If there's one breakfast dish you'll want to perfect, it's scrambled eggs. Though scrambled eggs are a classic you've likely prepared many times, this simple food can be made better with different ingredients and techniques. Seriously — once you try a creamy, fluffy scrambled egg recipe, you'll never go back to your old ways.
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To provide you with the tools you'll need to make the best scrambled eggs, we've compiled the following 11 recipes that will show you how it's done.
1. Gordon Ramsay's Scrambled Eggs
The key to Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs is consistently stirring the eggs while taking them on and off the heat. This prevents the eggs from overcooking and gives them a creamy texture.
2. Martha Stewart's Scrambled Eggs
When making this recipe, you'll want to replace your regular butter with clarified butter. In 2021, Stewart made this change and found that clarified butter created the "best scrambled eggs in the world." In the past, she has also made beautifully fluffy scrambled eggs using the steamed milk holder of a cappuccino maker.
Get the full recipe here.
3. J. Kenji López-Alt's Scrambled Eggs
Within J. Kenji López-Alt's scrambled egg recipe for the New York Times, you'll find several helpful hacks. First of all, you'll want to start off with a hot pan, which will help steam the eggs to give them a fluffy texture. Then, you'll want to salt your eggs before you cook them so that they remain tender. For a buttery coating, you could even add cubes of butter to the mixture before cooking.
4. Wolfgang Puck's Scrambled Eggs
When it comes to scrambled eggs, chef Wolfgang Puck likes his as creamy as possible. That's why he adds a few teaspoons of cream along with an extra egg yolk once the scramble is out of the pan.To serve, Puck carves out a hole in a toasted baguette slice and places the eggs inside to hold the breakfast food.
Watch the recipe video here.
5. Julia Child’s Scrambled Eggs
Straight from her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child's scrambled egg recipe is as simple as can be. Thanks to food blogger Laura The Gastronaut, we can see that the dish only requires eggs, milk, butter, salt, and pepper. However, in a clip with French chef Jacques Pépin, Child reveals that she sometimes adds a bit of the egg mixture back into the scramble right before serving to make the eggs extra soft.
6. James Beard’s Scrambled Eggs
Chef James Beard likes his scrambled eggs to have a kick. Along with salt and freshly ground black pepper, the chef adds one or two dashes of Tabasco hot sauce. If he wants them to have a special richness, Beard will also add softened butter (but no cream or milk). "You have to know the exact moment to cease applying any heat and rush your eggs from pan to plate, or they will be overcooked, hard, coarse-textured, and disagreeable," Beard writes in the Beard on Food cookbook, according to the James Beard Foundation.
Get the full recipe here.
7. Anthony Bourdain's Scrambled Eggs
We were able to find two different scrambled egg recipes attached to Anthony Bourdain's name. One is simpler and, according to the chef's video with Tech Insider, involves lightly beaten eggs, salt, pepper, and whole butter in a hot pan. He moves the mixture around in a figure-eight motion to create fluffiness.
As for the more robust recipe from Bourdain's The Layover show, My Everyday Table reports that it includes bacon, chives, and sour cream.
8. Mark Bittman's Scrambled Eggs
Food journalist and author Mark Bittman describes his scrambled egg recipe for the New York Times as "silky" and "outrageously good." To achieve this, all you need are three or four ingredients — sometimes Bittman includes cream — that are cooked on low heat for over 30 minutes (yes, really).
9. Emeril Lagasse's Scrambled Eggs
Emeril Lagasse embraces simplicity in his scrambled egg recipe. In a video on his YouTube channel, the chef whisks cream and eggs to incorporate air into the mixture. Then, he lets the eggs sit undisturbed on the pan until the outer edge is set and serves them on a warm plate. Compared to the other recipes, Lagasse's eggs are firmer.
On his website, Lagasse's Kicked-Up Scrambled Eggs recipe also incorporates cheddar cheese and the chef's "Baby Bam" spice mix.
10. Ina Garten's Scrambled Eggs
Ina Garten's scrambled eggs include half-and-half, and as for her stirring technique, the cook lets her eggs sit in the pan on low heat for three to five minutes before agitating them. Then, right before the eggs are done, Garten turns off the heat and adds cold truffle butter to stop the cooking process. She serves the eggs on a toasted slice of brioche and tops them off with chopped chives.
In Garten's written recipe for Food Network, she omits truffle butter, but adds parsley, scallions, and dill to the initial mixture.
11. Jamie Oliver's Scrambled Eggs
Oliver's general scrambled egg recipe features eggs mixed with salt and black pepper over low heat on a pan greased with butter. The eggs are stirred until they are silky, but slightly runny. Yet, Oliver also has a video showing scrambled eggs three ways — like the British, French, and Americans make them — that offer different textures.