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Soft-Scrambled Eggs

January 17, 2024

As far as we’re concerned, if you know how to make perfectly creamy, fluffy soft-scrambled eggs, you’ve got the skills you need to succeed—in the kitchen, in love, in life. We’ll show you the way.


Soft Scrambled Eggs on a plate with chives and toasted bread

Soft-Scrambled Eggs, Please.

Ideally served with a big slab of toasted bread and some good, flaky sea salt or piled in a breakfast taco. If you like your scrambled eggs hard and rubbery, we’re OK with that (kind of), but this recipe probably isn’t for you. This scrambled egg recipe yields the creamiest, fluffiest, most silky eggs your kitchen has ever seen. And while you can add stuff to it—Parmesan, cream cheese, hot sauce, fresh herbs—these soft-scrambled eggs stand alone, as-is, as a stunning testament to the levels of greatness that can be achieved when the simplest of ingredients are paired with just a little bit of culinary technique.

6 eggs on a plate next to 2 tablespoons of butter and salt in a small wooden bowl
6 raw scrambled eggs in a glass mixing bowl

We’re Card-Carrying Members Of the “Scrambled Eggs Without Milk” Club. Won’t You Join Us?

You’ve probably stumbled across a scrambled egg recipe or two in your day that called for the addition of whole milk, half-and-half or even heavy cream. And while we won’t tell you that adding milk does nothing for eggs—it can make them moister and creamier—if you’ve got the right technique, milk isn’t necessary. In fact, adding milk or cream can be a bit of a wild card. To get nerdy for a moment, adding milk or cream adds fat—yay, fat makes things moist and creamy—but it also adds water. If you overcook eggs with milk or cream added, even just a little bit, that water can separate out and you’ll wind up with weirdly watery, rubbery curds instead of the creamy-fluffy pile of cohesive eggy goodness you were going for. So! To make our soft scrambled egg recipe as fool-proof as possible, only three ingredients will go into your non-stick skillet:

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Salt
soft scrambled eggs in a frying pan with a rubber spatula

And The Secret to Perfect Scrambled Eggs Is....

Well, there are few secrets, actually! The best scrambled eggs don’t happen by accident, but they’re not hard to make, as long as you follow a few scrambled egg rules:

  1. Salt before heat. Salt your eggs before you even whisk them. Salt causes eggs to coagulate (i.e. thicken) at a lower temperature, which, counterintuitively, results in a more tender egg. This has to do with the negative electrical charge that egg proteins carry and honestly we’re not going to get into it any more than that because it gets even nerdier. If you really want to know ALL about it, you should just get Harold McGee’s food science classic “On Food and Cooking”.
  2. Low heat makes for tender eggs. Low and slow is the secret to perfect scrambled eggs.
  3. Stir immediately, and constantly. You want to begin moving the whisked eggs the second they encounter the hot pan—it’ll make or break your eggs.
soft scrambled eggs on a plate with chives

How To Make Scrambled Eggs

OK, now that we’ve made it all sound very scientific and complex, we’re going to tell you that making the best scrambled eggs ever is really easy. But it truly is! Take a deep breath, and let us walk you through it, step-by-step.

  1. Whisk your eggs with the salt until they’re well-mixed and uniform. Count on about two eggs per person, so this scrambled egg recipe (which calls for six eggs) serves about three people.
  2. Warm butter in a skillet set to medium-low heat. Once it’s juuuuust beginning to bubble, pour the eggs in.
  3. Stir! Right away! With a rubber or silicone spatula. Stir and keep stirring. Use your risotto elbow and just power through!
  4. Done! After about two minutes, pull it from the heat. The soft-scrambled eggs will continue to cook in the pan even after you pull it from the heat, so move them to a bowl or plate as quickly as you can.
soft scrambled eggs on a plate with chives

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Soft-Scrambled Eggs

  • Serves: 3
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 243


  • 6 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Flaky salt, for serving
  • Ground pepper, for serving
  • fresh herbs of your choice, optional


  1. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs along with salt until pale yellow, about 30 second.
  2. In a nonstick skillet melt butter over medium-low heat until it begins to start bubbling.
  3. Slowly add eggs to the prepared skillet. Immediately begin sliding eggs across the pan using a rubber spatula. Continue to do this until eggs are barely set, about 2 minutes.
  4. Immediately transfer to plates to avoid over cooking and top with flaky salt and ground pepper.

Optional Add ins:

2 tsp fresh herbs after cooking, chives, basil, thyme, dill, finely chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes after cooking
1 tsp everything but the bagel seasoning after cooking
1 tsp hot sauce after cooking
1 oz feta cheese after serving
2 oz grated cheddar cheese, added after eggs go into the pan
2 tbsp cream cheese, added a after eggs go into to the pan

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories243
  • Protein13 g
  • Carbohydrates1 g
  • Total Fat21 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol402 mg
  • sodium329 mg
  • Total Sugars0 g

Soft-Scrambled Eggs

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  • Julie

    Best scrambled eggs I’ve ever made- perfectly seasoned. I added TJs shredded Gruyère and Swiss blend. *chefs kiss*

    YAY! Thanks Julie!

  • Aura

    I loved it so much and my friends liked them as well!

    Thanks Aura, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Stacy

    These turned out PERFECT!

    That is GREAT! Thanks Stacy!

  • Jenn

    I followed the instructions exactly and they came out perfect!

    Thanks Jenn, we are so happy you loved them!