For years, I hated scrambled eggs: a rubbery, dry texture and eggy taste. Then, I discovered the secret for how to make scrambled eggs that are fluffy (and without milk). The secret is all about the right technique. A technique that’s simple and works every time.

Now, we enjoy this breakfast a few times a week (along with sunnyside up eggs and eggs in a basket) and look forward to soft and fluffy eggs served with oven-baked bacon, fruit, toast, or added to a freezer breakfast burrito.

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My favorite scrambled eggs!

Eggs are a clear favorite in our home and with over 16 different egg styles, there’s no way to ever get bored with this real-food staple ingredient.

How to Make the Best Scrambled Eggs

We’ve all had bad scrambled eggs: rubbery, dry, with an eggy taste. So what’s the secret to making eggs that taste incredible with a perfectly moist, fluffy texture? The answer isn’t in the ingredients; rather, the technique! The right technique will not only make eggs fluffy, but will also eliminate the eggy taste so many people hate about scrambled eggs. Here’s the secret: whisk eggs until air bubbles form, cook the eggs in a generous amount of butter, and use low heat! If you apply these “secrets” you’ll make the best eggs every time!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Whisking = Fluffy Eggs

This is the first trick to making the best scrambled eggs: whisk, whisk, whisk! Crack 2 eggs per person into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt to the egg mixture. Use a fork to vigorously whisk the eggs for about 40 seconds. Air bubbles should form as you whisk the eggs.

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Whisk the eggs vigorously until you see air bubbles, about 40 seconds.

Step 2: Cook Eggs in Butter or Ghee

The second secret to making fluffy scrambled eggs every time is to use a generous amount of butter or ghee. I recommend 2-3 tablespoons of butter for 4 eggs. Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling the butter around the pan so the base of the skillet is evenly coated. Ghee is an alternative to butter if you have a sensitivity to dairy (ghee is lactose-free).

Step 3: Cook Eggs Over Medium-Low Heat

Low heat is the key to making soft, moist, and fluffy eggs that don’t have an eggy taste. The eggs should cook slowly, retaining all their moisture during the cooking process and soaking up all the delicious (and healthy) butter. With the heat on medium-low, and the butter melted, pour the whisked eggs into the skillet.

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Melt butter in a skillet: nonstick, stainless steel, or your favorite pan.

Step 4: Allow Eggs to Set

Let the eggs rest in the skillet, undisturbed, for about 15-30 seconds. Since the heat is low, the eggs will be just fine sitting there, untouched. Once the sides begin to set, it’s time to get the liquid eggs moving!

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Pour the eggs into the skillet and melted butter.

Step 5: Keep The Eggs Moving

Now, act quickly! Using a silicone or rubber spatula, gently scrape and push the eggs from the edge of the pan toward the center of the skillet, folding the eggs as you scrape the egg mixture up and over itself. The goal is to keep the eggs from resting too long in the skillet, which will cause them to dry out quickly. Movement is key!

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After the eggs rest for 15 seconds, stir the eggs to form curds. Keep the heat low!

Step 6: Remove Eggs from Heat Before They Fully Cook

Once the eggs are slightly set (resemble soft curds) and still have a glossy and shiny appearance (some liquid present on the eggs), turn off the heat and remove the skillet from the heat source. The eggs will continue to cook since they’re hot, so you want to remove them before they look dry and fully set and cooked. The entire cooking process should only take about 3 minutes.

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Continue to stir and fold the eggs just until curds form. Then remove the pan from the heat ASAP.

How to Make Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Choose a cheese that melts easily and adds a great flavor (like cheddar, provolone, monterey jack, gouda). Purchase a block of cheese and shred it before making the eggs (pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt as well due to anti-caking ingredients). Add 1/4 cup of shredded cheese just after allowing the eggs to set for the initial 15-30 seconds and before folding and stirring. You can also add other mix-ins, other than cheese, like sautéed vegetables (chopped peppers, onions, or mushrooms) before stirring the eggs.

Skip the Milk

A lot of people add whole milk (or almond milk or heavy cream) for moisture, but the truth is, you don’t need milk to make scrambled eggs. The trick to making scrambled eggs without milk is to cook eggs in a healthy fat (butter or ghee) over low heat! The result will be perfectly moist and fluffy eggs every time.

What Kind of Pan Is Best?

Many people think that you can only make eggs using a nonstick skillet. This isn’t true! I don’t use nonstick skillets or pans in my kitchen due to the carcinogenic concerns with the coating. Instead, I prefer to use either stainless steel, cast iron, or cast iron enamel skillets and pans. And yes, you can use a cast iron pan and stainless steel skillet to make scrambled eggs or sunnyside up eggs.

