The Best Scrambled Eggs

For silky, outrageously good scrambled eggs, cook them low and slow. This method, which Mark Bittman 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.

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2tablespoons cream
  • 2tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • Nutritional Information
      • Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

        296 calories; 26 grams fat; 13 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 8 grams monounsaturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 1 gram carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 0 grams sugars; 13 grams protein; 423 milligrams cholesterol; 149 milligrams sodium

    Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

2 servings

Preparation

  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.

40 minutes

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