How to Make Light and Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Updated on April 8, 2018
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Science graduate and business advisor, health educator and author, Beth writes articles on a wide variety of subjects.

Hot-smoked salmon mixed with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, capers and cream cheese; tastes amazing.
Hot-smoked salmon mixed with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, capers and cream cheese; tastes amazing. | Source

Fluffy Egg Making is Easy When You Know How

The key to making fluffy scrambled eggs is to use really fresh ingredients and then serve and eat them immediately. The techniques for making perfect scrambled eggs can be learned with practice. The steps detailed below will help you achieve this delicious fluffy egg delight.

Four Top Tips
1. Use very fresh eggs.
2. Choose eggs from well-fed hens.
3. Beat air into the eggs.
4. Take the pan off the heat BEFORE they overcook.

How To Scramble Eggs

Use Very Fresh Eggs

Store bought eggs are at least twenty-four hours old when you buy them. If you are lucky enough to live near a farm then buying your eggs at the farm gate should mean fresher eggs.

Wherever you buy your eggs, they need to be cooked from room temperature. Unless you live in a very warm climate there is no need to refrigerate eggs. It is better to buy a few eggs often and store them at room temperature, than it is to buy them in bulk and refrigerate. Ceramic egg crates or egg holders andy for storing your eggs on your kitchen worktop. They keep the eggs at the correct temperature and are decorative too.

Some people keep a couple of pet hens in the backyard to make sure they get really fresh eggs. Of course, if you do this you would need to spend a little time caring for the chickens, but the better taste of new laid eggs will compensate for the extra effort involved.

Scrambled eggs are a key part of a vegetarian breakfast fry-up.
Scrambled eggs are a key part of a vegetarian breakfast fry-up. | Source

Information taken from Calorie Count (dot) com

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 eggs (94g)
Calories 199
Calories from Fat135
% Daily Value *
Fat 15 g23%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 2 g1%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 13 g26%
Cholesterol 400 mg133%
Sodium 211 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

How to Check the Freshness of an Egg

Whatever your source of eggs, you will need to learn to recognize what a fresh egg looks like. A fresh egg has a firm yolk and thick viscous egg white. When you crack your eggs into the mixing bowl, check that the yolk stands strong and proud. It should be the shape of a baseball cut in half. It should be a symmetrical half-spherical shape. When eggs are several days old, the yolk sinks down and the white becomes thinner and runnier.

The yolk of a fresh egg stands proud of the transparent white.
The yolk of a fresh egg stands proud of the transparent white. | Source

Choose Eggs From Well-fed Hens

The taste of your egg is determined by the diet of the laying chicken. Some people say that the best tasting eggs come from corn-fed hens. Organic free range hen’s eggs may also taste better than other eggs. Home reared chicken’s eggs should taste extra good because the hens have been fed on kitchen vegetable peelings combined with corn.

Scrambled eggs go well with smoked salmon.
Scrambled eggs go well with smoked salmon. | Source

Light and Tasty Scrambled Eggs

5 stars for How to Make Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 6 min
Yields: Allow two medium eggs per person

How to Beat Air Into the Scramble

To make fluffy scrambled eggs whisk the yolk and white together briskly using a fork or hand-whisk. This should be done by hand; there is no need to use an electric whisk. It will take less than a minute of wrist whisking action. As you beat with the fork or whisk briskly, raise your arm up and down slightly to trap air into the mixture.

Now Add Some Milk to the Beaten Eggs

Make sure the milk is as fresh as possible. Semi-skimmed or whole milk works best for this dish. For each person use two beaten eggs and one tablespoon of milk. Gently stir the milk into the foaming eggs and add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

How to Cook the Scrambled Eggs

Melt a knob of butter in a non-stick pan. With a wooden spoon or non-stick spatula move it around and ensure it covers the whole of the pan before you add the eggs. Keeping the heat on high, pour in the beaten egg mixture. As the eggs cook, gently move the mixture from the center to the sides of the pan. By doing this, you will ensure that all parts of the eggs can reach the hot surface of the pan and cook.

The Big Secret of Successful Light and Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

The frying pan must be removed from the heat source BEFORE the eggs are fully cooked.

The scrambled eggs will continue to cook using the heat retained by the pan, even after you have taken them off the heat.

Taking them off the heat early stops the eggs getting overcooked and thus keeps them nice and soft and fluffy.

Jamie Oliver Makes Perfect Scrambled Eggs (in 3 different ways)

Eat, Serve and Enjoy

The smell will be so tempting that you’ll have no trouble sitting down and eating them immediately.

Fluffy scrambled eggs are great on their own or you can eat them with hot buttered toast.

For an occasional treat you could add a tablespoon of grated cheese to the egg mixture. This makes them extra tangy and delicious.

For a really quick and easy meal, add scrambled eggs to a can of tomato spaghetti (and a slice of toast too if you want some more carbs in winter).

What's the Difference Between Brown Eggs and White Eggs?

A single large egg contains:

Folate: 5% of the RDA.

Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA.

Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA.

Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA.

Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA.

Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA.

Selenium: 22% of the RDA.

Eggs also contain decent amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.

(RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance)



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  • peachpurple profile image

    peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i like your scrambled eggs on toast, makes me hungry again. voted up

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    Marie 3 years ago from Canada

    Good hub! I will try your tip of removing the eggs away from the heat before it is fully cooked! Thumbs up!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well, we have chickens, so this is just the perfect article for me to read this morning. Thank you!