We Tried Making Scrambled Eggs in Boiling Water—Here’s How It Worked

Updated: Dec. 21, 2023

The technique of cooking eggs in boiling water has its advocates on social media. So how do boiled scrambled eggs taste?

There are dozens of ways to cook an egg. When it comes to scrambled eggs, there are all sorts of different techniques and approaches. Cooks are always coming up with new ways to scramble eggs. One suggested method that’s currently making the rounds on social media is to boil your scrambled eggs in water. Now, I once worked as a breakfast cook, and I’ve certainly poached an egg in boiling water. And I am aware of how egg drop soup is made. But boiled scrambled eggs was new to me, so I had to try them out for myself.

Also, check this scrambled eggs by Ina Garten because once you taste scrambled eggs made Ina Garten’s way, you’ll never go back!

I’m not the only one who was surprised. One of the videos that set off the trend even expressed surprise. “I was today years old when I learned you can cook scrambled eggs in boiling water,” says TikTok creator Azure MacCannell in their video.

@livecomposed Ita like poached eggs collided with egg drop soup! 💥 Oil/butter free scrambled eggs! Would you eat it? #cookinghacks #cookinghack #cookingtips #hacks #todayyearsold ♬ Now Look at This – Dramatello

How to Make Scrambled Eggs in Boiling Water

Well, this is a very literal recipe. All you need is water, eggs and a pot. No oil, no butter.

To start, boil water in a pot, then whisk up as many eggs as you want in a bowl. Once the water is boiling, give it a stir so that it swirls, then pour in the whisked eggs. The eggs will cook very fast, in a minute or so, floating on top of the water. Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs by draining as much water as possible. According to advocates of this method, the eggs will be fluffy, tender and never dry or overcooked.

We are sure that you guys want to know how Gordon Ramsay makes his scrambled eggs. Here is Gordon Ramsay’s scrambled eggs recipe, and see what we think about it!

Does Making Scrambled Eggs in Boiling Water Work?

The cooking is sound. The whisked eggs will quickly boil and they are fluffy. But for me, the method leaves something to be desired on a couple of levels.

First of all, it’s nearly impossible to drain all the water from the eggs. I tried it with both a metal strainer spoon and a mesh skimmer and neither totally drained the water. So, yes, the scrambled eggs aren’t dry. But, on the other hand, they’re pretty damp.

Second, the eggs may have been fluffy, but they also didn’t have much flavor. Taste is what you lose by not cooking the eggs in butter or healthy oils. Certainly, you can load up your boiled scrambled eggs with salt, pepper, hot sauce and other seasonings. But, skipping the fat hinders flavor.

Other Ways to Cook Scrambled Eggs

When it comes to how to make scrambled eggs beyond boiling them, there’s plenty of methods to try. Of course, there’s the classic skillet method—we love this cast-iron skillet scrambled eggs recipe! Did you know that it’s also possible to make oven scrambled eggs or in muffin tins? It’s true! You can even make scrambled eggs the way Ina Garten and Gordon Ramsay make them.

Now, to be clear, this is all personal preference. If you’re trying to totally cut oils or butter out of your diet, boiling scrambled eggs is a likely better method than cooking the eggs in a nonstick pan. But if you want great-tasting scrambled eggs, I’d recommend the tried and true.

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