Mastering the Soft Scramble: French Omelette Debate

Is the soft scramble step essential for a French omelette? Reddit debates the pros and cons.

I’ve been trying to master a classic French omelette in my new ceramic nonstick pan. Every instruction I’ve read tells me I need to start by soft scrambling the eggs but when I do that, I find that when it comes to the folding stage, I think I’ve scraped all the butter off my pan and mixed it into the eggs, and at least one part of my omelette often sticks. I decided to try just pouring the whisked eggs into the pan and letting it cook without touching it, and that yields a MUCH better result imo. Am I missing something? I’ve been struggling with the way I was shown in many videos; yet this method yielded in my eyes, a perfect omelette with 0 effort.

Please destroy me in the comments and tell me why I’m wrong, thank you.

Summary

  • Soft scramble for texture
  • Preference over tradition
  • Buttery and custardy debate
  • Quick vs. slow cooking methods

EmbraceHegemony

I’m pretty sure the “soft scramble” is to have most of the omelette cooked to the same degree before adding the filling and rolling it when the eggs have JUST set. I’m sure you are able to roll your omelette just fine but the outside is probably way more cooked than the inside. A properly cooked French omelette should have no browning on the eggs whatsoever and should be uniformly cooked, at least that’s my understanding.

Qui3tSt0rnm

You soft scramble the eggs because that’s how you achieve the best texture. Cook it however way is easiest for you though as long as you like the end product. It sounds like you could use a new frying pan though.

HandbagHawker

Not here to yuck anyone else’s yum. Its a matter of preference. The argument for the French style omelette is that it has a tender soft texture that is almost custard-like that is perfectly warm all the way through. The constant stirring over lower heat yields a softer much smaller curd. The extra butter is incorporated into the eggs so it shouldn’t ever really feel greasy or oily but still has a boatload of butter flavor.

Irascorr

I don’t think you’re wrong, and your omelette is probably perfect. This is more about a consistently repeatable process or procedure, crossed with what defines the classic French omelette. Traditional technical definition is that there should be no color on the outside, and soft inside. That is difficult to do with a high heat environment and a short cook time.

So does more butter or oil than most people use or adding it during cooking. If you’re cooking at a low enough temperature and you’re watching what’s happening, your omelette is exactly how you want it. If you want to make one every few minutes during brunch, pre-scramble and use more fat.

Conclusion

In the battle of soft scramble vs. straight pour, it seems that preference and desired texture play a significant role. While tradition may dictate one method, it’s clear that personal taste and efficiency also influence the approach to crafting the perfect French omelette.