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The Best Scrambled Eggs (Ten Ways)

How to make the best scrambled eggs depends on taste so we cooked up the best scrambled eggs ten ways for you to try.

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Claiming to know how to make the best scrambled eggs is a bold statement. Some might even call it arrogant. Scrambled eggs is a deeply personal experience — what one person calls "the best" another person might call "terrifying."

For many years, I thought there was only one way to do it right: high heat, a lot of vegetable oil in a stainless steel pan, and salt to taste. Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl, add them to the pan when the oil starts to shimmer, and then stir only when a thin layer of the bottom of the eggs is cooked and it's basically done. The result is a fluffy yellow cloud served with toast slathered in salted butter.

When I posed the question "What's the best way to make scrambled eggs?" to my co-workers, I was peppered with many variations in method, tools, and ingredients. So we cooked up scrambled eggs in some of the most interesting ways to show you how your new favorite eggs are made. Only you will know them when you see them, somewhere below.

Agnes Dumett, Product Manager, Data & Analytics

Fluffy scrambled eggs along with ten ways to make scrambled eggs

"...[cook the eggs on] medium (not high) and remove when they are still a little bit on the liquid side so they won't be too dry when they finish cooking. They should be just a little bit slimy :) Always use butter or margarine."

Agnes's method produces fairly large curds and cooks at moderate speed. If you don't like dry eggs, the one thing to note for this method is taking the fried eggs off the heat while they're still wet because they'll continue to cook as long as the pan is hot. This is especially important if you're just scrambling egg whites because they don't contain any fat and require less cooking to maintain the moisture.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-Making fluffy scrambled eggs

-Simple taste without All The Things

The best way to scramble fluffy eggs using butter over medium heat


Jeff Perkins, Senior SEO Manager

Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs next to ten other ways to make the best scrambled eggs

"When I have the time (and some crème fraîche), I like to do Gordon Ramsay's version where the key technique is 30 seconds on the stove, then 30 seconds off."

Jeff's Gordon Ramsay's method is, by far, my favorite. It produces soft curds that are the consistency of porridge (only much tastier) which is good for scooping up with toast; no fork required. It starts with butter and whole eggs in a cold pan over low heat. You stir constantly and the eggs cook very gradually. It's finished with a dollop of crème fraîche. If you watch the video, it doesn't seem like it takes very long — about a minute and a half — but it felt like it took me much longer. I assure you, it's worth it. I would also like to note that whether you use a non-stick or stainless steel pan, you're going to have some cleanup to do.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-Rich, creamy eggs

-Lazy weekend breakfasts

How to make Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs with creme fraiche over low heat


Kiara St. Cyr, Data Quality Editor

Easy scrambled eggs with salted butter and milk next to ten ways to make the best scrambled eggs

"With milk and salted butter. The butter is the key for an amazing taste (personal opinion)... medium heat and turn off the heat while they are still a little wet so they don't overcook. For pananything nonstick to make clean-up easier."

Kiara's method produces pretty standard scrambled eggs made simple by using salted butter as opposed to unsalted butter (no salting needed!). The one thing to note is the non-stick skillet. I always use stainless steel, but the non-stick pan really makes a difference as far as cleanup goes.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-Easy scrambled eggs

-Not wanting to be bothered with seasoning

The best way to make easy scrambled eggs with salted butter using a non-stick pan


HB Stone, Javascript Chef

The french way to make scrambled eggs next to ten ways to make the best scrambled eggs

"I cook them two ways, because my wife and I prefer different styles: I prefer French style: low/medium heat big ol' chunk of salted butter constant stirring (produces lots of small curds) stop when it's "set but still wet."

HB's method is one of my favorites, but it also takes a fair amount of time. The method is similar to Jeff's method, though slightly less complicated. The constant stirring over low heat means your eggs will cook evenly, which is also why you get small curds. These creamy eggs definitely deserve a spot on my breakfast table.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-French scrambled eggs

-Scooping your eggs with a spoon or toast

The french way to make scrambled eggs using salted butter over low heat


HB's Wife

American scrambled eggs next to the ten best ways to make scrambled eggs

"Jen prefers American style: high heat just enough butter or neutral oil to prevent sticking, just enough stirring to avoid browning (produces a few big curds) stop when it's dry. Not like crazy dry, but looks "matte" with no visible shine."