The trick to cooking eggs without a nonstick skillet is to cook eggs in a generous amount of healthy fat: oil, butter, or ghee.

What’s the best kind of pan for scrambled eggs? Any small to medium skillet in your kitchen!

  • Skillet – Any skillet in your kitchen! I personally use a 12 inch stainless steel or cast iron skillet.
  • Silicone Spatula – A silicone or rubber spatula that’s flexible is perfect for folding the eggs while they cook. This is what I use.
  • Mixing Bowl – You’ll need a medium-size whisking bowl to whisk the eggs before cooking.
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All you need: a skillet or pan, silicone or rubber spatula, and mixing bowl.

How Many Eggs Should You Make Per Person?

Eggs are one of the best real-food sources of protein and healthy fats. One egg contains about 6 grams of protein. Protein and fat are what keep you fueled up and satisfied, and what helps you build and maintain muscle, which burns fat, so eggs are a fantastic breakfast (or lunch or dinner) food. Since one egg contains 6 grams of protein, I recommend making at least 2 eggs per adult. Plus, when making scrambled eggs, it’s easier to achieve fluffy eggs when working with 2 or more eggs.

Make 2 eggs per person. 2 eggs equals 12-13 grams of protein.

What to Serve with Scrambled Eggs

Eggs are on constant rotation in our home. They’re also a kid-favorite breakfast and a great way to start the day with protein and healthy fat before school (check out 27 easy and healthy kids breakfast ideas for more).

You can enjoy eggs on their own or serve them in variety of ways to keep breakfast fresh and exciting. Check out “What to Eat with Scrambled Eggs? 19 Delicious Ideas” for recipes and more!

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Serve eggs alone or in a variety of ways: on toast, in a tortilla, a breakfast sandwich, etc.
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How to Make Scrambled Eggs Recipe (Fluffy & Without Milk)

How to make scrambled eggs perfectly fluffy every time. No rubbery texture or eggy taste. Serve scrambled eggs on or alongside toast, with fruit, yogurt, bacon or sausage, sautéed spinach, or your favorite breakfast side.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine European
Servings 2 servings
Calories 226 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter salted or unsalted, or ghee *
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  • Place the skillet on the stove-top, over medium heat.
  • Add the butter and allow the butter to fully melt and coat the bottom of the skillet. Swirling the butter in the pan as needed. Don't let the butter burn.
    cooking eggs in butter
  • While the butter melts, crack 4 eggs in a medium-size bowl. Add a pinch or two of salt. Use a fork to vigorously whisk the eggs for about 40 seconds. Air bubbles should form as you whisk the eggs. Whisk, whisk, whisk.
    how to whisk eggs
  • Once the butter has fully melted and begins to sizzle, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the whisked eggs. Allow the eggs to rest for about 15-30 seconds. You'll notice the edges begin to set.
    how to make scrambled eggs
  • Now, act quickly and use a silicone spatula to gently scrape and push the eggs from the edges of the pan toward the center of the skillet, folding the eggs as you scrape the egg mixture up and over itself. Movement is key!
    how to scramble eggs
  • Once the eggs are slightly set (resemble fluffy and soft curds) and still have a glossy and shiny appearance, turn off the heat and remove the skillet from the heat source. The eggs will continue to cook since they're hot, so you want to remove them before they look dry and fully cooked. The entire cooking process should only take about 3 minutes (depending on your heat).
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  • Sprinkle the eggs with additional salt and pepper. Serve immeadiately. See recommendations above in the article for how to serve eggs.

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Notes

*How much butter should you use? If I want some super soft and moist eggs, I’ll even go up to 3 tablespoons of butter per 4 eggs. Be generous with your butter–it’s the key to perfectly soft and moist eggs using any skillet (and low heat).

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 11gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 357mgSodium: 225mgPotassium: 125mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 825IUCalcium: 53mgIron: 2mg
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FAQ

Cook egg over medium-low heat. This temperature will keep eggs from drying out and cooking too quickly, which results in an unpleasant eggy flavor.

I don’t recommend cooking eggs in the microwave, but if you want to use this method, the best way is to melt about a teaspoon of butter in a small bowl, then add 2 whisked eggs and microwave for 45 seconds. Follow this recipe from Healthy Recipes Blog.

The key to making fluffy scrambled eggs is to cook the eggs over a medium-low heat, whisking the egg mixture vigorously before cooking, and cooking eggs in a generous amount of butter or ghee.

To make eggs without milk, use a generous amount of butter or ghee in the skillet and cook the eggs over a medium-low heat to help the eggs retain their moisture.

To make scrambled eggs for one, use 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon of butter. Use the recipe instructions above for cooking the eggs.

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