Nothing beats these chilli scrambled eggs when you want a quick and easy meal. In under 10 minutes, you can whip up these eggs and enjoy them over buttered toast. You can even add them to wraps, sandwiches, and rice bowls.
While eggs are quick and easy to make, plain ol’ scrambled eggs can get boring. If you’re looking to jazz things up a little, give these chilli scrambled eggs a try. They’re soft and creamy with a nice spicy kick. Served on toast, this is a lovely brunch option when you want something quick and hearty.
You don’t have to go to a fancy café to enjoy a nice brunch. With these café style chili scrambled eggs, you can have a delicious brunch right at home!
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Why you’ll love chilli scrambled eggs
Trust me, you’re going to love this chilli scrambled eggs recipe! Here’s why:
- It uses staple pantry ingredients. You don’t need to go out and get any special ingredients for this recipe. Everything you need is probably already in your kitchen pantry!
- It’s quick and easy to make. If you want a quick meal, nothing beats scrambled eggs! In under 5 minutes, you’ll have a luscious, creamy meal that’s both filling and satisfying.
- It’s budget-friendly. Eggs are a relatively cheap protein option compared to chicken and meat. If you’re on a tight budget, getting a carton of eggs and making recipes like this can help you stay within your budget while still eating delicious protein-packed foods!
- It’s a good way to jazz up plain ol’ scrambled eggs. If you’re bored of regular scrambled eggs, you have to try this spicy and herbaceous scramble!
- It’s flexible. Don’t have onions? Use the whites of a spring onion instead. Don’t have chilies? Use chili flakes instead. Don’t have cilantro? Use whatever herbs you have in the fridge. You can play around with this recipe and make a delicious scramble with whatever ingredients you have on hand.
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Chilli scrambled eggs ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make these scrambled eggs with chili:
- Onion. Sautéed red onions add a lovely flavor to these scrambled eggs.
- Red chili. I use half a red chili for this recipe. If you’re worried about the heat, feel free to deseed the chili before mincing.
- Cilantro. Cilantro stems are packed with flavor. I love adding them to scrambled eggs to enhance their taste and aroma. This is optional, but I recommend adding some sort of herb to your scramble. It’s an easy way to make boring scrambled eggs sing!
- Eggs. I use large eggs for this recipe. Two large eggs per person usually does the trick.
- Butter. Butter makes everything better! I use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt going into the eggs. When cooking with butter, be careful not to have the heat up too high as it might burn.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Here are some tools I use to make the best chili scrambled eggs:
- Bowl and fork. You don’t need a fancy whisk to beat eggs. Just a regular bowl and fork works just fine. Crack your eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and beat them with a fork before adding the eggs into your pan.
- Frying pan. I prefer non-stick pans for easier cleanup. Never use metal spoons with a non-stick pan! They can cause scratches and chip away the non-stick coating.
- Food chopper. I recently got a manual food chopper and it’s my definitely my new favourite thing in the kitchen! For this recipe, I roughly chop the onions, chili and cilantro before throwing them into my food chopper for a finer chop. It makes finely chopping ingredients so much easier and faster!
How to make scrambled eggs with chili
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make chilli scrambles eggs:
1. Crack your eggs.
Crack the eggs into a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Melt butter in a frying pan.
On low heat, melt butter in a frying pan. If your heat is on high, you might burn the butter.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients.
Start by adding onions, chili, and cilantro. Sauté for 2 – 3 minutes. Next, beat the eggs with a fork before adding to the pan. Keep the heat nice and low.
4. Gently move the eggs around.
Once the eggs begin to set, gently move them around with a spatula.
5. Take the eggs off the heat.
When they’re almost set but still a little runny, turn off the heat. The eggs will continue to cook in the residual heat. Overcooking will result in rubbery eggs.
6. Garnish and serve the chilli scrambled eggs.
Finally, serve the eggs on buttered toast and garnish with chopped chili and cilantro.
Tips for making perfect scrambled eggs
Here are some pro tips for making the perfect scramble:
- Keep the heat nice and low. Cooking your eggs over high heat may cause your eggs to become overcooked, resulting in a dry and rubbery scramble.
- Whisk your eggs with a fork right before adding them to the pan. This helps to trap more air in the eggs which makes your scramble light and fluffy.
- Take the eggs off the heat when they’re still a little runny. Your eggs will continue cooking in the residual heat and you’ll end up with luscious, creamy eggs. If you keep your eggs on the flame until they’re fully done, they’ll overcook in the residual heat and end up dry and unappetizing.
Variations and substitutions
This recipe is pretty flexible! Here are some variations and substitutions you can try:
- If you don’t have red onions, you can use shallots or the white part of spring onions instead.
