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The Best Scrambled Eggs

By The Editors

Published April 17, 2024

For silky, outrageously good scrambled eggs, cook them low and slow. This method, which Mark learned from James Beard, is very low and very slow: you place the eggs over very low heat, stirring frequently, breaking up the curds as they form. The results are without compare. Make them for breakfast on the weekend, while the coffee brews and the bacon fries.

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The Best Scrambled Eggs

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Makes 2 servings 1x

Time 40 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them, just until the yolks and whites are combined. Season with salt and pepper and beat in the cream.
  2. Put a medium skillet, preferably non-stick, over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add the butter or oil and swirl it around the pan. After the butter melts, but before it foams, turn the heat to low.
  3. Add the eggs to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. At first nothing will happen; after 10 minutes or so, the eggs will begin to form curds. Do not lose patience: Keep stirring, breaking up the curds as they form, until the mixture is a mass of soft curds. This will take 30 minutes or more. Serve immediately.

— Recipe from The New York Times