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    I embark upon today’s post in the full and certain knowledge that many of you already know how to fry a perfect egg (Note here, I am aiming for the perfect fried egg – sunny side up. No flipping involved.) If you are completely confident in your abilities, and never find yourself disappointed by a burnt egg white that’s too tough and tastes like chewing through a hairball, or tragically hard and chalky yolk, then pat yourself on the back and then move along – I can teach you nothing.

    I myself didn’t realize until recently that there are so many articles & tutorials published on how to cook the perfect fried egg. Frying eggs was one of the first things I learned how to cook in the kitchen. It’s simple, easy & quick. I’ve never given it a thought what are the proper techniques for frying the perfect egg, I just did it. Over the years, I have developed my own preference for the perfect fried egg. I had to do some testing in the kitchen though in order to perfect my technique for frying a sunny side up egg and share it with you.

    The great Fernand Point, who is considered to be the father of modern French cuisine, is said to have judged a chef by the way he fried eggs. Many culinary giants have shared their ways of frying eggs, some techniques are very different from each other, and some of them are unnecessarily complicated. In an attempt to simplify the process, I decided to share with you my way of cooking a perfect fried egg. It’s quick and easy enough to make a great breakfast in the morning, and guaranteed to hit the spot every time. So I’ll be sticking with this simple but effective method.

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    It seems that many people have different definitions of what the perfect fried egg is. Some like it with very crispy egg whites, others with crispy edges, some like runny yolks, others  – set yolks. My perfect fried egg is perfectly set egg white (not crispy, but might have slightly crispy edges) and perfectly soft & runny egg yolk (not very runny but also not completely set). I have also included in the recipe below couple more ways how you can achieve crispy egg whites or set egg yolks if that’s what you like.

    The technique for perfect fried egg:

    • Cook on medium heat
    • Cover with a lid
    • Cook only for about 2 – 3 minutes depending on how you like the yolk.

    How do you cook your perfect eggs, and what else do you serve them with apart from bacon?


    What you need:

    1 fresh egg, at room temperature

    olive oil

    Preparation:

    First, if you store your eggs in the fridge, then you should let them come to room temperature before cooking – if you start with a cold egg, then you’re more likely to end up overcooking the yolk trying to get the white to set. Very fresh eggs are best for frying.

    Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet (or non-stick skillet) over medium heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add egg to the skillet.

    Immediately cover with a lid and let egg cook for 2 minutes. This helps speed up the process, which results in a perfectly cooked egg – a soft, but firm white, and a gorgeously soft & runny yolk.

    Perfect Fried Egg

    Remove skillet from heat and serve immediately.

    If you want crispy egg whites & runny egg yolk: Cook egg over high heat uncovered for about 1.5 – 2 minutes or until desired crispiness.

    If you want slightly crispy egg whites & set egg yolk: Cook egg over medium high heat covered for about 2.5 – 3 minutes or until desired crispiness.

    Perfect Fried Egg

    5 from 4 votes
    Perfect Fried Egg
    Perfect Fried Egg
    Prep Time
    2 mins
    Cook Time
    2 mins
    Total Time
    4 mins
     

    Discover the secret to making a perfect fried egg - sunny side up. Perfectly set egg white & lovely and gorgeously soft & runny yolk.

    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 1
    Calories: 186 kcal
    Author: Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. As ever, if you keep your eggs in the fridge, then you should let them come to room temperature before cooking – if you start with a cold egg, then you're more likely to end up overcooking the yolk trying to get the white to set. Very fresh eggs are best for frying.
    2. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet (or non-stick skillet) over medium heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add an egg to the skillet.
    3. Immediately cover with a lid and let egg cook for 2 minutes. This helps speed up the process, which results in a perfectly cooked egg – a soft, but firm white, and a gorgeously soft & runny yolk.
    4. Remove skillet from heat and serve immediately.
    Nutrition Facts
    Perfect Fried Egg
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 186 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 18g 28%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Cholesterol 163mg 54%
    Sodium 62mg 3%
    Potassium 60mg 2%
    Protein 5g 10%
    Vitamin A 4.8%
    Calcium 2.5%
    Iron 4.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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    Comments

    This looks great, perfect breakfast and comfort food!

    This is GREAT! I love when you end up seeing “how to” techniques for simple easy meals. It always helps even a seasoned chef or cook look at something with a new idea or get some inspiration.

    Oh so brilliant! I love sunnyside up eggs but can’t make them at all. I love your two simple suggestions, love them! How long do your eggs take to get to room temperature? When I bake, I put them in a lukewarm water bath for about 10 minutes. Would that work?

    Goodness gracious – that IS a perfect egg! My Nana used to cover her eggs just like you and they were amazing!

    Thank you so much for this!! I had no idea about cooking a cold egg, but i always have the white yolk setting problem. I would love to be able to cook my eggs without flipping them, I always have problems breaking the yolks! I am going to try this this weekend. Thank you!

    I like when people do ‘back to the basics’ type things because no matter how many times you do something (like fry an egg) there’s always an alternative technique that someone else might do. Love this! Now I want some bacon and eggs

    The perfect fried egg – beautiful!

    Thanks so much for this! It’s always hit or miss when I fry an egg – I’m so glad to know the definitive technique!

    I use room temperature eggs for baking, but never thought about bringing an egg for frying to room temperature. Definitely going to try it.

    I do something very similar with my eggs by using a lid. And like mine just as you describe…YUM!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Yep, the lid makes all the difference. Thanks for stopping by, Marjorie! 🙂

    This is great…I’ve never been able to get quite the perfect fried egg. Thanks for the tips!

    Valerie

    I am so excited I found this! My mom made perfect eggs like you do in her cast iron skillet and I have never been able to replicate them. Thank you so much ?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      That makes me so happy! Glad you find it helpful! Have a great week, Valerie! ?

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    Why is it the things that should be so easy to cook are always the most trouble. Eggs are a tough one for me. Thanks for the tips. This weekends breakfast will be a nice change from the regular scrambled eggs.

    We frequently have eggs on the weekend – thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Now, this is how a perfect fried egg looks like! Have to try again! hope mine will turn the same 🙂

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