Omelette in a Bag

We make these EVERY. SINGLE. TIME we go camping. They are SO easy and there is virtually no cleanup. I have all the ingredients prepped before we go camping so we simply wake up and get some water boiling… that’s it.
Omelet omelette in a bag Recipe Everyone loves making their omelettes EXACTLY how they want.. and it is fun! The kids LOVE making these!ย  Seriously, this breakfast couldn’t be easier and you will have VERY happy campers! They always come out perfect and nothing tastes better after a long night of camping.


I actually find myself making these a few times just at home throughout the year because they turn out so fluffy and good.. way better than trying to do it in a pan.. plus you can make them all at once instead of just one-at-a-time. We have made these when guests come visit and they are always so pleasantly surprised with how good they are.


They are also GREAT for reunions (have you seen our FAMILY REUNION Meal Planning Guide? We share lots of other great meals you can make for big groups.. be sure to check it out)!


You can make big batches and again.. clean-up is a snap! Whether camping, at a reunion, or just at home wanting to switch things up, you just can’t lose with an Omelette in a Bag!
Now we have had some comments wondering about the bags being safe to boil– we have always used “Ziploc” bags which claim to be BPA free. If you are still worried about it, there are special boiling bags that you can purchase online as well. We have no qualms using the Ziploc freezer bags, especially since we only make these on special occasions.

Omelette in a Bag

Yields 1 Omelette

5 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • additional ingredients (to your liking):
  • cheese, shredded
  • ham, diced
  • bacon, cooked & chopped
  • sausage, cooked & crumbled
  • tomato, diced
  • bell peppers, diced
  • onion, chopped
  • mushroom, sliced
  • (whatever other toppings you like)
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sour cream
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • guacamole
  • (any additional topping ingredients you like)


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil (appx. 2/3 full)
  • While waiting for the water to boil, crack eggs into a Ziploc heavy-duty, large (at least quart-sized..) freezer bag and add water.
  • Seal and shake, smash, squish the bag... whatever you can to get those eggs really beaten up.
  • Add any remaining ingredients that you would like, press as much air out of the bag as you can and seal tightly. Smoosh the ingredients around a little bit to get an even distribution.
  • Place bags (up to 6) in the boiling water and cook for 13 minutes (adding 1-2 minutes per additional egg if people want bigger omelettes). ALSO, cooking times vary depending on elevation-- check your eggs every few minutes... once they are no longer runny and feel like they are set, they are ready!
  • Make sure the tops of the bag don't hang out over the edge of the pot, especially if you are doing it over a fire-- you don't want the plastic to melt. One of our readers suggested clipping the bags together with a clothespin and draping over a skewer or stick placed across the pot to keep them from falling over the sides-- a great idea!
  • Carefully remove the bags from the water. When you open the bag, the omelette should easily slide onto the plate. Top with any additional toppings and enjoy!

Omelette in a Bag - how to


  1. Erica says:

    Of course we are already getting emails about whether this is safe or not…. Ziploc’s website mentions that there could be an issue with the bags melting if they get over the sides so they don’t recommend boiling in them, HOWEVER, I have done this MANY MANY times and have never had a bag melt once. As far as “toxins” go… some threads are all hysterical but most places I have looked say it is totally fine. We have made these a bunch of times and no one has ever gotten ill. I figure if Ziploc bags are safe to microwave in, there isn’t much risk in boiling them. If you are REALLY REALLY concerned about it and can’t get past it, of course you can google “boilable bags” and there are lots of options that will come up.

    • crissy r. says:

      my omelet came out really runny ๐Ÿ™

      • Katie B. says:

        I have been making these for years. Love them! The 12 -13 minutes is not totally set in stone. If it is runny, you just need to cook it longer. Before opening the bag, remove it from the water and press the eggs. If there is still liquid egg, cook it a few minutes more.

      • julie says:

        just tried it for the first time… ran out of ziplock sandwich bags, so i used a freezer bag.. good thing i did, cause it melted to the bottom of the pan. lost most of an egg before the egg clogged the holes in the bag. couldn’t bear to waste it, so i finished cooking it and tried it. it wasnt bad. i just hope i didnt ruin my pan..

    • Greg says:

      Why in the world would you 2 eggs in a GALLON SIZE ZIPLOCK is way beyond me!

    • Val Mora says:

      Hi. The toxic part is the build up in your system, of the phytochemical that are definitely kicked out from plastics. That is hy drinking out of plastic bottles is not a great idea. Short term great. But its a leading cause of cancers, and autoimmune illnesses. Worth thinking about. The omelet looks delicious.

      • S says:

        John and Johnson says ziplock bags are BPA free?

        • Erica says:

          It appears that they definitely claim that they are BPA free– good to know! Thanks for posting this link!

    • Kathy says:

      We whisk the eggs well in a small bowl, then pour into the freezer bag. It’s only 2 more objects to wash and the omelets come out a lot fluffier. We also like to make these the morning after tacos in a bag for supper. We use up any leftovers for our omelets.

      • Echo says:

        Thank you for the tip!

