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The Ultimate Guide to Omelette Pans

Dec. 27, 2022

Every egg lover knows that in order to cook the perfect egg you must use a non-stick frying pan. Non-stick pans are essential kitchen tools that make scrambling and frying eggs easy, clean and efficient. Eggs are known to be sticky and if cooked in the wrong type of pan they can leave a hard shell residue that cannot be removed. Having the right pan to hand is an easy way to ensure that you can enjoy a dinner-quality omelet at home without the stress or hassle of cleaning up lumpy egg fragments.

Omelette pans should be smooth and have slightly sloping sides to allow for easy flipping of omelets or frying of eggs. They should be easy to handle and clean by hand, and the non-slip handles will stay cool in the heat.

A cast iron pan makes this task easy: the optimal heat retention of cast iron ensures even cooking and the naturally non-stick surface facilitates turning.

What to consider when choosing an omelette pan

There are several basic qualities you want in an omelette pan, as well as more subjective features to consider.


There are several types of omelette pans. There is of course the basic round model, which looks like a frying pan. Then there is the folding type, which features a flip-top design that allows you to fold one side to the other and flip it for you. Japanese omelette pans, also known as tamago-yaki pans, are rectangular or square in shape and have sloping edges.


Omelette pans can be made from a variety of materials, such as aluminium, cast iron, carbon steel, ceramic, granite, copper or a combination of multiple layers. While there are advantages and disadvantages to consider with each type of cookware material, choosing a non-stick pan allows for the smoothest turning, folding and plating. Whatever you get, make sure it's compatible with your hob.


Omelette pans are usually available in 8", 10" and 12" sizes, with 10" being the most popular. Rectangular (as opposed to square) Japanese omelette dishes are usually slightly smaller in size.

Omelette Pans

Bottom design

Look for pans with flat, thick bottoms that are relatively wide in relation to the sidewalls so that eggs have plenty of room to cook evenly. Sarchi Japanese frying pan is a sleek, black, iron pan with a heat-resistant handle. The design of this premium egg pan ensures even heat distribution and the smooth bottom surface won't damage your cooktop.


It is important to assess the versatility of your omelette pan. Due to the non-stick surface, many egg pans can only withstand limited temperatures and some are not safe for use in the oven. This is a particularly important consideration if you are a fan of baked egg dishes such as vegetable filled omelettes or quiche. Before buying an omelette pan, consider the type of dish you plan to prepare most often.


While sturdy, well-designed handles are suitable for a wide range of uses and sizes of pan, handles that you can easily and firmly grasp are essential for making professionally folded eggs. Long handles that are evenly balanced in weight tend to work best.

Care and cleaning

Whatever material you choose, make sure you know how to care for it properly. Some non-stick pans can be put in the dishwasher, while others must be washed by hand. Some pans are easily scratched, so always use wooden or silicone tools. Taking good care of your pans is the best way to ensure their longevity, so make sure you understand the care instructions before you start. Sarchi Tamagoyaki pan has the high-quality feel of cast iron, but is lightweight, sturdy, non-stick, and easy to clean and maintain. 

Tips for buying and using an omelette pan

Once you know which omelette pan is likely to suit your stove type, skills and general cookware preferences, keep these few considerations in mind

Choose a pan size based on your egg-making (and eating) habits. Think about how many eggs you'll be turning into the perfect omelet at a time: an 8-inch pan can hold two to three eggs, so it's perfect for solo cooking, while pans 10 inches and larger can hold at least five to six eggs, perfect for preparing brunch for your family or guests. Smaller pans may also be preferable if you want something more flexible and manageable on the stovetop or in a compact kitchen.

As well as length and balance, you'll need a handle that stays cool. Look for handles made from materials such as stainless steel or silicone, which stay cooler for maximum comfort during use.

Pay attention to the angle and height of the sides of the pan. With a pan that has high, slightly angled sides, you can flip a flawlessly cooked egg more easily.

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