How to Reheat an Omelet

Omelets are a great way to use up extra eggs and vegetables that you have lying around. They make a good breakfast as they are full of protein and other important nutrients. Omelets are very convenient, they are easy to make or could be bought from a number of restaurants. 

Speaking of restaurants, what happens when you come home with a leftover omelet? What happens when a kid gets full and doesn’t want to finish their omelet. Well, omeletts can be easily reheated with the oven, on the stove, in the air fryer, and in the microwave. 

On the Stove

This is the method that will make your omelet as close to the original quality as possible. This method doesn’t take too long yet gives you a great second-day meal. 

  • Step 1: Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Melt a small amount of butter onto the pan.
  • Step 2: Place the omelet onto the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Step 3: Flip the omelet over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Step 4: If either side needs more time, keep flipping every 1 minute until it has reheated.
  • Step 5: Allow to cool and enjoy. 

Pros:

  • Preserves the taste and texture the best
  • Pretty quick
  • Not a lot of effort

Cons:

  • Be careful not to burn the outsides before the inside is reheated

In the Oven

It may seem weird to put an omelet in the oven, but it’s a good way to evenly reheat the eggs. This method takes less attention than the stovetop, though it does take longer. 

  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350℉ and grease a baking sheet.
  • Step 2: Once the oven is preheated, put the omelet on the baking sheet and cover it with aluminum foil.
  • Step 3: Cook for around 6 minutes.
  • Step 4: Check on the omelet, cook for a few more minutes if necessary. Take out of the oven, allow to cool off, and enjoy.

Pros:

  • Low effort
  • Reheats evenly
  • The foil keeps the omelet moist

Cons:

  • Takes the longest with preheating
  • The texture can change slightly, especially if you don’t put foil over the sheet

In the Air Fryer

It may not be the best for the texture of the eggs, but you can reheat an omelet in the air fryer.

  • Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 350℉
  • Step 2: Make sure your omelet is small enough to fit into the basket. If it’s too big, fold it or cut it up and reheat it in parts.
  • Step 3: Put the omelet in the parchment-lined basket.
  • Step 4: Cook for 1-2 minute intervals. Check frequently so the omelet doesn’t dry out. 
  • Step 5: Once reheated completely, allow to cool and enjoy.

Pros:

  • Not too much effort
  • Doesn’t take as much time as the oven method

Cons:

  • Really easy to dry out the omelet
  • Only works if you have an air fryer
  • You may not be able to fit in the entire omelet

Microwave

This is a last-resort method that is not recommended. It works, but it will change the taste and texture of the omelet by quite a bit. If you need to have your omelet reheated quickly and don’t have the ability to use the other methods, the microwave will still give you a hot omelet.

  • Step 1: Wrap the omelet with a paper towel and place it onto a microwave-safe plate.
  • Step 2: Cook in 20-second increments. Check after each increment.
  • Step 3: Repeat step 2 until the omelet is reheated completely.
  • Step 4: Blot away any excess moisture that may have formed and enjoy.

Pros:

  • Super quick
  • Super easy
  • Still has an okay taste

Cons:

  • You will most likely end up with a rubbery omelet
  • If the omelet has a lot of moisture, there will be a lot of water that seeps out. This may make the omelet soggy and any vegetables in it chewy.

Storing an Omelet

Even though it seems very convenient to put the take-out box with the omelet right into the fridge, that’s not the best way to keep the omelet fresh.

To keep the omelet at its highest quality, wrap the omelet in a paper towel. Then, place the omelet into an air-tight container or a plastic bag. With a plastic bag, make sure to press as much air out as possible. 

In the fridge, omelets will last 3-4 days. You can also put omelets in a freezer. You can skip the paper towel and just keep the omelet in plastic wrap or a plastic bag. In the freezer, omelets last up to 3 months. 

Final Thoughts

There’s a way for everyone to reheat their omelets. Using the way that is best for you will give you a tasty omelet even though it’s no longer super fresh.

You can reheat your omelet in the oven, microwave, air fryer, or on the stovetop. The best way is on the stovetop and you should avoid using the microwave if you can. 

Omelets are a great way to start the day, so being able to enjoy an omelet after it has been made can make another great breakfast.