In the Kitchen

The Secret to Perfectly Fried Eggs

Many argue that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you believe that to be true, eggs are likely a staple of your AMs. While frying an egg seems simple though, you need to account for the fact that everyone has a different egg preparation preferences: sunny-side up, over-medium, crisp edges….

But it all starts at the same place: with a nonstick pan. Is it possible to make fried eggs in a stainless steel pan? Sure! But make it easy on yourself and your breakfast, and use nonstick. Heat a pan over medium heat until it feels hot when you hover your hand over it. Add about 1 tablespoon olive or unsalted butter and let that heat for about 1 minute. Crack your eggs directly into the pan (don’t do more than 2 or 3 at a time to avoid overcrowding); you should hear a sizzling sound. Season your eggs with kosher salt and black pepper, then let them cook, without moving them around, until the whites are just set, 2–3 minutes.

Now…to customize your fried egg from here:

  • For a crisp, lacy edge, crank up the heat a little and let the eggs fry 1–2 minutes longer.
  • For NO crisp edges, cover the pan to help the cook more quickly and create steam to prevent crisping.
  • For over-easy, wait until the whites look ALMOST set, but not quite completely opaque. Using a spatula (the flexible plastic ones are best for this), carefully flip your eggs, and cook 10-15 seconds more. For over-medium or over-hard, cook until your preferred yolk texture is reached.

Eat immediately!


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