How To Fry An Egg

If you’re taking cooking lessons, or simply want to brush up on some basic cooking skills, learning how to fry an egg is a must-do.

Fried eggs are a breakfast staple and are becoming even more popular in traditional dining as well, showing up on everything from elegant plates to burgers. As simple as this food is, an over-fried or undercooked egg can turn a great meal into a bad one very quickly.


Warm a non-stick or cast-iron skillet on medium-low heat. Add one to two teaspoons of unsalted butter. While it’s melting, crack an egg into a small bowl (be sure to pick out any shells too). Slowly pour the egg into the hot skillet. Cover the egg and cook until the whites are solid and firm.

  • If you want a sunny-side up egg, continue cooking until done.
  • For an over easy egg, flip it over and cook for about 35 seconds.
  • If you like your eggs over medium, cook for 45 seconds.
  • For over hard eggs, wait about one minute.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dig in or top your fried egg on some of your favorite dishes for added flavor and texture.


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