Basil Omelette


Basil Omelette

I never have green fingers. I killed almost every plant that I have (except cactus), so I would choose green leafy plants because they are more durable than flowering plants. I guess I did not really appreciate plants, they were there to beautify the space.

Until I start planting herbs. First was Kaduk (Wild Betel Nut) – a very easy herb that grow by the roadside and inside drains. I don’t think I can kill those. Just cut some stems, stick them into soil, and I have some kaduk leaves for my Nasi Ulam (Herb Rice) and Mieng Kam (Wrapped Leaf Snack).

Then my friend Tracy gave me some seeds from her sweet basil plant. Basil is an easy herb to grow in tropical weather. I found a great video here on planting basil from seeds. The seedling started to sprout after 2 days, I couldn’t retain my joy. I would wait patiently each day to see them grow little by little. It’s this crazy affection I have for an edible plant, I would talk about it like it’s my pet, I could even feel myself glow (oh gosh) with pride. The same goes when I plant mint from stems, it’s the joy of watching the leaves sprout.

Planting Basil

After 40 days, the plant remained the same, didn’t grow any bigger for another month. I was frustrated. Then I found out from Daniw (my raw food guru) that her basil is growing too fast in the rain and sun. When I move the pots to the sunlight, the plant & leaves start growing, real fast. Phew, you can see my delight again.

On the 5th month, I noticed the leaves start to curl and wrinkle. Searched high and low for a solution, found there’s an attack of bugs called aphid, most likely attracted by the damp compost soil. I have tried different ways – natural insecticide, re-potting, but it doesn’t seem to work. I am sad but will not despair, my search continues to rescue my basil plant.

This basil omelette is from the 3rd harvest, just before the leaves start to wrinkle further.  I saw this lovely breakfast made by Buddy of Cake Boss fame, he said that’s how his dad used to make omelette.

Basil Omelette

Basil Omelette
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Simple flavourful breakfast with Basil Omelette
Recipe type: Breakfast / Brunch
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2-3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (or any hard cheese of choice)
  • 8 + 2 basil leaves - chiffonade
  • a pinch of salt & pepper
  1. In a small bowl, beat eggs together well with salt, pepper, and cream.
  2. Place a 7 inch nonstick pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add butter. Swirl butter around to coat. Let butter foam, but don't let it turn brown.
  3. Add egg mixture. Let eggs sizzle, wait three seconds, then top eggs with cheese and basil.
  4. Move pan left and right, shifting the eggs around to even, then let them settle for about 15 seconds.
  5. When the top is almost cook, flip half of the omelette to one side. and roll omelet out onto the plate. Garnish with more basil and grated cheese.

Basil Omelette Steps


  1. Hi,

    Are you using sweet basil ?

  2. Hello Shannon, how are you doing mate? Owh me neither got green fingers..haha! I killed most of them before and promised to myself not to have one!

    Btw, basil omelette sounds and looks very appetizing! Will give it a try!!! Thanks 🙂

    Have a wonderful Friday!!!
    Love2cook Malaysia recently posted..Chocolate Crinkles & MERRY CHRISTMAS!My Profile

    • Hi Sri, I was sick just before Christmas, I think I overdose myself with food that cause my allergy. I’ve very much recovered and promise myself not to be so greedy (geezz.. i always tell myself this whenever I fall sick.. lol). You have to try some edible plant, it’s so satisfying to grow your own food )
      Have a great weekend!

  3. Shannon, very nice and simple omelette. Can I suggest something for you on the aphids? If you have organic dish washing liquid (even if it is not organic it is fine), dilute 1 tablespoon of it with 1 litre of water. Spray on your plants. I’ve tried it and it seems to work with most pests.
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    • I’ve tried diluted dish washing liquid, but the aphids is still back. 4-5 basil plants have died, now only left 3.. just repotted the soil with sand mixture to make it less damn. hope it helps, else i’m going to the nursery for sos.

  4. Basil is definitely a new addition for omelette for me. Worth a try. Don’t give up on growing things. I am no green thumb myself but it is immensely satisfying to grow your own food.

  5. Ah, i never thought of using basil, always make my ommelet with mint. Am sure this would be very yummy too. I also do not have green fingers, i just throw the seeds into the pot and expect them to grow up :p my poor plants dont get any tlc from me, maybe tats why they dont flourish :p
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    • never tried making mint omelette, next time can make some with my mint plant that’s growing like crazy. I’m only very enthutiastic about edible plants, got meself a Idiot’s Guide to Gardening from BBW 🙂

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