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Oven Denver Omelet Recipe

Oven Denver Omelet Recipe

I like omelets but don't always have time to stand by the stove. That's why I favor this oven-baked variety that I can quickly pop into the oven at a moment's notice. My family frequently requests this for Sunday brunch. They always empty the dish. —Ellen Bower, Taneytown, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion


  • 1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and cream. Stir in the cheese, ham, green pepper and onion. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking dish.
  • 2. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Green pepper is typical in a Denver omelet, but red, yellow and orange peppers are just as good, and add lots of color.
  • This is an American-style omelet, puffed and golden brown. If you prefer yours more tender and less brown, try baking at a lower temperature, about 325 degrees, until a thermometer reads 160 degrees and eggs are set.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 each: 235 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 326mg cholesterol, 506mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 17g protein.

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    DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 264266
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2017

    "Really delicious and satisfying! Also very easy. I will add this into my meal rotation. I used milk instead of half and half because that is what I had on hand and also added some salt and pepper. We had this for dinner with hashbrowns, but I will also make it for breakfast and brunch."

    redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 264043
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

    "So simple yet satisfying. I put in pepper, onion, mushrooms, half a tomato and a shredded potato. Family is devouring it!"

    Hauna User ID: 8148158 263964
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2017

    "I make this recipe at least once a month. I use a 10x10 pan so I use a dozen eggs. I always use the ham and green pepper and a can of green chilies. Sometimes I add green onions or tomatoes if I have some to use up. My husband loves it. He's retired so he sometimes has it for lunch. It's a great recipe because you can tailor it to fit what you like and don't like."

    Susie77 User ID: 98373 261377
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

    "The first time I made this as stated in the recipe; felt that it was kind of bland. The second time I added salt, pepper, a quarter tsp of garlic powder, a dash of red pepper flakes, a few sauteed chopped button mushrooms and a handful of baby spinach (also chopped). Perfection!"

    carrotface User ID: 6359203 261375
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

    "Great casserole. I did leave it over night in fridge and gave it a stir next am and everything turned out A-OK. I have quite a few casseroles like this. Thanks for something new. J"

    hkpepin User ID: 3030797 261206
    Reviewed Feb. 12, 2017

    "My husband and I really liked this. I added some extra ham and extra eggs but otherwise followed the recipes. My changes were mostly because I had some things I needed to use up. Personally, I would prefer a different color pepper but my husband devoured two helpings of this with no complaints or issues. My kids weren't as thrilled and probably would have eaten more if I had left out the pepper completely. But it was very simple and I definitely think I'd make it again."

    Elizabeth User ID: 9069118 260821
    Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

    "Just made this. Followed recipe as is. Was delicious and super easy! Will definitely make again."

    Ernest User ID: 9061065 260598
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

    "Great the whole family loved it"

    jupowers User ID: 151514 258603
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

    "Made this for a breakfast for my husband and I this morning. Very good its a keeper."

    Judykumler User ID: 8961307 258445
    Reviewed Dec. 21, 2016

    "Sounds Devine... Be a great Christmas breakfast"

    Sfcollins User ID: 7951672 258195
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2016

    "easy to make, and you can variety of ingredients. Very good, family loves it"

    sheypat User ID: 7141859 257986
    Reviewed Dec. 11, 2016

    "Very easy to make the only thing was I had to cook it an additional 10 minutes total 35 minutes half of it was still runny ."

    johnsanne User ID: 8351873 255708
    Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

    "It was easy to make and my guests throughly enjoyed it and asked for the recipe."

    rallyjan User ID: 1668811 253007
    Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

    "made this for the first time this morning. awesome!"

    rebaross User ID: 8703736 252989
    Reviewed Aug. 21, 2016


    childbook User ID: 7873845 249933
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

    "made it with four eggs and adjusted for it-my husband and I really thought it was very good- will make again"

    jcarley User ID: 8696865 247225
    Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016 Edited Feb. 26, 2017

    "I am not sure why this recipe is getting such good reviews!?? This was dry & spongy in texture. This does not even come close to a regular omelette cooked in a skillet on the stove-top. I will not make this oven omelette again."

    rena 55 User ID: 1935799 246600
    Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

    "Great way to make omelets for a crowd or family! You can easily change up the meats or add some favorite veggies to suit your families taste!"

