Cast Iron Scrambled Eggs

Learn the best-kept secret to making cast iron scrambled eggs with milk! With this 5-ingredient recipe and a cast iron skillet, you will have an easy, delicious breakfast of fluffy eggs with this foolproof recipe.

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon with Toast

Making simple scrambled eggs in a cast iron skillet isn’t complicated. A bit of salt and pepper for flavor, a little milk or heavy cream, and a little butter to cook, along with fresh farm eggs, are all you need for a perfect breakfast.

The secret of tender scrambled eggs is to cook them over low heat until they are cooked throughout in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

Scrambled Eggs in a Cast Iron Skillet

Scrambled Eggs in a Cast Iron Skillet

Cast-iron heats evenly, retain heat, and is perfect for making scrambled eggs. You can cook almost anything in a cast-iron skillet, including fried over-easy eggs, breakfast skillet, a breakfast scramble, or serve over the top of an avocado.

When cooking scrambled eggs in cast iron, there are a few tips and tricks to learn how to cook eggs in cast iron without sticking.

Use a Well Seasoned Cast Iron Pan for Eggs

When making scrambled eggs in a cast iron pan, you must have a well-seasoned cast iron skillet! A poorly seasoned skillet can cause them to stick. 

If you’re cooking on a newly seasoned cast iron, try cooking foods with high-fat content, such as bacon. Cooking fatty foods helps to build up that gorgeous shiny non-stick layer, resulting in the best-scrambled eggs.

Heat and Oil

The secret to frying eggs in a cast iron pan so they don’t stick comes down to the skillet’s temperature and the oil you use. Before getting started, preheat the pan on medium heat.

Next, use a healthy layer of fat like tallow, lard, coconut oil, or butter to coat the entirety of the bottom of the pan.

Avoid using olive oil as it does not have a high smoke point and can produce an odd flavor in the eggs.

Scrambled Eggs on a Plate

Kitchen Essentials You May Need

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  • Cast Iron Skillet: The best pan for cooking eggs? A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is the best non-stick pan for making scrambled eggs. Field Company, Le Creuset enameled cast iron, and Lodge Cast Iron are all great skillet options.
  • Mixing Bowl: hand turned in the USA, these are my favorite stoneware mixing bowls.
  • Spatula: in my kitchen, I love using wooden utensils, and that includes my favorite wooden spatula. But a rubber spatula or silicone spatula will work just as well.
  • Whisk: for making the perfect egg scramble, I love using an old-fashioned style hand crank egg beater!
  • Measuring Cup and Spoon: Measure and pour wet ingredients easily with this glass measuring cup.
Kitchen Tools for Making Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients for Cast Iron Scrambled Eggs

  • Eggs: use the freshest large eggs you can find, preferably from a local farmer or organic and cage-free. Farm fresh eggs will have the most vibrant yellow yolks!
  • Milk or Cream: add a little milk or heavy cream, or you can also use water. This additional moisture increases the eggs’ tenderness.
  • Salt and Pepper: adding a bit of seasoning is always a good idea to add some flavor and spice.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter or salted butter will work in this recipe. The cast iron pan will need a layer of fat before the eggs are scrambled. Butter and bacon fat drippings are my two favorite choices, but I try to avoid olive oil because it can lend an odd flavor.
Bowl of eggs ready to be whisked

How to Scramble Eggs in Skillet

You don’t need many ingredients or special equipment to make the best fluffy scrambled eggs. The key is the technique; having a good nonstick skillet and fresh, quality eggs make all the difference!

Whisk the Eggs

Break the whole eggs into a mixing bowl. Mix in milk, salt, and pepper and whisk thoroughly until egg yolks and egg whites are an even yellow color with no streaks in the mixture.

Continue to whisk vigorously to incorporate air, which produces fluffier scrambled eggs.

Heat the Skillet

Before cooking your scrambled eggs, allow your skillet to adequately heat up at a low temperature to create an even heat. The skillet should be warm but not smoking hot.

Add butter to the skillet; swirl the butter around the bottom of the pan using a metal or wooden spatula, ensuring that all areas are well coated. Another delicious option for a layer of fat is to use bacon grease drippings!

