Can you cook an omelette in a cast-iron skillet, or do they stick?

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  November 9, 2021

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Man, I love my cast iron skillet. It just heats up so quickly and stays there at an incredibly stable temperature.

But it does have a tendency to be sticky with certain foods, eggs being one of them.

While it might seem cast iron isn’t the best pan material for cooking eggs, here are my secret tips to get a perfect fluffy omelette every time.

Omelette in a cast iron pan

Can you cook an omelette in a cast-iron skillet?

Your omelette can turn out great if you use a cast-iron skillet, as long as you add some fat to the pan.

Traditionally, people use lard when cooking in cast iron cookware, but you can use a tablespoon of butter. The melted butter will ensure that your eggs don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Sticky skillets are a big problem, if the skillet is not coated and seasoned well, all of your egg dishes will stick.

The trick is to add cubes of (cold) butter to the beaten egg before adding the mixture to the pan. While the butter does melt it can be a buffer between the proteins in the egg.

It creates a lighter texture because the protein atoms do not hold one another up too tightly, plus it ensures your egg doesn’t stick to the cast iron interior of the pan.

The best thing about omelets in a cast iron skillet is that it cooks just the perfect egg.

Also read: the best pans for a perfect omelette reviewed

Why do eggs stick to the cast-iron skillet?

The main reason is that the bottom of the cast iron skillet is not a completely smooth surface. If you look closely, you’ll notice your skillet has small crevices and bumps.

Tiny pieces of eggs get into the cracks and prevent your omelette from sliding out smoothly.

Why do my omelettes stick to the pan?

The first possible reason is that your omelette doesn’t have a nonstick layer. If you’re using uncoated stainless steel and cast iron pans, you need to season them with cooking oil.

Alternatively, you might’ve used too little oil and that’s why the egg sticks to the pan.

The third possible reason is that you’re cooking at a temperature that’s too high for omelettes. Don’t cook eggs on very high heat if you don’t want them to stick.

Also read: 5 reasons you should buy a cast iron pan

How do I prevent fried eggs from sticking to a cast-iron skillet?

You heat the pan before serving and once it warms up you fry the bacon strips. When the bacon is ready you break the eggs and throw them into a skillet.

They immediately turn white and before overcooking you will need to remove them from the sauce. But it’s stuck and no one can move it.

In order to release the egg, you must break the nice fried egg. I’m gone with the gorgeous Breakfast but the eggs are so sad. We have good news for you, there’s a pretty good trick you could use to loosen those egg yolks again!

How do I keep eggs from sticking to cast iron?

When you’s making sticky stuff like eggs or potatoes then you must double heat this pan.

Whenever the pan is cold, spray it with cooking spray. Once you have it heated, add another coating of oil to the pan. The Cold/Hot mixture of oil should create separate layers that will stop your foods from sticking.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.