Most people seem to wonder if scrambled eggs can be reheated. The answer to that question is, yes. You can reheat your scrambled eggs in the microwave, oven or on the stovetop without any difficulties if you had stored them well.
Scrambled eggs are eggs stirred or beaten together in a pan with a touch of oil while being gently heated. They are easy to make, and how you make scrambled eggs is up to you; usually people add peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, butter and some even add milk. A scrambled egg is packed with proteins and fat, with 6g protein and 6.7g fat. Scrambled eggs are also rich in vitamins and minerals.
Ways of reheating scrambled eggs
Using the microwave to reheat your scrambled eggs is the easiest and most convenient way as it requires less time. The microwave is best to use when you are reheating scrambled eggs for few people. Be warned, you can turn your scrambled eggs into a vulcanized rubber of a vehicle tire if you let them go in the microwave too long.
Steps to follow
- Place your scrambled eggs into a microwave safe bowl as soon as you remove from the fridge
- If they are a bit dry, add a little butter, it will add flavour to your scrambled eggs.
- Cover the bowl loosely with a plastic wrap, or microwave safe plastic lid.
- Set your microwave to reheat your scrambled eggs for 10-15 seconds.
- Check your scrambled eggs after 10 seconds and stir them to distribute the heat evenly.
- Drain out any liquids which might have formed at the bottom of the bowl, by so doing, you keep your scrambled eggs from being soggy.
- Once your scrambled eggs have acquired the right warmth, allow them to sit for a minute so that the heat can equalize.
- Continue with this process until your scrambled eggs are ready to be served.
Steaming has always been a good way of reheating food. Steaming your scrambled eggs requires no labour at all as you don’t need to constantly monitor them.
Steps to follow
- Use a kettle to heat water.
- Take the container with the scrambled eggs out of the fridge.
- Once the water boils, remove the lid from the kettle.
- Close the container with the scrambled eggs lightly and allow it to float in the kettle for 8 minutes.
- If the container does not fit into the kettle, allow it to balance on top of the kettle where the lid closes. This allows the heat to hit the base of the container, reheating the scrambled eggs.
- Open to stir the scrambled eggs then leave them to steam for another 8-10 minutes.
If you are reheating the eggs for more people or if your scrambled eggs are plenty, you will want to use a stove. Find a skillet or non-sticking pan they will fit in. Avoid a crock-pot as the scrambled eggs will take long to reheat in it. Using the stove can take slightly longer but the wait will surely be worth it. Using a stove is also best if you are not busy as you will need to monitor the skillet with your scrambled eggs.
Steps to follow
- Warm your skillet or non-sticking pan over medium-high heat.
- Add butter or oil: preferably butter, it keeps your eggs from sticking and it adds flavour too.
- Add your scrambled eggs to the skillet or pan.
- Reduce your heat to low.
- Cover the skillet so that the eggs get heated all the way through without drying out.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes
- Remove the lid and stir your scrambled eggs.
- Pour out all excess liquid that might have formed in the skillet.
- Close the skillet again and cook until the scrambled eggs have reached the desired warmth.
If you follow the given steps, its less likely that your scrambled eggs will turn crunchy. They turn out as fluffy as you want them. To add flavour and nutrition, you can shred your cheese and add it to the scrambled eggs. Depending on the cheese you will be adding, some cheese turns rubbery when heated for long, thus, it is better to add the cheese when you are close to removing your skillet from the heat.
The oven works best especially if you are planning on reheating scrambled eggs for a large group.
Steps to follow
- Spray your baking sheet with cooking spray
- Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.
- Place your scrambled eggs into the baking sheet and make sure to spread them into a thin layer.
- Cover the baking sheet with aluminium foil.
- Allow your scrambled eggs to bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Stir the scrambled eggs at 10 minutes’ intervals.
- Make sure to drain liquids which might form while the scrambled eggs are being heated.
- If you intended on incorporating add-ins, now would be the right time to add them, be it cream, butter or vegetables, to keep your scrambled eggs moist and tastier.
- Cover the baking sheet once again and allow the scrambled eggs to be reheated through until the desired temperature is reached, then serve.
You should avoid adding in the likes of mushrooms and any other ingredients with high-moisture levels as they can make your scrambled eggs watery and tasteless.
Countertop roaster oven
If you own a countertop roaster oven you can use it to reheat your scrambled eggs if you like.
Steps to follow
- Preheat your cooking basket to 300 degrees.
- Add a pat of butter to the cooking basket
- Dump your scrambled eggs into the cooking basket.
- Allow them to cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Stir them when they are half way through the cooking time.
- Add your cream or cheese.
- Allow to cook for the remainder of the minutes.
- When the desired temperature is reached, serve while still hot and tasty.
With all the stated ways of reheating scrambled eggs, it is recommended to use a food thermometer to ensure that your scrambled eggs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature at which bacteria cannot re-establish.
Remember we said reheating your scrambled eggs would only be a breeze if you would have stored them properly after cooking them. Below are tips on how to store scrambled eggs.
Tips to storing scrambled eggs
- Place your leftover scrambled eggs in a glass container with a tight lid and refrigerate as soon as you decide on storing them. This should be done within two hours of cooking them.
- Scrambled eggs should not be left to room temperature as that will cause the growth of bacteria in them, increasing chances of food poisoning.
- Store your scrambled eggs on the shelf of your fridge and not on the refrigerator door. Storing your scrambled eggs on the door is not advised as the temperatures there are unstable and that can compromise the life shelf of your scrambled eggs. If refrigerated well, the scrambled eggs last 3-4 days. Your fridge also needs to be at 40 degrees or lower, that way your scrambled eggs will last longer.
- You can also opt to freeze your scrambled eggs. Pack them into a glass container with a tight lid. Place the container into the freezer and your scrambled eggs will last for two-three months. When you want to reheat them, you can thaw them over night in the fridge or reheat them straight from the freezer.