Here’s exactly how to fry an egg! Come learn the secrets to cooking up the perfect fried eggs, four different ways.
- 1/2 tablespoon butter (or neutral oil for dairy free)
- 1 fresh egg (fresh is best*)
- In a large cast iron or non-stick skillet, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter over medium low heat until starting to foam (eggs are best on low to medium low heat**).
- Add the eggs and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds black pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the white is firm but the yolk is still runny (do not flip). For sunny side up eggs, serve immediately.
- Or, flip and keep cooking 20 to 30 seconds (over easy eggs) where the yolk is still runny, 1 minute (over medium eggs) where the yolk is partially set (press gently with your finger to assess done-ness), or 2 minutes (over hard eggs) where the yolk is fully set, pressing gently 1 minute after flipping to make sure the yolk is broken.
*Fresh eggs are best for frying because they hold their shape. Older eggs tend to spread, which is ok: you can simply use a spatula to pull back the egg whites.
**The slower the better with eggs: they can easily get overcooked. Note that if you’re cooking a second batch, since the skillet is already hot you may need to lower the heat to avoid overcooking the egg.
- Category: Essentials
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Breakfast
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: How to fry an egg, How to make a fried egg