Truth be told, I bought the OXO omelette spatula by accident. When I bought my Aeternum frying pan I needed a flipping spatula. The store I was at didn’t have a flipping spatula so I grabbed the next closest thing and that is the OXO omelet spatula. I figured I could make do with it.
Turned out this spatula wasn’t great for flipping eggs, especially in the incredibly slick non-stick Aeternum pan. Fried eggs just slide around while I tried getting the omelet spatula blade underneath for the flip.
Of course, it’s not the spatula’s fault. It’s not designed to be a flipping spatula. It’s a spreading or scraping spatula which is what you want for an omelet.
Which brings us to whether the OXO omelet spatula is good for omelets.
It is. It’s excellent.
Overall, OXO kitchen gadgets and tools are amazing while not costing a fortune. It’s no surprise they’re so popular.
Why this spatula over a flipping spatula for omelets?
Just so we’re on the same page, here’s what I mean by a flipping spatula:
It’s all in the angles.
With a regular flipping spatula the angle is wrong. For omelet spreading and flipping you want a spreader. For spreading the egg out, it’s obvious why. For the omelet flip it helps to have a spatula you can rotate with your wrist-action instead lifting and tipping like you with a regular flipping spatula.
The OXO omelet spatula has a large silicone blade that is sharp enough to get under the omelet. It’s long and wide enough to get a big portion of the omelet on it for a smooth flip.
Firm and pliable at the same time
This spatula has a firm handle and spine which gives it strength. When you look at it, the yellow portion is the interior and acts like a spine.
The clear portion is a pliable, bendy silicone that offers give and can bend that is excellent for scraping and spreading.
It’s a really great combination of firm and pliable… much better than most spatulas out there.
OXO’s silicone used on many of its kitchen utensils is so great and I suspect it’s a big reason the brand does so well. It’s a pleasure gripping the non-slip, sure-grip silicone handles of these kitchen utensils. In many cases, the silicone is used in other parts of the tool. This is the case with OXO’s omelet spatula. The entire blade is a pliable silicone.
Convenient hanging hole
I don’t use it and instead put it in a drawer, but there is a hole at the end of the handle so you can hang it or put it on a hook.
Bright yellow – a change from most of OXO’s kitchen tools
This particular kitchen utensil is black and bright yellow which is a color scheme from most of OXO’s tools which are black and stainless steel. I like the bright yellow but the yellow looks a bit odd
It’s more than just an omelette spatula
Like I said, I bought this utensil because it was the next best thing and I was in a bind. However, I don’t make omelets enough to ever warrant buying a utensil specifically for omelets. But that’s okay with this because it really is a multi-purpose spatula. When it comes right down to it, this is a scraping style spatula that can scrape bowls very nicely.
Dishwasher safe too
I think this should go without saying. No kitchen utensil will sell if it’s not dishwasher safe but just in case you’re wondering, the OXO omelette spatula is dishwasher safe. I’ve run it through many times.
But the transparent part started getting cloudy
I don’t care one bit about this but when you look closely at the transparent portion of the blade, you can see that over time it’s not as clear as it was. With use and washing it’s become a bit cloudy and not nearly as clear as it was the day I removed it from the package.
Can it scoop cake?
No, it doesn’t. It’s better than using your hands but the shape, angle and material is all wrong for scooping cake. It’s hard scooping cake with a proper tool; with this you’ll end up with a mess but of course it could be used in a pinch. If you have guests, you’re better off using this than your hands but my guess is a large kitchen knife would be much better.
Is the OXO Omelette spatula worth the money?
Yes and I say this for three reasons:
- It’s cheap. It’s something like $11 so you can’t go wrong especially given the next two reasons.
- It’s really well made and does the job. I love the extremely pliable silicone on the parts where being pliable is important but it’s not just some bendy piece of junk. The spine of the utensil is firm so that it offers both firm usage but the dexterity of a highly pliable spatula.
- It can be used for many more purposes than just creating omelettes.