    • Janet says:

      I use freezer bags, they’re stronger and don’t melt or shrink

  2. Karen says:

    OMG, get over it ppl what about your water bottles and everything else you reuse, and the MSG, and MGO, and all the other things in your food!!!! put there by the Government!! I had one this morning just to try it before company this morning and no melting of the bag and it really did taste very good….. Thanks for the share and remember you will always find someone who complains!!

    • Erica says:

      Karen— THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Edna Myers cress says:

        Love this for camping or any busy morning.

    • Chandel says:

      It’s not about complaining, it’s not about ‘getting over it’. It’s making sure that people are aware that this is bad for you so that they can make their own decision on whether they want to risk it. You really shouldn’t heat up plastic and eat from it. It’s not safe. It’s a fact that you can get cancer from too much BPA. BPA is banned in many other countries.

    • Grammy says:

      You are absolutely right, Karen! No matter what we do, someone will have something to complain about! There will always be those complainers out there with nothing better to do. These omelets in a bag are awesome, & easy, especially while camping! Everyone, please chill & enjoy life!

  3. Kristin A. says:

    This is neat! I can’t wait to try.

  4. Yurri Erives says:

    Love the idea!!! Can NOT wait too try it!!!

  5. Marina says:

    We use to make these when we went camping with the cubscouts. Since there was so many people they added all the eggs and mixed them in a pot then put a scoop in each campers ziplock bag. The scouts would use sharpie markers to write their names on the bags too. It was so much fun even the pickiest eaters liked it. No one ever got sick and we never had issues with the bags melting.

  6. katie huebner says:

    Do you think this could also work in thinner Tupperware/Rubbermaid containers since people are so worried about the plastic melting?

    • Erica says:

      hmmm.. I don’t know if I would try that. I would just be afraid that it would leak. If you get a leak it will get ruined real quick.

  7. k says:

    my dad had mentioned doing this at an upcoming reunion and i happen to be in charge of one of the breakfasts. i was so excited to see this a couple of days after we’d talked and guess what i made that night? ha ha. easy and delicious! thanks so much!

  8. Rebekah says:

    I did my omelette this way this morning, very easy. Cannot wait until my next camping trip, so that i can do a easy and not so messy breakfast.

  9. Sandra says:

    Going to try this tonight for dinner, it sure looks yummie!!

  10. Kelly says:

    These look great! The bags really don’t leak?? I worry that if I planned this for our camping breakfast, that we would end up with watery eggs in baggies and no breakfast. I love the idea so I hope it works!!!

  11. Julie says:

    I tried this over the weekend and I used ziplock freezer bags and the eggs stuck to the sides of the bags. What did I do wrong?

    • Erica says:

      You may have not let it boil long enough. I have never had that happen before so I can’t say for sure!

      • Emily says:

        Hi! I just finally got around to trying these tonight. I did 3 eggs in each bag so I added an extra half tablespoon of water. I used gallon sized freezer bags that came from Dollar Tree (they didn’t say Do Not Boil like some of the other bags I had). I folded the bags together some & secured with a metal paperclip. I used a wooden spoon to drape the bags over the pot to make sure they didn’t melt to the side. My pot was deep with lots of water to make sure they didn’t touch the bottom. I boiled all 3 bags together for about 20 minutes checking them at the 15 minute mark. Worked perfectly! Slides right out of the bag onto the plate! Easy, fast, & yummy! Make sure what you are seeing is actually runny egg & not the egg crusting. Like she said, time may vary. This is not something I would leave unattended just in case the bags you are using do begin to melt ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Erica says:

          So glad you liked them!!! It is always our go-to breakfast when we go camping because clean-up is the easiest! Thanks for your nice comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Melissa says:

    How far in advance can you assemble everything in the bag? I’d like to have it all prepped in each bag ready to go in the cooler possibly a day in advance! Thanks for sharing : )

    • Erica says:

      Hmm.. that’s a good question. I would imagine it would be fine but I can’t say for sure. If you do it let us know how it turns out!

    • Kit says:

      Melissa, I have done this so many times for camp that it really is so easy. My only thought about prepping it the day before is that eggs have a shell to keep them nice and fresh. The minute you break that shell they start to go bad. Even in the fridge, they have the risk of going bad quickly. Personally I wouldn’t risk it, especially because prepping these while camping is so easy.

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  14. diane says:

    could you do these ahead and freeze um? i don’t see why not but would like more imput thanks

    • Emily says:

      I haven’t tried that, let me know if it works!

    • Beth says:

      I’m curious about freezing them as well. I love making freezer meals ahead of time, and this would be a great breakfast option!

  15. Candice says:

    Hi! I think this is a great idea. I do have a question though… Do you need to hold on to the tops of the bags while they are boiling? Or can you just plop the whole thing in? or do they just sit with the top of the bag upright and out of the water? I was a little confused on that part. *also, I’ve written down several of your recipes, I believe… and they are great! thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erica says:

      You don’t need to hold the bags… just check on them to make sure the bag tops don’t hang over the outer edge of the pot and melt.

