How to make scrambled eggs: an easy, tasty and nutritious meal

Everyone should know how to make scrambled eggs. It's the perfect healthy brunch, lunch or dinner option, even when your fridge seems empty!

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Want to learn how to make scrambled eggs? A super simple option for today's lunch – but also weekend brunches and easy weekday dinners, too. The upside of scrambled eggs? They're healthy, hearty and filling which is great news if you're serious about watching what you eat.

And the best thing about scrambled eggs is how versatile they are. Enjoy them on their own, or with a side of smoked salmon and avocado for a great source of healthy fats. We love them with a serving of roasted tomatoes, too. We talk you through the steps below.

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How to make scrambled eggs

Want to know how to make scrambled egg? A staple for breakfast, brunch and lunch, scrambled egg is not only a quick, easy and affordable, it's also pretty tasty and will provide the perfect fuel for the rest of the day. Master the recipe using our simple, step-by-step instructions below. You will need: 

  • Eggs – 2 to 3 medium eggs per person 
  • Milk (optional) 
  • Butter 
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • Extra toppings for serving  – we love the idea of smoked salmon, avocado or roasted mushrooms

Method:

1. Begin by cracking your eggs into a large bowl. We'd recommend 2 to 3 eggs per person as an average.

2. Take a whisk and begin beating your eggs until they form a smooth, yellow consistency.

3. If you like your eggs super smooth and creamy, add a dash of milk at this stage. If not, leave it out.

4. Season your egg mixture using salt and plenty of pepper.

5. Place a frying pan on the hob, and begin melting a small knob of butter.

6. Once melted, add in your egg mixture and turn down the hob to a low heat.

7. Take a spatula and begin working your eggs, ensuring that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. If you're serving scrambled eggs with toast, this is the time to start toasting.

8. Once most of the liquid mixture has become soft, but solid, remove your eggs from the heat. You don't want to risk overcooking them, so stop before the mixture begins to look dry.

9. Serve your scrambled egg

Can you cook scrambled eggs in the microwave?

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Yes, you can cook scrambled eggs in a microwave. We don't think they come out as well as if they're cooked in a pan, but if you don't have access to a hob (speaking to you, students), here's how to get the best results:

1. Break your chosen number of eggs into a microwave safe mixing bowl. 

2. Add a dash of milk (and we mean just a dash), season with salt and pepper and mix well together.

3. Microwave on high for half a minute.

4. Remove from the microwave, stir with a fork, put back in. 

5. Microwave for another half a minute, remove, scramble with the fork. 

Pesto scrambled egg with avocado and spinach

Aldi pesto scrambled egg recipe with avocado and spinach

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  • Special thanks to Aldi for sharing this recipe with us

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 20ml single cream
  • 1tsp Specially Selected pesto
  • 25g Greenvale salted butter, plus extra for spreading
  • 2 Village Bakery bagels
  • 24g fresh spinach leaves
  • Salt and black pepper

Method:

1. Halve the avocado lengthways, and take out the stone. Scoop out the flesh in one piece, and slice into thick pieces. Squeeze the juice from the lemon on to the slices to stop them discolouring.

2. Add the eggs, cream and pesto to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and whisk the mixture together.

3. Add the butter to a small saucepan and melt over a low heat. Add the egg mixture and cook, stirring gently, until set but still soft.

4. Slice the bagels in half and toast, then butter each half lightly.

5. Top the bagel halves with the spinach leaves, then add avocado slices to each. Put the scrambled egg mixture on top and serve immediately.

How to make scrambled eggs like Delia Smith

When we heard that Delia Smith uses one method, and one method only, to prepare her eggs, we were pretty intrigued. After all, Delia is known for her shortcuts  in the kitchen (remember all that controversy over frozen foods a few years ago) and we figured if there was a way to make cooking scrambled eggs even easier, we wanted to know about it.

Discover the recipe below, which Delia claims to have learnt from famous French chef August Escoffier. Here's what she recommends doing.

1. Begin by beating your eggs in a bowl with plenty of salt and pepper for seasoning.

2. At the same time, add a good knob of butter to a frying pan and wait for it to melt and bubble before adding the egg to the pan. 

3. The key, according to Delia Smith, is not to have the heat on too high as this can lead to the eggs becoming 'flaky and dry.'

4. Once the eggs are in the pan, stir constantly, ensuring that no egg gets stuck to the bottom of the pan. Delia Smith instructs us too be patient and continue letting the egg scramble slowly, removing once three quarters of the mixture has cooked completely. Yes, there will be some runny egg left in the pan, but according to Delia this is nothing to worry about as the eggs will continue looking.

5. From there, Delia Smith suggests adding a little more butter to the pan, along with some cream or crème fraîche if you're feeling extra indulgent. Serve immediately for the best results.

Take a look at the full recipe from Delia Smith.

How to make scrambled egg like Gino D'Acampo

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As you might expect, Gino D'Acampo serves his scrambled egg with a special ingredient that gives it a tasty twist. Any guesses as to what it is? No? How does pastrami sound to you? We think pretty delicious. Here's everything you need to know:

1. Gino D'Acampo begins by melting a small amount of butter with a glug of olive oil in a frying pan set over a medium heat. From there he adds pastrami – you could sub in bacon, prosciutto, or even salmon if you'd prefer – frying until cooked through.

2. Once satisfied, Gino D'Acampo then adds 30ml of milk and one beaten egg per person to the pan, along with a generous helping of black pepper.

3. He continues to gently cook the eggs, stirring constantly until a thick, glossy consistency is achieved.

4. Finally, Gino D'Acampo serves his eggs onto a warm plate.

Take a look at Gino D'Acampo's original recipe

Gordon Ramsay’s tips on making scrambled eggs

What’s the number one lesson from the celebrated chef that you should bear in mind? ‘The most important thing about any scrambled egg is stopping it from overcooking,’ says Gordon. 

Scrambled egg recipes generally instruct you to whisk the eggs first, but the Gordon Ramsay method doesn’t – instead you should break them down in the pan (which we‘ll come to). And neither should you season the eggs at this stage. ‘If you put the salt in now what actually happens, it breaks down the eggs and it starts turning them into something very watery,’ he explains.

Gordon cracks the eggs straight into a saucepan before it goes anywhere near the heat. He then adds a big knob of butter. The reason? ‘It starts giving a really nice velvety finish to scrambled egg,’ he says. Only now should you put the pan on the heat. 

Make sure you use a high heat for the recipe, whisking the eggs in the pan, and stirring continuously. ‘Treat it like a risotto, you can’t stop stirring,’ he says. Don’t keep the eggs on the heat the whole time, though. Gordon recommends taking the pan off the heat, then going back to the heat three or four times – all while stirring. 

Once the scrambled egg is off the heat for the last time, it’s still in danger of overcooking because of the heat of the pan. Gordon‘s solution is to add half a tablespoon of crème fraîche. ‘It brings down the temperature of the eggs,’ he explains. 

Now, finally, you can add salt and pepper, and Gordon adds chives, too. All done: creamy, delicious and perfectly cooked scrambled eggs.

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