Avo's Portuguese Omelette




One of my favorite comfort meals from my childhood has to be one of my Avo's (grandmother's) Portuguese Omelettes. My grandmother would make me these for breakfast, sometimes for lunch (served up in a portuguese roll called a papo seco) and even occasionally for dinner. It's one of the easiest meals I know how to make but it's also one of the tastiest. It takes almost no time at all and only uses 4 ingredients. This guide will describe how to make enough for 2 omelettes.

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Step 1: Ingredients

For this omelette you will only need:

A bunch of parsley


Hot pickled crushed red pepper (can be found in most hispanic aisles)

Olive oil

Step 2: Chop Up Your Parsley

Gather about a handful worth of parsley, and then bunch it up on your cutting board and give it a rough chop. Remember this is Avo's omelette and she always cooked in that rustic, home-country style!

Step 3: Add Ingredients to Bowl

Add parsley to your mixing bowl, as well as a good tablespoon of crushed red pepper. Now crack 4 eggs into bowl (or in my case 4.5 because half of an egg landed on the floor while trying to showboat). Now go ahead and whisk everything together.

Step 4: Fry Your Omelette

Heat up a small frying pan over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to pan, coat, and then add half of your egg mixture to the pan.Fry for about 2 minutes on the first side. At this point the bottom should be pretty well browned and the top should be somewhat set. Now flip your omelette. If you have issues flipping you can slide it onto a plate, invert the pan over your plate and flip the both the plate and pan over. Now fry the other side for another minute until the egg is set. Remove omelette to a plate lined with a paper towel.

You can now fry up your second omelette.

Step 5: Enjoy!

This omelette can be enjoyed hot or cold, used in a wrap or sandwich, or paired with a salad.

I hope you enjoyed this Instructable of one of my childhood favorites and let me know if you made one of your own!

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Avo always held the parsley bunch in her hand and cut it with scissors. I remember parsley and ham in her frittatas.

    1 reply

    Haha same here Len! Both my mother and grandmother pretty much never use cutting boards. Doesn't matter if it's parsley or potatoes. Just hold it in your hand, slice it, and let it drop into a bowl.

    Ham sounds like a delicious addition!


    5 years ago

    try to made it with green chillie onion n parcely


    5 years ago on Introduction

    when it is half done, Add chopped and sauted veggies in one half and fold it. you can also add grated cheese and chopped mushrooms. and you forgot the salt.


    5 years ago

    This we make in india also.
    Just add half onion chopped and half fried before u mix it with egg mix

    Uncle Kudzu

    5 years ago on Introduction

    It looks deelish! Gonna have to try this. I'm picturing it with fresh tomato slices and some toasted sourdough bread for a sandwich.

    Never tried the pickled peppers. Are they pretty hot? Also, would cilantro work in place of parsley?

    1 reply

    Oh that's a great idea! I'm going to have to hit up the farmers market and get some tomatoes.

    I would usually say the peppers are hot, but the eggs seem to have a way of cooling down the effects of the capsaicin. Cilantro would be a perfectly fine substitute.