Making scrambled eggs is an early cooking lesson, so most of us probably think we have it mastered. If you (or someone you know) is serving up a scrambled eggs recipe that isn't fluffy, moist, and glossy—or that has overcooked brown spots—we're here to show you the proper way to cook fluffy scrambled eggs.

By Sheena Chihak
Updated April 30, 2021
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It’s tough to beat scrambled eggs for breakfast. They’re filled with protein to keep hunger pangs at bay and they are so quick to cook there’s time for them even on hectic weekday mornings—assuming, of course, you know how to make scrambled eggs, which is where we come in. Our Test Kitchen's top tips on how to make scrambled eggs are simple: Use medium heat, have a little patience, and utilize the lift and fold technique. Stick to those pointers and you'll cook light, fluffy scrambled eggs every time. Grab a skillet and the five basic ingredients, and get cracking!

How to Cook Scrambled Eggs on the Stove

Get the Scrambled Eggs Recipe

The five basic ingredients are ones you likely already have on hand: eggs, milk, butter, salt, and black pepper. Use our basic scrambled eggs recipe for specific amounts, but here's the gist.

Whisked eggs in a glass bowl to make scrambled eggs

Prep the Pan and Egg Mixture

Melt the butter in a 10-inch skillet ($25, Target) over medium heat. While the skillet preheats, vigorously whisk together the eggs and milk. If your goal is fluffy scrambled eggs, properly whisking is a key element; it incorporates air to help get that light texture.

Test Kitchen Tip: To make scrambled eggs without milk, you can substitute water.

Letting mixture sit until ribbons of cooked egg begin to form

Add the Egg Mixture to the Skillet

Pour the scrambled egg mixture into the hot skillet and let it cook without stirring until the mixture begins to set on the bottom and around the edges. This should take only about 20 to 30 seconds.

Lifting and turning partially cooked egg mixture while making scrambled eggs.

Cook Scrambled Eggs by Lifting and Turning

Using a spatula ($7, Bed Bath & Beyond) lift and fold the partially cooked egg mixture so that the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is set but still slightly wet. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Immediately remove from heat and serve with other breakfast favorites, as part of a breakfast burrito, or even in a protein-packed breakfast smoothie.

How to Make Scrambled Eggs in a Microwave

If you're making eggs for one or don't want to bother with cleaning a pan and waiting for preheating, you can make scrambled eggs in the microwave. This basic scrambled eggs recipe is a blank palette for you to play with. Add meats, veggies, cheeses, spices, and herbs to customize to your liking.

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