Western Omelet

The classic Western omelet gets a Paleo twist with more nutrition from the addition of spinach and tomatoes and healthy coconut oil for a cooking fat. You could choose a meat other than ham if you’d like, and add mushrooms or other vegetables to your taste. Add a spoonful of salsa for more flavor!

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Western Omelet

Servings 2

Total Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 284

carbohydrate 9g

protein 23g

fat 19g


  • 4 large egg(s)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion(s), yellow diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper(s) diced
  • 1 medium tomato(es) diced
  • 1 cup(s) spinach
  • 1/4 pound(s) ham cooked and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground, to taste


  1. Wash and chop vegetables. Set aside.
  2. Crack eggs into small bowl and beat well. Set aside.
  3. Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add coconut oil to pan.
  4. Pour half of the beaten eggs into the skillet and coat the bottom of the pan. When the egg has partially set, scrape the edges and tip the pan so that the uncooked egg at the top can spread to the hot cooking surface of the skillet.
  5. Immediately after, add half of the vegetables and ham to one half of the omelet and continue to cook until the egg is almost fully set.
  6. Using a spatula, fold the empty half over top of the ham and veggies. Cook for 2 minutes longer, then serve.
  7. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients to make the second omelet.


  1. Now that was good eats. This is my first week on the paleo plan and so far, the meals have been simple to make yet delicious. I emphasize the word simple since I do not cook :), yet I have been successful with every dish till date.

    I am glad to be on paleo, now I hope/plan on working on seeing results.

    Thank you

  2. Meats like ham, bacon and deli slices have sodium nitrate on it , which is strongly linked to causing cancer.
    For every ounce you eat you raise your risk by 20%. Not to mention the sodium content.
    If you do eat these make sure you have a very good vitamin C rich food at the same time as this helps to prevent nitrosamine formation.

    1. Hi Sylvia,

      We are assuming that people will not be eating ham, bacon or deli slices that have nitrites in them. More natural, uncured and preservative-less ham, bacon and deli slices are available at health food stores and often at normal grocery stores nowadays.


  3. Is it okay if I just not add the ham? I don’t eat red meat so i’m wondering if exculding the ham in this or any recipi for that matter really affects the plan. I mostly eat fish and chicken and sometimes turkey but thats all. Thanks in advance!

    1. @Jules – Doesn’t really make any difference what meat you use for any of the recipes. Just trying to get a protein in there.

    1. Katy – Olive oil, tallow, lard, bacon grease, and avocado oil are all good options. Grapeseed oil is a little high in omega 6’s for my tastes.

  4. Didn’t have any tomatoes or regular onions, so I just used some baby white onions instead, with ham and spinach, it was delicious.

  5. Thanks for the recipes; am using eggs, coconut oil (which adds a delicate flavor, nearly undetectable) and salsa (fresh) and a veggie sausage — is the veggie sausage ok?

  6. @tafelito, Paleo recommends and assumes that we find meats and items without nitrates in them. Boars Head is a good choice for this reason. I am also new to the plan.

  7. Can you eat to much protein, I struggle with being hungry, I’ve only just started, will my appetite decrease.
    I’ve always had a good appetite, so I’m worried I’ll eat to much.
    Other websites say it’s ok to beef up the protein, but you say 160 grams ?

    1. Megan – Just try not to make protein any more than about 30% of your diet and you’re all good. Not sure where you’re referencing the 160 grams? If you’re worried about eating too much, just record what you eat for a few days on myfitnesspal.com or something. Then you’ll actually know how much you’re eating, and how much you need to add or subtract to get to a good amount. Or just watch how your weight/energy levels are affected by what you’re doing now and make changes accordingly. If you’re always hungry, you should eat more :)

  8. I’m confused about the use of coconut oil. It is so high in saturated fat and doesn’t seem to be good for you. Grapeseed oil has much less sat. fat. What’s the downside of Omega 6’s?

    Also, a separate question, am I to assume that I can’t have any wine? Like not even a glass with my dinner?

  9. Way too many ingredients for four eggs. That’s a lot of onion and bell pepper. I had to increase the amount of eggs to get the omelette to hold together

  10. I had the same issue as Jennifer H. With only 4 eggs i could barely fit in half of the ingredients. I ended up using another 5 eggs to make an open face omelet with the second half because i still couldn’t close it. If I made it again I’d likely end up using 11+ eggs. Maybe i’m doing something wrong, but I don’t think i could of made the omelet any thinner.

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