Every time I scramble eggs, I get a good amount of egg residue stuck like a bastard to my pan. No matter how much butter I use, and I cook with low heat. It's not the worst thing in the world but there has to be some easy way to get that egg off, right? It's only annoying because I almost always cook eggs at least once a day, and I'm sure I'm not the only one here.
I don't know if I've ever cooked eggs with aluminum, but I suspect many of the techniques for stainless steel work similarly. The following methods help me a lot with my tri-ply stainless steel skillet:
I hope this helps. Other people may have different methods, or think one or more of the steps above is unnecessary or counterproductive. Good luck!
You're not using enough oil and heat when you cook your eggs. They should float. Heat the pan so that when you put the scrambled eggs into the pan, they are done within 2 minutes. Faster than this, they burn and your oil smokes.
I use well-seasoned cast iron and cook scrambled eggs in butter, and never have any trouble with them sticking. However my husband and kids use the same pan, also cook in butter, but they always have a LOT of stuck-on egg afterwards. I finally figured out what they are doing differently. They don't let the pan do it's job! Basically they "play" with the eggs too much instead of just letting them cook. It's the same principle that you have when cooking meat on a grill....if you try and turn it over too soon it will stick to the grill; but wait a little longer and it will come off easily.
With eggs you don't want to wait too long and turn them brown and crisp, but you do need to let the pan do it's job. It's kind of an art but once you get it, you'll never have trouble with it again.
I don't know what kind of pan you're using, but here's what I do with my cast iron when stuff gets stuck on it. Fill it with water and bring it to a boil. This gets the egg mostly loose. Then scrub with a stiff steel brush. Dry and coat with oil.
The only reason I don't make scrambled eggs anymore is exactly because of this issue! I love scrambled eggs, but now I usually cook my eggs over-easy because it's a million times easier to clean. And has the side benefit of keeping the yolk undercooked while cooking the whites.
I use an awful lot of butter when I cook eggs. The eggs (scrambled or over medium) just slide out and then I pour the butter over the eggs. My husband always says " that's a lot of butter". Um yeah, and it's freaking delicious too. :-) Nothing sticks.
I've stopped using water on my cast iron, it always seemed to take too much seasoning off. (Maybe in truth it actually didn't, but the pan would always look so dull afterwards).
Instead, I dump a little kosher salt in the pan once its cooled down and scrub anything that's stuck with my fingers. Once it's reasonably clean, I wipe the salt and anything that came loose out of the pan, and re-oil if necessary.
I also do this if I've cooked e.g. hamburgers and am left with carmelized food bits. I don't always get everything off, but it usually works itself out after another cooking or two. (Extra flavor!)
I use teflon pots and pans and they never stick. The eggs come out fluffy and slide right off the pan. Just look for a nice set of non stick pans and your golden. It drives me nuts when anything sticks to the pan too. I also use butter before dropping the eggs into the pan.
Is it possible the pan is past it's prime?
When my Teflon pans started doing that I tossing them out and replaced. I have two just for eggs and nothing else, you will note the difference brand new vs old.