    LeslieH User ID: 191346 246479
    Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

    "My go-to recipe when making omelets. So easy and delicious. I use milk instead of half & half with no difference."

    jdog31399 User ID: 1186484 246243
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

    "This is a great way to use leftover ham. easy to change the ingredients. I've added mushrooms, replaced 1/2 and 1/2 with milk, subtracted onions, and used green onions. I don't think I've made it the same way twice, but have always had great results. Delicious."

    MelanieRae User ID: 7695643 244896
    Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

    "I made my version of this for brunch last weekend. I used shredded parmesan cheese instead - added ham and sweet pepper (no onion) and a teaspoon of dried tarragon. Was delicious. I've already shared it with friends and family."

    Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 244608
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

    "I made this for breakfast, and it was delicious. I used only 5 eggs and adjusted the rest of the recipe. We don't eat ham, so I substituted with some leftover beef. This is a very versatile recipe and allows for changes that might need to be made. I am keeping this recipe and will definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe."

    2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 242215
    Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

    "This was just ok to us."

    Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 241157
    Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

    "Delicious recipe! Super easy to make ahead and even easier to empty the pan!"

    missdc User ID: 5915326 241086
    Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

    "This is by far the easiest and best baked omelet recipe. No special ingredients....always have these staples on hand anyway...I used milk instead of 1/2 and 1/2 and chopped up some turkey pepperoni instead of ham....a little healthier and delicious. A keeper for sure... had to bake an extra 10 minutes for center to be set."

    legogirl User ID: 1789166 240392
    Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

    "Excellent recipe! I used more ham, cheese, bell pepper than stated because I love ham, cheese and bell peppers! The onion I had on hand was kind of strong so I used a bit less. I used an 11" x 7" glass baking dish and baked it for about 30 to 35 minutes. I inserted a knife in the center and it came out clean. I let it rest for a few minutes before serving. It was delicious! My husband loved it! I put the leftovers in the fridge and he just ate the leftovers for dinner. I asked my husband if this was a keeper and he said definitely!"

    mariadotson User ID: 2556989 238540
    Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

    "This is a big favorite with my family of boys. The eggs are very tender with loads of flavor. Great Sunday brunch meal."

    lmmanda User ID: 1101093 238144
    Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

    "I made this for Thanksgiving breakfast. It was delicious! I did make a couple of changes, I used half eggs/half egg whites, reduced fat 4 blend cheese, a combo of turkey bacon and apple sausage instead of the veggies, and some garlic salt and pepper. Will definitely make this again!"

    collcull User ID: 8446448 236936
    Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

    "Very good and easy to make!"

    Janadele User ID: 7087902 236053
    Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

    "I also used hatch green chilies which gives it a southwest flavor."

    CyndyA13 User ID: 8567746 236040
    Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

    "I didn't make this as written because I didn't have a bell pepper or ham, so I substituted a 4 ounce can of drained green chilies, 12 small chopped fresh crimini mushrooms and added 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper and 1/2 cup more of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, only because we like cheese. It was so good. Next time I will saut? the onions prior to adding. I baked this for 35 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven. Ellen, thank you for a recipe that can be molded into a good meal and a 5 star recipe with the substitutions!"

    gyzmo8 User ID: 5414367 236037
    Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

    "Very good and easy. Any leftovers tightly wrapped in plastic wrap freezes great, just have to keep the air out! Definitely a keeper! No extra liquid! Will make again."

    janelynk User ID: 8343911 236031
    Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

    "Followed the recipe but ended up with a runny center which was very disappointing. Where did all the liquid come from?"

    doxie9 User ID: 1088060 232035
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

    "added some chopped asparagus... dinner is a hit"

    CLBD User ID: 5733843 229617
    Reviewed Jul. 15, 2015

    "I have eating great low carb recipes since 1980. This Denver Omelet looks so good and will give me several meals just from this recipe. Thank you for posting this!"

    4Huskers User ID: 5191012 228020
    Reviewed Jun. 16, 2015

    "I made this on Sunday and it was so very, very good plus easy to put together. I didn't have half and half so I used evaporated milk. Also had several sausage patties in the freezer so I just cut them up. It turned out absolutely perfect and yummy too. Added some hot sauce on top and we all loved it."

