Omelettes are one of those classic brunch dishes that just turn out so much better when made fresh. It’s hard to imagine that they would taste good reheated, and yet, they absolutely can.
This means that you don’t have to set up an omelette station every time you’re craving an omelette for brunch. It is surprisingly easy to reheat an omelette from the day before and have it turn out just as good as it did on the first day.
That being said, it’s important to know common issues you might face depending on the cooking method you select. Being able to reheat an omelette means you can enjoy your leftovers and not have them go to waste. It’s a win-win.
Keep reading for the most recommended methods for reheating, plus some easy omelette recipes that will convince your friends and family that you’re a real brunch pro.
Reheat an Omelette in the Oven
Using an oven for reheating just about anything is usually a safe bet. While it does take longer than other methods, it provides even heating and guarantees a thoroughly warm omelette.
To reheat an omelette in the oven, you should place the omelette (or omelettes, as you can reheat many at once) in a baking dish and cover the dish with aluminum foil. This will assist in promoting even heating without the risk of burning your omelette.
Next, bake your omelette at 350°F for about 7-9 minutes, or until the omelette is just warm enough, without becoming rubbery.
Pros: Cooks evenly.
Cons: Takes the longest amount of time.
Try this recipe: This chicken omelette turns out best in the oven, as it perfectly reheats the chicken without drying out.
Reheat an Omelette on the Stovetop
Since a good omelette is made on the stovetop, it would make sense that this would be the best method for reheating. Luckily, using the stovetop to reheat your omelette is a great choice that allows for even cooking and proper heat management.
To reheat your omelette using the stovetop, begin by grabbing your favorite nonstick pan and add ½ to 1 tablespoon of butter (depending on the size of your pan).
Once the butter has melted and fully coated the bottom of the pan, add your omelette and cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Then, flip the omelette and add a spoonful of water to the pan.
Place the lid on the pan and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes, or until the omelette is thoroughly warmed. This serves to lightly steam the omelette, which provides essential moisture to prevent the omelette from becoming dry.
Pros: Easy control of the heat, can add a dash of water to moisten.
Cons: You have to add more butter in order to reheat.
Try this recipe: This simple yet sophisticated asparagus omelette reheats nicely on the stovetop.
Reheat an Omelette in the Microwave
While using the microwave does prove to be the fastest way, you can easily end up with rubbery, overcooked eggs if you’re not careful. Luckily, there are some ways to avoid this so you can use a microwave to reheat your omelette if that is your preferred method.
To reheat an omelette in the microwave, lightly wet a large paper towel and wrap it around your omelette. Then, place the paper-towel-covered omelette on a microwave-safe plate and heat in 15-second increments. Continue doing this until your omelette is fully warmed.
Pros: The fastest way.
Cons: Can become rubbery.
Reheat an Omelette in the Air Fryer
Air fryers are a magical thing. They’re small, and yet they can do just about anything, including perfectly reheating an omelette.
Opting for an air fryer to reheat your omelette allows you to cook it quickly, while also guaranteeing even cooking, especially if you’re using an air fryer basket with holes in it.
To reheat your omelette, spray a dash of oil in the basket, then place your omelette in the air fryer basket. If reheating more than one, you can overlap them slightly, though they should not be stacked on top of each other.
Next, cook your omelette at 350°F for 1-2 minutes, or until thoroughly warm.
One potential downside of using the air fryer is that it can burn quickly since it takes such a short amount of time. Therefore, check your omelette after 2 minutes to make sure it hasn’t overcooked before continuing to cook.
Pros: Fast, can reheat multiple at once.
Cons: Can burn easily.
Try this recipe: Shrimp is another tricky ingredient to reheat properly, and that’s why this shrimp omelette turns out best in the air fryer. Both the shrimp and the egg will turn out well.
Reheat an Omelette in the Toaster Oven
Using a toaster oven allows you to get the same even heating as an oven, but more quickly, as it requires less energy to heat up the small space.
To reheat an omelette in the toaster oven, place it on a small baking sheet wrapped in foil. Heat at 350°F for 4-5 minutes, or until your omelette is thoroughly warmed. You can add more than one omelette, so long as they are not stacked on top of each other.
While this method does result in a good reheated omelette, one potential downside is that it can cause some browning around the edges of your omelette. To combat this, check your omelette every few minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn, and flip it halfway through to allow for even cooking.
Pros: Takes less time than the oven, and evenly reheats.
Cons: Burns easily.
Try this recipe: The slight crispiness you get from using the toaster oven really complements this hash brown omelette.
Brunch is supposed to be easy, and what’s easier than turning leftovers into something just as delicious as the day before? While each of the above-mentioned methods has its own pros and cons, it’s easy to adapt each one to suit your needs. Be sure to follow Golden Truffle on Instagram and Pinterest for more answers to your brunch-related questions, plus all the brunch recipes you can handle.
You can, and you should. It’s a common misconception that reheating omelettes is a bad idea. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can easily reheat an omelette in numerous different ways, including the microwave, oven, stovetop, and air fryer.
Yes, you can reheat an omelette straight out of the refrigerator. To do so, you can either place your cold omelette in the microwave, oven, air fryer or on the stovetop and cook until it is thoroughly warmed. Each method has its pros and cons, but each method can reheat a cold omelette.
Yes, an omelette can be eaten the following day. In fact, an omelette can be reheated and taste just as good as it did the previous day. It is surprisingly easy to reheat a cold omelette, provided you utilize a couple of tips and tricks to prevent your omelette from burning or becoming rubbery.
Olivia has been in love with all things food and libations for nearly a decade. When she’s not cooking up new recipes, she enjoys bikepacking, wine tasting, crocheting, and traveling in her camper van up and down the Pacific Northwest.