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One of my favorite low carb breakfast options is a western omelette (also known as a Denver Omelette) or really, any omelette given how easy and versatile they are to mix up. The western though includes some of my favorite flavours and is a power breakfast that can easily keep me going past lunch.

Western Omelette / Denver Omelette
Western Omelette / Denver Omelette

How to Make a Western Omelette (Denver Omelette)

Western (or Denver) Omelette’s are super easy to make and omelette’s in general are a great choice for low carb breakfasts because they pack you full of protein and keep you full for quite a while easily. Here are the basic steps required to make a western omelette.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper/red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cooked ham chopped
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt/pepper to taste

Getting Started

  1. In a medium bowl beat the eggs well. Set aside.
  2. In an 8 inch skillet, melt 1 tbsp of butter. Add in the onion and saute until tender.
  3. Add in the bell peppers and fry until the onions are softened to your liking and the bell peppers are tender crisp.
  4. Add the ham and cook for one more minute, stirring.
  5. Pour the eggs mixture over top of the fried ham/vegetables mixture.
  6. Turn down the stove heat to low and cover with a lid for about 4-5 minutes.
  7. Once the eggs are solid and cooked almost through, flip the entire circle and cook for one more minute.
  8. Place the cheese on one side of the omelette and fold over the omelette into a half circle shape.
  9. Let the cheese melt inside then serve.
Close up of a completed Western Omelette / Denver Omelette
Close up of a completed Western Omelette / Denver Omelette

The key to a good western omelette (or Denver Omelette) is to make sure that you cook both sides of the omelette before you add the cheese and fold it in half. If you don’t do this, you’ll end up with an uncooked omelette. I’ve seen some people (my kids specifically) think that once you flip the omelette, it’s time to fold it over the cheese but make sure things are evenly cooked first as the cheese melts quite quickly.

Doesn't that look delicious?
Doesn’t that look delicious?

Tips & Tricks for Making a Western Omelette / Denver Omelette

  • Use finely chopped onion to avoid large chunks (also remember that onion takes a bit to cook before it’s soft and uncooked onion isn’t a pleasant texture.
  • You can control the amount of carbs by adjusting the type of cheese you use so be sure to check the carb count on the type you wish to use before adding it to this omelette.
  • Feel free to mix things up. Chopped / diced ham is a great use for leftovers from dinner but you can also use cooked ham that comes in a package if you wish.

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how to make a western omelette

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How to Make a Western Omelette (Denver Omelette)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

How to Make a Western Omelette (Denver Omelette). This cheese stuffed omelette is chock full of protein and delicious vegetables. 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Denver Omelette, Western omelette
Servings: 1
Calories: 448 kcal
Author: Mike Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper/red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cooked ham chopped
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl beat the eggs well. Set aside.

  2. In an 8 inch skillet, melt 1 tbsp of butter. Add in the onion and saute until tender.
  3. Add in the bell peppers and fry until the onions are softened to your liking and the bell peppers are tender crisp.
  4. Add the ham and cook for one more minute, stirring.
  5. Pour the eggs mixture over top of the fried ham/vegetables mixture.
  6. Turn down the stove heat to low and cover with a lid for about 4-5 minutes.

  7. Once the eggs are solid and cooked almost through, flip the entire circle and cook for one more minute.
  8. Place the cheese on one side of the omelette and fold over the omelette into a half circle shape.
  9. Let the cheese melt inside then serve.
Recipe Notes

The amount of carbs in this recipe will depend on the type of cheese and if you use the amounts of vegetables listed. 

Nutrition Facts
How to Make a Western Omelette (Denver Omelette)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 553mg 184%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Potassium 364mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 29.7%
Vitamin C 44.7%
Calcium 29.6%
Iron 13.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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