This “Super Fluffy” Omelette Technique Is the Most Impressive Thing You Can Do with Eggs

updated Feb 5, 2020
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Eggs are a food that you can eat every day, but they don’t have to be an everyday food. That’s why everyone is constantly exclaiming over whatever the latest, greatest way to cook them into an omelette is — as a “tornado,” with ramen, French-style, in a special pan, as an Indian-style bread one, and so on and so forth. Recently, a sleeper style that’s been around for a while but now getting a lot of hype is taking the stage on Reddit: the “super fluffy” or soufflé omelette. 

The style has been around for ages — you’ll find versions of it in old cookbooks — but the beautiful, sky-high versions coming out of restaurants in Japan the last few years have made them a popular choice for Instagrammers looking to get a little internet attention. The beautiful version made on manga series Shokugeki no Soma didn’t hurt that popularity. 

There are many different versions of the recipe, depending on your commitment level to making it perfect, but at its simplest, it just involves eggs and a little butter to cook them in. The Reddit version, the original poster says, was made by whipping two egg yolks in one bowl and three whites in another, folding the yolks into the whites, then pouring into a nonstick pan with two tablespoons of butter. It cooked on low for eight minutes.

On Bon Appetit’s video channel, Carla Lalli Music makes a version that is similar. The version from Shokugeki no Soma is a bit more complicated, with flour and heavy cream. Some simpler recipes exist where you just whip the eggs without separating them, but you’ll never get quite the impressive height and ethereal fluffiness without that extra little step. 

And, while omelettes so often mean that they will be stuffed, you don’t want to add too much inside these other than a sprinkling of cheese, or you’ll weigh them down. Add any sauce of vegetables on the side.