    Metrocookbookdivany User ID: 6837772 227844
    Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

    "This is a rich, decadent and satisfying omelet. I have made this for brunches and it always goes over well. It's easy to throw together and can be made one day ahead, then simply heat up or serve at room temp."

    dojoiseli User ID: 5553805 227592
    Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015 Edited Aug. 23, 2016

    "This is a great recipe. easy to make. Family loves it. Sometimes we make it for dinner. Also good to add mushrooms. Or exchange cut up hot dogs instead of ham."

    chris28304 User ID: 2137086 226102
    Reviewed May. 9, 2015

    "I used cooked sausage links cut into slices instead of the ham and added mushrooms. Topped with a little bit of salsa and sour cream. Turned out really well."

    TomBraddock User ID: 8347118 225993
    Reviewed May. 7, 2015

    "The greatest thing since sliced bread or canned beer!!! I have found Nirvana in this recipe and never again will I use the traditional method of making an omelet - never!! One recommendation: "do it" in individual baking dishes if serving more than one - it makes a great deal of difference."

    andypp User ID: 8271731 225949
    Reviewed May. 6, 2015

    "Very tasty recommend to anyone"

    gmh1944 User ID: 2753846 225935
    Reviewed May. 5, 2015

    "dbruce6666 What does your submission mean?

    I was incharge of the Sunday breakfasts at a private social club. We did many different omlettes. I thought Denvers had more items including mushrooms. Any coments to this will be appreciated!"

    BETaylor User ID: 6065296 225934
    Reviewed May. 5, 2015

    "This was quick and easy to put together and my family loved it. My youngest grandson who is a picky eater went back for seconds and asked for it again the next day. Will definitely make this again!"

    bnrudy User ID: 659489 225932
    Reviewed May. 5, 2015

    "I don't use any of the bell pepper family I'll use Cubanelle, Anaheim, Poblano or a can green chili peppers. you can use any type of meat you like I like ground breakfast sausages(cook first)"

    caoriginl User ID: 6156433 224647
    Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

    "We don't care for green pepper so I substituted them for green chili peppers and used green onions for the onion. I like the idea of using Kielbasa or bacon in place of ham and milk instead of half and half."

    coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 221797
    Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

    "This is a winner! I made some changes based on personal taste and what I had on hand: red pepper instead of green, condensed milk instead of half and half, and lite Polish kielbasa instead of ham. I doubled the peppers and onions and cut the kielbasa slices into fourths and browned them in a frying pan before adding to the egg mixture. It took 35 minutes to bake in an 8x8 baking dish, and as suggested, it should be generously greased. The omelet is light, fluffy and flavorful, and can be easily adapted to personal tastes."

    dbruce6666 User ID: 8258594 221688
    Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

    "was half and half cream"

    caree929 User ID: 3830950 221507
    Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

    "This was really good! I doubled the recipe for a 9x13 pan and it only took about 10 more minutes to cook. I think I'll just use milk next time as the half and half seemed to add a slightly sweet flavor for some strange reason. Maybe that was just the half and half I used."

    texasbridgeplayer User ID: 1658343 220322
    Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

    "I always use fat free half and half and cheese. Always comes out great."

    boisegrams User ID: 7944289 220091
    Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

    "My adult kids really enjoyed this recipe for brunch. It did take about 35 minutes to bake in my oven. . . was not close to done at 20 minutes. The other thing I would recommend is to GENEROUSLY grease your pan before putting in the egg mixture. Mine stuck some despite pre-greasing. Good recipe, though, and I will make again. Thanks."

    Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 217096
    Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

    "Delicious & quick! Doubled the recipe for a 9x13 pan to feed our whole family. Used half 2% milk & half "half & half." Had no leftovers. Served with the orange smoothies that this recipe was coupled with in the original issue of TOH in 1998. Both are "keepers" for our family!"

    gproffit1971 User ID: 7915160 216867
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

    "use crumbled cooked sausage instead of ham and mushrooms instead of green pepppers for a different taste or just try your own unique ingredients"

    meg1042 User ID: 7900035 216833
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

    "Just okay."

