Gordon Ramsay’s lavish scrambled eggs include eggs, butter, crème fraîche, chives, and grated white truffles (via MasterClass). But the white truffles aren’t the only key to elevating his recipe. His secret ingredient is uni, also known as sea urchin roe or tongue. In addition to the sea urchin, referred to by MasterClass as the foie gras of the sea, Ramsay says the secret to perfect scrambled eggs is to avoid overcooking them, advising to alternate 90 seconds on the heat, 20 seconds off. The addition of the uni and crème fraîche at the very end of the process also prevents this.
Though uni is an exotic ingredient, Food Republic describes it as having an eggy taste and creamy consistency, so the two are actually natural partners — though the taste and texture can vary based on the region where it was harvested. If you order uni at a sushi restaurant, where it’s often served, you won’t be eating the sea urchin’s tongue, but rather the sea urchin’s gonads, or sex organs, HuffPost reports.
So whether you include the sea urchin or not, Ramsay’s technique can level up your scrambled eggs and help you serve an impressive breakfast in just minutes!