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How Do You Make Fluffy Scrambled Eggs?

The Reason Your Scrambled Eggs Aren't Turning Out Soft and Fluffy

Making scrambled eggs is simple enough: crack eggs in a bowl, whisk and season them, and cook them on the stove. And no matter what you prefer to add to your scrambled eggs, whether that's cheese, whole milk, heavy cream, or just butter, there's one thing that will affect the flavor and consistency of your eggs far more than any ingredient: the level of heat.

Fact: protein and high heat don't usually mix well. And as tempting as it is to cook eggs in the blink of an eye as soon as they hit the skillet, you're not doing your taste buds any flavors by cranking up the burner before scrambling them. You could be doing everything else correctly — thoroughly whisking the eggs, adding enough salt, using a silicone spatula and a nonstick pan — and still end up with rubbery, overcooked eggs. And temperature is the number one thing to blame.

As chef Tyler Florence says when talking scrambled eggs, "Protein hates high temperatures. The high temperature is always about the exterior flavor profile and texture, but it's never about cooking it all the way through." So do you want high heat when searing a steak to get a crusty exterior? Yes! But do you want to hear a loud sizzle as you pour your whisked eggs into a pan? Definitely not. You want to cook them low and slow, meaning the pan is on low to medium-low heat, and you constantly move the eggs around with your spatula until curds start to form. Slowly but surely, the eggs will transform from wet to fully cooked, and you should remove them from the pan when just a little moisture remains (the residual heat will continue to cook them). Your eggs will be fluffy and light, and there won't be any browned spots in sight.

So whether you're making Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs or a more unconventional scrambled eggs recipe, there's one common theme that all good scrambled eggs have in common: they were made by someone who kept the low-and-slow mentality in mind.

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