- If you don’t have fresh chilies, you can use chili flakes instead.
- Not a fan of cilantro? You can top your scrambled eggs with other herbs such as spring onions, parsley or basil.
- You can mix it up further and even add bacon, vegetables (e.g. spinach, peppers, tomatoes), and/or shredded cheese to jazz up your scramble even further. Scrambled eggs are versatile so have fun with it!
How to serve chili scrambled eggs
My favorite way to serve these eggs is on buttered toast. Crispy toast pairs so well with these soft, creamy eggs. It’s sooo satisfying!
You can also serve these chili scrambled eggs in sandwiches, wraps or rice bowls.
For a heartier brunch, here are some dishes you can serve along with these chilli scrambled eggs over toast:
Frequently Asked Questions
Does chili powder taste good on eggs?
Chili powder can add a nice, spicy kick to any egg dish. Swap out minced chili peppers for chili powder, chili flakes, or even cayenne pepper in your egg dishes to add spice without much hassle.
How do you make eggs taste better?
To make your eggs taste better, play around with different seasonings, spices, and herbs. Soy sauce provides a dash of umami while spices (such as cayenne pepper) and herbs (such as cilantro) can amp up the flavor of your eggs.
How do you spice up scrambled eggs?
If you want to jazz up boring ol’ scrambled eggs, finish with a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Use whatever you have on hand – chives, dill, cilantro, or parsley – to add more flavor and brighten up your scrambled eggs.
What goes good with scrambled eggs?
Scrambled eggs are versatile and go great with a variety of different things. They can be served with toast, bacon, sausages, hashbrowns, sautéed spinach, fresh fruits, and in sandwiches and breakfast burritos.
What is the secret ingredient for scrambled eggs?
The secret ingredient for scrambled eggs is taking them off the heat before they are cooked all the way. This prevents overcooking that produces rubbery eggs. By taking your eggs off the heat before they’re done, you allow them to finish cooking in the residual heat, resulting in deliciously smooth scrambled eggs.
What makes fluffy scrambled eggs?
Here’s the trick to fluffy scrambled eggs: whisk the eggs well with a fork before you add them into the pan. This traps air in the eggs which makes your scramble light and fluffy.
What is the biggest mistake people make when cooking scrambled eggs?
The pan’s temperature. If your pan is too hot, the eggs can burn, dry out, or get overcooked. Instead, cook your eggs over low heat. Take them off the heat while they’re still a little runny, and let them finish cooking in the residual heat.
Why aren’t my scrambled eggs fluffy?
If your scrambled eggs aren’t fluffy, this could be because you whisk your eggs too long before cooking. Don’t whisk your eggs and set them aside for too long before cooking. Whisking traps air which makes your scrambled eggs light and fluffy. Try whisking your eggs well with a fork right before adding them to the pan.
How do you tell if scrambled eggs are fully cooked?
Scrambled eggs are done when they are thickened and there is no runny liquid anymore. However, you don’t want to keep your eggs on a hot pan until they are fully cooked through. Take them off the heat while they’re still a little runny. They’ll continue to cook in the residual heat, resulting in smooth and fluffy eggs.
Should you constantly stir scrambled eggs?
You’ll want to stir often, not constantly. Once you pour the eggs into a pan, leave them undisturbed for 15 – 20 seconds at a time as curds form before gently pushing them around with a spatula.
Why should scrambled eggs be cooked slowly?
Cooking eggs slowly over low heat helps the eggs cook more evenly. The transition from liquid to solid slows down so it’s easier for you to stop cooking when the eggs are still a little wet to get soft, creamy scrambled eggs. Over high heat, things happen very quickly and you may end up with dry, rubbery eggs instead.
Can you reheat scrambled eggs?
Scrambled eggs don’t keep well. Reheating may cause them to become overcooked and dry. It’s best to make just enough so there aren’t any leftovers. Two eggs per person usually does the trick.
Chilli Scrambled Eggs
- ½ small red onion, minced
- ½ red chili, minced
- ½ tsp cilantro stems, minced (optional)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Crack eggs into a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
- On low heat, melt butter in a frying pan.
- Add onions, chili, and cilantro. Sauté for 2 – 3minutes.
- Next, beat the eggs with a fork before adding them to the pan. Keep the heat nice and low.
- Once the eggs begin to set, gently move them around with a spatula. When they’re almost set but still a little runny, turn off the heat. The eggs will continue to cook in the residual heat. Overcooking will result in rubbery eggs.
- Finally, serve on buttered toast and garnish with chopped chili and cilantro.
Enjoy a nice brunch with your family this weekend with these creamy chilli scrambled eggs over toast. This recipe is budget-friendly, quick and easy to make, and delicious. It’s a clear winner on all fronts!