Perfect Scrambled Eggs in Just 40 Seconds

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

After just 20 seconds of whisking and 20 seconds of cooking, you’ll have a perfectly light and fluffy mass of hot, scrambled eggs.  The secret?  Poaching.  A steady stream of freshly beaten eggs is poured into a steaming pot of swirling, salted water.  The eggs cook almost instantly.  After a brief draining process, you can season your eggs however you like.  Below, I’m suggesting extra-virgin olive oil (for richness), chile oil (for heat), chopped parsely (for freshness), fleur de sel (just because) and freshly ground black pepper (for MOAR heat).  You could also try shredded cheese, salsa, chopped cilantro and sour cream.  Or simply serve with hot buttered toast and a few strips of crispy bacon.  I’m even tempted to pile up these eggs between two pieces of bread with a sizzling breakfast sausage and a thin swipe of herbed aioli.  The possibilites are endless!  Continue reading for the recipe plus tips to master this method.

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Technique tips:

  • Use just-bought eggs for this recipe.  If you must use eggs that are older, you’ll need to drain off any thin egg whites.  To do this, crack an egg into a medium-mesh strainer.  The thin whites will drop out while the thick whites and yolk stay in the strainer.  Transfer to a bowl and repeat with remaining eggs.
  • Crack your eggs into a bowl with a pour spout.  This will make it easier to stream the eggs into the swirling water.
  • Be sure to season your water well before adding the eggs.  The water should taste like the sea (similar to cooking pasta).  You may think this is too much salt, but I assure you, it’s just right.  I made my first batch with a small pinch of salt and the eggs were very bland.
  • After much experimentation, I’ve outlined the perfect draining process below.  Be sure to handle the eggs gently during this process to keep them nice n’ fluffy.  Since the eggs come out of the water piping hot, you’ll have a decent amount of time to drain them without worry of cold eggs.
  • Taste your eggs first then proceed with additional seasoning and flavoring.

Poached Scrambled Eggs

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Perfect Scrambled Eggs in Just 40 Seconds
Adapted from here.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
  • 4 eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Chile oil*
  • Chopped freshly parsley
  • Fleur de sel (or flaky sea salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Fill a medium saucepan two-thirds of the way with water and bring to a boil over medium heat. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare all necessary equipment: place a colander in the sink, line a rimmed baking sheet (or large plate) with two paper towels and have a large, slotted spoon at the ready. Crack four eggs into a bowl and whisk for about 20 seconds.
  2. Once the water is boiling, season with 2 generous pinches of kosher salt. The water should taste like the sea (similar to salting water for pasta). Stir the water in a clockwise direction to create a whirlpool. Pour the eggs in, cover and wait 20 seconds.
  3. Uncover and drain the eggs. I've found the best way to do this is to hold the eggs in the pot with the slotted spoon while pouring the water through the colander. Once most of the water is drained from the pot, gently slide the eggs into the colander. Shake the the eggs from side to side to remove most of the visible water. Slide the eggs onto the paper towel-lined baking sheet. Bring up the corners of the paper-towels to form a pouch around the eggs. Gently press out any remaining water. Transfer to a plate.
  4. To serve, drizzle eggs with extra-virgin olive oil plus a few splashes of chile oil. Top with chopped parsley, fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper.
* To make chile oil, warm 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat for approximately 2 minutes. The oil should be warm but not smoking. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons red chile flake, stirring to combine. Take the oil off the heat and let cool before using. Store in the refrigerator.



    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Ann! This plate is from Anthropologie. Unfortunately, I got the last one at the UTC location :( Maybe try Fashion Valley? I get almost all of my props from either West Elm or Anthropologie.

  1. Brandon Matzek says

    There is a Food52 credit two lines below the title of the recipe. I would recommend being a bit more perceptive before leaving comments like this.

  2. says

    Hi Brandon, thanks for providing the perfect recipe for my scrambled eggs! I just flew from LA to meet with some friends in DC and they were all Ooo and Ahhh over the breakfast I made. Little do they know the secret :-) From a fellow egg-fanatic! I enjoy these step by step pictures too! Well done.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Maria! Yes, you can use the photo for a painting. If you could just credit me as the photographer.

  3. says

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and I love it! The pictures are fantastic and I just want to try every.single.recipe here. I made these eggs today and they came out great! Thanks for the idea! I look forward to reading more

  4. Eric Ablett says

    Stupidly easy and made me feel like a sucker for preparing eggs in any other fashion. This was exactly how my go-to brunch spot on the east coast (Schiller’s) made their eggs.

    Thanks, Brandon!


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