FoodHow to fix common scrambled egg mistakes for a perfect breakfast

How to fix common scrambled egg mistakes for a perfect breakfast

Scrambled eggs with bacon and chives
Scrambled eggs with bacon and chives
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6:11 AM EDT, May 29, 2024

Well-made and fluffy scrambled eggs are cooked over the right heat level. The cooking time should be slightly longer. When the thermal processing of the egg mixture takes place over low heat and lasts about 5 minutes, we obtain a delicate and creamy dish. Let's also pay attention to the amount of fat. It is not always necessary, but it significantly affects the taste and quality of the scrambled eggs.

Preparing the perfect scrambled eggs seems simple, but many encounter difficulties resulting in undesirable taste and texture. In this article, we will look at the most common mistakes made when cooking scrambled eggs and offer tips on avoiding them to enjoy a delicate and fluffy breakfast.

What is this one common mistake?

We add milk, water, or cream to the egg mixture. Theoretically, this is supposed to make the scrambled eggs more creamy and fluffy. In practice, however, the effect is the opposite - the scrambled eggs become watery and bland.

Why does this happen? Adding liquid to the eggs causes the protein to lose its structure and become rubbery. Scrambled eggs with added milk resemble more of an omelet than appetizing eggs from a pan.

What other mistakes should you avoid?

  • Salting eggs before cooking: Salt has hygroscopic properties, which means it "draws out" water from the eggs—adding salt to the egg mixture before cooking will dry and compact the scrambled eggs. Salt is best added at the end after the eggs are cooked.
  • Cooking over too high heat: Scrambled eggs don't like haste. Cook them over low heat, gently stirring to achieve a creamy consistency.
  • Using a too large pan: A small amount of eggs in a large pan will make the scrambled eggs dry out and burn. Choose a pan with a diameter suited to the amount of eggs.
  • Adding raw vegetables: Fresh vegetables added to scrambled eggs in the pan release water, which dilutes the eggs and ruins the dish's consistency. Pre-cook or sauté vegetables before adding them to scrambled eggs.
  • Too short cooking time: Scrambled eggs need time to "come together" and achieve consistency. Don't rush, and cook them over low heat for several minutes.

Remember these simple rules: your scrambled eggs will always be perfect - fluffy, creamy, and delicious!

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