How to Fry an Egg
February 20, 2022 at 10:00AM
Learn how to fry an egg perfectly! Though frying an egg is easy, there are a few tips and tricks you can do to make sure you end up with an over easy, over medium, or over hard fried egg. Perfect Fried Eggs There is nothing better than a perfect fried egg. Whether you have
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We’ve done the dirty work for you to figure out how to fry an egg perfectly every time, whether it’s over-easy, over-medium, or over-hard. We tested different fat sources, different pans, and different cook times to make sure you get that perfect egg.
PS: in case you’re wondering, I take my eggs over-medium 😀
What You Need for Fried Eggs
- Pan: A non-stick skillet is ideal. However, we tested this recipe with cast iron and stainless steel and those can work with the correct technique.
- Fat: Choose between butter for a rich, nutty flavor or oil (like avocado or olive) for crispy edges.
- Eggs: Fresh is best! Check the date for peak freshness.
- Seasoning: Salt and pepper to taste.
Butter vs. Oil
There are two kinds of people in this world. Butter people and oil people. Which one you use all depends on your preference.
Butter- using butter will leave you with a nutty flavored egg and when cooked over medium-high will leave you with a fried egg with minimal browning for a over easy or over medium egg.
Oil- if you use avocado oil or olive oil you will be left with a bubbly egg white that has those burn, crispy edges that some people adore in a fried egg.
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Variations of Fried Eggs
There are a few different ways you can order a fried egg. Some people love a runny yolk, some a jammy yolk, and then there are those people who can’t stand any jiggle to their yolk at all.
How your yolk turns out depends on how long you fry your egg and if you do the flip or not.
- Over-easy eggs (sunny- side up eggs)- Cook the eggs over medium heat until the egg white is just cooked (about 2-3 minutes) and your egg yolk is just set but still jiggly. Remove from heat and enjoy.
- Over-medium eggs. Cook the eggs over medium heat until the egg white is cooked and there is no sign of any raw egg white. Cook until the yolk is set and only jiggly in the center of the yolk (3-4 minutes).
- Over-hard eggs. Cook the eggs over medium heat until the egg white and egg yolk are completely cooked (4-5 minutes). To ensure the egg is completely cooked, flip the egg over and cook the egg for an additional 20-30 seconds.
There are so many different options for pans out there for frying eggs. Our favorite pan is a nonstick skillet. No matter what fat or oil you use, the egg tends to come out, no problem!
Whatever pan you do use, be sure not to overcrowd your eggs in the skillet. Always remember to use a larger skillet for when you are frying multiple eggs at a time.
Pans You Can Use to Fry an Egg
- Non-stick– a non-stick pan is your best bet for frying an egg. We love that it makes an easy recipe even easier.
- Cast Iron– a cast iron skillet will work because it gets hot fast and retains heat. However, be sure you have enough oil or butter and check the edges of your egg frequently to make sure they aren’t sticking to the pan.
- Stainless Steel– if you only have a stainless steel pan you can still use it. Just be very diligent when frying the eggs because stainless steel can heat inconsistency and have some very hot spots.
Different Ways to Make Eggs
Do you love eggs as much as we do? Make any of these egg recipes when you’re craving a protein packed egg-y meal.
Let your fried eggs cool completely. Then, transfer them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat: Reheat eggs on low in the microwave to be sure you don’t over cook them.
There is nothing better than a fried egg topped with a little hot sauce served next to toast and bacon. If you’re feeling fancy, serve your fried eggs next to a garden breakfast hash, breakfast sausage, or French toast.
Easy Fried Egg Recipe
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or oil
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat (8-inch or 10–inch work best). Add butter.
When the butter has melted, crack the eggs into the pan. Try not to overcrowd the pan with more than 2 eggs.
Cook the eggs over medium heat until the egg is cooked to your liking.
– For over easy eggs: cook the eggs over medium heat until the egg white is just cooked (about 2-3 minutes) and your egg yolk is just set but still jiggly. Remove from heat and enjoy.
– For over medium eggs: cook the eggs over medium heat until the egg white is cooked and there is no sign of any raw egg white. Cook until the yolk is set and only jiggly in the center of the yolk (3-4 minutes).
– For over hard eggs: cook the eggs over medium heat until the egg white and egg yolk are completely cooked (4-5 minutes). To ensure the egg is completely cooked, flip the egg over and cook the egg for an additional 20-30 seconds.
Remove the eggs from the pan and enjoy with salt and pepper.
Tips & Notes
- What pan you use matters, we recommend using a non-stick skillet and still using butter. You want a pan that has a slippery surface so the eggs are easy to move and flip. We do not recommend using a cast iron skillet.
- Try not to overcrowd your eggs in the skillet. For more eggs, use a larger skillet.
- We use butter as the fat to cook the eggs in so we end up with consistently cooked whites. If you like crispier edges on your egg whites, use olive oil .
- This recipe is written for a sunny side up fried egg. Feel free to flip the egg, no matter how you like your eggs. The longer you cook the egg after flipping the harder your yolk will be.