      • Laura says:

        If doing multiple bags you could clip the tops together with a clothespin and drape a skewer across the top of the pot to clip it to. Haven’t tried it yet but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

        • Erica says:

          That is actually a REALLY good idea. I am definitely trying that next time!!!

  16. sarah says:

    You could also buy some no-crack eggs that come in the carton(: works wonders for camping!

  17. Katie says:

    Try it people!! We have been doing this for years!! When you have a big crowd it’s perfect!! We normally get a couple pots boiling so we can feed more people at once. It’s a great way to feed picky eaters; they can personalize their eggs. We use liquid egg versus actual eggs, just for the ease. 1/3 cup liquid egg is equal to 2 eggs.
    Happy cooking!!

  18. Jenni says:

    Can you make these in the microwave too? Curious if anyone has tried it that way. Almost sure I’ve heard of this same thing being done in the microwave.

  19. Jill says:

    I love this recipe. I make it when I have groups staying overnight. Just before they all head to bed we do the assembly thing and I then store all the bags together (more or less standing up) in the pan I will use to boil them. First thing in the morning I add water to the pan and count the minutes from when the water actually begins to boil. As people drift into the kitchen they pull out “their” bag and eat. Tortillas make a nice addition … egg burritos!

  20. Nicole says:

    So excited to try tonight for breakfast for dinner!

  21. Sue says:

    I have been making these for years also. I however, do not add the water. I had a “sleep-over” for my girlfriends 60th birthday for 9 women. We did these omelets in the morning with an overnight coffeecake and fruit. The omelets stole the show!!

    • Erica says:

      Yay! So glad that you (and the girls) liked them!

  22. Dawn says:

    This is such an awesome idea! We tested it out over 4th of July weekend. The 1st attempt, we immediately got a hole in the bag & was able to quickly transfer it into a new one. They turned out awesome & we will be doing this every camping trip from here on out. Thank you for the great recipe!!!

    • Erica says:

      Thank you so much for coming back and leaving a comment! Glad you liked the omelets– it is our go-to when we camp! Hope you had a happy 4th ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rebecca - FoodFlav says:

      Looking forward to giving this a try. Jotted your fab recipe down with my own notes so my Omelette loving friends and I can pamper our palates at home, too. Thank you!

  23. Janna says:

    Just made these & they were delicious!!! The bags did not melt! They roll right out on the plate when they’re done… em!!!

    • Valerie says:

      Just made these for supper tonight…….WOW!! Super easy and super delicious!! Entire family loved them!! So glad I found this! Thank you!!!!

  24. Karen K says:

    No salt is added to the egg/water mix?

    • Erica says:

      Nope, if you want to add salt, add it after it is cooked. Salt keeps the eggs from setting up right.

  25. Melissa says:

    My granddaughters (7 & 9) love these omelets! We make them together when they stay overnight. After their first time trying them at my house they surprised their parents (with Mom’s supervision) by cooking and serving them.

  26. Mel says:

    Great variation on a old theme. KISS. When camping we do this O in a bag a lot and it gives us hot water to wash the other items. Split the water in half, add soap. Wash utensils, etc. Use the other half as the rinse water. Simple and FAST. Cheers,


  27. Tadd Mencer says:

    I think I’ll give this a shot for breakfast tomorrow. I’m one of those nutcase people who don’t trust plastics when cooling .. so I’ll try a mason jar and see how that works. May be hot, but hey – I’ll try it anyway!

    • Echo says:

      Let us know how it works! Thank you!

  28. Gary Wilkinson says:

    We use ziploc bags which have a declaration on the box stating that the product not formulated with BPA.

  29. Marion says:

    This sounds like a great idea. You can even use boilable bags for sealing in any sealing tool. I like the quick clean up as well, and you could make omelettes for several days using different seasonings and toppings as well. the bags would stack well in the refrigerator of an rv, taking up less room than the egg carton! If sealed ahead of time they could be kept safely in an ice chest as well.

  30. Lorraine says:

    For those worried about BPA and the toxins from boiling ziplock bags leaching into food, maybe try a BPA free vacuum sealing bags, but just use the sealing part. Those bags are supposedly safe to reheat food in hot water … its a form or cooking “Sous-vide”.
    Premake the omelette mix, seal in bags ready to boil.

  31. Sylvia says:

    Made this once. Wasn’t bad but was more like scrambled egg than an omelette.

  32. Jill Randy Chong says:

    Seeing this inspired me to try cooking whole eggs in a Ziploc. I cracked two eggs and added one Tablespoon of water, squeezed out the air, and put it in a pot of rolling, boiling water. I cooked for 10 minutes (but they probably could have gone as long as 13 if you like the yolk very firm). They slid out like a charm and were cool enough to chop for egg salad in about 5 minutes. Yay! No peeling! (Especially hard with super fresh eggs.)

    • Erica says:

      Wow, I had never thought of doing that before, great idea! So they came out like hard boiled eggs or more like poached eggs? I am definitely curious to know!

  33. Shannon says:

    I’m adding your link to a campfire recipe roundup I’m publishing tomorrow on Crafty Mama in ME! Great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erica says:

      Thanks for adding us to the round-up! Looks great!

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