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How to Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a common and easy-to-make breakfast choice. But with a little bit of inspiration, you can add ingredients to make your own version of this breakfast favorite.

blog_image by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen

blog_image by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen

Scrambled eggs are a common and easy-to-make breakfast choice. The method is pretty straightforward but with a little practice you'll be amazed at the difference technique can make. Eggs are a convenient, nutritious option perfect for breakfast and lunch and dinner too!

So let's get started with some tips for making perfect scrambled eggs:

Use Quality Ingredients

  • Use large, fresh eggs.

  • Use 1 tablespoon of cream, milk or water for each egg that will be scrambled. Using milk, half & half or even whipping cream creates a deliciously creamy texture.

Easy Preparation Tips for Scrambled Eggs

Whisking the Eggs

  • One of the most important ingredients in scrambled eggs is air. By whisking with a wire whisk or fork, air is incorporated into the egg mixture and evenly distributes the protein in the eggs. As the eggs cook, protein molecules firm up around the air bubbles. The result after cooking is a spongy, light mixture that is described as “fluffy” scrambled eggs.

  • Well-beaten eggs are described as frothy and evenly colored. When your egg mixture matches that description, it’s time to stop beating. Over-beating destabilizes the protein molecules, resulting in eggs that are rubbery instead of fluffy.

  • Electric mixers or blenders can be used to whisk the eggs. Use a moderate mixing speed. It’s easy to over-beat if you set the speed too high. If you use a blender, the eggs can be blended for about 20 to 25 seconds. Set the mixture aside for a few minutes prior to pouring them into a hot skillet.

Cooking the Eggs in the Pan

  • The size of the egg pieces (curds) will be dictated by how you handle the eggs in the pan. Gently stirring the egg mixture as it cooks or pulling a wooden spoon through the eggs as they cook will make for large, soft curds.

  • Some recipes say to stir the eggs with a wooden spoon as soon as the egg mixture is added to the pan. We suggest waiting until the eggs just begin to set, then you can start pushing the eggs around with a spatula. Push the eggs to the center of the pan while tilting the skillet slightly to let uncooked egg mixture flow underneath the egg mixture in the pan.

  • ​Don't forget about buttering the pan! We suggest a tablespoon or two of stick butter or butter with canola oil or soft squeeze spread in the pan before adding the eggs. Heat in the pan until sizzling then pour in the eggs.

Flavorful Add-ins

  • Assemble all the ingredients for the recipe so they will be ready when you begin cooking the eggs.

  • Chopped vegetables and or meats can be sautéed slightly first. Then the egg mixture can be added to the skillet and cooked as directed above.

  • Add the cheese at the very end of cooking or just before serving.

  • ​Stir in a tablespoon of butter with canola oil or soft squeeze spread into the cooked eggs to make them extra velvety. 

  • Suggested additions are

    • Chopped onions, bell peppers, other vegetables

    • Seasonings

    • Chopped ham or bacon pieces

    • Shredded cheese

Find Scramble Eggs Recipes

We gathered our favorite scrambled egg recipes into one spot - check out the collection Scrambled Eggs Many Ways for recipes and inspiration!

For even more ideas enter “Scrambled Eggs” in the search bar for recipes for any occasion, from everyday breakfasts to a special brunch for friends. 

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