Diner-Style Scrambled Eggs

These are the eggs you probably grew up eating: quick, easy to make, homey and comforting. A little butter adds richness. We use just a tiny amount of salt here, because it's easy to oversalt eggs. Pull them from the heat the instant they're done so they don't turn tough and rubbery. And as with all egg dishes, dig in right away—they're not getting any better as they cool off.

Diner-Style Scrambled Eggs recipe on a white plate for serving
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Melt your butter in an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high until it gets bubbly; diner-style scrambles do not fear heat.

  2. While butter melts, break eggs into a small bowl. Use a fork to beat them until completely blended and slightly frothy. Stir in the pepper and salt.

  3. Add egg mixture to pan; start pulling the eggs from the sides of the pan into the middle (the edges cook faster than the center). Big, fluffy curds will start to form—exactly what you want. Keep it up, pulling the eggs from around the pan for about 3 minutes. The second all the runny egg is fully set—there's an eggshell-thin line between fluffy, firm eggs and tough, dry ones—pull the pan from the heat and slide the eggs onto your plate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
13g Fat
1g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 382mg 127%
Sodium 383mg 17%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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