How to Make Fluffy Scrambled Eggs Like Dolly Parton

You don't even have to add milk or cream!

Dolly Parton's scrambled eggsTaste of Home, Getty Images

Eggs are a breakfast staple. Whether you like ’em scrambled, over easy or even as eggs Benedict with a bit of homemade Hollandaise sauce, you know the dish is bound to be delicious. But, of all the ways to cook an egg, scrambling has to be one of the most popular.

Even if you already have a scramble method, it’s worth trying eggs the Dolly Parton way.

How to Make Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Did you know scrambled eggs are one of the few foods that most Americans can cook without a recipe? It’s true! And while it’s not the most thrilling meal, it’s satisfying nonetheless. You may use a bit of milk or cream and salt and pepper to get your eggs to the right consistency, but our lovely Dolly does it a bit differently.

So what’s her secret? It’s ice water. “Put a few drops of ice water as you’re cooking them and that makes them fluffier—it really does!” she said in an interview with Insider. Start with a tablespoon and work up from there. Too much, and you’ll make your eggs a runny mess.

Does it work? According to science, it sure does! As the water heats in the hot pan, the steam rises and gives the eggs that nice fluff you’re looking for. Just another reason to love Dolly Parton.

Learn how to make Dolly’s chicken and dumplings, too.

Tips for Perfect Scrambled Eggs

If you’ve ever found eggs to be rubbery or bland, it might be the way you’re cooking them. It’s common to make mistakes with eggs, but we can fix them! When whisking, make sure your eggs are a uniform yellow before pouring them into the pan. That means no stray egg white strands. It’s also important to cook slowly over a lower heat—high heat tends to dry your eggs faster.

Try to use a silicone spatula whenever possible. It’s the perfect tool to scrape that extra egg off the side of the pan, and can keep the bottom of your nonstick pan clear of that fried egg blanket (you know what I’m talking about). Use these tips, and you’ll have the perfect fluffy eggs tomorrow morning!

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