Making scrambled eggs is an early cooking lesson, so most people probably think they 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 scrambled eggs.

By Sheena Chihak
Updated March 15, 2019

Our 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!

See our classic scrambled eggs recipe.

Prep the Pan and Egg Mixture

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. While the skillet preheats, vigorously whisk together six eggs, ⅓ cup milk, ¼ tsp. salt, and a dash of black pepper. If your goal is fluffy scrambled eggs, properly whisking is a key element; it incorporates air to help get that light texture.

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

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 edges. This should take only about 20 to 30 seconds. Let ribbons of cooked egg start forming before you grab the spatula.

Related: Everything to know about how to cook eggs.

Cook Scrambled Eggs by Lifting and Turning

Using a spatula or spoon, lift and turn the partially cooked egg mixture so that the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is cooked through but still glossy and moist. 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.