Recipe Saturday: How to Master Basic Scrambled Eggs

It’s tough to make basic scrambled eggs photogenic.

When it comes to breakfast basics, nothing gets more basic than scrambled eggs. While they are among the easiest breakfast foods to cook, they are also one of the easiest to screw up. Here’s how not to do that.


Milk (optional)

First things first. Break your desired number of eggs in a bowl and mix them with a fork. Some people like to add milk to their eggs. You can but you don’t need to. Milk does act as an extender if you are running low on eggs.

Meanwhile let your frying pan heat to medium-high. You don’t want to cook the eggs on high because it’s too easy to burn them or dry them out.

After about a minute or two of the pan heating up put a smidge-bit of butter in the pan (about 1/4 teaspoon). The butter serves three purposes: to grease your pan, to add flavor to the eggs and to let you know when the pan is hot enough. As soon as the butter is melted and sizzling (you man need to stir the  butter a bit to get it to melt fast enough) you add your eggs.

With a wooden spatula continually scrap the eggs from the side of the pan and fold them back into the uncooked eggs. Chop up the frying eggs with your spatula too. The more you chop up your eggs the fluffier the eggs will seem on your plate. Add however much salt and pepper you want. 

As soon as the eggs are all solid take them off the pan. You want to take them out of the pan before they look all dry. This will take a bit of practice and experience to judge because you don’t want to eat uncooked eggs either. You want to split the difference which in cooking time is only about a 10 second window. When you plate the eggs at the right moment they will still cook a little bit as they sit on the plate. This will ensure that your eggs are not dry because who likes dry scrambled eggs? Blech!


A few things you can add to your scrambled eggs that will spice them up a bit:

  • Chopped ham
  • Grated cheese
  • Finely chopped green onions
  • Whole corn

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to get your scrambled eggs right. It will take a little practice and patience but luckily eggs are pretty cheap.

Kenny Larson
Onetime Apple/Android/Windows fanboy. Now a firm agnostic when it comes to OS. They all suck in their own special way.

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