Scrambled eggs are a super easy breakfast. They also pair really well with bacon and hashbrowns for a good lunch or dinner. Really, you can eat eggs anytime.
Scrambled eggs are also easy to make too much of. Considering that you are adding milk, potentially cream, and other ingredients to fluff the eggs up a bit and make them more creamy, they could be unexpectedly filling. The question is, can you reheat scrambled eggs well?
The answer depends on how picky you are about your eggs, but yes, scrambled eggs do reheat well enough to eat. We will talk about some steps to take to make your eggs reheat well.
Reheating scrambled eggs on the stovetop
We are going to provide our preferred method of heating eggs – or really anything, first. We suggest you use the stovetop to reheat your scrambled eggs because that’s most likely how you cooked them in the first place.
So here we go, a step by step
- Prepare a shallow frying pan by putting it on the stovetop. Turn the heat on to medium.
- Put a sliver of butter in the pan, or some oil, to keep the eggs moist and to keep them from sticking.
- Remove the scrambled eggs from their container and put them in the pan as it starts to heat up
- As you are reheating, now is a good time to add any additional ingredients like cheese or sausage if your scrambled eggs weren’t already loaded with extras.
- Cover the pan if possible. This will keep the moisture of the eggs from being released into the air and evaporating.
- Let them cook under medium heat. You don’t need to go higher.
- When the eggs are hot enough for you, get them out of the pan with a spatula.
The stovetop does a good job of slowly heating up anything, like eggs, without recooking them or making them too hot. Of course you’ll have to pay attention to get the best desired results, but you’ll have a few minutes to figure it out.
Reheating scrambled eggs in the microwave
Let’s clarify one thing here: Some people are ok with more rubbery eggs – in fact they might prefer eggs that aren’t as moist and fluffy as they are from the stovetop. That’s ok! You might also be making these at work or some place where the oven isn’t an option.
Reheating scrambled eggs in the microwave is about trying to control an appliance that can get hot really fast.
- Put the scrambled eggs in a microwave safe bowl.
- Add some liquid like water or milk (milk makes the most sense since scrambled eggs are normally an egg and milk mix), especially if the eggs are looking dry.
- Put the scrambled eggs in bowl into the microwave
- Start by heating for 15-30 seconds, then open the door and stir the eggs to ensure they are getting equal contact with the bowl.
- Continue heating until they are hot enough for you, but stop when the eggs start getting dry.
Much like when the stovetop, the objective is to heat the already cooked eggs without cooking them more – you probably aren’t trying to cook out bacteria anymore. The microwave is certainly capable of cooking and drying out an egg quickly though, so be careful with the amount of time you cook.
Storage and scrambled eggs
One of the biggest factors in reheating scrambled eggs is how they were stored. Oxygen freely attacking any food item will lead to dried out anything. Excessive cold or heat can do it too.
Store your scrambled eggs in an airtight container in a fridge between 32 to 40 degrees. The good news is that most functioning fridges should be in this temperature range anyway. Attempts to simple wrap a plate of eggs in tin foil aren’t likely to do a good job of actually preserving eggs and will lead to spoilage and gross eggs faster.
Unfortunately, your microwave or stovetop cannot undo damage done by freezing or keeping the eggs too warm. We actually suggest you promptly put any leftover scrambled eggs in storage promptly after cooking them in the first place to let them cool down and stop growing the bacteria they will begin accumulating after sitting out.
So yes, issues of food safety are involved here too. Not just us telling you how to cook your eggs to make them taste best.
How about scrambled eggs in the oven?
You can indeed reheat scrambled eggs in the oven, and the result would probably be better than a microwave.
- Find an oven safe casserole dish, preferably with a cover.
- Preheat the oven to 350 to 400 degrees.
- Put the casserole dish in the oven with the cover on. The cover helps lock in heat and moisture.
- Let the dish sit in the oven for about 5 minutes.
- Remove with oven safe gloves. Check the temperature to see if it’s to your liking.
The oven is quite easy. We would say that one advantage to using a shallow pan with butter on the stove top. The butter can more easily coat the pan on stovetop since you aren’t going to want to reach into the oven.
Scrambled eggs can be almost as good the second time around. So long as you store them right and reheat low and slow with a little butter, oil, or cooking spray, you can retain some of the fluffy moisture that made them good.
Just keep a bit of food safety in mind – the eggs need to be fully cooked to ensure the safest possible consumption of eggs.