meI’ll admit, the first thing I learned to cook as a kid was an overly easy egg. After all, it was the only thing my mother trusted her to do while she was at work without burning down the house, and that was another bowl of cereal or listening to my stomach growl for hours on end. Although my high school specialty was overly easy eggs with a little ketchup, I’ve learned that eggs are by far one of the most versatile ingredients of all time.
In culinary school, we spend an entire week dedicated to mastering the art of eggs. This included lessons on how to make a French omelette, a perfectly poached egg, and flipping an egg in a pan *shudders* without breaking the yolk. But still, something about an all-too-easy quick egg still holds a special place in my heart, and is often what I crave on a lazy Sunday morning.
And as we age and our shelves of condiments and spices grow to hold more than just our good old stash of Heinz ketchup, salt and pepper, giving eggs a chef-worthy shine really couldn’t be easier. According to one chef, this all relies on a simple two-ingredient sauce that gives any egg dish a boost of calcium and anti-inflammatory benefits and, did I mention, restaurant-worthy flavor in seconds?
The two ingredients that a chef always adds to his eggs for the most delicious flavor
In a recent TikTok video by @beewinns, Brian Beewinns shows that all you need are two simple ingredients to make eggs more nutrient dense and delicious. He starts by sprinkling a greased skillet with Parmesan cheese to form a crust, then tops it with a drizzle of chili oil and finally some scrambled eggs. The result: a crisp, spicy bottom with beautifully runny yolks that ooze over the parmesan chili layer. Seriously, it’s a 10, but now you’ll want it for breakfast every day.
@beewinns Chili Parmesan Egg Hack 🍳🌶 Crispy, Spicy, Runny Eggs 🤤 #lowcarb #keto #egghack #eggfast #weightloss #fitness ♬ original sound – Brian Beewinns
So, aside from their irresistible looks and taste bud-tingling flavor, why else should we call these ingredients the three friends we never knew we needed? Well, for starters, as if eggs didn’t have enough protein (about six grams per egg), Parmesan cheese has a whopping 28 grams of protein per 100-gram serving. Plus, it’s a calcium-rich food that supports bone health as you age, with around 850 grams of the mineral per serving.
Meanwhile, chili oil is often made from ingredients such as Sichuan pepper, garlic, or paprika, which also have anti-inflammatory properties. The hot peppers in chili oil help reduce inflammation thanks to capsaicin, a powerful antioxidant compound found in this ingredient. Research has shown that the compound can benefit vascular and metabolic health, with some findings suggesting that it may also have anti-cancer properties.
But wait, we want more of the secret egg-enhancing ingredients that chefs trust.
So now that all of our taste buds have been fully activated, what else can we use to add nutrition and flavor to simple dishes like eggs? We spoke to Alan Kang, an executive chef at Wolfgang Puck Catering for The California Endowment, to learn about another fantastic way to set things up for breakfast. He says that when he makes eggs, in addition to using a bit of chili oil to turn up the heat, he also loves to add furikake to garnish the protein-packed dish.
Furikake is a dried Japanese condiment made from a mixture of ingredients such as a mixture of dried fish, sesame seeds, and chopped seaweed that is usually used as a sprinkle on cooked rice, vegetables, and fish. “I use furikake to top simple egg dishes because it adds a level of saltiness and umami from the seaweed, which is one of the main ingredients in the mix,” says Kang.
While making easy eggs, Kang also adds a drizzle of soy sauce and, if he’s in the mood, a drizzle of sesame oil and lets it brown to infuse the egg whites with its rich flavors. He shares that his mom would make him this comforting dish while he was growing up in his family’s restaurant, adding that this egg dish wouldn’t be complete without a bowl of steamed white rice, a perfect match.
Easy Egg Recipe with Chili Oil and Parmesan
Makes 1 serving
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chili oil
1. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Once hot, evenly sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and repeat with the chili oil.
2. Once the cheese begins to melt, add three eggs. Reduce heat to low and simmer for three minutes. Enjoy!
These egg benefits will make you so cited for the egg. Seriously, they are exceptional: