The Secret to Extra-Creamy Scrambled Eggs Isn’t Milk or Cream

The Secret to Extra-Creamy Scrambled Eggs Isn’t Milk or Cream

J. Kenji López-Alt has long been recognised as a legend in the kitchen, and his recipe for ‘Extra Creamy Scrambled Eggs’ – which was originally shared in his New York Times column a few years ago – is one perfect example of why. 

You may be thinking – an egg is an egg; how special could this version be? But I’ve seen a tonne of mentions of his take on the classic breakfast dish, claiming that, yes, this is how you want to make your eggs in the morning.

With that considered, I figured I should help our Lifehacker audience out but sharing this wisdom with you.

The secret(s) to perfect scrambled eggs

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In a YouTube video of the – now pretty well-known – recipe, J. Kenji López-Alt shared a few fun pointers. He explained that whenever starts scrambled eggs, he puts “a little bit of water in a skillet”, and then he begins by preheating said skillet.

The chef said that the water is important because it helps regulate the heat of the pan, so when the water has evaporated, you know the pan is ready for butter. Clever!

The other secret he shared is that adding a “starchy slurry” (a combo of starch and water) to your eggs will help your scrambled eggs “stay tender and moist”. In his New York Times recipe, he suggested 2 teaspoons of potato starch, tapioca starch, or cornstarch.

J. Kenji López-Alt stated that he got the starch idea from Mandy Lee of the food blog Lady & Pups. He also recommended adding butter to the starchy egg mixture. If you’re trying this at home, make sure you whisk the combo until it has no lumps in it.

If you’d like to check out the full recipe, you can find that here.

And we’ve included the video from J. Kenji López-Alt’s YouTube account below, too.

If you decide to give this take on scrambled eggs a whirl, let us know how it goes in the comments section!

Want more egg hacks? We have an entire bible of them.

This article has been updated since its original publish date.

Lead Image Credit: Instagram/TikTok J. Kenji López-Alt

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