    Gluttongoose User ID: 8197461 216824
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

    "Set your cooker to a medium setting, chuck all the ingredients in a big frying pan and cover with a lid. As it is direct heat, it will cook in a fraction of the time. I used cooked runner beans and mushrooms instead of ham and peppers, and low fat milk instead of cream."

    Wingslady User ID: 3694773 216778
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

    "Excellent. easy to put together and turns out very moist. I do, however, add extra green pepper, onions and cheese just because I love these ingredients! Can adjust ingredients to your own tastes. Definitely a "Keeper.""

    Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 216244
    Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

    "This is an excellent, easy recipe for overnight guests. It allows you to visit and it's low carb too."

    deerock User ID: 7499299 214493
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

    "very good substituted 2 percent milk for the half and half cream"

    Genevia User ID: 7859964 68695
    Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

    "This was great,made it for dinner with french toast..i used Tennesse pride sausage a dash of salt,blak pepper and crushed pepper it is a keeper"

    GeeBee60 User ID: 7819169 30710
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014


    Ponygirl1014 User ID: 1584755 22585
    Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

    "I've made this many, many times. I prefer it with bacon. To answer a question lower in the thread, I do use 1% milk instead of cream and have had no problems whatsoever. Family and guests love this recipe."

    angieact1 User ID: 1990802 48973
    Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

    "My family loves this for brunch! I used swiss in place of the cheddar."

    janiceclinger User ID: 6258644 22572
    Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

    "This is a wonderful base for easy omelet. Add anything u want. Don't over analyze."

    raton User ID: 6325552 22562
    Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

    "Love it trying to watch my carbs and protien, perfect."

    Wen-dee User ID: 7842852 23435
    Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

    "Too much fat in this recipe! Has anyone tried it with low or non fat milk?"

    Elaine D. User ID: 5493438 60520
    Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

    "I make this but add generous teaspon of dijon mustard to the milk or half and half for.a flavorpop"

    renjohns User ID: 3682375 48972
    Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

    "GREAT recipe!! Normally I am adding or changing a recipe but this was perfect. quick, easy and great for a group of people."

    LanaMM User ID: 6645118 18222
    Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

    "I cut this in half for 2 people -- it turned out SUPER! It's the kind of recipe you can modify depending on what you have on hand: breakfast sausage, bacon, mushrooms (saute in a little butter before adding to eggs), other kinds of cheese -- super versatile!"

    Pierre2029 User ID: 7354059 30709
    Reviewed May. 30, 2014

    "Amazing for breakfast or Brunch !!"

    harkinson User ID: 7071891 50895
    Reviewed May. 4, 2014


    VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 202827
    Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

    "This was pretty good. I felt it could use more flavor, so would likely add a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce if I made it again. Mine also took 10 - 15 minutes longer to bake."

    Oat123 User ID: 6768008 24214
    Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

    "Have been eyeing this recipe for awhile. Finally made it today and it was a big hit. Absolutely on the keep list."

    Matti236 User ID: 7602795 24191
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

    "I tried this last night. I did not have ham so I used cooked bacon. It turned out great! My family loved it."

    STBay User ID: 7552914 53093
    Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

    "Super easy and quick. Did it in an 8x11 pan turned out great. Love the fact you can change up the ad ins and make it different every time."

    cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 24461
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

    "Super easy and tasty dish! Can be changed up to whatever additions you want to put in it. It did take longer to bake, though, about forty minutes. But the prep was fast and gave time to do other things while it was cooking. This would be perfect for overnight or unexpected guests."

    afl1901 User ID: 5776953 30708
    Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

    "This is an excellent dish. The only thing I added was red pepper flakes for a little kick. Watch the baking time carefully. It only took 25 mintues to bake in my oven."

    NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 24460
    Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

    "I made this as a breakfast for dinner one night and it was well received. I enjoyed the left overs for breakfasts the next couple of days."

    RaOwBe User ID: 705805 60496
    Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

    "I made this for some family that was in town over the weekend. They loved it!"

    KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 23404
    Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

    "Oven Denver Omelet is an excellent dish. I made it this past weekend and my family and overnight guests loved it! The prep was simple and I had it in the oven in no time. While it baked, I enjoyed the company of my guests without being bound to the stove. I added a teaspoon of minced Jalapeño, since my family, especially my husband, likes hot peppers. I am saving this recipe for the upcoming busy holidays! - Kris, Smithtown, N.Y."

    wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 202826
    Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

    "very quick and easy, and the nutritional stats weren't too bad for me, but I made it 6 servings instead of four. Nice and filling, and even good cold this morning for breakfast. It did take me a little longer than 25 minutes, but only a couple of minutes to get my eggs to set, and the top to be nicely browned. I do think my oven runs a little hot at 400 so that may have helped. The creators oven may have also run hot."

    beil User ID: 4345857 47787
    Reviewed May. 10, 2013

    "Very good recipe. Both my husband and I enjoyed it. Will make this recipe often. I cut the recipe in half and used a loaf pan. Worked out well."

    devonmariec User ID: 3679077 202825
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

    "made for a shower and everyone wanted the recipe. Super easy and good. I add can of peppers instead of fresh to make even easier"

    rexbee User ID: 4707959 30707
    Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

    "This is a great week end and anytime recipe. I always have to double this and put it in a 9 x 12 inch pan so my husband can have leftovers. The half and half is not the healthiest choice but does add texture, according to my husband."

    richtercory User ID: 3843046 60261
    Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

    "This was delicious! I made it in an 8X8 and took considerably longer to cook. More than double the initial cook time. we had left overs and my husband and I fought over who got to eat them. This recipe is that good! I am going to try a little hot sauce in it next time like one of the suggestions said. Thank you for the recipe!"

    suzenbee User ID: 3094980 22560
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

    "Note: I used 1 slice from a 12 oz. package of Meijer Honey Ham Steaks, and substituted 1 cup of chopped up cheese from a package of sliced Kraft Pepper-Jack cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia. Added a few shakes of garlic pepper seasoning also and followed the rest of the recipe as shown."

    tstreich User ID: 1042559 53091
    Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

    "This was very good. I did sub skim milk for the half-n-half and I used only 4 eggs with 1 cup of Egg Beaters to lighten it up a bit. Since Egg Beaters have more liquid, I only used about a 1/3 cup of the milk. I used 3/4 cup of a frozen grilled pepper blend instead of the onions and pepper and there was no need to saute prior to baking. Very easy and will be making frequently. Worked out well to make for 4 servings and cut up for me to grab a piece each morning during the week."

    HBcook User ID: 2966570 24455
    Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012 Edited Jan. 3, 2017

    "I made a variation of half this recipe for 2 of us. I used skim milk; doubled the veggies and used cheddar jack cheese. I sauteed the veggies, added the eggs to the skillet and cooked til almost done, then finished under the broiler. I added the cheese to half the 'fromelet' and flipped half the egg over, cut it 2 and served. So good and so easy."

    scrapo User ID: 2908723 30535
    Reviewed May. 11, 2011

    "Turned out great! I substituted turkey sausage for the ham and also added some chopped mushrooms. I used another reviewers suggestion and sauteed the veggies first."

    mammiex6 User ID: 2149949 53089
    Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

    "So easy and sooo good! Made it for a potluck brunch and it was a hit. Only change I made was to saute the onion first to sweeten it up."

    Vai-tea User ID: 4286448 18220
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

    "So yummy; all my family lov it but I cooked for 40 minutes. add a little salt."

    agnes24 User ID: 4430156 68694
    Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

    "This was great. I substituted milk, red pepper and green onion because that's what I had on hand. I will make this again."

    lisalc98 User ID: 1431289 60260
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

    "I also substituted milk for the half-and-half and I also used bacon instead of sausage. Great recipe!"

    jojo54 User ID: 367876 24189
    Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

    "This is good,used 4 eggs and the equivalant of 4 of egg beaters. Added some mushrooms & a tad of hot sauce. Also used fat free coffee creamer-works well."

    bear19 User ID: 3422151 24188
    Reviewed Jan. 5, 2009

    "This is an excellent recipe, my family loved it. I did the same thing, substituted milk for half-and-half cream."

    saw-whet User ID: 2849135 24186
    Reviewed Aug. 23, 2008

    "This is a good recipe. I substituted milk for the half-and-half cream and it turned out well. My casserole took 45 minutes in the oven to be done."

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