Broccoli-and-Cheese Over-Easy Omelet

Photo: Andrew Purcell
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Browning the cheese in the pan develops and concentrates the flavor so you can use less. Keeping the yolk whole but still runny creates a rich sauce for the omelet.


  • ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ¼ cups thinly sliced broccoli florets

  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (¼ ounce)

  • 1 large egg, plus 2 large egg whites

  • Crushed red-pepper flakes, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook broccoli and scallion covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Season with 1/8 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add cheese to skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until melted and golden, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add egg and egg whites. Keeping egg yolk intact, drag a spatula through the whites to spread them evenly in the pan. Cook, covered, until whites are set and yolk is still runny, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Top with broccoli-scallion mixture, and fold omelet over. Sprinkle with a pinch of red-pepper flakes.

Cook's Notes

Serving Suggestion: To work whole grains into the breakfast, serve with one or two slices of whole-wheat toast.

Cook's Notes

Smart Substitution: Using a ratio of two egg whites to one whole egg slashes calories without sacrificing flavor.

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