Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Here’s how to make scrambled eggs…perfectly! This recipe makes soft folds of velvety eggs that make everyone say, “Wow.”

Scrambled eggs

It’s your favorite egg-sperts here at A Couple Cooks (sorry, we had to!) with a life-changing breakfast technique. Yes, your morning game will never be the same. Here are our secrets on how to make the best scrambled eggs! Many home cooks mess up on the technique for scrambled. Cook them too hard and they become a rubbery, tasteless mess. Here we’ll show you our time-tested technique of scraping the eggs into soft velvety folds of goodness. Every time we serve them, we hear a chorus of wow’s. (Even from our 3 year old! Truth.) Ready to get started?

Ingredients & equipment for the best scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs are simple, but they’re also easy to screw up. Here are our tips on what to have on hand:

  • Eggs: Buy cage-free and organic if you can, local if possible, for the best flavor. The fresher the better here.
  • Non-stick or cast iron skillet: The best pan for cooking eggs? Non-stick is a great surface for scrambling, followed by a seasoned cast iron skillet.
  • Spatula: The best spatulas? Try a nylon spatula for a non-stick pan or fish spatula for a cast iron pan.
  • Butter or neutral oil: There’s a debate in the food community around the best fat for cooking eggs. Butter is our choice, since it lends the most savory flavor. Want to go dairy free? Use a neutral oil (olive oil can lend a bitter flavor).
How to make scrambled eggs

How to make scrambled eggs

Got your hands on the goods? Great, because here are the keys for the cooking part! Here’s how to make eggs that you’ll want to cook over and over:

  • Whisk the eggs. Use the serving size of two per person. Season with salt and pepper now!
  • Melt butter on Medium heat. Here’s the thing: don’t have the heat too high! You’ll want medium so as to not over-cook them (or medium low, if your burner runs hot).
  • Scrape into soft folds, about 1 to 2 minutes. Don’t mess with your eggs too much, or you’ll end up with tiny pieces! Scrape them gently into soft folds, stirring only occasionally.
  • Add cheese just before they harden. In the last few seconds, add some shredded cheese so it just melts (optional). This all goes fast so keep your eye on it!

Above all: don’t overcook your eggs! You want to pull them when they’ve just started to set. Keep going and they’ll turn tough and un-delicious. (Trust us.)

PS Did you know you can freeze eggs and scramble them later? Here’s a weird yet wonderful kitchen tip.

Scrambled eggs recipe

Add-ins for this scrambled eggs recipe

There are lots of adders that make scrambled eggs go from good to wow. We like to add a little cheese to make the flavors pop: but you don’t need a lot! Here are a few ideas for adders:

  • Cheddar cheese or Parmesan: An aged cheese like aged cheddar or Parmesan add big flavor: or use a combination of both.
  • Soft goat cheese: Soft goat cheese (chevre) makes heavenly fluffy scrambled eggs; go to this recipe.
  • Feta cheese: Topping with crumbled feta adds a salty, savory flair.
  • Fresh herbs: Try thinly sliced chives or chopped oregano or thyme.
  • Hot sauce: Love spice? Douse with hot sauce.
  • Salsa: Throw a bit of salsa or pico de gallo on top.
  • Vegetables: Add bell peppers, onion, and spinach, like in this breakfast vegetables scramble.

Make it a meal

What to serve with this scrambled eggs recipe to make it a meal? Contrary to what you might think, you can make scrambled eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (We have, and will continue to eat them for every meal.) Here are some serving suggestions:

How do you like eating your scrambled eggs? Let us know in the comments below!

How to make eggs

More ways to cook ’em

Want to cook eggs all the ways? Here are a few more basic methods for how to cook eggs:

This perfect scrambled eggs recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free (with oil), and gluten-free.

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Scrambled eggs

Perfect Scrambled Eggs


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make scrambled eggs…perfectly! This recipe makes soft folds of velvety eggs that make everyone say, “Wow.”


Ingredients

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or neutral oil)
  • 2 tablespoons sharp cheddar or Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)
  • Finely chopped chives, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together until well-beaten. Stir in the kosher salt and plenty of fresh ground pepper.
  2. In a skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Tilt the pan to ensure the entire pan is coated in the melted butter. Pour in the eggs.
  3. Keep the heat on medium. When the eggs just start to set, use a flat spatula to slowly scrape sections of eggs, creating folds. Scrape occasionally until the eggs form soft folds, about 1 to 2 minutes total. Add the cheese and remove them from the heat just before they are fully hardened. If desired, garnish with chives and serve immediately.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Eggs

Keywords: Scrambled eggs, How to make scrambled eggs, How to make eggs, Scrambled egg recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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