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How to make perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs, a chef’s guide
Make brunch great again with chef Mark Fitzgerald’s guide to perfect scrambled eggs.
One of the best things about the weekend is being able to cook up a feast. And what better way to treat yourself in lockdown than with a plate of perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs and mouthwateringly crispy bacon. But while the deliciously humble egg and bacon brunch might be easy to cook if you have the right ingredients and technique, it it also easy to get wrong, ending up in a watery or rubbery mess.
To help you make brunch great again, we asked RACV Noosa Resort sous chef Mark Fitzgerald to share his top tips for nailing the ultimate cafe-style scrambled eggs and bacon.
Secret to perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs
What eggs should I use?
The key to nailing any egg dish is to always use the freshest eggs you can find. “If you can get free-range non-battery farmed eggs, they’ll be a lot better,” Mark says. “They have a lot more flavour and the yolk is richer in colour.”
Pan or pot?
Mark says you have more control over your scrambled eggs if you cook them in a pan. “And non-stick is definitely easier.”
What is the best way to beat the eggs?
Mark says it doesn’t matter if you use a whisk or fork, you just want to make sure your eggs are well incorporated. That means there shouldn’t be any bits of unbeaten yolk or clumpy egg white.
How many eggs do I whip up?
He says to allow two eggs per person, give or take. On Father’s Day, though, you may as well throw in an extra or two, just in case.
What are the best things to add to scrambled eggs?
Mark prefers his eggs au naturale, but he acknowledges many people like to jazz it up with some extras. You can keep things simple by adding milk, butter or cream, or mix it up with some grated sharp cheese – such as parmesan or goat’s fetta. If your dad is a fan of spice – try adding in some Sriracha, chilli flakes or fresh chilli. Or, for a Mediterranean spin, try some pesto.
But if you want to, as they say on MasterChef, take your eggs to the next level, go for some truffles.
“It’s truffle season in Australia at the moment so, if you can afford them, they’re great,” Mark says. “If you can’t get your hands on fresh, you can buy truffle salsa – which is a combination of truffle oil and mushroom mixture. It gives the impression of truffle without the expense.”
Why do my scrambled eggs sometimes end up watery?
If you’re adding milk or cream to your scrambled egg mix, watery eggs could be a sign that you’re cooking them too quickly. “If your eggs are too hot, sometimes the cream or the milk can split and separate, which looks a bit unsightly.”
He says warm your pan over a medium heat, but turn down to low as soon as you add your eggs.
Why are my eggs rubbery?
If you end up with hard or rubbery eggs, it means you’ve cooked them too long. For beautifully silky scrambled eggs, Mark says to cook them until they are 80 per cent done. Remove from the heat and let the residual heat do the rest while you serve.
What is the best bacon to serve with your eggs?
When it comes to bacon, Mark says it all depends on personal preference. “I prefer streaky bacon, which generally comes in longer rashers and has a bit more fat,” he says. “I also really like speck, which is a smoked bacon. It’s a bit richer and has a more intense flavour. It normally comes in a block that you can cut yourself.”
Do you add oil or butter to the pan?
Neither. Mark says the bacon should release enough fat that you don’t need to add any more. “I always like to cook my bacon first then do the scrambled eggs in the same pan so that you get a bit of that flavour through them.”