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Why Use Milk in Scrambled Eggs? That’s Why!

Why Use Milk in Scrambled Eggs? That’s Why!

Why Use Milk in Scrambled Eggs?

Millions of different households within the United States mean millions of different opinions on how one should make a plate of scrambled eggs.

Some families use sour cream, others use milk, some use water, and others, nothing.

With so many varying opinions regarding how to make scrambled eggs, how can we trust any information given to us?

For crying out loud, even media outlets like ‘The Food Network’ have various scrambled egg recipes!

Luckily, scrambled eggs are a completely personal preference.

You can decide how you like to make your eggs, and what you prefer to put in them.

However, if you’ve ever wondered why use milk in scrambled eggs? I’ve got a pretty good answer for you!

Why Use Milk in Scrambled Eggs?

A very small amount of milk can change the texture of scrambled eggs from rubbery to fluffy, but you can also do this by whisking them vigorously. Most people assume that adding milk to scrambled eggs will thicken them up or make them fluffier, when in fact, both assumptions are incorrect. There is no real reason to add milk to scrambled eggs unless you really love the taste and want to make scrambled eggs lighter. Most food experts actually advise against it.

Why Use Milk in Scrambled Eggs?
Why Use Milk in Scrambled Eggs?

Adding Milk to Scrambled Eggs

If you’ve grown up adding milk to scrambled eggs, you’re not alone. While many chefs advise not to, there’s still a reason that lots of people continue to do it.

The addition of a small amount of milk, perhaps a teaspoon or two, depending on how many eggs you’re making, will prevent the eggs from cooking into a rubber-like texture.

Milk has the potential to make eggs a little lighter, so those that hate heavy eggs will likely never go without adding milk.

However, you don’t want to add too much, because instead of adding moisture to your eggs, it will burn off quickly in the pan and pull moisture out.

Eggs that have too much liquid in them, whether it be water or milk, will burn much faster than eggs without it.

So, if you have to add milk to your scrambled eggs, ensure that you do so in minimal amounts, and the result will likely be a bit fluffier and less well-done than you’re used to!

Adding milk to scrambled eggs alters the taste slightly
Adding milk to scrambled eggs alters the taste slightly

Leaving Out the Milk

If you hate milk, or you just don’t understand why it’s necessary to add milk to eggs, you can take solace in the fact that it’s not. It’s not necessary at all.

You can easily cook scrambled eggs without any additional liquid, but the key is to ensure that you’ve whisked them enough while they’re in the bowl.

After cracking your eggs into a plastic or glass mixing bowl, take a baking whisk or a fork and vigorously whisk them for two to three minutes.

Expert cooks do not recommend adding milk to scrambled eggs
Expert cooks do not recommend adding milk to scrambled eggs

You’ll see them begin to fluff up in the bowl before they’ve even been cooked, which will ensure you some nice, poofy, light-tasting eggs, free of that much-hated rubber texture.

Next, you’ll want to cook your eggs on low.

A pan that is too hot will burn your eggs almost immediately, and in my opinion, the only thing that smells and tastes worse than burnt eggs is burnt popcorn. And it’s a toss-up.

Milk can make scrambled eggs fluffier but the same can be achieved by whisking more
Milk can make scrambled eggs lighter

Various Egg Additions

There are people out there that swear by half and half or even sour cream to create a light and fluffy scrambled egg.

While additions aren’t necessary, I recommend you try all of them so you can figure out what you like and what works best for you and your family.

Eggs taste fantastic with add-ons that aren’t liquid, such as red pepper flakes, chives, cheese, and almost any vegetable you can think of.

The fantastic thing about eggs is how versatile they are, and even though they don’t require milk, you can add it and succeed in not ruining breakfast for everyone.

Milk in scrambled eggs also makes them lighter
Milk in scrambled eggs also makes them lighter

Frequently Asked Questions About Why Use Milk in Scrambled Eggs

Due to the various ways that human beings make scrambled eggs, there are a lot of questions floating around out there surrounding the topic.

Should you or shouldn’t you use milk in your scrambled eggs? Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but I can provide a little direction.

Should I put milk in my scrambled eggs?

You certainly can put milk in your scrambled eggs, but it’s not at all necessary and may even cause them to burn faster. If you’re trying to avoid a rubber texture, whisk your eggs for three minutes before cooking them. If you must add milk, make sure that it’s a minuscule amount.

What can I put in my eggs to make them light and fluffy?

If you whisk them appropriately and cook them at a low to medium temperature, your scrambled eggs will turn out light and fluffy all on their own. This process does not require milk, but if you do add a tiny bit, milk could help the fluff factor. It’s all about measurements here.

Milk and Scrambled Eggs

Overall, the way you cook your eggs is completely up to you.

But, if you were wondering why people put milk in scrambled eggs, it’s because they want to achieve a fluffy texture, and nothing more.

You can have fluffy eggs without milk, but I won’t be angry if you simply have to use it!

Everyone likes their eggs cooked differently, and if it works for you, then why change it?

Daniel Iseli (Head Chef)

Hi, my name is Daniel and I am passionate about cooking and have made it my mission to answer as many open questions related to cooking and food as possible. I am by no means a professional cook. But cooking is a hobby that I have loved for the past 20 years and I am getting better by the day.