Mushroom Omelette for One

Mushroom Omelette for One

Omelettes are so quick and easy to make, plus they’re filling and nutritious. So if you’re looking for a healthy and filling vegetarian breakfast, give this a try.

Another abitmoreveg recipe – although I think I had this on the old twimii site as well, I definitely had the one that used smoked salmon instead of mushrooms – very good. I tend to think, rightly or wrongly, of smoked salmon as a healthy(ish) substitute for smokey rashers. The mushroom one is good too. I love mushrooms with garlic and so I have garlic in this recipe but to be honest it’s also really good without it. If you’re not using the garlic fry the mushrooms in butter – or a mix of olive oil and butter.

You’ll be glad to know – possibly – that I’m only going to allow myself post a rant or ramble if the previous post is a recipe one. Yep, ’tis a food blog.

By the way this was by far and away the most irritating post I’ve ever done – for me. I put a lid on the frying pan and I couldn’t get it off again. I was going mental.

Just one more thing, the tips I give for making an omelette are for how I like omelettes and I got them from a recipe book – probably Delia Smith‘s but I’m not sure. Other people like the eggs totally beaten and want to add cheese, etc. I’m no omelette expert – obviously – I have trouble just using frying pans – but I didn’t like eggs for years and this way of cooking them was one of the things that changed my mind. Now I like eggs lots of ways. So each to their own.

mushroom omelette and cup of coffee
Cup of coffee and a mushroom omelette for one.

Omelettes are so quick and easy to make, plus they’re filling and nutritious.

Well, usually they’re quick and easy, I had a bit of an ordeal making this one. I fried the mushrooms and put a lid on the frying pan while I was taking a quick picture of the beaten egg. I then went to take off the lid and – it would not budge. I spent well over 30 minutes trying to get the lid off the pan. I tried everything, putting it under a cold tap, leaving it outside to cool, blowing air in through the vent hole, sucking air out of the vent hole – nothing worked, I was going mad. I was certain I was going to have to break the lid (which is made of glass) to be able to use the pan again.

Of course I also went searching online. I found this forum where people were responding to the person asking the very same question as me -“Help I put a saucepan lid on a frying pan and now I can’t get it off” – a lot of the replies were sarcastic “the pan’s possessed” etc. Normally I would find this funny but faced with the prospect of losing both a saucepan lid and a frying pan it just made me madder and madder. And it seemed like none of the advice was at all helpful.

I should mention that while I was taking the picture of the egg I removed the frying pan from the heat, so the pan cooled a little while the lid stayed hot. How did I get the lid unstuck? Put the pan on maximum heat, it expanded and I could remove the lid. Simple once I’d done it but so very maddening until then.

Normally omelettes are the easiest thing in the world to make. Just never put a saucepan lid on frying pan – doesn’t matter how perfectly it seems to fit at first – don’t do it!

You can of course put a lid on frying pan, but if it’s not for that pan and it’s slots inside perfectly – be careful.

ingredients for mushroom omelette for one
2 eggs, 2 or 3 mushrooms, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. And the right sized pan.

Mushroom Omelette for One

Serves 1

Mushroom Omelette for One


  • 2 eggs, gently beaten/mixed together
  • 2 – 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt & pepper


  1. Heat a little olive oil to the frying pan. Add the mushrooms, garlic, parsley and some salt and pepper. Cook until done to your liking.
  2. If you cooked the mushrooms on a gentle setting, turn the heat up to high before adding the egg. Add in the egg and move the pan around so that it covers the pan. With a fork or spoon pull the sides into the centre, moving the pan so that the still liquid egg fills up the spaces. Do this until the egg is just set and still soft. It takes little over half a minute.
  3. Once done remove from the heat and fold one half of the omelette over the other half. Serve immediately on a warmed plate.


There are four simple rules for making a perfect omelette-for-one:

1. Use two eggs and don't over beat them. They need to be mixed together more than beaten. This way the egg tastes creamier.

2. Whatever filling you're using (e.g. mushroom, roasted veg, chipped potato) should only take up one-third of the pan. The eggs are the star in an omelette.

3. Make sure you're filling is cooked to how you like it before you add the egg, as this is cooked at a high temperature very quickly. The egg should be just set, still soft and not totally dry when done.

4. Cook in a small frying pan (6 - 8 in / 15.5 - 20 cm in diametre). If it's larger than this the egg will cook too quickly and dry out.

Don’t over-beat the egg. Turn your head sideways – I swear it’s grinning!!!
3 mushrooms was really too much. Mushroom decrease in size as they are cooked but these still took up half the pan. But when you’re making an omelette you want the veggie bit to only take up about a third of the pan. You can remove the excess and serve on the side.
This was the one that caused all the trouble…
This one looks better – I used a smaller pan – but I made one today and took some more photos – tried to make it look as good as it tastes.
Turn it into a bit of brunch or lunch – have a carrot, celery and caraway seeds salad with your omelette.