Sad and rubbery scrambled eggs are a great pet peeve of mine. As such, I am always trying to find ways to cook them so I don’t have to experience that a.m. disappointment. While you’ll undoubtedly hear about dozens of methods for achieving the ultimate plate of scrambled eggs, keep in mind that some characteristics of this perfection are universal and others are purely subjective. Read on to find out about some incredible ways to improve your scrambled eggs, depending on what you’re going for. While no one wants to eat overcooked eggs that taste dry from the outset, each person prefers a different level of creaminess, richness, and firmness. I encourage you to experiment with these egg hacks and see what works for you and your sophisticated palate.
Add last night’s leftovers to your scramble
Not sure what to do with your leftovers from last night’s dinner? Um, that’s basically me all the time. Luckily, most leftovers taste amazing when added to your scrambled eggs the next morning. From day-old roasted veggies and cooked chicken to that last cup of chili or the weekend pot roast, there is arguably no easier way to use up leftover food than by throwing it all into your infinitely forgiving egg scramble. Since your cooked meals have already been well-seasoned with plenty of time to meld flavors, incorporating them into eggs means you get to enjoy an insta-meal loaded with goodness and skip the hard work. If this sounds too good to be true, here are a few leftover scrambled egg ideas to get you wasting less food and eating better breakfasts in no time.
This recipe from Meals for Modern Man shows you how to use up your leftover steak and bruschetta to enhance plain old scrambled eggs. Spoiler alert: you add everything to the pan.
Go for a farmer’s breakfast whether you farm or not when you whip up this recipe from Daily Rebecca. Scrambled eggs get a hearty upgrade with the addition of leftover potatoes and veggies.
Start adding leftover chili to your morning scramble and you’ll never turn back. This easy, satisfying recipe from Inside the Kaganoff Kitchen shows you just how to do it. Game changer.
Whisk in dairy for extra fluffy eggs
If you’re a fan of super soft, creamy scrambled eggs, try adding a splash of milk or heavy cream to the mix. You can also use thicker dairy options like sour cream or creme fraiche if you’re going for extra luxe eggs. The more liquid you incorporate into your eggs, the softer and moister they will be. Add milk if you want a slight upgrade, and move to thicker dairy depending on how custardy you want the texture of your finished eggs to be. Keep in mind that while thicker ingredients like sour cream will make the eggs richer, they also make them slightly firmer. My advice? Experiment with different dairy add-ins and amounts. Eating creamy scrambled eggs on the reg until you figure out the perfect formula doesn’t sound like a bad way to pass time in the morning.
To help get you started, here are a few solid recipes. This recipe from BBC Good Food opts for milk as the go-to scrambled egg enhancer, and it totally works. You shall be rewarded with soft, fluffy eggs and all will be well in the world — at least during breakfast.
Paula Deen’s scrambled egg recipe for Food Network is decidedly more decadent, kind of like Paula herself. Sour cream lends richness, while a splash of water keeps the curds light.
This recipe from Broke Ass Gourmet turns inexpensive eggs into French-inspired fare. Cream cheese and half-and-half result in soft French-style scrambled eggs without too much effort.
Splash in sparkling wine for lightness
Light, fluffy scrambled eggs are #egggoals. We can all agree, right? Try adding sparkling wine the next time you make scrambled eggs to achieve this coveted texture. A little bit of prosecco or cava can do wonders. Whisk in about ¼ cup for every two eggs and you’ll have yourself some impossibly delicate, pillowy eggs in no time. The bonus? In addition to altering the texture of your eggs in the best way, sparkling wine lends a unique brightness that contrasts beautifully against the dish’s inherent creamy richness. Don’t take my word, though! Give these fantastic recipes a go and discover a delicious new way to use up last night’s sparkling wine.
This recipe from Food & Wine uses cava wine to imbue an already flavorful dish of scrambled eggs with vibrancy and lightness of texture.
ABC TV’s recipe for scrambled eggs transforms a standard breakfast into an elegant dish with the addition of sparkling wine. Fresh herbs, Parmesan cheese, and decadent shaved black truffle lend helping hands.
Got extra yolks?
Maybe you made meringue and now you have leftover yolks. Perhaps you froze yolks a few weeks back and you’re looking for ways to use them up. Whatever the reason for your yolk surplus, rest assured, there are ways to take care of your wealth of riches. By the tenor of this article, you might have guessed that one such way is by incorporating a few extra yolks into your scrambled eggs. Surprise! First off, additional yolks lend the scramble a beautiful, saturated golden color. Moreover, they give the eggs fabulous depth of flavor and loads of richness. While this dish might be too decadent for every day, it does make for a great indulgent treat on some mornings. Here are some balanced ways to add yolks to your scrambled eggs.
This video from Lifehacker shows you how to seamlessly incorporate rich yolks into your already delicious scrambled eggs. Serve with toast for a complete breakfast fit for royalty.
Try this recipe from Hither & Thither for extra-rich eggs to get you going the a.m. Rule of thumb in this one? One extra yolk for every four eggs.
A splash of OJ does the trick
Sure, orange juice is a popular beverage at breakfast time, but in your eggs? Yes! While it may sound crazy to add any kind of juice to your egg dish, trust me on this one. A splash of OJ works like a crazy elixir, enhancing the flavor of your eggs tenfold. Orange juice brightens rich scrambled eggs without overwhelming them, so you might taste something different — better — but not be able to pinpoint the exact cause for the improvement. Adding citrus to your scrambled eggs is like getting a really good face lift that no one can detect — everyone just knows you look glorious. Does that help? If not, here are some recipes to try so you can taste for yourself.
This recipe from The Kitchy Kitchen uses no more than a couple tablespoons of OJ, but that’s plenty to make all the difference. Brighter, lighter, better eggs are within your grasp.
Try this recipe from Hungry Runner for a delectable plate of scrambled eggs that’s one grade above the rest. Greek yogurt and almond milk lend their own unique flavor and richness, along with the orange juice.
This recipe from The Sneaky Kitchen keeps it simple. In addition to orange juice, the zest gives the scramble a nice vibrant lift.
Use clarified butter or ghee instead of regular butter
While most of us coat our pans with butter when we make scrambled eggs, there is a better option available: ghee, or clarified butter. Since regular butter is a fat with a low smoking point, it tends to burn. As a result, your eggs retain some of that burnt flavor. No good. On the other hand, clarified butter is the milk fat from butter after the solids have been separated from the milk proteins and water. Use a tablespoon of this pure butterfat to cook your eggs and you can avoid any residual burning butter taste. If you like the sound of this, here’s a step-by-step guide from PopSugar to help walk you through scrambling eggs with clarified butter.
Often used as an egg substitute, cornstarch is actually a great addition to scrambled eggs. Huh! As a thickener, it helps to make your eggs creamy in a shorter amount of time. Talk about a life hack. Since eggs are pretty delicate, cooking them too quickly on too much heat usually results in proteins seizing up and subsequent dry, tough, unsavory curds. By adding just a small amount of cornstarch to the eggs, you essentially slow down the process of contracting proteins, which grants you a magical shield against overcooked, rubbery eggs.
Give this recipe from Food52 a try if you don’t believe me about that miracle cornstarch. Fifteen-second eggs sound great to me.
There you have it. Give these amazing scrambled egg hacks a try and see which results suit you best. Each person ought to have a favorite way to make their best scrambled eggs, right?