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Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs By Adding This Unexpected Secret Ingredient

Breakfast just got so much better.

Nothing says breakfast quite like a plate of scrambled eggs, but don’t you find that the eggs you get in a restaurant often taste so much better than the lackluster scramble you whip up at home?

Scrambled eggs should be light, fluffy and moist, not dry, undercooked or flat. Sure, this basic dish is pretty straightforward in theory, but it’s easy to end up with disappointing scrambled eggs.

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Life’s Too Short For Poorly Cooked Eggs

If you’ve been dishing out substandard eggs for as long as you’ve been making them, it’s time to turn things around. With one simple, yet unexpected, ingredient, you’ll never make a bad plate of scrambled eggs again.

We’ve already shared some game-changing tips for making perfect scrambled eggs—using fresh eggs, the right temperature and cooking time, and whipping them just right will all go a long way towards improving your scrambled-egg game. It’s also recommended that you add some type of liquid for fluffy eggs—be it milk or water.

But Good Housekeeping has a unique tip for making perfectly textured eggs and we think this one really takes the end product to a whole new level.

The Magic Ingredient

All it takes is the simple addition of a little bit of sour cream. Adding in sour cream helps the egg become creamy, and it also adds more flavor to this dish that too often comes out bland.

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How To Make Delicious Eggs Every Time

To make your perfect scrambled eggs, begin by whisking the eggs. Then add one small scoop of sour cream per egg and mix in. Cook your eggs in about 2 tablespoons of butter, and remove them from the pan right before they’re finished cooking, as the eggs will remain heated and cook all the way through after removal.

The sour cream will take the place of milk or water—giving you the same fluffiness plus some additional creaminess.

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These eggs will come out fluffy with a satisfying sour tang. You can experiment with different amounts of sour cream to attain your desired consistency, but with this addition, we promise it’ll be a lot harder to make a plate of scrambled eggs that falls flat.

Don’t Forget To Watch Your Heat

Tom Colicchio best-known for his role on “Tom Chef” says one of the things many “amateur chefs” don’t understand is how to regulate the heat when they are cooking. In the case of scrambled eggs, he said many make the mistake of just turning the heat up and letting the eggs cook at one temperature the whole time.

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If you find you are frequently overcooking your scrambled eggs, you’ll want to follow his advice for controlling the heat in your pan.

Check it out in the video below:

Other great tips from Colicchio? Keep whisking your eggs with a fork as they cook to get them light and fluffy. And make sure when you melt butter in the pan you warm it until it’s melted—not burnt!

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