How to Reheat an Omelette

Imagine waking up to a warm and delicious omelet without the hassle of cooking it from scratch. Sounds amazing, right? Well, you’re in luck because today, we’ll explore the best ways to reheat an omelet. I’ve experimented with different reheating techniques to find the one that keeps the eggs soft on the inside and avoids that dreaded rubbery texture.

How I tested reheating an omelet

You can’t get much better than a freshly cooked omelet, but every minute in the morning counts. So, if you can shave a few off by cooking your omelet the night before and reheating it, perfect.

How to Reheat an Omelette

One evening, I cooked up a batch of my favorite omelets – using a blend of onions, mushrooms, and parsley (I might have had one for dinner – breakfast for dinner is the best, right?!). I left the omelets overnight and set about reheating them the following day. I tested four different reheating methods:

I took notes on the texture of the omelets once I’d reheated them, as well as how they tasted.

Tip on make-ahead omelets

Before we dive into the reheating methods, here’s a handy tip for making make-ahead omelets. If you know you’re going to store your omelet to reheat later, avoid filling it with watery vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, or zucchini. These will get soggy quickly during storage and also release water while you’re heating the omelet. It’s better to go with more sturdy ingredients like mushrooms, meat, peppers, or potatoes.

You can also just prep all the fillings you want, store these in the fridge or the freezer, and then cook the eggs fresh. You’ll save a load of time not having to chop veg every morning!

How to reheat an omelet in a skillet

Let’s start with the best method for reheating an omelet – the skillet. This method brings back the omelet’s flavor and ensures the eggs stay moist. Here’s how:

  1. Melt some butter (or oil) in a pan on a low-medium heat.
  2. When the butter has melted, add the omelet.
  3. Heat the omelet for 1-2 minutes on both sides until it’s warmed all the way through.

Take the omelet out as soon as it’s heated all the way through; you don’t want to leave it too long or the eggs will overcook. Don’t worry if you notice some water leaking out of the omelet as it heats; this is perfectly fine and will evaporate.

I always use butter as my source of fat in the pan because I like the flavor it adds to the omelet. But you can also use oil or even bacon fat if you’re feeling indulgent.

Results: This was the best reheating method for me. The butter re-invigorated the flavors of the omelet, and the eggs didn’t dry out. You’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a reheated omelet and a fresh one from the stove.

How to reheat an omelet in the microwave

Now, let’s explore the quickest and most convenient method – the microwave. However, keep in mind that the texture of the omelet might not be as perfect as the skillet method. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Line a microwave-safe plate with a dry paper towel (optional).
  2. Place your omelet on top of the dry paper towel and cover it with a damp paper towel.
  3. Reheat the omelet for 30 seconds before checking on it. If needed, add an extra 10 seconds.

The bottom paper towel soaks up any excess water that the omelet releases as it cooks, and the damp paper towel creates steam in the microwave, helping keep the omelet moist. Be cautious with timing in the microwave, as omelets can overcook quickly.

Results: While the microwave is the quickest and easiest reheating method, the texture of the omelet suffered, making it slightly chewier than the original. Nevertheless, it still tasted fine, making it a viable option for a speedy breakfast.

How to reheat an omelet in the oven

If you have a bit more time to spare, the oven method can be a good choice. It’s slower but results in a quality omelet. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Spray some non-stick oil on a baking tray or line it with parchment paper.
  3. Place the omelet on the baking tray and cover it with aluminum foil.
  4. Put the omelet in the oven and heat it for 4-5 minutes until it’s heated through (less in a toaster oven).

Using grease or fat prevents the eggs from sticking to the baking tray, and covering the omelet with foil helps retain moisture, preventing it from drying out too much.

Results: While this method is slower, it maintains the quality of the omelet, ensuring the eggs remain tender and flavorful. It’s particularly handy for larger batches when feeding a family.

How to reheat an omelet in the air fryer

For those with an air fryer, you can use it to reheat your omelet quickly. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper.
  3. Place the omelet in the air fryer basket.
  4. Heat the omelet for 1-2 minutes.