Add Eggs

Pour the egg mixture into a large cast iron skillet and reduce the heat to low.

Allow the eggs to cook for about 30 seconds or until they begin to set at the bottom and sides of the skillet.

Use a spatula to push the eggs back, allowing the uncooked eggs to flow to the bottom of the pan. Repeat until the eggs are just cooked through but still wet and shiny.

When no more liquid egg is noticeable in the pan, turn the heat off and remove the skillet from the stove. At this point, you can break up the scramble into smaller pieces.

Serve

As soon as the eggs have finished cooking, remove them from the hot pan to prevent overcooking. Serve warm immediately, and enjoy a plate of light, fluffy, delicious scrambled eggs. 

Best Scrambled Eggs

What to Serve with Scrambled Eggs

For an easy, delicious breakfast, sprinkle the scrambled eggs with grated swiss cheese or crumbled cooked bacon. For a gourmet touch, fold in a little chopped dill or chives.

Scrambled eggs are a great choice for breakfast, but serve them with toast, crispy bacon, or over the top of avocados for a larger meal.

A breakfast skillet scramble is one of many great options that can be made with scrambled eggs. Filled with bell peppers, sausage, and cheese, with the added extra flavors of southwest spices, this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a healthy breakfast meal!

FAQS

Why do Scrambled Eggs Stick to Cast Iron?

Making scrambled eggs in a cast iron pan can be a disaster if the skillet is not well seasoned. The texture of some pans can be rough, which is why once yours is well-used, the surface becomes more smooth.

So, use a well-seasoned skillet and preheat it before adding a generous amount of butter. Swirl the butter to coat the bottom and side of the skillet.

How to Clean Scrambled Eggs From Cast Iron Skillet

Eggs can quickly become a sticky mess that is hard to remove if you don’t use a well-seasoned cast iron pan. Use a scraper or chain mail scrubber to remove the stuck-on egg residue easily.

If eggs are still stuck, you can use salt and oil in the pan and do another round of scrubbing. Also, read THIS post to find out in detail how I clean iron pans.

Cast Iron Scrambled Eggs Printable Recipe

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How to Scramble Eggs in a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Scramble Eggs in a Cast Iron Skillet

Learn the best-kept secret to making cast iron scrambled eggs with milk! With this 5-ingredient recipe, and a cast iron skillet, you will have an easy, delicious breakfast of fluffy eggs with this foolproof recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

Whisk the Eggs

Break the eggs into a mixing bowl. Mix in milk, salt, and pepper and whisk thoroughly until eggs are an even yellow color. Continue to whisk vigorously to incorporate air, which produces fluffier scrambled eggs.

Heat the Skillet

Before cooking your scrambled eggs, allow your skillet to adequately heat up at a low temperature to create an even heat. The skillet should be warm but not smoking hot.

Add butter to the skillet. Using a spatula, swirl the butter around the bottom of the pan, ensuring that all areas are well coated.

Add Eggs

Pour the egg mixture into the hot skillet and turn the heat down to low.

Allow the eggs to cook for about 30 seconds or just until they begin to set at bottom and sides of the skillet.

Use a spatula to push the eggs back allowing the uncooked eggs to flow to the bottom of the pan. Repeat until the eggs are just cooked through but still wet and shiny.

When no more liquid egg is noticeable in the pan, turn the heat off and remove the skillet from the stove. At this point, you can break up the scramble into bite-size portions.

Serve

As soon as the eggs have finished cooking, remove them from the skillet to prevent overcooking. Serve warm immediately, and enjoy a plate of light, fluffy, delicious scrambled eggs. 

Notes

How Do you Keep Scrambled Eggs from Sticking to Cast Iron?

Use a well-seasoned skillet and pre heat before adding a generous amount of butter. Swirl the butter to coat the bottom and sided of the skillet.

How to Clean Scrambled Eggs From Cast Iron Skillet

Eggs can quickly turn into a sticky mess that is hard to remove if you don’t use a well seasoned skillet. Use a scraper, or chain mail scrubber to easily remove the stuck-on egg residue.

If there is still eggs stuck, you can use salt and oil in the pan and do another round of scrubbing. Also, read THIS post to find out how to clean your skillet.

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