Tutorial: How Kate Scrambles Eggs

Hello, my name is Kate. Welcome to, like, the fifty-first Our Best Bites therapy session exploring why I hate eggs (and feel compelled to cook and blog about them). I don’t get it. There’s no rhyme or reason. Here are some more super uninteresting Kate/Egg Factoids:

-When I was little (like little little), I used to make scrambled eggs every morning with my dad.

-As a child, I liked pickled eggs (um, what. the. heck??)

-I like breakfast burritos and omelets that other people make.

-I like Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Biscuits from McDonald’s, but I don’t like Egg McMuffins.

-I craved eggs over easy when I was pregnant with my son, but I’ve never liked them at any other time in my life.

-The breakfast sandwich I ate in the hospital the day after my son was born was hands-down the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten in my life (but that may have something to do with the fact that I hadn’t eaten in, like, 36 hours).

-In spite of the fact that I don’t like them, I can make some mean scrambled eggs. And I know that they taste good, but at some point while I’m eating them, I can just feel my stomach turning and my throat closing up.

-Scrambled eggs are definitely our go-to meal when dinner-time sneaks up on me (although I eat cold cereal while everyone else eats their eggs).

I’m not going to name this tutorial “How to Scramble Eggs” because everyone has their own way of making scrambled eggs (sadly, not all of them are very good ways–I think badly cooked scrambled eggs of days gone by are part of why they make me gag now) and I already know that I’m about to be barraged with a million emails about how various facets of my egg-making method are flawed. But this is how I do it and I can safely say that if I liked scrambled eggs, I would love these ones.

Because it’s such a simple dish, make sure your ingredients are good–fresh eggs, kosher or coarse sea salt, milk or water (I actually use water because I feel like milk can contribute to scorching problems), and real butter. I also use Tabasco sauce instead of black pepper because we don’t like the ground peppercorns in the eggs and it adds a nice flavor without being too spicy, but that’s our family’s preference.

You’ll also need a few key pieces of equipment: A small bowl to whisk the eggs in, something to whisk them with, a flexible spatula, and an appropriately sized skillet. When I’m making eggs for my kids, I use the 8.5″ hard anodized non-stick skillet that I got when we competed in the Better Homes and Gardens contest last year and if I’m cooking for my husband, too, I’ll use the 10″ skillet.

Preheat the skillet on the stove top on the low side of medium heat. You’ll want to give it a few minutes to heat up, so go ahead and crack the eggs into the bowl and add roughly 1 teaspoon of water per egg (so for the 3 eggs I used here, I used 1 tablespoon of water)…

Add a sprinkling of salt…

and a few dashes of Tabasco sauce.

and give them a good whisk. You don’t want to completely pulverize them, especially if they got frothy or foamy, but you also don’t want to have distinct yolks and whites in your finished eggs.

If the skillet is hot, add about 1 teaspoon of butter per egg (again, 1 tablespoon of butter for 3 eggs). If it sizzles and smokes and turns brown immediately, your pan is too hot. Remove it from heat, wipe it out with a paper towel, and allow it to cool off for a few minutes. But if if the butter melts slowly and gently and becomes aromatic, you’re in business. When the butter is melted, use your flexible spatula to spread the melted butter over the whole pan and slightly up the sides and then add the eggs. (Note: this part is tricky because it would be the best time for pictures, but the light in my kitchen is awful, so we’re working with what we have here).

Leave the pan completely alone until the eggs start to gently bubble and turn light yellow around the edges. Use the flexible spatula to gently scrape the light yellow edges toward the middle of the pan (unless you have a rockin’ cooktop and cookware, the edges of your eggs will probably not get light yellow all at the same time).

Eventually, more and more of the eggs will start coming together in the center of the pan.

This is the trickiest part of making perfect scrambled eggs. You absolutely do not want any kind of brown on the eggs at all, but you want to make sure they’re completely cooked. You also don’t want to stir them so much that they don’t hold together. So here’s my advice–as the “curds” start coming together, try keeping them together as much as possible while you gently scrape them around the pan, allowing the liquidy parts to make contact with the hot skillet. As soon as you don’t see any obvious liquid or overt wetness (unless you like your scrambled eggs slightly undercooked), remove the pan from heat and let it sit for just a minute or two while you do exciting things like butter some toast or change the laundry or check your email. You can even pop a lid on the pan and allow them to steam (off the heat) for 1-2 minutes.

Transfer the eggs to a serving dish or individual plates (or tortillas for breakfast burritos or toasted English muffins for breakfast sandwiches, or any of the other things that normal people do with eggs) and eat ’em up immediately.

65 comments

  1. Um is it teaspoon or tablespoon, because each time you start with teaspoon then say tablespoon… but these eggs do look delicious!

