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Anthony Bourdain Scrambled Eggs with Sour Cream Recipe – 4 Ingredients

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Ready to try out the secret to Anthony Bourdain scrambled eggs? Sour cream in eggs!!! Yes, we’re making scrambled eggs WITH sour cream. The end result? Perfectly creamy scrambled eggs – even if you overcook them. Just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make Anthony Bourdain’s eggs and sour cream!

If you aren’t familiar with Anthony Bourdain’s scrambled eggs, you’ll want to change that immediately, the trick to his scrambled eggs is genius.

scrambled eggs with sour cream on a plate with toast and tomatoes

Years ago, when we were new to California, we watched the LA episode of his Layover show and copied everything he did and everything he ate with dedication. We went out for Korean BBQ the very next night. We took his advice and ordered the pork neck stew. We made his scrambled eggs a few days later. We did not stay in a private bungalow at Chateau Marmont…but everything else? We did.

When Anthony Bourdain stays in his (fancy) bungalow, he always makes his own breakfast. I love that it’s one of those chef meals that features simple elements that come together in a delicious way.

Have I convinced you? Will you try this scrambled egg recipe with sour cream and report back?

This Anthony Bourdain scrambled eggs recipe was originally published in 2012 and updated in November 2020 to include more complete instructions and tips so that your creamy scrambled eggs turn out perfectly every time. RIP, Chef. Here’s a picture from 2012, the rest of the photos are from 2017.

Plate of creamy scrambled eggs with sour cream

How to Make Scrambled Eggs with Sour Cream:

Let me show you how to make creamy eggs!

  • Fry bacon. Slice the bacon into thin strips and cook in a nonstick skillet over until crispy. Spoon out some of the grease, leaving some in the pan as our fat.
  • Cook eggs. Whisk eggs and add them to the nonstick skillet (with bacon) over low heat (no milk, no water!!!) and stir constantly, until eggs are set.
eggs with whisk in a bowl
  • Finish Bourdain scrambled eggs. When eggs are finished cooking, stir in a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives.
Eggs and sour cream in a skillet with chives

Can You Put Sour Cream in Eggs?

Wondering about mixing sour cream with eggs?

I totally get it. I know that you might be thinking that sour cream in eggs is gross – or sacrilege – or both, but it works! The dollop of sour cream at the end of cooking turns scrambled eggs (even dry, over-cooked eggs) into perfect creamy scrambled eggs – all without the pressure of cooking them perfectly.

Seriously. Anthony Bourdain eggs wouldn’t exist without the sour cream!

So yes. You can put sour cream in eggs.

Brown eggs in a carton

How to Store Leftover Eggs and Sour Cream:

Store any leftover scrambled eggs with sour cream in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Eggs are not the best reheated, but the sour cream in eggs trick helps with reheating, too!

Gently reheat your Anthony Bourdain scrambled eggs in a skillet with some butter over medium heat, or in the microwave, just until warm.

Creamy Scrambled Eggs Nutrition + Substitutes:

These simple scrambled eggs with sour cream have 285 calories per serving, 23 grams of fat, and 17 grams of protein. Full nutrition stats can be found below the recipe card.

I’m fairly certain that Chef was not a fan of substitutions…so do so at your own risk! Anthony Bourdain perfect scrambled eggs substitutes:

  • Egg Whites – Nope. Don’t do it.
  • Light Sour Cream – Nope. Don’t do it.
  • Chives – Could use thinly sliced green onions, but chives are best and highly recommended.
Anthony Bourdain scrambled eggs and sour cream on a plate with toast and tomatoes

More Breakfast Recipes:

If you like this perfectly creamy scrambled eggs recipe, you might also like some of these other easy breakfast recipes:

  • Breakfast Tacos – This simple meal really works any time of day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Don’t forget the chipotle sour cream, now that you’re all about eggs and sour cream, I know you won’t! 🙂
  • Baked Apple Oatmeal Bars – These bars are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts or snacks. Made with nutritious ingredients like apples, eggs, and oatmeal.
  • 16 Trader Joe’s Breakfast Items – Need some quick breakfast ideas? Check out this mix-and-match list to switch things up.
  • Blueberry Banana Smoothie – This simple smoothie takes just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make! Don’t want to make your own? Try out daily harvest!
  • Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes – Just 5 ingredients to make these healthy little pancakes that are loaded with whole grains and sweetened naturally with fruit.

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Anthony Bourdain Scrambled Eggs with Sour Cream Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American
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Anthony Bourdain’s secret to creamy scrambled eggs? Making your scrambled eggs with sour cream! Just 4 ingredients to make + ready in 15 min.


  • 1/2 cup sliced bacon (about 2 slices of thick-cut)
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream


  1. Heat a medium or large pan (nonstick if you have it) over medium-high heat.
  2. Add bacon to pan and cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is crispy, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Lower heat and spoon out some of the bacon fat, keeping bacon in the pan.
  4. Add eggs to pan, stirring constantly, and when set, remove from heat.
  5. Stir in sour cream, chives and season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • You can use thinly sliced green onions in place of chives, but chives are best!

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  1. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner

    I love Anthony Bourdain because he’s well-spoken, hilarious, and gracefully encounters crazy happenstances (like roasted guinea pigs). I hate him because he has the most amazing job in the world, and I want it.

    I also love simple, delicious recipes. This looks like a keeper. Happy Monday!

  2. Megan (Braise The Roof)

    He cracks me up. There was an episode of No Reservations when he was in Sweden and kept making fun of ABBA, and saying, “c’mon, you guys don’t REALLY like them, do you?” and all the Swedes’ responses were, “well, yes. Yes we do.” It was hilarious. (I clearly identified, being the good Scandinavian that I am)

    • Emily

      Hi Jamie! It is French Meadow Bakery Pumpernickel. It is so gorgeous, I love it! You could try to find it in a natural food store, Whole Foods, etc.

  3. sophia

    I can see why people hate on Anthony Bourdain…esp the vegans. Haha! But I love him. Usually people won’t be able to get away with the things he says though! I don’t know how he does it!

  4. Lori

    Love, love, love. For me it’s first the travel, then the food. We saw him in Louisville in Feb with Eric Ripert. I just have so much respect for his philosophy, and how he views visiting another country as being in the local’s home (which is a big reason why he won’t refuse meat when the people are offering him the rarest delicacy, he sees disrespect in that). My husband is currently reading Medium Raw and I’m going to get to it next. Great so far, or so I hear! 🙂

  5. The Omnivore

    I’m a big fan as well for his honesty (although I know that’s what many dislike most about him). Also love the idea of mixing bacon into the eggs rather than alongside them.