How to Cook Eggs: 10 Ways!

Here’s how to cook eggs: 10 basic ways! From sunny side up to scrambled, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.

How to cook eggs

Good morning! It’s your two egg-sperts here at A Couple Cooks (sorry, we had to!). Want to master sunny side up? Need a skillet of scrambled eggs or the perfect omelette? We’ve got you. Here’s how to cook eggs: the 10 best ways! These master methods will get you from 0 to breakfast in minutes. These are the egg basics every home cook should know. Ready to get started?

How to cook eggs…10 basic ways!

More egg recipes

There are so many more egg-cellent egg recipes to try (again, sorry about the puns!). Outside of these top 10 ways to cook eggs, there are varied dishes from the frittata to shakshuka. Here are some of our favorite egg recipes:

Egg nutrition

Eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet! Recent research has found that eggs can increase the good cholesterol the body needs. They’re an affordable and easy-to-eat source of high quality protein. They’re also especially helpful for vegetarian diets as a natural source of B12. One egg has:

  • 75 calories
  • 7 grams of protein
  • Nutrients like Omega 3’s, Vitamin B and others
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Sunny side up eggs

How to Cook Eggs: 10 Ways


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: Varies
  • Cook Time: Varies
  • Total Time: 48 minute
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to cook eggs: 10 basic ways! From sunny side up to scrambled, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.


Ingredients

  • Eggs

Instructions

  1. Sunny side up eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm but the yolk is runny.
  2. Over easy eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm. Flip and cook 20 to 30 more seconds. 
  3. Over medium eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm. Flip and cook 1 more minute. 
  4. Over hard eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm. Flip and cook about 2 more minutes until the yolk is fully cooked, gently pressing the yolk with a spatula to make sure it’s broken.
  5. Scrambled eggs: Beat the eggs with a whisk, usually 2 eggs per person. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs. When they begin to set, use a flat spatula to slowly scrape sections of eggs, creating folds. Remove from the heat just before they fully harden, cooking about 2 minutes total.
  6. Poached eggs: Fill a large skillet with 1 1/2 inches of water. Heat to just simmering. Carefully the eggs (it’s easiest to crack it into a small bowl first). Cook for 4 minutes until the whites are set. Remove with a slotted spoon.  
  7. Hard boiled eggs: Place eggs in a large pot and and cover with 1 inch water. Bring the water to a boil. As soon as it boils, remove the heat, cover and let stand 15 minutes. Then place the eggs in an ice water bath to cool completely before peeling. 
  8. Soft boiled eggs: Fill a medium pot of water and bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer where the water is just vibrating. Gently lower the eggs into the water with a spoon. Simmer for 7 minutes. Then place the eggs in an ice water bath to cool completely before peeling. 
  9. Omelette: Go to this Basic Omelette Recipe. It’s a precise technique that’s important to read in detail. 
  10. Baked eggs: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In the bottom of each small oven safe dish or ramekin, place 1 small pat butter. Add the egg then 1 tablespoon milk on top. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until the whites harden. 
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Eggs

Keywords: How to cook eggs

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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