25 Ways to Make Scrambled Eggs Less Boring
Never be bored by your breakfast again
This story originally appeared on ExtraCrispy by Maxine Builder.
One of the first dishes I learned to cook on my own was scrambled eggs. Though there's definitely some technique required to make perfect scrambled eggs every time, it's one of the easiest egg dishes to make, especially when you're in a rush in the morning. All you have to do is crack, whisk, and scramble. It's a great breakfast to make in the morning as a default, since it doesn't take much thought or prep time, but eating the same egg dish, day after day, can get a little dull. Never fear, though, because it's easy to upgrade up your scrambled eggs without adding a significant time to your morning routine.
The technique for cooking the eggs is basically the same for all these ways to make scrambled eggs more exciting. The trick comes in finding different ingredients and flavors that will enhance your breakfast, which definitely takes some experimentation. Fortunately, eggs are a very forgiving base for any number of flavors, so you can toss basically anything from your fridge into your scrambled eggs, and chances are good that it'll be a success.
But if you're looking for some breakfast inspiration, or feel ready to try something new with this breakfast classic, here are 25 totally realistic and easy ways to make scrambled eggs less boring.
Salting your eggs before you start cooking them in the pan ensures that the moisture stays locked in. According to Lifehacker, add salt 15 minutes before cooking for the most tender scramble.
An easy way to jazz up your scramble is by adding vegetables. Try chopping up onions, as well as red and green peppers for a scrambled take on a Denver omelet.
Instead of milk in your scrambled eggs, use yogurt. It'll give your scramble a tanginess and a creaminess—as long as you get the ratio correct. Be wary, though, because add too much yogurt, and your eggs will be "gloppy," according to one food blogger. But get it right, and you'll have fancy scrambled eggs in no time.
Add Refried Beans
If you add refried beans to a scrambled egg mixture, you're basically one tortilla away from eating a breakfast taco, which is never a bad thing. Plus, the refried beans will add a ton of extra protein to your already healthy meal.
Try Cream Cheese
Another milk substitute for creamier scrambled eggs is cream cheese. The higher fat content makes for creamier eggs, and if you want to add some extra flavor, try mixing in scallion cream cheese.
Lightly sautée spinach in a pan, pour the egg mixture on top, then mix it all together to scramble. The result will be a healthy, filling breakfast without any real hassle.
Find Fresh Herbs
From dill to thyme, pretty much any fresh herb makes a great addition to scrambled eggs. All you have to do is chop it up, and whisk into the eggs before you cook.
Pour on Some Salsa
You can either dump some salsa into the eggs while they're cooking or after you've taken them off the heat. Either way, your scrambled eggs will have some kick.
Melt More Cheese
Sure, cheesy scrambled eggs aren't anything that revolutionary, but try using a mix of cheeses in your scrambled eggs so that every bite is a little bit different. (It's also a low-key brilliant way to use up all the cheese that might be floating around your fridge.)
Assemble a Casserole
Scramble a whole lot of eggs then dump them into a casserole dish with sausage or ham or vegetables or cheese, or even some combination of all of these. Bake for a bit and then eat happily.
Cut cherry tomatoes in half and then sautée in a pan, ideally with salt and pepper, until they burst. Then, pour in the egg mixture, and scramble as usual.
Sub in Cottage Cheese
It sounds gross, but using cottage cheese instead of milk in your egg scramble makes for a low-fat, yet still fluffy, dish.
Cook Bacon First
You can then cook the scrambled eggs in the bacon grease. Plus, you'll have bacon bits to add to your scrambled eggs.
Scrambled eggs with seafood, especially shrimp, crab, or lobster, is a surprisingly delicious combination. It's also a great way to use up some leftovers, if you were lucky enough to have lobster for dinner.
Whisk in Pesto
Really, all you have to do to make pesto scrambled eggs is add some pesto into your scrambled egg mixture while you're cooking. It'll add a cheesy and nutty flavor to your otherwise simple scramble.
Add Hot Curry Powder
Eggs are a pretty perfect backdrop for a lot of bold flavors, like curry powder. Add some red onion and coriander if you want a fully Indian-inspired scramble.
Toss in Quinoa
Adding some already cooked quinoa to your scramble is a great way to add some extra protein.
Stir Fry Kimchi
Putting kimchi into your scrambled eggs will make them spicy and give them a little extra heft. If you're feeling it, add some soy sauce to the mix, as well, instead of regular salt.
Make It Spicy
When in doubt, add something spicy to your scrambled eggs. It could be diced jalapeno peppers that you sautée in the pan or just a ton of Sriracha added after the fact. No matter what it is, adding heat is a surefire way to jazz up your eggs.
Hot avocado doesn't necessarily sound appealing, but tossing in chunks of avocado into your egg scramble will make it creamy and delicious.
Mix in Ramen
Cook instant ramen and then toss them into already cooking eggs. You can season your eggs with the flavoring packet from the ramen, too.
You can bake your scrambled eggs, which, admittedly, sounds nonsensical, but is a great option if you've got a large group to feed.
Use a Whisk
One of the most luxurious ways to make scrambled eggs is using classic French cooking techniques, as this recipe from Serious Eats details. Using a whisk and a small saucepan will yield some super soft, delicate curd-like eggs.
Put It on a Pizza
I've got two words for you: breakfast pizza. Besides, who needs toast to eat with your scrambled eggs when you could have it with leftover pizza? Simply spoon scrambled eggs onto reheated pizza for a hangover cure on a plate.
Sure, it's basic, but there's a good reason every diner leaves a bottle of ketchup on each table. Ketchup is great on eggs, especially a classic scramble, and sometimes, you don't have get too crazy to make things less boring.
This article originally appeared on ExtraCrispy