Ever wondered how to make fluffy scrambled eggs? It’s easy! In this post I will teach you how to make a perfect scramble that is light and moist with just the right texture. Achieve delicious results every time with a few simple tips!
I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I make the best scrambled eggs ever. I’ll admit, I have been refining my scrambling method since junior high home economics class… do they even offer that class anymore? That’s where I first learned how to pull the cooked edges of the eggs from the outside in (details below). This simple tip, along with a few others I’ve learned along the way, have developed into a foolproof method for a scrumptious scramble every time.
“Everybody knows how to scramble eggs,” you might think. True! But making a fluffy, moist scramble is a bit of an art form. Ever had dry eggs at a deli or cafe? I have, and it’s so disappointing! I really loathe overcooked, rubbery, or browned eggs. So many diners and delis serve them this way, which means I rarely go out for breakfast anymore.
Why should I, when it’s perfectly easy (and way less expensive) to make a perfect scramble at home? Here’s how!
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How to Make Scrambled Eggs
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tbsp whole milk, half and half, heavy cream, or water
- Shredded or crumbled cheese (optional)
- Salt and pepper (I prefer sea salt and freshly ground black pepper)
- Butter (alternate oils include olive oil, ghee, avocado oil, or nonstick oil spray)
- If you plan on adding cheese to your eggs, make sure that the cheese is shredded/prepared and set aside so you can add it to the non-stick skillet quickly. Place your skillet on the stovetop and turn on the heat. I leave the heat somewhere between medium low and medium, so it warms up but doesn't get too hot.
- Meanwhile, prepare your eggs. Break them into a bowl with a tablespoon of milk, half and half, or water (I prefer half and half or milk). Add some salt and pepper – I typically add about 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and a few turns of black pepper. You might use more or less according to taste. If you're dairy intolerant or don't like the taste of milk, feel free to use water – but don't skip adding a little liquid, as it helps to add fluffiness to the scramble. I personally love the way creamy half and half enhances the flavor of the eggs.
- Use a fork or whisk to beat the eggs briskly for 30-60 seconds, making sure the eggs are fully broken up and mixed well with the milk and the seasonings. Use a little elbow grease here, the more you whip it the better.
- Lightly grease your hot skillet, coating the surface with a thin layer of oil or butter. I typically use butter, but only if the skillet isn't very hot – butter has a low smoke point, which means it burns easily. If the skillet has heated up a lot, try using ghee, avocado oil, or something with a higher smoke point. If using nonstick spray oil, use caution and keep it away from any open gas flames.Pour the eggs into the skillet. Keep the heat on medium/medium low, you don't want to rush it here– if the skillet is too hot the eggs will cook too quickly and become rubbery. Once you pour the eggs in they will begin to cook immediately. Using a spatula (I use a wooden or silicone spatula so I won't damage my pan's nonstick coating), begin pulling the cooked outer edges in towards the center of the eggs. Uncooked eggs will flood the area you just pulled back. If you are adding cheese, now is the time to sprinkle it into the skillet. This will allow ample time for the cheese to melt and integrate into the eggs.
- Move the spatula around the edge of the skillet, pulling the cooked edges towards the center and re-flooding repeatedly. Cooked scrambled eggs will gather in the center of the skillet.
- At a certain point, the uncooked eggs will no longer flood and the scramble will all collect in the center of the skillet, but it will still be slightly runny in texture. Begin breaking up the scramble; quickly turn undercooked areas and keep the scramble moving to make sure that all surfaces cook evenly. Never leave a surface in contact too long with the skillet or it will become overcooked.
- Turn off the heat when the eggs are about 90% cooked. When the eggs are done, serve immediately. Perfectly cooked scrambled eggs are moist but not runny, with no crisp or brown edges. This technique may take a bit of practice, but it is quite simple. With time you too will be making and serving moist, fluffy scrambled eggs!