How to Cook Fried Eggs

How to Cook Fried Eggs

Everyone must know how to fry an egg. That sounds dramatic but it is true. Not only are fried eggs a breakfast staple, but they can be used to add flavor and protein to almost every meal.

Don’t believe me?

Try adding a fried egg to your hamburger, delicious. Or a fried egg on a pizza, sounds strange, but again it’s delicious. Restaurants and chefs often use the simple little ingredient to elevate dishes and now you can too. Because today I am going to teach you how to fry an egg.

Carton of eggs with one broken open to show the yellow yolk.

How to Fry an Egg

Frying an egg is actually super simple. First you will need a flat bottom pan commonly called a frying pan. You will also need a fat to cook the egg in. I typically use olive oil, but you could also use coconut oil, or butter.

Place your frying pan with the fat of your choice on the stove top at medium heat. Let the pan heat for about two minutes or until the butter is completely melted.

Next crack an egg and pour it into the pan being careful not to break the yoke. If the pan was warm enough the white of the egg will instantly begin to turn from clear to white. If this doesn’t happen you need to turn up the heat a little.

How long to cook your fried egg will depend on the kind of fried egg you are going for, so I am going to take a quick tangent to talk about the different kinds of fried eggs.

two sunny side up eggs in the center of a breakfast hash
making sunny side up eggs in the center of a breakfast hash

How to Order Fried Eggs (What are the different types of fried eggs?)

If you have ever eaten at an American Diner for breakfast you know that most dishes come with eggs on the side. When your quick talking waiter asks how you want your eggs the options can seem endless. Fortunately when it comes to fried eggs there really are only four options:

  1. Sunny Side Up
  2. Over Easy
  3. Over Medium
  4. Over Hard

How to:

Fry an Egg Sunny Side Up

Sunny side up eggs are the easiest to make in my opinion because they do not require flipping. Simply follow the instructions above, crack the egg into the pan, and let it cook until the whites have completely set, but the yolk is intact. This should take about 3-4 minutes over medium heat.

Fry an Egg Over Easy

This egg is very similar in runniness to a sunny side up egg, but the entire egg has been flipped so that both sides of the yolk have come into contact with the pan. To create an over easy egg let the egg cook for about 3 minutes over medium heat and then use a large spatula to gently flip the egg over. Let the other side cook for about 1 minute.

Fried egg in a white dish with a fork

Fry an Egg Over Medium

Follow the same steps as above, but let the egg cook about 30 seconds longer on each side.

Fry an Egg Over Hard

Again follow the same steps as above, this time letting the egg cook for at least 3 minutes on each side. An over hard egg should have a yolk that has been completely cooked through and is firm.

If you are looking for a fried egg recipe to try out your new skills check out my Best Ever Breakfast Hash.

If you practice your egg frying skills I would love to hear about it or see how it went! Don’t forget to leave a comment below or shoot me an email. For more recipes, and tidbits of Mid Mitten life follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Until we cook again!

~ Chloe M.

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