Scrambled eggs for a group? Cook them in a saucepan (not a skillet) to keep them hot

SaucepanScrambled eggs is one of my full-proof, quick snacks/meals. Everyone in my family loves them, they're filling, they take five minutes to prepare, and they are full of protein. But when I cook eggs for more than one person, I have to stand around cooking to order, and the eggs still get cold quickly. This may be one of those hacks that helps .00001% of the Parent Hacks readership, but I'll go for it anyway, because I HATE COLD SCRAMBLED EGGS.

Last night, instead of using my usual skillet, I cooked the eggs in a deeper covered saucepan. The process took a bit longer as there was less hot surface area to go around, but the result was a pot of fluffy scrambled eggs that stayed warm while we all ate dinner together. My family thought I was nuts for being excited about this discovery, but YOU AND I know that even the tiniest discovery can be a valid parent hack. Right?

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  1. Ritu says

    Scrambled eggs are a staple in our household too, only we’ve discovered you don’t even need the pan–spray some cooking spray in a microwave safe bowl, then scramble eggs as normal with desired ingredients and place in microwave. Halfway through cooking time (usually after a minute), just fluff the eggs, then cook for additional time. Perfect fluffy eggs every time.

  2. says

    I like this idea, but don’t know if I could ever get them the texture I like them in a saucepan. I like my scrambled eggs brown and crispy. :)

  3. SarahE says

    Well, I must be the .00001%! This is an excellent idea. I make “breakfast for dinner” at least once a week and every time I cook several batches of scrambled eggs because I can’t fit it all in the skillet at once. Then we end up eating cold food. Or, more to the point, I end up eating cold food. Just like the Mom in “A Christmas Story”. Why does that movie mean so much more to me AFTER I have kids!?

  4. nill zed says

    cooking them in a saucepan seems to be standard in the UK. My mum-in-law looked at me very oddly when I told her I had a small skillet for doing just one or two eggs. Then she picked up the littlest saucepan sitting forlornly in the back of the shelf. I never use it for anything, now it has a reason not to go to charity!

  5. says

    I was going to say the same thing that Nill Zed said – it’s usual to do scrambled eggs in a saucepan here in the UK – I’ve never seen anyone do them in a frying-pan!