How To Make The Best-Ever Scrambled Eggs

Giving scrambled eggs a bit more attention elevates them into excellent eggs.

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and Toast for Breakfast
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Scrambled eggs are a dish that almost everyone, even the most reluctant and befuddled cooks, is willing to tackle. It's easy to make decent scrambled eggs, but giving them a bit more attention elevates them into excellent eggs that are creamy and luxurious.

Low heat is key. Yes, it's tempting to crank up the heat when trying to hurry things along, but it does the eggs no favors. Adding only one to two more minutes to the process improves the outcome and isn't a deal-breaking delay to a quick meal.

8 Tips For Perfect Scrambled Eggs

  1. The pan should be warm enough to melt the butter but not hot enough to make it sizzle. If the eggs bubble and hiss when they hit the pan, lift the pan off the heat until things calm down.
  2. Whisk the eggs in a bowl until the white and yolks blend thoroughly before adding them to the pan. Stir vigorously until no clumps or ropey strands of egg white are visible when you lift the whisk or fork from the bowl. Whisking also incorporates air that produces fluffier eggs.
  3. Add salt and pepper during the whisking step to incorporate the seasoning well. You can also add more when serving the eggs if you like.
  4. Whisking a spoonful of sour cream, crème fraiche, or plain Greek yogurt into the raw eggs helps scrambled eggs turn out fluffy and tender. A splash of cream, half-and-half, or whole milk can help too, but not as much as cultured dairy products that resist separating when heated. Non-fat dairy products add little benefit.
  5. Consider the texture of any add-ins. Grated cheese will likely melt while the eggs to set. Raw vegetables won't have time to turn tender, so pre-cook them before adding them to the egg mixture. If the vegetables are wet, such as raw tomato, blot away excess moisture so that they won't affect the texture of the eggs.
  6. Stir slowly but continuously to keep the eggs moving in the pan as they set. This stirring ensures an even, creamy texture with no papery edges. A heat-proof silicone spatula is ideal.
  7. To ensure the eggs will be just right when you eat them, remove the pan from the heat when the eggs are just shy of your preferred doneness. They will continue cooking off-heat for up to a minute, firming up on their own. Eggs with browned bottoms are overcooked.
  8. If you adore hot eggs, serve them on warm plates. A cold plate sucks the heat right out of them.

How To Make Scrambled Eggs In Your Slow Cooker

When the opportunity presents itself to use the slow cooker, you can bet we will take it. To cook perfect scrambled eggs in a slow cooker, follow these steps for fluffy, effortless eggs. 

  1. The first step is to prepare your slow cooker. Before pouring in the eggs, be sure to grease every side of the slow cooker properly. This tip helps the eggs when scrambling the eggs and removing them. (Cooking spray will not coat the slow cooker enough, which will cause the eggs to break apart and stick to the sides.)
  2. Next, cooking the eggs in a slow cooker might take a little longer to scramble than in a traditional pan on a stovetop. However, pour the mixture into the greased slow cooker after whisking the eggs in a separate bowl and adding any delicious mix-ins. Scrambled eggs typically take about two hours, depending on the amount you prepare. To retain a fluffy, thoroughly cooked dish, stir the scrambled eggs about every 30 minutes.

Upgrades To Scrambled Eggs

One of the best things about making scrambled eggs is the endless variety of things you can add to make each dish taste like a new meal. Everyone has their favorite mix-ins, but some suggestions—from fresh herbs to seafood—will help elevate your favorite breakfast food.

  1. Proteins: Add breakfast meat like sausage and bacon or black or pinto beans for a vegetarian option.
  2. Cultured Dairy Products: While adding milk isn't necessary for fluffy eggs, a cultured dairy like sour cream, Greek yogurt, or creme fraiche can add a tanginess and creamy texture to scrambled eggs when folded in at the end of the cooking process.
  3. Fresh Herbs: Top the perfect plate of scrambled eggs with fresh herbs. A sprinkling of chives, dill, cilantro, or parsley adds a lot of flavor with minimal effort.
  4. Add Your Choice Of Cheese: One of the most popular add-ins to scrambled eggs, mixing in your favorite cheese always pairs nicely with this dish.
  5. Add Some Vegetables: Adding some vegetables to eggs, like spinach, arugula, kale, or collards, is an easy way to add some greens to your diet. Plus, mixing with scrambled eggs (and possibly some cheese) is a delicious way to eat your veggies. 
  6. Make It Spicy: Spices from hot sauce, salsa, or chiles heats up any plate of scrambled eggs. If you are unsure how much spice you will enjoy, wait until the end to top your eggs with a drizzle or some crushed red pepper flakes. You can always add more. 
  7. Add What's "In Season": Fresh vegetables can add variety to your classic scrambled eggs dish. Learn what's available seasonally and plan your breakfast routine around the freshest vegetables.
  8. Potatoes: Whether you plan to use leftover potatoes from last night's dinner or dice potatoes that morning, adding this starch helps make scrambled eggs a hearty meal.
  9. Worcestershire Sauce: Savory sauces, like Worcestershire, soy, or miso sauces, can enhance any dish.
  10. Seafood: Wait until the final seconds of cooking to add your choice of seafood. From crab and lobster meat to cooked shrimp, these add-ins make ordinary scrambled eggs into an extraordinary dish. Sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning or lemon zest for the perfect finish.
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