Why You Should Never Rush When Cooking Scrambled Eggs

Homemade scrambled eggs are a staple in many households because they're simple to make and delicious to eat. To wit, Statista reports that in 2020, over 315 million Americans found a way to incorporate eggs into their cooking and baking needs. Why eggs? Food Network notes that eggs are often called the "perfect protein" because they contain every essential amino acid. But eggs are also tasty and versatile. You can fry your eggs and add them to a sandwich, hard boil them for salads, or even poach your eggs to add to your morning toast. Despite all these options, according to a Tasting Table survey, over 40% of people prefer to cook their eggs scrambled.

However, as wonderful as eggs are, when it comes to scrambling eggs, the process is not without its perils. This is especially true if you try to cook them when you are in a rush. We get it. When there are lots of after-school activities and work and home life piles up, whipping up a pan of quick scrambled eggs seems like an easy go-to. But, this is a big no-no according to Taste of Home, and here's why.

Low and slow prevents the eggs from drying out

If you're in a rush, get your burner really hot, and cook your scrambled eggs too quickly, they're at risk of becoming dry, and no one wants that (via Taste of Home). Instead, scrambled eggs should be as light as a cloud on your plate. This food site is not alone in their recommendation. In fact, culinary personality Padma Lakshmi won't eat scrambled eggs unless she makes them herself. Lakshmi told Bon Appetit: "I don't like my eggs overcooked — it just takes the pleasure out of them for me."

Agreed. So, how should you go about cooking your scrambled eggs? According to Rose City, you want to cook your scrambled eggs low and slow. The New York Times goes on to explain that while you are patiently cooking your eggs, you want to stir the eggs around to create curds. When we say "patiently cooking your eggs," we mean it, because this process can take over 30 minutes. Your time and effort will be rewarded, though, because of the luscious texture. Once you're done cooking, MasterClass recommends serving your perfectly cooked eggs in a warm tortilla, or simply garnished with chives.