Check on the omelet after a minute to gauge its temperature. If your omelet doesn’t fit in the air fryer basket, you can cut it in half, but remember to heat each half separately.

Results: The air fryer produces a nice omelet, albeit slightly overcooked. However, it’s a quick option. Keep in mind that your omelet might not fit in the air fryer basket, requiring two rounds of heating.

How to reheat a Spanish omelet

When it comes to reheating a Spanish omelet, the best way is to use the oven. Preheat it to 350°F (180°C) and cover the omelet in foil before baking for 5-10 minutes. Thicker omelets will take longer to reheat. Alternatively, you can use the microwave. Cover the omelet with a damp paper towel and microwave it for 1-2 minutes.

How to store a leftover omelet

If you have leftover omelets, proper storage is crucial to maintaining their quality. Here’s how to do it:

  • To store an omelet, put it in an airtight container lined with paper towels.
  • You can keep an omelet in the fridge for 3-4 days or up until the use-by date of any perishable ingredients (e.g., ham).
  • The paper towels soak up excess moisture, preventing the omelet from becoming too soggy.
  • If storing multiple omelets in one container, separate the layers with parchment paper or additional paper towels.

Remember, if you plan to store the omelet, opt for sturdy fillings rather than watery ones to preserve its quality.

Can you freeze omelets?

Yes, you can freeze omelets for future convenience. Here’s how:

  • Wait for your omelet to cool to room temperature before wrapping it in plastic wrap and putting it in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • You can freeze several wrapped omelets in one bag. Squeeze the air out of the bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.

While omelets can technically last up to a year in the freezer, their quality may diminish after three months. Removing as much air as possible from the bag helps slow down freezer burn.

When freezing omelets, choose freezer-friendly fillings. Meat and cheese fillings freeze well, but with vegetables, you need to be more cautious. Mushrooms, onions, and peppers freeze well, while tomatoes and cooked spinach tend to lose their texture upon thawing.

How do you thaw and reheat a frozen omelet?

To thaw a frozen omelet, leave it on the counter to come to room temperature. If you’re in a hurry, you can speed up the process by submerging the sealed omelet in cold water.

If you want to use the frozen omelet as soon as you wake up, leave it in the fridge overnight or consider reheating it straight from the freezer. To reheat a frozen omelet, use one of the following methods:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and heat the omelet for 8-10 minutes until it’s heated through.
  • Or microwave the omelet for 45-60 seconds. Drain away any excess moisture that accumulates during the reheating process before serving.

How to Reheat Omelette

Reheating an omelette is fairly straightforward, but you need to be careful not to overcook it, as it can become dry and rubbery. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reheat an omelette:

Prepare your omelette: If your omelette has any fillings or toppings like cheese, vegetables, or meats, make sure they are evenly distributed inside the omelette.

Slice it into smaller pieces: Cutting your omelette into smaller portions will help it heat more evenly and reduce the risk of overcooking.

Use a microwave (recommended method):

  • Place the omelette pieces on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Cover the plate with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap. If using plastic wrap, leave a small vent to allow steam to escape.
  • Microwave the omelette on medium power (50-60% power) for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The exact time may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave.
  • Check the omelette to see if it’s heated through. If not, continue microwaving in 15-30 second intervals until it’s hot but not overcooked.

Use an oven (for larger omelettes or if you prefer a crisper texture):

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Place the omelette pieces on an oven-safe dish or baking sheet.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil to help retain moisture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the omelette is heated through.

Use a skillet:

  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Place the omelette pieces in the skillet.
  • Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.
  • Heat for a few minutes, flipping the pieces occasionally, until the omelette is hot.

Serve immediately: Once your omelette is heated through, remove it from the heat source and serve promptly.


In conclusion, reheating an omelet doesn’t have to result in a disappointing breakfast. Whether you choose the skillet, microwave, oven, or air fryer method, you can enjoy a warm and delicious omelet with the right approach. Plus, now you know how to store and freeze omelets for those busy mornings when time is of the essence.