Why It Pays To Cook Scrambled Eggs In A Cast Iron Pan

Scrambled eggs are a breakfast staple that can be enjoyed any time of the day — and there are many vehicles in which to cook them, including stainless steel pans and cast iron skillets. Though stainless steel is a good option, it is more likely that the eggs will stick to it. Even if you have a non-stick pan, chances are you don't want to risk using it if it has been scratched or is flaking. While most pans will do, cooking eggs in a cast iron pan is undoubtedly the best way to achieve soft, perfectly cooked eggs. 

Cast iron pans are made from heavy-duty iron and are known for their excellent heat retention. But that isn't the only reason scrambled eggs are so good when cooked in one. 

With a few tips to prevent them from sticking to the skillet, and a better understanding of why cast iron is the best choice, you can relax knowing your scrambled eggs will turn out well every time.

Cast iron reigns supreme

One of the primary reasons scrambled eggs turn out so well when cooked in a cast iron pan is that, once the cast iron is hot, they cook quickly and thoroughly. Though cast iron pans do not always heat in an even manner, they retain heat better than other pans. This means pre-heated cast iron pans will maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process, which allows the eggs to reach cooking completion before they lose their fluffiness. Other pans can take longer to cook, resulting in a flatter appearance and a rubbery texture.

To prevent the eggs from sticking to the cast iron pan, it's essential to start by heating the pan over medium heat before adding any oil or butter. Once the pan is hot, add your fat of choice, and then add your eggs. Stir the eggs constantly using a wooden spoon or heat-safe rubber spatula to ensure the dish cooks evenly without sticking to the bottom of the pan. As the eggs cook, they will form a thin layer over the pan, creating a natural non-stick surface.

If you follow this method, your cast iron pan should produce perfectly plump eggs with a smooth and velvety texture.