with little to no oil, and there’s less of a risk of the food scorching. It’s also easier to clean a non-stick surface. Many omelette pans will have a Teflon coating to provide the non-stick property. You’ll have to be careful to use silicone utensils when cooking, so as not to scratch the Teflon, which will cause it to degrade with time. Other skillets, such as the IBBM Tamagoyaki Omelette Pan, have a Maifanite stone coating, that won’t chip, peel, or flake. Other pans will be pre-seasoned, which also prevents food from sticking to the pan.
Warning against cooking spray: There are non-stick cooking oil sprays that help in not letting food stick when cooking. But for some omelette pans, cooking spray can actually make your job harder! The manufacturers of Calphalon Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware say not to use cooking spray, because it can leave a gummy residue that will actually cause food to stick. Instead, they recommend putting olive oil or vegetable oil in an oil mister and spray that onto the pan’s surface.
We studied some of the options available in the Best Reviews Guide list of the best omelette pans. There were quite a few surprises among the different options, where we saw that they can accomplish much more than an ordinary frying pan! You can also use these specialty skillets for other foods that require flipping, such as grilled sandwiches and pancakes. These omelette pans will ensure great results every time!