Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs

Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Dedicating an entire post to a recipe for scrambled eggs may, at first, seem a little extravagant and not at all frugal. However, when you taste these decadent, silky eggs and realise just how much nutty flavour brown butter is able to instil in your breakfast, you’ll be glad that I have. The problem with this recipe is that once you’ve made it once, you’ll want to make it again and again – the syndrome, I believe, is called pringleitis – a dangerous case of not being able to stop “popping” once you’ve started. Terrible though this may seem, there are far more unfortunate curses in existence and you’ll soon come to terms with it and the spare tyre you have unwittingly thought it best to store around your midriff – healthy eating this is not.

Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Breakfast is a meal in which everyone should eat heartily. Indeed, it was once said that one ought to ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’ and never has a truer word been spoken. Not only is cordial adherence with the saying the healthiest way to structure your daily eating habits – it gets your metabolism off to a jolly good start and it’s difficult to digest efficiently when you’re asleep – it is tantamount to an early morning constitutional and really serves to get those brain cells in order, if you are lucky enough to be in possession of any. It’s likely that should one eat well in the morning, one is more than likely to manage great things in the afternoon. With that in mind, on with the day and with the recipe!

Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs {recipe}

Serves 1


• 2 eggs

• A good knob of salted butter, 15g is good

• A pinch of salt and pepper

• 1 tbsp whole milk

• A little fresh parsley, roughly chopped

• 1 slice of bread, I used a mixed starter loaf


1. Crack your eggs into a bowl and whisk with a pinch of salt and pepper and the milk. Do not over whisk, it still wants distinct, but small, lumps of yolk.

Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs Recipe

2. Put a heavy based pan or skillet over a high heat. Add the butter and cook until it begins to brown, this should take a minute or so. Add the egg mixture and leave for 10 seconds, begin to move it around the pan until most of it is cooked – resist the temptation to mix it all really thoroughly.

Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs Recipe

3. Serve it on toasted bread immediately; it will continue to cook after being served so it’s best to leave it under done. Sprinkle with parsley before eating

Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Cost: Eggs, bread and butter… what more can I say? They’re very cheap, you know that. In fact, my butter, which was purchased locally, was exceedingly cheap at only £1.50 per 250g. It also happened to be the best butter I’ve ever tasted. Anyway, before digression sets in, this dish should set one back no more than 80pa very frugal start to the day and a cracking recipe.

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71 comments on “Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs

  1. Elly McCausland
    January 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    How funny, I’m having scrambled eggs for dinner – might give this a go as a twist on my usual recipe! Love the idea of the brown butter. Scrambled eggs are definitely underrated. Your toast looks good too!

  2. erika
    January 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Brown butter scrambled eggs? I think I’m in love! 🙂

  3. Jill
    January 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    When I saw the title of this post I thought, “How have I not thought of this?!” I love brown butter. And I love scrambled eggs. A definite win in my book!

  4. cookinginsens
    January 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Wonderful plate, bread and eggs!

  5. tomthebadger
    January 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Can’t believe that you missed the opportunity to say ‘eggstravagant’ in the first sentence 🙂
    Look lush. You take a great food photo.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Haa – shame :(. Can’t change it now you’ve mentioned it.

  6. sugarfreeme28
    January 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Yes butter should be yellow in colour not white! Irish dairy is the absolute best and this butter looks like what we use here. 🙂

  7. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    January 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Love the idea of brown butter to add nutty taste!

  8. daisy
    January 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Frugal, at our house, yummy scrambled eggs aren’t just for breakfast! 🙂


  9. narf77
    January 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    You lucky bugger! “Farmhouse butter?!”…now I envy you all over again! I just got that wonderful cheap cheese lust out of my head and now “Farmhouse butter?!”…sigh…it would seem that both sides of the Atlantic have my envy…The America’s have every foodstuff known to man crammed into every shop to delight their tastebuds (and annoy me…) and now “Farmhouse butter and cheap gourmet cheeses” in the U.K. can someone PLEASE tell me what Australia has? Summer I guess ;). Frugal and comfort, that’s what this blog should be called…your food always sings out to my inner child…it always wants to reach out with its bottomless spoon and take some of what you have posted about…”NO! Put that down! I am vegan…I am green smoothie woman…I don’t eat that!”…but the inner child is willful and wields a very VERY big spoon! ;). Love the recipes…keep it up Frugal, you might just get yourself an O.B.E. for your efforts to make the rest of the colonies envious as hell…

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I get loads of different local butter these days! IT’s yum. Lots of great cheese too, had a nice feta yesterday. Haha – I should.

  10. cathyn61
    January 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm


  11. The Disorganized Perfectionist
    January 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I love your posts. I’m American and have no idea what the money amounts really mean; however, it’s fun to tell my kids, “Here – enjoy your eggs. It only set us back 80p.” 🙂

  12. bitsofnice
    January 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Mmm scrambled eggs have never looked to good!

  13. Rebecca LeFever
    January 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Anything with brown butter is a winner.

