When Do You Add Cheese To Scrambled Eggs?

So you want to make cheesy scrambled eggs. Good for you, cheesy scrambled eggs are a strong choice for any meal of the day. They're perfect in tacos and make a great sandwich and need nothing extra but a little salt or maybe a dash of hot sauce. Now you know how to make scrambled eggs because we've taught you very well. But when do you add cheese to scrambled eggs? It's dependent entirely on the type and cut of cheese.

First, determine your cheese and how you'll be applying it to your eggs, whether it's freshly grated Parmeggiano or the lazy man's Kraft American single. Larger chunks or whole slices will take longer to melt, while shreds will incorporate immediately. Important tip: Make sure your cheese is at room temperature, not right out of the fridge. Here are a few methods:

Chunks of Swiss

The second your eggs begin to form creamy curds (so about halfway there), add the cheese and allow it to sit for 10-15 seconds, then stir to incorporate, wait another 10-15 seconds, and transfer to a plate. The cheese will keep melting in the hot eggs until you dig in, which should be right away.

Shredded cheddar

About 10 seconds before your scrambled eggs are done in the pan (so about 30 seconds before they're actually done) add the shredded cheese, stir to incorporate, wait 10 seconds, then transfer to a plate.

Grated Parmeggiano

Transfer your cooked scrambled eggs to a plate and grate the cheese directly on top, the residual heat is all you need to melt it. It'll get lost in the eggs if you add it before; it's more of a "finishing cheese."

Lazy man's Kraft American single

This one's a toss-up, American can be tricky. Tear the slice into 5-6 smaller pieces and distribute evenly over the eggs after they're about 2/3 of the way through, 20 seconds or so to go. Stir to combine, then transfer to a plate where the cheese will keep melting. It melts super-quickly and gets runny and unpleasant when overcooked, so definitely hold off on adding it as long as you can.