EV’s Take on Just Egg
Vegans, plant-based eaters, and allergy sufferers, rejoice! Just Egg is the real deal. If you’re thinking of trying it, but cautiously passing up the mysterious opaque bottle at the grocery store, we advise you stop and take a closer look.
Just Egg tastes like real eggs and has a convincingly familiar mouthfeel. It also has a similar nutritional profile as chicken eggs with none of the cholesterol. Just Egg replaces chicken farms with plants—mung beans, specifically—helping it meet tons of different dietary needs. It’s egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and has no artificial flavoring. Its plant-based ingredients also make it a more eco-friendly and cruelty-free option.
So does Just Egg taste like real egg? Yep. In my opinion, this stuff is truly a scrambled egg doppelgänger. It’s like the Impossible Burger of vegan eggs—practically indistinguishable from the actual animal product.
Maybe you’re saying, “Ok, but this is some vegan lady’s review. What if I’m not a vegan and I’ve eaten three eggs every morning for the last 42 years of my life?” I get it, you’re hesitant. A gooey yellow substance that comes out of a bottle, not a shell, and is made of beans? Weird.
But with time, it might not seem much weirder than eating an egg that popped out of a chicken. In reality, Just Egg is just as tasty as the eggs you’re used to—and, dare I say, easier?
How to Cook Just Egg
Maximum Egginess, Minimal Effort
Because Just Egg may seem strange to vegans and omnivores alike, many assume it’s difficult to cook. Luckily, this is a misconception: Just Egg is extremely easy to make.
In fact, it’s designed for your morning rush. Some prying into the company’s website led me to humorous promo videos portraying frazzled mothers and hungover 30-somethings relieved, and delighted, by the simplicity of Just Egg.
That’s their whole thing—it’s not complicated. It’s just egg. Just like the ones you’re used to, scrambled up, and living in a bottle in your fridge.
Being uncomplicated and mission-driven, their packaging is simplistic as well, with so few written directions that you might be, like me, flabbergasted in front of your frying pan. The back of the bottle says: “Separation is natural, shake well. Scramble like an egg. Cook thoroughly.”
Like what? Really, that’s it? Yes, chef. So get out your nonstick frying pan and a good spatula. Liberally coat the pan with oil or plant-based butter. Shake up your bottle of Just Egg, pour it in, and watch this stuff turn into what looks exactly like scrambled eggs.
Extra Cooking Tips
While cooking Just Egg is super simple, I recommend following these additional guidelines for best results:
- Keep your burner at low to medium heat.
The Just Egg mixture can gelatinize quickly, and the more it cooks, the harder it is to break up into a true scramble. If you want an egg patty, don’t worry about this too much. But if you want a scramble, keep the heat low and stir regularly.
- For runnier eggs, add plant-based cheese, vegetables, and even a little water.
Unlike animal eggs, Just Egg can be chewier, especially when well done. If you prefer runny eggs, I suggest cooking for less time, adding cheese, and tossing in vegetables for added moisture. If you add vegan cheese, consider adding a tablespoon of water to the pan to create steam and speed up melting.
- Use plenty of oil or plant-based butter to prevent sticking.
A downside of Just Egg is that it tends to stick to pans. Make sure your scrambling surface is nice and greasy. Or, check out alternative cooking options below.
The Best Way to Cook Just Egg Without It Sticking
The Toaster Method
Want to make your Just Egg experience even easier? Just Egg comes in a folded version that you can put in your toaster. Yes—eggs in a toaster! This gives a whole new meaning to leggo my eggo.
The frozen and individually wrapped squares work perfectly on breakfast sandwiches, but could also be chopped up for salads or stir-fry.
The Microwave Method
Like animal eggs, you can cook this in the microwave super fast. Just pour it in a microwave-safe bowl, heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat another 30 seconds to a minute, stir to “scramble” and heat again until cooked to your liking.
Can you use Just Egg for baking?
Yes, with some exceptions.
Their website says “Just Egg works in a wide variety of baking applications, with a few exceptions, such as light, airy cakes and meringues.” It also says their product can be used as a 1:1 substitution for regular egg in a recipe—so about 3 tablespoons of Just Egg is equal to one large egg.
I had never baked with Just Egg until writing this review. The giant chocolate chip cookie I baked last night fared pretty well with Just Egg as an egg replacer. I definitely plan to try it in more baked goods, since it’s a little easier than making a flax egg and more appetizing (in my opinion) than powdered egg replacer.
Is Just Egg healthy?
Is Just Egg good for you? Are real, chicken eggs good for you? This is the tricky part. The benefits of chicken eggs have been debated for decades. The answers to both of those questions depend on your unique dietary goals.
Just Egg has almost the same amount of protein as a chicken egg and nearly identical calories and fat content. Just Egg’s greatest strengths are that it has no cholesterol and 69% less saturated fat.
Just Egg Vs. Chicken Egg Nutrition Facts
|Just Egg (3 tbsp)||1 Large Chicken Egg|
|70 calories||72 calories|
|5g fat (0.5g saturated)||5g fat (1.6g saturated)|
|1g carbohydrate||0.5g carbohydrate|
|6g protein||6.3g protein|
|0g sugar||0g sugar|
|170mg sodium||65mg sodium|
|0mg cholesterol||186mg cholesterol|
I wouldn’t call Just Egg a “diet” food. But if you want to add more plant-based protein into your diet, it’s worth adding to your grocery list.
Where to Buy Just Egg
Just Egg can be found in a variety of grocery stores across the U.S. I got it at my local co-op market. But I’ve seen it in major grocery chains including Wegman’s, Giant, Publix, Whole Foods, Walmart and Target. For a comprehensive list, check out their website.
In the store, you’ll likely see it in the vegan or natural foods sections or right alongside chicken eggs. Just Egg Folded will be in the frozen section.
Just Egg plant-based scramble isn’t just delicious. Just Egg is just easy to make. Just Egg contains just simple ingredients. And Just Egg is more just. As in, righteous, dude. For animals, the planet, and the people eating it. I think we can all get behind that.
I encourage you to try it and let us know what you think in the comments!