I pretty much love a fried egg on just about everything. And while making a fried egg may seem simple enough, there are a few tips that will take your egg frying skills to a new level! So without further ado, here’s How To Fry the Perfect Egg!
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THE REDEMPTION OF THE EGG!
Yes, after 40 years of vilifying eggs, the government agencies that like to change their minds every few years about natural foods but freely tell you artificial sweeteners, flavorings and colorings are safe (sigh) have finally decided to announce that cholesterol is no longer ‘a nutrient of concern’. And with that announcement they encouraged people to eat eggs (and butter). It only took them forty years to catch up with what real food enthusiasts already knew: eggs are good for you. Eggs are high in protein, healthy fats and let’s face it, they look pretty darn good on everything. (Find the recipe for the flatbread below here)
Tips: Let’s Start with The Pan
To achieve the perfect fried egg you need a good quality non-stick pan. Now that doesn’t mean a pan coated with toxic chemicals. That means a pan that is naturally non stick or highly seasoned making it non stick: we’re looking at you cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic! To learn more about safe cookware, click.
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The Importance of Heat and Oil:
Even with a non stick pan there are certain rules to egg frying that really make a difference.
1. Start with a hot pan. When the pan and oil are really hot the egg immediately contracts away from the pan which prevents sticking, if you put eggs in a lukewarm pan they stick. #truth.
2. Use olive oil, butter, or a combo of the two when frying, and be sure to use enough to generously coat the bottom of the pan. Using plenty of olive oil or butter not only prevents sticking but also adds flavor. And gives you that crispy edge you see in the photos in this post. Perfection! (Find the recipe for Broccoli with Fried Egg here)
Getting the Yolk Just Right:
Like beauty, the ‘perfect yolk’ is in the eye of the beholder. I love mine runny, my husband likes his almost firm. I will give you tips for achieving each, and everything in between in the recipe below.
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The Recipe: How To Fry the Perfect Egg!
What you need: a good non stick pan.
How to fry eggs to achieve the perfect 'doneness' with no sticking!
- desired amount of fresh, free range eggs
- extra virgin olive oil, grass fed butter, or both
- Sea salt and pepper
NOTE: The size pan and the amount of oil/butter you use will depend on how many eggs you are frying. So choose your pan accordingly.
Heat a non stick pan on med/high heat until hot (give it at least 90 seconds). Add oil, butter or a combination of the two to the pan and allow time for them to get hot without smoking. Pan should be generously coated.
Gently add eggs to pan and turn heat down to low immediately. The pan should be hot enough that you hear a "pssssshhhhh" sound when eggs hit the pan, this helps with sticking and gives you that crispy edge.
Cook on low for three to five minutes until whites are set and yolk is done to preference. I love to leave my yolk runny, so I only cook one side. My husband likes his more well done, so he turns his egg once the whites are set and cooks until yolk is almost firm. You can do either, or something in between, totally up to you!
Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve and enjoy!
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Such great tips! My egg turned out PERFECT.
Perfect for gorgeously runny yolks! Soooo delicious!
I love those runny yolks!
Thank you for this! My eggs are restaurant quality!
I’ve always just winged it when frying eggs and the results are not good. Thanks for this!
Thanks for the tips! We were actually just talking about this with my 23 year old son who is now on his own . . he was telling me he was trying to get a fried egg mastered. I’m going to share that pshhhhh noise tip with him!
Thanks Jennifer! I love that you’re helping your grown up boy learn to cook!