There’s nothing quite like enjoying a fabulous omelet on a lazy Sunday morning. And nothing can ruin the best of intentions quite as quickly as an omelet that doesn’t turn properly or breaks instead of folding or rolling just right.
The secret to the perfect brunch is just the right spatula.
What makes a good spatula? The perfect spatula will let the egg run off of it smoothly and not create too much destruction in your fragile omelet.
We’ve figured out exactly what to look for in an omelet spatula and come up with our favorite 5 flippers for every situation.
What To Look For In An Omelet Spatula
The perfect omelet is the result of a great egg or two, a little bit of patience, and the right spatula. When you pour your egg mixture into the pan it begins to cook around the edges almost immediately. You need to use your spatula to push from the outside into the center, encouraging the raw egg to hit the bottom of the hot pan.
The true art of an omelet, as any great cook knows, is the flip or turn at the end. If your spatula is too small, you’ll tear your egg apart. If it’s too big, it’ll be impossible to edge underneath the delicate surface. You also don’t want too rigid or too floppy.
You probably never put this much thought into an omelet spatula before, but we care about your brunch and have carefully reviewed the options to bring you the best 5 choices.
The 5 Best Omelet Spatulas
|OXO Good Grips Flip and Fold Omelet Turner
|Di Oro Standard Flexible Silicone Turner Spatula
|Calphalon Egg Whisking Fork and Omelette Turner Set
|Norpro Nonstick 13-Inch Slotted Spatula
|TENTA Kitchen Grip-EZ Round Flexible Large Spatula
1. OXO Good Grips Flip and Fold Omelet Turner
When a generic kitchen tool gets a make-over to be perfect for one single task, it better accomplish that task better than any other option.
The OXO Omelet Turner delivers! It’s just the right shape and size for omelets.
The turner has flexible edges that glide perfectly beneath your egg, but it’s wide enough and the handle has enough strength to let you control the flip or fold without tearing.
- Silicone material is safe for non-stick cookware heat resistant up to 600°F
- ‘Good Grips’ means a soft, comfortable, non-slip handle that won’t get lose in your hand, even if it gets wet
2. Di Oro Chef Series Standard Flexible Silicone Turner Spatula
While OXO has made a tool that is made specifically for omelets, Di Oro has made a tool that is made for everything, and just happens to excel at omelets as well. This particular spatula will be a go-to utensil for cooks of any and every skill level.
This company is dedicated to quality and performance, and this spatula is built to last, thought they’ll give you a forever warranty to make sure.
- The design is ergonomic and has a clever thumb indent on the non-slip handle giving extra control while you create your omelet
- Dishwasher safe, this turner is made from heat resistant silicon with a stainless-steel internal handle for strength and durability
3. Calphalon Nylon Egg Whisking Fork and Omelette Turner Set
There are two ways to make an omelet: tip the pan occasionally to let the uncooked eggs hit the pan and set or use a whisk or fork to gently stir the eggs inside the pan. A metal fork or whisk and signal a short life for a non-stick pan, but the Nylon egg whisking for that comes paired with this turner set will let you distribute the heat for a perfect omelet and an undamaged pan. The turner is the perfect size for a beautifully turned French omelet.
- Thought this set is nylon and not silicon it is still heat resistant up to 400F, dishwasher safe and BPA free
- It comes with a lifetime warranty but, the best part is, when you use it, your non-stick pans won’t need their own warranty
4. Norpro Nylon Nonstick 13-Inch Slotted Spatula
This spatula does a fantastic job flipping or folding your omelets, but it’s also sturdy enough to hold up to burgers, pancakes or sweet, warm cookies!
It has a beveled head, letting is glide nicely underneath your eggs, or fish fillets if you prefer.
- Another nylon set that is heat resistant up to 410F and dishwasher safe
- This handle is non-slip with a handy thumb grip for great control
5. TENTA Kitchen Grip-EZ Premium Chef Series Round Flexible Large Spatula
This extra-wide, rounded spatula is super thin.
Even though is large, it will slip nicely along the edge of your pan, getting right underneath your omelet making it easy and very supportive for flipping.
It’s lightweight and easy to handle, not to mention safe for use on all your non-stick pans
- High quality nylon, 100% BPA free making it safe for cooking with up to 410F
- They have a hassle-free money-back guarantee because the manufacturer knows you won’t need it – this is going to be your go-to spatula for all your omelet and cooking needs
How To Use An Omelet Spatula Properly
There are two main stages to making an omelet:
- making sure it’s cooked properly throughout
- and then folding it beautifully in true omelet style.
Once you’ve whisked the egg well in a separate bowl it will start to cook almost immediate when you add it to a hot pan. Some cooks prefer to use their spatula to pull some of the egg from the outer edge of the pan into the center, then tilt the pan so the liquid egg flows to the hot pan. This is repeated until the egg is set throughout.
Other chefs prefer to use their spatula to gently mix the egg in the pan as it cooks to evenly distribute the heat. The stirring should continue until the egg is about 80% set, and then you would use your spatula to gently spread the eggs out smoothly across the pan.
At this point, you’re ready to add your toppings.
Finally, you need to use your spatula to fold or flip your egg.
For a western-style omelet:
- Put your toppings on one side of your egg mixture.
- Work your spatula carefully underneath the opposite side.
- In one swift motion, fold the omelet in half over your toppings.
For a French-style omelet:
- Lay your toppings in the center of your egg mixture.
- Edge your spatula along one side of your egg, turning it into the center, laying it over your filling but only 2/3 of the way across your pan.
- Then repeat on the other side, closing the omelet.
Perfect Omelet Quick Tips
- Use room temperature eggs, not cold from the fridge eggs. Cold eggs take longer to set and can get rubbery in the cooking process.
- Add your egg mixture to a pre-warmed pan and cook over medium heat. If your pan is too hot, the bottom will cook too quickly and you’ll be left with a runny layer. If it’s not hot enough, you’ll have to cook your egg too long and it might get rubbery.
- Be cautious with your filling. The filling can be the best part of your omelet but a little bit goes a long way and a lot makes it substantially more difficult to flip or fold.
- When you’re nearly ready to flip your omelet at 1 teaspoon of water to the pan. The steam will lift the egg and make it easier to flip without risk of it sticking.
- For a western-style omelet, let your eggs cook slightly longer, so they brown. For a French-style omelet, there should be no browning, but just a gentle stiffness
- Shake your pan before trying to flip to make sure the egg hasn’t stuck to the pan.
Why are there holes in some spatulas?
Different types of utensils have different sizes and shapes of holes, but for the most part, it is to allow excess water or oil to seep through the holes while still keeping a grip on the food you’re cooking.
In the case of turning tools, some are meant to simply allow grease to drain but others are slotted for the specific purpose of allowing you to pick up more delicate foods without them suctioning themselves to your spatula in the process.
Are rubber spatulas safe?
Silicone is a type of rubber, so this answer covers both rubber and silicone spatulas: yes, they are completely safe for use in your kitchen. They’re incredibly heat resistant, dishwasher safe and the won’t scratch or harm your cookware.
Plastic is not rubber, however, and it isn’t nearly as durable, so double check before buying or cooking with any new utensils.
What is the best temperature to cook eggs?
The general rule for eggs is to use a low to medium temperature to prevent the whites from going rubbery, but specific temperatures vary depending on what kind of egg you want to cook.
For an omelet, preheat your pan slowly over low heat and add your egg mixture once the temperature reaches about 250 degrees.