Poached Omelet

I’m going to let you in on the secret to the fluffiest eggs you’ve ever eaten in your life. Michael Ruhlman shared his recipe for a poached omelet with us when the CompostMaster and I (and many others) had lunch with him at Fearrington House during the promotional tour for his new book Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient (affiliate link).

Poached Omelet

When Ruhlman said the words “poached” and “omelet” in the same breath, folks around the table like Sandra Gutierrez, author of The New Southern-Latino Table and Latin American Street Food (affiliate links) and Lionel Vatinet, Master Baker and author of A Passion for Bread (affiliate link) gasped. Gutierrez even said “I’m going home and trying that TONIGHT.” Ruhlman said he learned the brilliant technique from San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson.

So, of course, there was no question that the Poached Omelet recipe would be the first one I’d try from Egg.

Ruhlman said he learned how to properly poach an egg from Harold McGee’s classic On Food and Cooking (affiliate link). What usually goes wrong with a poached egg? You have those stringy bits that fly away around the edges, right? The next time you crack an egg, look carefully at the white. There’s a thick part and a thin part. The key to a perfectly poached egg is to strain off the thinner part prior to cooking. Ruhlman also uses this technique to make a perfectly poached omelet. Just keep in mind that whatever you use to strain the egg needs to be deep enough to contain the egg.

I hope you enjoy this poached omelet as much as we did. Serve it with some blanched asparagus on the side.

Lionel Vatinet and Michael Ruhlman

Lionel Vatinet and Michael Ruhlman appreciate each other’s books


I’m giving away a SIGNED copy of Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient by Michael Ruhlman. To enter, leave a comment and tell me your favorite thing to do with eggs. The contest will run through Sunday, April 20, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, April 21, 2014. You must be at least 18 years of age with a U.S. mailing address to win. No purchase is necessary; void where prohibited. The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours or another winner may be selected.

Disclaimer: I received two copies of Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient by Michael Ruhlman when I attended a luncheon in his honor sponsored by McIntyre’s Books. I paid to attend the luncheon. All opinions are my own.

Poached Omelet
The fluffiest eggs you've ever eaten
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives (optional)
  1. Strain off the thin, flyaway part of the egg whites: Find a deep spoon with holes such as Michael Ruhlman’s Badass Egg Spoon or deep skimmer. Crack one egg into a small bowl. Place the spoon/skimmer over a second small bowl. Pour the egg into the spoon/skimmer and allow the thinnest part of the egg white to drip into the bowl. Remove yolk and remaining white to a medium bowl. Repeat with second egg. Discard the thin egg whites that drained off or save them for another use.
  2. Cook the omelet: Fill a 2-quart saucepan with water. Bring to a low boil. Beat the eggs with a whisk or fork until thoroughly combined. Stir the water in a circular motion using the handle end of a wooden spoon and pour the eggs into the middle of the pan. Cook for 20 to 30 seconds until the egg floats to the top. Remove to a fine mesh strainer and let all of the water completely drain off.
  3. Serve the omelet: Place cooked eggs in a small serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cheese and chives, if using. Eat immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 194 Fat: 15g Saturated fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 1g Sugar: 1g Sodium: 168mg Fiber: 0g Protein: 14g Cholesterol: 424mg


  1. Heidi says

    I love a simple scramble with a locally made herbed cheese. Just finished it with my breakfast as I read this post, as a matter of fact.

  2. Kellye Brill says

    I love quiche–you can make it ahead of an event, it travels well, reheats well, and can satisfy meat, cheese, and veggie lovers at the same time!

  3. Erin Anderson says

    I became a fan of coddled eggs when I lived in England and love all kinds of variations of them using an egg coddler.

  4. Bonnie K. says

    Poached omelet–that’s different. I have never heard of this. I really do need to try poaching eggs–I have seen pictures of them on top of a main dish. Looks so good. I like cooking easy over eggs and adding them to a quesadilla, add on top of refried beans and salsa, in a sandwich with cheese and ham, scrambled, hard-boiled, quiche–that’s all I can think of right now. I love eggs.

  5. says

    My favorite prep is soft scrambled eggs on toast, with either slides of cheese (like a sharp cheddar) or some sauteed kale.

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