Hop Shoot Omelet

Hop Shoot Omelet

Hop Omelet – With a beer of course.

Hop Shoot Omelet

Who doesn’t love a yummy omelet to start their day? Are you needing new ideas for your omelets? Want something all vegan, all tasty, and can also even be all home grown? Then this is an omelet for you.

It is a pretty simple, straight forward recipe, not a ton of ingredients, and lots of room to add, change, or tweak the recipe to your particular likes.

The Hops

Hops starting to grow in our gardens here at The Beer Thrillers Headquarters

Hops are one of the main ingredients in beer (along with water and yeast). For the purposes of making a hop shoot omelet, any variety of hops will work, and so far as I can tell there’s no taste difference between variants in hops (as far as eating them goes). At The Beer Thrillers Headquarters (or Bender Braus Brewery) we have Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Nugget, and Saaz. We had potted Walhalla, Willamette, and Magnum. Unfortunately over the winter the potted ones didn’t survive.

Harvesting the shoots is pretty easy. March – April the hops will begin to pop up out of the ground (depending on how the weather has been, but its usually end of March to beginning of April that you’ll see them popping up). For growing the hops (for use of the hop cones) you only want a few of the vines to grow, so you need to snip and cut the remainder away, which is perfect for making our meal.

When ready to make your meal (typically the morning of), go out to your hop vines and snip off the ‘heads’ of each vine. See image below for the ‘heads’ of the vines.

Hop heads

Only cut about 1 – 2″ from the top of each of the vines, this is the ‘hop heads’ and is the most tender and tasty part of the hop vines / hop shoots.

A quick rinse under the water before getting them on the skillet or pan is all you really need to do, and thats a cursory rinse just to remove any debris or dirt.

Reminder – Use Only the Tender Parts

Friendly reminder – use only the most tender part of the hop vines. This will probably be only the top head of the vine, or about 1″ to 1.5″ – 2″ of the vine. Anything more than that its going to get very fibrous and chewy and not very tasty. It’ll also have tiny little prickles.

Depending on when you find them, your hop shoots may be short or just a couple inches, or very long like vines – this is why I recommend early season for the hop shoot omelets. Right around Easter time is usually the perfect time to trim and clip off the unwanted vines before the hop plants grow into a massive tangled mass. Hop shoots can be harvested at any time of the year up, but its best to do it early in the year. As long as there is tender, young growth to harvest they’re fine to eat.

Early season works best because you are already pruning the hops back naturally anyway, so its kind of a “kill two birds with one stone” kind of scenario.

Ingredients and Equipment

Hop Shoots Omelet

This is a very simple and adjustable meal. You can decide how many eggs you want, you can decide what greens, meats, etc., you want in. Herbs, spices; pretty much everything is up to you.

But here is generally what I use when I make a hop shoots omelet at home:

  • As much fresh hop shoot heads as you have (or want to use)
  • 4 – 6 eggs
  • 1 or 2 chopped bell peppers
  • 1 / 2 chopped onion
  • Optional meats: 2 oz of bacon, sausage, kielbasa, or your preferred meat
  • salt (sea salt or kosher salt), oregano, thyme, lemon pepper seasoning, Italian seasoning, garlic salt or powder

Serving size depends on number of eggs used; but generally serves 2 – 4 people.

Best as a breakfast, brunch, or as an appetizer before dinner.

Equipment and tools needed:

  • Skillet or pan (preferably 10″ stove pan)
  • Chopping boards for peppers, onions, meat
  • Bowls for chopped vegetables before adding them to the pan
  • container to beat the eggs in before adding them to the pan
  • knives / utensils (for cutting up peppers, onion, meat, and for beating the eggs)


Hop Shootss Omelet
  1. Ready the stove, heating the pan, use butter or vegetable oil, or spray to prevent sticking
  2. Prepare your eggs – beat them in the container until nice and fluffy
  3. Prepare your vegetables and meat you are adding (chop them and put them in bowls)
  4. Prepare your hop shoots (rinse them delicately, and keep them in a bowl)
  5. Saute the hop shoots, the pepper, and onion
  6. If you are using meat, add when necessary
  7. Add in the eggs, stir, twirl, and keep the eggs properly distributed about the pan

Overall cooking time should take roughly 10 – 15 minutes (depending on how you like your eggs, meat, and vegetables).


Remember – always serve with a beer

Serving size depends on the amount of eggs and vegetables you added, but typically it should serve 2 – 4. You can top it with cheese or any other spices, herbs, or flavorings you wish. One thing you do certainly need to serve it with though is a beer!

You’ve worked hard now, grab a delicious craft beer, and chow down! Enjoy!

Beer Related Food Recipe Articles

(The making of a hop shoots omelet.)

This was our first beer / food related recipe or food pairing article. We would like to do more of these in the future – so let us know what you think of it, and if you would like to see more of these kinds of articles.

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