I’ve tried my fair share of techniques for making fluffy scrambled eggs, but seeing someone suggest using a cocktail shaker to get the job done definitely took me by surprise.
I found the quirky egg tip on the Kitchn. Author Alyssa Walker explained shaking things up is how her mom always made eggs and that her own kids act like they’ve “won the lottery” whenever she does the same for them today.
Although I was a bit skeptical anything could compete with my own favorite method for perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs (which relies on sour cream to provide some extra oomph), this idea makes a lot of sense when you really think about it. Aside from a dairy addition, part of my go-to recipe involves using a fork to whip air bubbles into the eggs before pouring them onto a pan. Why not use a cocktail shaker to do the same?
So, I grabbed the shaker from my liquor cabinet and followed Walker’s instructions to crack eggs right into it and “get to shaking.” She mentions adding a splash of milk to her mixture, but I stuck with my usual dollop of sour cream. Walker claims you can include other ingredients at this point, too, like veggies or cheese, but I kept things simple.
After a giving my eggs several good shakes, I could tell they had indeed gotten plenty of air whipped into them. Plus, it was a lot more fun than swishing a fork around in a bowl!
Here’s how they looked before cooking:
I was pretty confident at this point that I’d get similar results to my non-shaker methods after heating them up. The texture was slightly different than what I usually get by whipping them in a bowl. They split into smaller scrambled up pieces and were more on the wobbly side, but there’s no denying they got plenty of volume from the shaking process.
Take a look:
Grabbing a cocktail shaker probably won’t completely replace my go-to scrambled egg method, but I’ll totally use this when I’m in the mood to mix things up. I’m also sure it would be a fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen, too!