How To Fry an Egg | The Beginners Guide

Who doesn’t love some nice perfectly fried eggs? Fried eggs are one of the simplest, yet tastiest breakfast classics out there. But knowing how to fry an egg perfectly may be a little confusing at first with all the different instructions on the internet. That’s why in this article, we’re going to show you all the different ways you can fry an egg so that you can find the perfect way for your preference.

How To Fry an Egg | The Beginners Guide

Who doesn’t love some nice perfectly fried eggs?

Fried eggs are one of the simplest, yet tastiest breakfast classics out there.

But knowing how to fry an egg perfectly may be a little confusing at first with all the different instructions on the internet. That’s why in this article, we’re going to show you all the different ways you can fry an egg so that you can find the perfect way for your preference.

Let’s get frying. 

What Do You Need?

Before you can start frying your eggs, you need to make sure you have everything you need. 

Ingredients:

  • Butter or oil
  • Eggs
  • Salt and Paper (Optional)

Utensils:

Butter or Oil?

When frying an egg, you have the choice between using butter or oil.

Some people prefer butter as it contains healthier fats compared to oil.

That being said, both options work completely fine, so the choice is yours. You can also choose any other type of fat if you wish, it’s just to help fry the eggs.

Step 1: Heat Up Butter or Oil

The first step depends on whether you chose to go with butter or oil. You may also choose any other fat of your choice.

Insert one of the following amounts into the frying pan, depending on your previous choice:

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp oil

If you have chosen another type of fat, just make sure to add 1-2 tsp into the frying pan.

Next, heat up on medium-high until the frying pan is hot.

Step 2: Break Up Eggs and Reduce Heat

Once you have completed the previous step and the frying pan has heated up, break your eggs up into the pan.

You can do this by slightly hitting the eggs against the edge of the pan. Once it cracks, pull the two half of the eggs away from each other, over the frying pan.

After adding the eggs, immediately reduce the heat to low.

Step 3: Fry Them Your Way

There are four types of fried eggs:

  • Sunny-side up 
  • Over easy
  • Over medium
  • Over hard

All four are delicious, but it just depends on your preference. See instructions for each type of fried egg below. 

Sunny-Side up

Firstly, you may like sunny side up eggs. Sunny-side up eggs are not flipped and only fried on one side.

The whites are only just set and the yolk is almost completely liquid. Sunny-side up eggs are cooked for 3 minutes on low heat. As soon as the white sets, remove your eggs from the pan. 

Over easy

Over-easy eggs are also flipped unlike Sunny-side up. Cook for 3 minutes which is long enough to fully set the whites, but at the same time, the yolk is still completely runny. Once cooked for 3 minutes flip and let them cook for one more minute. 

Then, remove the eggs from the pan. 

Over medium

Next, we have over medium eggs.

Start off by cooking the eggs on low heat for 3 minutes until the white is set. Once the white is set, flip the eggs and cook for 2-3 more minutes until the yolk is set a little too. 

As soon as the yellow is a little set, remove the egg from the pan. 

Over hard

Lastly, you may also like your eggs over hard.

Start off by cooking your eggs for 3 minutes on low. Then, once the whites have fully set, flip the eggs and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the yolk is completely set too.

Once the yolk is completely set, remove your eggs from the pan. 

Step 4: Don’t Forget Salt and Pepper!

Once you have fried the eggs to suit your preference perfectly, sprinkle them with salt and pepper to give them the best possible taste.

Then, serve them immediately as fried eggs lose heat quickly.

Of course, salt and pepper are optional, but most will prefer a bit of added flavor, although it’s not a must.

5 Best Sides For Your Fried Eggs

Now that we have covered how to fry an egg, let’s take a look at the best possible sides for your fried egg.

You can also go down the classic route of going with toast and salad which is delicious too, but let’s take a look at what else you can serve with your fried eggs.

1. Bacon

Bacon and fried eggs are also another classic breakfast.

You may choose to eat your bacon and fried eggs inside of a sandwich, alongside some salad.
Or, you can also eat your fried eggs without bacon. The choice is yours.

2. Potato Wedges

Another great side for your fried eggs could be potato wedges.

These make a great side and can definitely fill you up in the mornings combined with fried eggs, salt, and pepper. They also fit into the category of simple, yet delicious.

3.Spinach & Tomatoes

Another great side for your fried eggs could be spinach and tomatoes.

Fried eggs combined with spinach and tomatoes have an extremely nice flavor and they can also work well in a sandwich.

You may also choose to combine these into a delicious salad.

4. Avocado and Fried Eggs on Toast

If you’re somebody looking for a healthy breakfast you should consider having your fried eggs with some avocado on toast. It’s filling, delicious, and healthy.

You may also choose to add some chorizo to the mix to give it even more flavor.

5. Sausage and Fried Eggs Hash

Last but not least, you can also have your fried eggs, alongside sausage and eggs hash.

This is a great breakfast, but it can take a little while to prepare.

That being said, it’s definitely worth it as you get a nice number of flavors that fit perfectly. You can also choose to add a salad of your choice if you wish.

That’s It!

We hope you enjoyed this guide on how to fry an egg.

If you did, make sure to check out some of the other articles below for more delicious frying recipes. 

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