You would think that making soft, fluffy scrambled eggs would be a relatively easy kitchen task since not a lot goes into it. But to make scrambled eggs taste their best, there are a few tricks. If you would like to improve the quality of this breakfast staple, watch out for these common mistakes, and you will step up your scrambled egg game.
1. Not Using Fresh Eggs
The better the ingredients, the better the meal, and this is definitely the case when it comes to scrambled eggs. To get the best quality eggs, head to your local farmer’s market or buy those marked “cage-free” or “pasture-raised” at your local grocery store.
2. Not Adding Enough Liquid
After you beat your eggs in a bowl, you want to add some kind of liquid before pouring them into a pan. You can add milk, cream, broth, or water, and that will increase your scrambled eggs’ volume while making them lighter. Also, add a little bit of butter to help with the moisture while making them taste their best.
3. Not Whisking Enough
If you want fluffy eggs, that means you need to whisk them. And, the more you whisk, the fluffy your scrambled eggs will be. Using a hand-held whisk can do the trick, but if you want really light eggs, try a hand-held electric mixer to whisk your eggs. Or, as Bon Appetit recommends, try an immersion blender.
4. Scrambling Too Soon
Most of us are tempted to start scrambling the eggs when they hit the pan, but the key to a fluffy egg is to wait until they start to set around the edges before you start to scramble.
“Just when those curds start to set, you just gently move them, and you end up with these big, fluffy, cloud-like curds,” says celebrity chef Curtis Stone
5. Scrambling Wrong
There is actually a proper way to scramble your eggs in the pan, and how you do it makes a huge difference. Once the edges start to set, use a rubber spatula to push the eggs from one side of your skillet to the other. This will create spongy curds that won’t stick together. Repeat the process of pushing the eggs from side to side a few times. Also, be sure to use a non-stick skillet.
6. The Heat Is Too High
You might think that turning up the heat on your frying pan is the best way to cook eggs, plus it will speed up the process. But, high heat causes your eggs to be tough and dry. Instead, cooking on low heat will allow you to keep them super soft. Also, Chef Curtis Stone told Real Simple that you should take your eggs off of the heat before they are fully-cooked because they will continue to cook once you put them on your plate.
7. Try Some Upgrades
Once you have finished cooking your scrambled eggs, add a bit of salt and pepper for the perfect flavor. Or, you can try different kinds of scrambled eggs like “Pizza Eggs” with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, or “Bagel Eggs” with salmon, cream cheese, and chives.
If you stop making these mistakes, and your eggs come out soft, uniformly cooked, and full of flavor, then you have mastered the art of making the perfect scrambled egg.