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How To Know When Scrambled Eggs Are Done

How To Know When Scrambled Eggs Are Done: Full Guide (2023)

Last Updated on January 14, 2023 by Shari Mason

Scrambled eggs are a classic breakfast food that is easy to make and flavorful. However, it can be tricky to get a perfect consistency. 

They get rubbery and hard if you cook them too long; if you don’t cook them long enough, they can be runny and raw. 

So how do you know when your scrambled eggs are done? Let’s find out.

How To Tell If Scrambled Eggs Are Done

hand holding plate of scrambled egg

The best way to tell if your scrambled eggs [1] are done is to watch the texture and color of the eggs as they cook. You should see white and yellow curds forming as the eggs cook. 

When done, the eggs should be slightly underdone as they will continue to cook after removing them from the heat. 

If you cook the eggs until they are firm, they will be overcooked and dry. When the eggs are done, they should be soft, creamy, and moist. 

If you are using a non-stick skillet for cooking the eggs, you can also look for a golden-brown color that indicates the eggs are done. 

Additionally, you can gently touch the eggs with a spatula to check their firmness and ensure they are not overcooked.

If the eggs are still a bit runny, you can cook them until they reach the desired consistency.

How To Make Scrambled Eggs

To make scrambled eggs, start by cracking 2-4 eggs into a bowl and lightly beating them with a whisk or fork.

Add a few tablespoons of milk, cream, or water and season with salt and pepper. 

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat and melt a tablespoon of butter in the skillet. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and use a rubber spatula to stir the eggs as they cook.

Once cooked, remove the eggs from the skillet and enjoy.

How Long To Cook Scrambled Eggs

Getting the perfect scrambled eggs usually takes about 5 minutes of cooking time. 

Start by cracking the eggs into a bowl and whisking them together until they’re light and fluffy. Then, add a tablespoon of butter [2] to a non-stick pan and heat it to medium-high.

Once the butter has melted, pour in the egg mixture and stir it continuously with a rubber spatula. 

This will help you to create soft, fluffy scrambled eggs. When the eggs are almost done, add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Once the eggs are set but still slightly moist, they’re ready to serve.

How To Know If They Are Bad

scrambled egg on a plate

The first step to determining if your scrambled eggs are bad is to check the smell. If your eggs smell off or have a strong smell that does not resemble that of eggs, chances are that they have gone bad. 

Also, check to see if the eggs have an odd texture or a slimy appearance; if so, this indicates that the eggs have gone bad and should be discarded. 

“Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.”

– Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Social Activist

The second step to determining if your scrambled eggs are bad is to check the color. Fresh eggs have a bright yellow yolk and a white egg white.

If your eggs are discolored or have a grayish hue, this could be a sign that your eggs have gone bad and should be discarded. 

Additionally, if the eggs have a sour or bitter taste, this is another indication that the eggs are no longer safe to eat.

Tips On How To Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs

  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until the whites and yolks are fully combined.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add a tablespoon of butter to the pan and melt.
  4. Add the eggs to the pan and stir continuously with a rubber spatula.
  5. As the eggs begin to cook, reduce the heat to medium-low.
  6. Continue stirring the eggs until they are creamy and no longer runny.
  7. Remove the eggs from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve your perfect scrambled eggs with toast and your favorite toppings. 

FAQs

How can you tell if eggs are undercooked?

Looking at the texture and color, you can tell if scrambled eggs are undercooked.

Undercooked eggs will have a wet and runny texture and be lighter in color than fully cooked eggs. If the eggs look wet and loose, they are likely undercooked. 

Additionally, if the eggs have a translucent look, this is another sign that they are not fully cooked.

How to know when eggs are done sunny-side up?

When the egg whites are fully cooked, and the yolk is beginning to thicken but is still runny, the eggs are done sunny-side up.

The edges of the whites should be lightly browned, and the yolk should be slightly firm but still soft.

Should scrambled eggs be wet?

No, scrambled eggs should not be wet. They should be cooked until the egg whites are set, and the yolks are creamy but not runny.

In Conclusion

Scrambled eggs are a simple and delicious breakfast option. Knowing when your eggs are done is key to making them just right. 

The tell-tale signs of scrambled eggs are a light golden-brown color, a creamy texture, and no liquid egg left in the pan.

Once you see these signs, your scrambled eggs are finished and ready to be served. 

References:

  1. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/perfect-scrambled-eggs-recipe
  2. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/butter-glossary
Shari Mason

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