Why is water often added to the eggs when making an omelette? Also, is there a recommended amount of water?
Eggs are already 3/4 water anyway!
By mixing in a small quantity of extra water before you cook the eggs, you are slowing down the cooking process by making more water available that has be evaporated. This keeps the cooking temperature to less than 100°C (212°F) for longer, therefore increasing the the time for the egg proteins to foam and expand before setting
The amount of water you need to add depends on; personal preference, the type of egg, and how old it is. Older eggs generally require a little more water
Adding skim milk will enhance this process slightly too. Adding extra fat will generally not enhance this process
BONUS TIP To make even more spectacular omelettes place a loose fitting lid over the pan to increase the steam exposure all around, and let the egg fully develop
To get fluffier eggs.
When the water is heated to 100 degrees C, the water will begin to evaporate. This will in turn make lots of small holes in the egg giving fluffy eggs.
Recommended amount of liquid (water or milk): 1 tbsp pr egg.
Using water does make the taste a lot better because the protein is a lot richer.