Learn the best-kept secrets for how to cook scrambled eggs on cast iron without sticking! With this 5-ingredient recipe and a cast iron skillet, you will have an easy, delicious breakfast of fluffy eggs with this foolproof recipe.
Don’t worry about the challenges of cooking eggs in a cast iron skillet! This guide will take you through the process step by step, ensuring a delicious plate of fluffy scrambled eggs without the frustration of them sticking to the pan.
It’s a fast and nutritious breakfast option that provides you with creamy, tasty eggs. All you need is a sprinkle of salt and pepper for seasoning, a bit of milk or heavy cream for tenderness, and a dash of butter or lard to cook them in.
Best Pan For Scrambled Eggs
A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is the best pan for making scrambled eggs. The naturally non-stick surface of a properly seasoned cast iron pan allows you to cook eggs without worrying about them sticking.
How Do You Keep Scrambled Eggs From Sticking to Cast Iron?
Here are 3 tips for making perfect scrambled eggs that will not stick in a cast iron skillet:
- Preheat – Begin by preheating the cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
- Use the Right Fat – Apply a generous amount of fat to the pan, such as butter, tallow, lard, coconut oil, or bacon grease.
- Wait for the Fat to Heat – Heat the fat until it shimmers to ensure the pan is ready for cooking eggs.
Ingredients for Cast Iron Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs cooked in a cast iron skillet can be delicious and easy to make. Here are the basic ingredients you will need:
- Eggs – Use fresh, large eggs from a local farmer or organic, cage-free eggs for the most vibrant yellow yolks.
- Milk or Cream – Add a splash of milk, heavy cream, or water to the eggs for increased tenderness.
- Salt and Pepper – Adding seasoning is a great way to enhance flavor.
- Butter: For this recipe, either unsalted or salted butter can be used. Before scrambling the eggs, the cast iron pan should be coated with a layer of fat. I prefer butter, lard, or bacon fat drippings, as olive oil can sometimes add an unusual taste.
How to Make Scrambled Eggs in a Cast Iron Pan
For the best fluffy scrambled eggs, use fresh eggs. Here’s how to make them in a cast iron skillet.
- 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. Continue to whisk vigorously to incorporate air, which produces fluffier scrambled eggs.
- Heat the Skillet – Preheat the skillet over low heat until warm but not smoking.
- Add Butter – To prepare the skillet, add butter and swirl it around using a metal or wooden spatula. Make sure to coat all areas of the pan well.
- Add Eggs – Pour the egg mixture into a large cast iron skillet. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the eggs begin to set at the bottom and sides of the skillet, about 30 seconds.
- Cook Eggs – Push the uncooked eggs to the bottom of the pan with a spatula and repeat until just cooked through but still shiny and wet.
- Remove From Heat – Turn off the heat and remove the skillet from the stove when no liquid egg is visible. Then, break up the scramble into smaller pieces.
- Serve – Remove eggs from the pan once cooked to prevent overcooking. Serve warm for the best fluffy and delicious scrambled eggs.
What to Serve with Scrambled Eggs
Here are some ideas to serve alongside your scrambled eggs:
- Serve crispy bacon for a perfect breakfast combination.
- Make a tasty breakfast by making stuffed avocados with scrambled eggs cooked in a cast iron skillet. Add shredded cheese and crumbled bacon for extra flavor.
Cooking eggs in a cast iron skillet is a great option if you want a filling breakfast. Whether you like them plain, with crispy bacon, or stuffed inside an avocado, the possibilities are endless.
So, grab your skillet and crack those farm-fresh eggs. With a little practice, you’ll soon be a pro at making cast iron scrambled eggs.
Cast Iron Scrambled Eggs Recipe
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk or cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons butter
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.
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.
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.
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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