There’s nothing better than scrambled eggs served alongside bacon and toast in the morning.
In most American households, scrambled eggs are the go-to breakfast option. They are easy to make, and you can whip them up in just a few minutes.
You may be disappointed when you make scrambled eggs only for them to turn out watery. No one likes runny scrambled eggs. If this happens, you may wonder, “why are my scrambled eggs watery?”
There are a few reasons why your scrambled eggs are watery.
They include; whipping the eggs too early on, using the wrong temperature while cooking, using old eggs, overcooking, adding liquid, adding vegetables, not stirring the eggs while cooking, using the wrong skillet, and seasoning too early on.
This article discusses these reasons in detail. We will also look at how to fix runny scrambled eggs.
Mistakes that make your eggs watery
Here are a few common mistakes you may be making while cooking scrambled eggs.
More often than not, they are the reasons why your scrambled eggs turn out watery.
Whipping the eggs too early on
You mustn’t whip eggs long before you are ready to cook them. I suggest you beat them right before pouring them into your skillet.
This way, you’ll get fluffier eggs that have more volume.
Using the wrong temperature to cook the eggs
The best temperature to cook scrambled eggs is low to medium heat. If you prefer having your eggs dry, use low heat.
They may take a little longer to cook, but you have control over the consistency you want them to have, and the chances of overcooking them are low.
Do not use high heat for cooking scrambled eggs.
Using old eggs
Old eggs don’t cook as well as new eggs. Additionally, they don’t taste as good.
Old eggs are more likely to turn out watery because they don’t lose moisture quickly. Don’t store eggs in your refrigerator for too long as they may turn out soggy when cooked.
You may be one of those who like adding a little bit of milk, water, or cream to your eggs before cooking. Although it seems like a good idea, it isn’t.
The eggs tend to separate from the liquid during cooking resulting in runny eggs.
Avoid adding liquid to your eggs. Instead, cook them as they are.
To make scrambled eggs tastier, some people add vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, and mushrooms, among others. The problem is that these vegetables are watery, and if you’re not careful, a lot of water seeps out of them during cooking.
If you must add vegetables to your eggs, wash them, pat them dry, then slice them to your preferred size.
Before adding the eggs to your veggies, sauté the veggies in a little bit of butter or oil, whichever you prefer. Only add in your eggs after sautéing for several minutes or until the butter starts bubbling.
Not stirring the eggs
If you want your scrambled eggs to turn out creamy, you should stir them after every minute or so during cooking.
This way, the egg curds break down, resulting in smaller, softer eggs. Not mixing the eggs may make them turn out wet and runny.
The skillet you use to cook eggs determines how they will turn out. If you are cooking many eggs at once, use a large skillet.
If you overcrowd a small skillet with several eggs, they are bound to turn out runny.
Seasoning too early on
Seasoning eggs too early on can affect their texture. For the best results, it is highly recommended that you only add seasoning towards the end of cooking.
This includes salt and black pepper.
You should know when to remove your scrambled eggs from heat. Note that after turning off the heat, the eggs continue to cook for a short while.
The residual heat dries them up. I suggest removing them from heat when they look slightly wet and letting them sit for 2 minutes before serving.
Overcooking can easily result in runny eggs, especially if you are cooking the eggs on high heat.
Ways to fix watery eggs
Now that you know why your eggs are watery, you need to know how to fix the problem. Here are a few ways to go about it.
Add some flour to the eggs
If your eggs are watery, you can add a little bit of flour to them. The flour will absorb any excess moisture that makes your eggs runny.
My favorite thing about this method is that you can use any variety of flour, including all-purpose flour, cornflour, wheat flour, rice flour, almond flour, and coconut flour.
Add a pinch of flour at a time and stir the eggs until they reach your desired consistency.
Use fewer vegetables/ don’t use them at all
As discussed above, vegetables contain moisture that can seep into the eggs and make them runny.
If you must add vegetables to your scrambled eggs, sauté them beforehand, and don’t use too much at once. Alternatively, don’t add vegetables to the eggs.
Cook them separately, then serve the veggies and eggs together.
Don’t add liquid to your eggs
If you add water, cream, or milk to your eggs before cooking, stop. These liquids are the reason why your eggs turn out runny.
As discussed above, the liquids separate from the eggs during cooking, so your eggs end up wet and watery.
Pro tip: Whisk the eggs well before cooking
You must whisk the eggs properly before cooking. Remember only to whisk them when you are ready to add them to your skillet.
Whisking makes the eggs turn out soft and fluffy.
Scrambled eggs are supposed to be one of the easiest dishes to cook. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to make perfect scrambled eggs.
If your scrambled eggs always turn out watery, you may be making one or two of the common mistakes discussed above.
Fix the runny eggs using one of the methods discussed above or start over, avoiding the common mistakes.
I hope this article answered your question on why your scrambled eggs are watery.