Master the art of making soft scrambled eggs at home with this genius cooking technique.

By Rachel Sylvester
January 30, 2019

There are so many delicious egg recipes out there, from the ever popular hard boiled egg enjoyed on its own, or on avocado toast to more decadent brunch preparations. No matter which method you prefer, the no-fail way to fix eggs always seems to be the most basic breakfast recipe of them all: scrambled eggs. Specifically, soft scrambled eggs.

Not to be confused with a soft boiled egg, a soft scramble is nearly identical to a plate of traditional scrambled eggs, except that a soft scrambled egg is creamier in texture. Since soft scrambled eggs are cooked in less time on a stovetop over medium-low heat, the result is a fluffy yet melty barely-set breakfast that never fails to please.

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High heat can quickly scorch eggs, so the secret to perfectly executed cloud-like curds relies heavily on a stovetop’s heat setting. To better control the cooking temperature of your breakfast, a trick is to add whisked eggs with a fat (butter or olive oil is ideal) to a cold pan before turning on your burner. Afterward is when you can slowly start pushing the eggs to the center of the pan using a rubber spatula. Utilizing a cold pan before turning on your stovetop prevents eggs from being shocked as soon as they hit a hot pan, plus the technique allows you to slowly build heat and ultimately control the overall temperature of your eggs. It’s a cooking technique that while unconventional, will ultimately save your scramble from becoming an overcooked, crispy mess.

Egg-prep techniques differ from person to person of course, but this is one clever cooking tactic that’s too good not to try on your own. Feeling inspired to cook more protein-packed meals from the comfort of your own home? Master our 11 easy egg recipes, or enjoy these 6 creative twists on classic egg recipes that prove you should be eating more eggs for dinner.