Rolled Omelette from Julia Child

Last Updated on January 24, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Have you ever had an Omelette Roulee or Rolled Omelette like Julia Child makes? A rolled omelet is made in a slightly different manner than a diner-style omelet. I’m sharing this today as part of the JC100 program that celebrates 100 years of Julia Child.

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an omelette with salad on a white plate near tomatoes

Omelette Roulée or Rolled Omelette

I’m so excited to have been chosen to be part of the JC100 celebrating 100 years of Julia Child.  I grew up watching Julia Child on PBS because my Mom was a huge fan so it’s even more special to be able to be part of this program now that I’m a Mom myself. So, today I am sharing this omelette roulee which is one of Julia Child’s recipes.

Each week I hope to be able to share with you one of Julia Child’s recipes so that you can try it and I will also share my photograph of the finished recipe as well. The first recipe is the Omelette Roulee or Rolled Omelette.  

We eat a lot of eggs at our house because we have our own ducks and chickens.  During the spring, we always have more eggs than we know what to do with so this was perfect timing.  

eggs on a white towel

What is an omelette roulee?

This recipe comes from Julia’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It’s an easy omelet that is ready in only a few minutes. Unlike traditional omelets, the omelet is not usually stuffed. 

The key is to shake the pan while making it to cause the omelet to roll over itself until it is sitting in one corner of the pan.  If you plan on adding vegetables to yours, you will need to help it to roll over. It takes a while to perfect your omelet technique.

Omelette Roulee or Rolled Omelette from Julia Child

With a traditional diner-style omelet, you cook the egg until the center is almost set. Then, you add cheese, vegetables, and meat and fold it over carefully with a spatula. It takes longer to make. And, it can get tricky to fold over depending on what you add.

If you are looking for something decadent like a lobster omelette recipe, you can add lobster and your favorite cheese to this recipe if you like. Or, enjoy it plain.

I hope you have a chance to try Julia Child’s Omelet recipe. This post was originally published in 2012. Above is the original image of the final omelet. I hope to update it soon.

Omelette Roulée or Rolled Omelette from Julia Child

What do I need to make an omelette roulee?

This is probably one of the easiest omelet recipes you will ever make. You need:

  • eggs
  • water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • butter (optional)

And, probably most important, you will need a good omelet pan. Making an omelet in just any old pan really doesn’t work well. At least, it doesn’t work well for me.

Gluten Free Bread Recipe and New England Country Soup

What should I serve with this omelette roulee?

You can serve it with a salad if you plan on having this for lunch. Or, if this will be for breakfast, you can make bacon or sausage. This gluten-free bread recipe is one of my daughter’s favorite types of bread to toast. She loves spreading it with strawberry butter.

Original omelette roulee recipe excerpted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Copyright © 1961 by Alfred A. Knopf. Reprinted with permission from the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

More unique omelet recipes

If you enjoyed this omelette roulee you might want to try my IHOP Bacon Temptation Omelet. Or, you might want to learn how to make a frittata.

This post was originally created in 2012. It is in the process of being updated.

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Omelette Roulée or Rolled Omelette from Julia Child

Omelette Roulée or Rolled Omelette from Julia Child

This is an easy omelet that is ready in only a few minutes. Unlike traditional omelets, the omelet is not usually stuffed. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2-3 eggs
  • spoonful of water
  • butter
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • any fillings you like


  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the water, salt, and pepper.
  2. Beat until well combined.
  3. Heat an 8-10" omelet pan over very high heat.
  4. Melt a tablespoon of butter in the pan and pour in the eggs.
  5. Let the eggs set for a few seconds.
  6. Begin shaking the pan towards you without stopping.
  7. Continue to shake the pan, until the shaking starts to force your omelet to roll over.
  8. Add any fillings that you want in the center of the omelet.
  9. Keep moving the pan until the omelet is rolled up and in one end of the pan.
  10. Let it sit until the top edges get a golden color.
  11. Tilt pan and gently slide omelet onto a plate.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 589mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g

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