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Milk Street Bowtie Fluffy Olive Oil Scrambled Eggs

Fluffy Olive Oil Scrambled Eggs

10 minutes

Fluffy Olive Oil Scrambled Eggs


We found the oil needed a full 3 minutes at a gentle medium heat to get hot enough to produce the necessary steam when the eggs hit the pan. Higher temperatures cooked the eggs too fast, toughening them. After multiple tests, we settled on 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan, which was enough to coat the bottom of the skillet and flavor the eggs without making them greasy. Mixing the salt into the eggs before cooking is the best way to season them. And while you certainly can add pepper at this point, too, we preferred it ground fresh, just before serving.

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  • Michele R.

    True story. It was this simple recipe / tip way back when it was first published that led us to subscribe ongoing to Milk Street. Because as much as we cook, and we cook almost daily not because we have to but because we want to at my house, and as many as my husband and I have been cooking together and as relatively 'pretty durned skilled' home cooks as we consider ourselves to be we had never considered using olive oil to scramble eggs. And this recipe is foolproof with great outcome each time no matter how we might decide to gussy up the eggs as we go.

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Fluffy Olive Oil Scrambled Eggs

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10 minutes


Don’t warm your plates too much. It sounds minor, but hot plates will continue to cook the eggs, making them tough and dry. Cold plates will cool the eggs too fast. The plates should be warm to the touch, but not so hot that you can’t comfortably hold them.

Step 1 of 4

Heat the Oil

​tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil​

In a 12-inch nonstick or seasoned carbon-steel skillet over medium heat, heat the oil until just beginning to smoke, about 3 minutes.

Step 2 of 4

Whisk and Season the Eggs

large eggs
teaspoon kosher salt

While the oil heats, in a bowl use a fork to whisk the eggs and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt until blended and foamy on top.

Step 3 of 4

Add the Eggs to the Pan

Pour the eggs into the center of the pan. Using a rubber spatula, continuously stir the eggs, pushing them toward the middle as they begin to set around the edges and folding the cooked egg over on itself.

Step 4 of 4

Finish & Serve

​Kosher salt and ground black pepper​

Cook until the eggs are just set, 60 to 90 seconds. (The curds should appear shiny, wet and soft, but not translucent, runny egg should be visible.)

Immediately transfer to warmed plates and season with salt and black pepper.

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