Hard Scrambled Eggs (The American Method)

Hard Scrambled Eggs are the kind found most often in American diners. Learn how to make them at home here.

Hard Scrambled Eggs on a white plate.

There are several different ways to make scrambled eggs. One of the most common is the Hard Scramble Method.

What are Hard Scrambled Eggs?

It’s called hard scramble because the eggs are fully cooked (like how the yolk is fully cooked in an over-hard egg). In contrast, some scrambled eggs have a creamier texture because they are a little bit less well done (we see this with the French Scrambled Eggs).

Hard Scrambled Eggs are sometimes called American Scrambled Eggs. Why? My best guess is that it’s in contrast to the French method and also because it’s the method most often used in American diners. But that’s just a guess.

Hard Scrambled Eggs are usually made by cracking the eggs directly into the skillet or onto the grill. Then they’re mixed up on the hot surface while they cook. Due to this, some of the whites start solidifying before they have been completely incorporated into the yolks, resulting in streaks of white in the scrambled eggs.

Some people beat the eggs together in a bowl for a moment before pouring them into the skillet. If this is done, then the eggs will have a consistent yellow color. Crucially for the hard method, the eggs are mixed a bit here and there after being added to the skillet and are cooked until completely set and dry.

Here’s to Make Hard Scrambled Eggs:

Melt some butter or margarine in a skillet.

Butter melting in pan on stovetop.

Crack in the eggs.

An egg being cracked over a pan.

Allow the whites to start to set a bit.

Two eggs in a pan, yolks surrounded by setting egg whites.

Break the yolks and start stirring.

Egg yolks being broken and mixed in.

Stir every 30 seconds or so.

Stirring eggs while they cook in a pan.

The whites will be mostly set and there will still be some runny yellow yolk.

Cooking scrambled eggs.

Keep cooking and stirring occasionally until the yolk is fully set.

Stirring scrambled eggs until the yolks are set.


Hard scrambled eggs on a white plate.



Hard Scrambled Eggs

Hard Scrambled Eggs are the kind found most often in American diners. Learn how to make them at home here.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4-5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Crack the eggs into the skillet.
  3. Allow the whites to begin to set and then use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the yolks. Stir the whites and yolks together for a moment.
  4. Cook, stirring every 30 seconds or so until the whites and the yolk are fully set and dry, 2-3 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a plate and eat.
This post originally appeared in April 2018 and was revised and republished in April 2021.

Hard Scrambled Eggs (The American Method)
Hard Scrambled Eggs (The American Method)

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Cookful and of COOKtheSTORY and of the podcast Time Management Insider. Her sites reach over 2 million readers per month, which means that things can get a bit crazy. She's constantly writing, taking pictures, editing, recording, interviewing, managing contributors, and, oh yeah, cooking. To say that she wears many hats is an understatement - there are many hats, and also many shirts, shoes, pants, and even the odd cape!