  14. Michelle
    January 29, 2013 at 12:57 am

    What a capital idea! And beautiful photos, too.

  15. Shira
    January 29, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Loving this post Nick! Nothing beats a fresh egg when one is ravished in the morning…and your method looks classic & flawless! Love the look of that crusty bread too!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Shira! It was yummy – the bread especially 😀

  16. ohlidia
    January 29, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I think eggs are pretty frugal, and not so unhealthy if you skip the brown butter. But they wouldn’t be as delish! I’ve commented on your recipes, I’ve commented on your photos, but I have yet to comment on your excellent writing!

  17. poorvida
    January 29, 2013 at 2:32 am


  18. Eva Taylor
    January 29, 2013 at 2:41 am

    This sounds incredible. The French make their scrambled eggs over a Bain Marie and they fold them gently to get big puffy pillowy eggs! They also put a good knob of butter in them, but the brown butter sounds much better!

  19. musingmar
    January 29, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I have scrambled eggs most days, and sometimes I let the butter go too far, by which I mean to say I make eggs with brown butter. Sounds much more elegant that way. Must say, the way you’ve made and presented yours make them much more of an occasion than what I usually bang together. Indeed, the humble egg is an elegant thing and deserves such special treatment.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Indeed, brown butter is fab! Thanks – I did take time making the look nice – cold when I ate them 😀

      • musingmar
        February 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

        The sad lot of the food blogger

  20. milkandbun
    January 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Can I have one for breakfast, please?:) Like it!

  21. girlinafoodfrenzy
    January 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Definite foodporn moment! Eggs are one of my definite all time favourite things to eat, whether on their own or (in/with) other foods and these scrambled eggs truly look like perfection!

  22. daniemarie
    January 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

    These look delicious. Definitely trying it!

  23. saucygander
    January 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

    You had me at brown butter. I have out of town visitors this weekend, and these are going on the brunch menu! Thanks for another great idea.

  24. Maya Oryan
    January 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Love your ideas!!!!

  25. trendbytes
    January 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    What I would give to have butter like that in the states…if I could find it, it would cost an arm and a leg. Maybe its time to buy that cow. That looks so yummy…can’t wait to surprise my teens with a new breakfast this weekend!

  26. Somer
    January 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Simply and nicely done. How great that you can get local butter?!?

  27. borderlinefab
    January 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I need to eat this right now. I also need to master brown butter. (Brown butter for brussel sprouts, brown butter for cookies, and now eggs?) I’m in heaven.


    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Just use a very high temp and don’t burn it!

  28. erin
    January 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    haha! pringleitis! so accurate..

  29. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    January 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Browned butter makes everything better.
    PS. Pringleitis? I snorted when I read that. Ha!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      They do indeed. Yes, it’s a real thing… :S

  30. Ula
    January 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Brown butter rocks!

  31. Conor Bofin
    January 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Lovely stuff. Great concept and well executed.

  32. gemsfoodgems
    January 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Fabulous, is it naughty to add just a little bit of cheese too!? Vintage mature cheddar of course!


  33. Deanna
    January 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    We buy fresh eggs from a local farmer and I have had many a dinner of scrambled eggs. Love them. Thank you for this recipe!

  34. mayihavethatrecipe
    January 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    So simple yet I am sure they are sooo delicious. I did not have breakfast yet and they sound like a great idea to me right now!

  35. fed up and drunk
    January 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Really like the blog, will be keeping an eye out for more!

  36. Bill
    January 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Just happened on your blog and wanted to say great job! It’s so great to find another food blog created by a guy. We’re definitely in the minority. You’re photography and creative recipes look great and I’m definitely putting you on my blogs to follow list. Happy cooking!

  37. biz319
    January 30, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    That is my perfect breakfast right there – yum!! My husband makes the best eggs though, but he puts lots of cheese in them. 😀

  38. Sacha
    January 31, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Who knew scrambled eggs, the ultimate comfort food, could get better!

  39. overtimecook
    January 31, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Now I feel like I am missing something because my eggs never have brown butter in them!

  40. andreaemiles
    January 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

    The title got me in straight away. Two things I love – butter and scrambled eggs. I know what I will be making for dinner tonight. Not just a breakfast food!

  41. djmatticus
    January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    So hungry this morning. Delicious looking breakfast stuffs teasing me. Must have them. Must have them now! Nom Nom Nom, mmm, tastes like monitor. 😉 Looks fantastic, can’t wait to try this out!

  42. Lindi Atieno
    February 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow.

  43. baconbiscuit212
    February 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I love brown butter-scrambled eggs! These look delectable, Nick. Oh still-beating heart be still!

  44. hangtreetales
    February 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Brown butter eggs…oh my!! Bless you for the idea! 🙂

  45. lambyknits01
    February 13, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I have only seen the use of browned butter in desserts, but this sounds amazing! 🙂 I will have to work up the nerve to make this some day 🙂

  46. Elizabeth
    August 4, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I grew up eating this and my husband thought I was unique as he had never heard of it. Glad to know I am not the only person loves scramble eggs this way!!

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