  2. This comment has nothing to do with your eggs- although I’m sure they are great. I just wanted to tell you that I got your Best Bites cookbook for my birthday yesterday and I am so excited! My kids started flipping through it and with every page turn they squealed like it was Christmas morning! In fact- and this is no lie- right this second my 10 year old son has the book in his hand and is saying, “Mom, Ohhhh, this cheesesteak sandwich looks so good….oh, these taquitos look good…oh, MOM!!!! Italian meatballs!!! Please please make these! I’ve been craving these for so long! Do we have any sausage? Do we have a clove of garlic? Let’s go to the store!!!” It is only 9:00 am and he is begging me to start cooking. Thank you for your great blog and your wonderful book- I guess I’d better get cookin’!

  3. Oh my goodness I have the same egg aversion that you do. I hate the smell of eggs when they are cooking, and I don’t think they taste bad. But for some reason eating them makes my stomach churn as well. I also have to get them the same way at McDonalds and I love them in Breakast Burritos. There was one time though when we were going to disneyland when I was little and we stayed at one of those casino/hotels on the Nevada/Cali border when I got scrambled eggs the morning we left and seriously I could have eaten a whole plate of them, they were delicious. But sadly I have never been able to recreate that day and enjoy eggs like I did then. But I am excited to try your recipe for scrambled eggs for my fam…because they do not have an egg aversion and I think would enjoy these a lot. Thanks for the egg tips!

    1. FYI – Eggs at McDonalds – During college, working breakfast at McDonalds was my favorite time to work. Egg McMuffins are made with real eggs. You break them into egg rings put a lid over them and add water to a little cup on top of the lid which drips onto the grill and steams the top of the eggs, the grill cooking the bottom. You get an egg that’s kind of almost hard-boiled tasting. Me personally I hate hard-boiled egg yolks so I don’t like Egg McMuffins with eggs on them. The Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuits and Breakfast Burritos are made with something similar to Egg Beaters. The egg beaters is poured into a rectangular mold. They cook quick on the grill and you just fold em up and stick em on the sandwich. I do order Egg McMuffins with a folded egg.

  4. we add a few TBSP of sharp cheddar at the end of making ours. It melts and make them so yummy and melt in your mouth. We don’t add milk or water to our though. If there is even the slightest wetness to the egg I will gag.

  5. I am seriously shocked that you would use any other scraper than a Pampered Chef scraper. . . . Please tell me someone has introduced you to one!

  6. I love eggs but my husband on the other hand will not eat them unless mixed into something like brownies etc. etc.

    I cook my scrambled eggs with cheese though. I have to have cheese in my scrambled eggs.

  7. This was so very helpful (so helpful I pinned it, no lie). I have never really gotten the hang of scrambled eggs. Most of mine come out looking like wrinkled omelettes, but thanks to you, Kate, they now have hope!

  8. I must be a freak, cuz my eggs (and they MUST be scrambled!) have to be browned throughout, even to the point of crispy edges! If there is any gooey or wet stuff in them…..well…..YUK! Most times, I tell IHOP to “burn ’em, and then cook ’em some more!” They are the only place that does this for me! An old ex-boyfriend was a line cook, and he would take what he called “perfect” eggs, and then he would take a dinner plate, place it over the eggs on the grill, smash it down hard and put the lead weight on it, and walk away for a few minutes! PERFECTION! The other cooks would tease him about his crazy girlfriend! :o)

    Your eggs sound really good…..for normal people! lol

    1. Regan,

      I know exactly what you mean! However I no longer eat my eggs that way… when I was a young child all the way up into my early 30’s my eggs HAD to be cooked just like that. Now my 12 year old eats them that way. And he is the ONLY one in our family who loves his eggs with little brown flecks all through out. But now I love my eggs exactly like the way Kate makes hers which shocked my own mother a few years ago. 🙂

  9. Thank you, thank you, thank you for not making a milky, runny mess out of eggs. Everyone thinks we are so weird for not putting milk in them. These look delicious!!!

  10. Scrambled is the only way I will eat my eggs. And I am egg fanatic! After close to 8 years, i finally gave over my spoon one morning and let my boyfriend finally cook my eggs. Let me tell you. That was not an easy morning and I was breathing down his neck!!! (poor guy) everyone has their own way of cooking eggs, I might get adventurous and try your eggs someday! I scramble mine in a bowl, with one splash of milk for each egg, salt and pepper. I heat the pan up super hot, not so the butter browns like you also mentioned was not good! Ad I pour them jn, not touching them until they start to bubble, slowly pulling in one side at a time. Until it is almost like an omelet. Once there is no liquidy egg left I flip them! So i get two or three larger egg scramble pieces. I will throw away perfectly old scrambled eggs if they are not cooked right, yet I can order a scrambled egg at a restaurant and eat it no matter how it is cooked!!!

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