The method HB uses for his wife's eggs is for people who like to spear their eggs with a fork and chew them. They're dry but not overcooked. Of the methods I've tried, it's also the most challenging because it's easy to burn them when you're cooking them over high heat until they're dry.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-People who don't like undercooked eggs

-People who don't like a lot of added fat

How to make american scrambled eggs using a little bit of oil and high heat


Melanie Lei, Senior Product Manager

The best way to make soft scrambled eggs

"I use [a] nonstick pan, melt butter, beat my eggs with chopsticks :), add milk or cream after it starts to congeal a bit, mix with [a] silicone flat spatula."

Melanie also preheats then adds the butter before pouring the eggs in the pan. This makes fluffy scrambled eggs, but the important thing to note about her tools is the silicone spatula. Comparing it to a wooden spoon, the silicone spatula definitely gives you more control over the eggs and not as much egg ends up on the spatula, making it much easier to clean up.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-Soft scrambled eggs

-Easy cleanup

The best way to make soft scrambled eggs using milk and silicone spatula


Ryan Smith, Senior Engineer

the best scrambled eggs made with marmite and anchovy paste along with the ten best ways to scramble eggs

"My crowd-pleasing scrambled eggs...from a recipe in Kenji [López-Alt]'s "The Food Lab" that I adapted to my personal taste preferences: Scramble eggs using a whisk with milk, kosher salt, ancho chili powder & anchovy paste. Set aside for 10-30 minutes to "age" the eggs a little.- In a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, melt some butter and add a little bit of marmite (don't mix it directly into the eggs because it just clumps unless you heat it up first)- Add the eggs, the heat should be enough that they immediately sizzle when they hit the pan. Once it starts settings, use a rubber spatula to break it into clumps.- If desired once the eggs look mostly done, add some cheese on top (my daughter seems to think that cheddar works best)"

As you might have gathered, Ryan's method requires a few unconventional mix-ins — you may not be able to find marmite, but this is such a unique and delicious scrambled eggs recipe that we had to include it. The marmite adds a mild salty-yeasty flavor, the anchovy paste adds umami, and the ancho chili gives the eggs very subtle smoky flavor. If you have access to marmite, I highly recommend trying this egg recipe.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-Something different

-Using up that marmite from your last trip to London

the best scrambled eggs made with marmite and anchovy paste with the food lab method


Daniel Diaz, QA Tester

the best scrambled eggs made over high heat and vegetable oil along with the ten best ways to scramble eggs

"A lil bit o veggie oil, high heat at first, medium after...that's it!"

Daniel's method is almost identical to my own method. It takes about 30 seconds to complete on a stainless steel pan with very little cleanup. It produces one or two large curds, perfect for topping toast. While it produces a classic plate of scrambled eggs, my eyes have been opened to other scrambling possibilities.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-Cooking for a crowd

-Easy cleanup

how to make the best scrambled eggs with vegetable oil over high heat


Keith Philpott, Head of Data Engineering

the best way to make scrambled eggs with flavor along with the ten best ways to scramble eggs

"I like to add a little reduced stock and some cream — not too much of each. Important thing from my POV is to keep the eggs moving early in the cooking process and then allow them to sit — only folding a few times — as they finish the cooking process. I also like to add some cheese, chives, crème fraîche/crema/butter at the end. Chopped up leftover pizza is good, too. If I have some extra time beforehand I might infuse the mixed, uncooked eggs overnight beforehand — rosemary, garlic, saffron, truffle, etc. and then strain that out before cooking."

Keith is known as Yummly's own kitchen maverick so none of this was a surprise. To try out his recipe, we distilled the ingredients to the cream, stock, and the rosemary infusion. The result was surpirisingly delightful. You can definitely detect the rosemary, so if you're into flavoring your eggs, letting herbs steep in your egg mixture and then straining it works very well.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-A unique flavor experience

-Showing off

the best way to make scrambled eggs with flavor using stock, cream, and rosemary

Katie Chong, Senior Finance Manager

how to make the best scrambled eggs with butter and cream along with the ten best ways to scramble eggs

"I like to add some milk or cream to give it some shine, fluffiness, and creamy texture and kosher salt. Whisk it and I use truffle butter when I have it and start with high heat in a pan and using a spatula stir the eggs quickly. Once it starts to curdle a bit, turn it down to medium low and constantly stirring it until it shines and firm up a bit."

Katie's method results in soft eggs that are quick-cooking that can be modified to suit your taste after cooking.

The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe For:

-Making great eggs in a hurry

-Eggs you can add toppings to like shredded cheese or bits of chive

how to make the best scrambled eggs with butter and cream

How do you make the best scrambled eggs?

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