Secrets & Tips: How 7 Top Chefs Make Scrambled Eggs

Whether you’ve been cracking eggs for decades or half a century, here are a few tips and tricks used by top chefs to take your scrambled eggs recipe to seventh heaven.

Anthony Bourdain

The late celebrity chef didn’t add any milk or water when he made scrambled eggs. He once said, “I’m old school. I believe that a scrambled egg, or an omelette for that matter, is principally about the egg.” So what’s the secret to scrambled eggs Bourdain-style? Don’t over-whisk the eggs and leave in bits of the white part.

Martha Stewart

Martha doesn’t add any surprise ingredients to her scrambled eggs. Instead, she uses low heat and constant motion to keep her scrambled eggs fluffy and tasty.

Gordon Ramsay

Ramsay’s approach to scrambled eggs is not for the faint of heart. His list of ingredients includes sauteed mushrooms and tomatoes (on the vine), a toasted slice of sourdough bread, crème fraîche and chives. His trick is to saute the eggs in a pan and take the pan on and off the heat, while stirring nonstop. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the YouTube video (that has been viewed over 40 million times) for step-by-step instructions.

Watch Gordon Ramsay make his perfect scrambled eggs.

Paula Deen

The rules to Paula Deen’s scrambled eggs:

  1. Fry Vidalia onions and mix them with the scrambled eggs
  2. Use water instead of milk
  3. Cook on low
  4. Use half bacon drippings and half butter
  5. Put on the lid

Check out the full recipe here.

Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman spices up her scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and fresh chives. Her trick is to pass the eggs through a fine-mesh strainer to help make the eggs lighter and fluffier. Cook the eggs on a nonstick skillet with low heat and serve on a toasted bagel.

View the full recipe here.

Emeril Legasse

Legasse’s rules for scrambled eggs:

  1. Whisk well
  2. Stir at the right moment
  3. Serve on a warm plate

View his recipe here.

Tyler Florence

If you really want the color to pop in your scrambled eggs, add an extra yolk. Florence’s recipe also calls for crème fraîche (or sour cream) and some sea salt. Our suggestion? Use Chino Valley Ranchers pasture-raised eggs and your scrambled eggs will be extra bright and healthy.

View Florence’s scrambled eggs recipe here.