Flipping fried eggs is one of the most intimidating acts for any novice breakfast chef. Getting a lightly toasted, well-cooked egg white and a soft, juicy yolk is not difficult after some practice. There's nothing quite as splendid as a perfectly fried egg that can go with just about any dish you can imagine.
Method 1 of 2: Frying the Perfect Egg
Step 1. Place a skillet on the stove and heat it over medium heat
Use a pan that has enough space to spread the eggs during preparation. An 8-inch frying pan is perfect for a single egg, but you'll need to use something 12 inches or more in diameter to prepare two to three eggs simultaneously.
Step 2. Put some oil or butter in the skillet as it heats up
Approximately ½ tablespoon should be enough for each egg. While the pan is heated by the fire, grease the entire surface of the base in circles with the oil that was used. Monitor the temperature of the fire to avoid burning the oil or butter.
- Using a very large pan can make the eggs stick together, as the oil film will be too thin to prepare them without any additions. Add a little more if that's the case.
- For incredibly succulent eggs, add a small amount of bacon fat.
- Using a cooking spray is a quick and easy way to ensure that the entire surface of the pan is greased.
Step 3. Allow the pan to heat up until the butter or oil is hot but not brown
A lower temperature will do best - if you make it too high, it will quickly burn both the oil and the eggs. Just wait until the oil starts to vibrate (or the butter to bubble). When adding the eggs, the whites should sizzle only slightly.
Step 4. Break the first egg onto a small plate or bowl and pour it (or break it directly into the pan)
You should break it gently, avoiding piercing the yolk. Cracking the egg first into a bowl allows you to remove any pieces of shell before you fry it. When placing the egg in the pan, you will hear a subtle squeak - there should not be any popping or violent shaking.
Step 5. Fry the eggs, leaving them intact until the transparent edges are white
When you can't see the surface of the pan due to the bottom surface of the egg whites being cooked, you're ready to move on to the next step. Don't try to turn the eggs over now, they are gelatinous and will likely fall back where they are.
This wait usually takes one to three minutes
Step 6. Cover the skillet and lower the heat when the edges turn white
Place a lid over the pan. This will trap some of the steam inside, cooking the top layers of the eggs and helping the whites to set. This is the best way to get a soft yolk, as excessive direct heat can cook the yolk from below, even before the whites are completely cooked.
Step 7. Observe the yolk's stiffness by lifting the cap and touching it gently with a finger
When it no longer has a gelatinous consistency and transparent parts in the whites, the eggs are ready. It is possible to continue cooking to have harder eggs or to turn them over and serve them immediately.
To get your regular soft egg, the process will take approximately five minutes from the moment it touches the pan to its final preparation
Step 8. Quickly lift the egg out of the pan making a quick, firm gesture with the spatula
You must move it quickly (lifting and removing the egg to avoid breaking it). Serve it and enjoy your dish.
Complete the recipe with salt and pepper to taste while the egg is hot
Method 2 of 2: Serving Fried Eggs
Step 1. Fry your egg in hot oil to obtain crispy golden whites and a soft yolk
To do this, heat 4 tablespoons (60 milliliters) of olive oil instead of one or a half. When breaking the egg, rotate the skillet so that the hot oil and egg slide to the edge, keeping it over the fire. During preparation, use a spoon to dip the top of the egg in hot olive oil. When its exterior is golden and crispy, remove the egg, season it with salt and pepper and serve to taste.
- Be careful: the oil will splash and sizzle.
- This method can prepare an egg in just 30 to 60 seconds.
Step 2. Turn the eggs halfway around to make them even softer
Instead of putting a lid on the pan, just turn the egg over after the whites have set to cook the top of the yolks quickly and make them crispy. Use plenty of oil and handle the spatula with quick, balanced movements to turn the egg without tearing it.
Step 3. Serve the egg on toast for a simple breakfast
The classic fried egg accompanied by toast, often in conjunction with fruit or meat, is a breakfast standard around the world. For a simple, nutritious meal, you can add:
- Spinach or arugula.
- Tomatoes or avocados.
- Bacon, sausage or ham.
- Fried rice.
Step 4. Serve a fried egg with leftovers for a nutritious meal
Fried vegetables, lentils, rice and even noodles can all benefit from the rich, warm flavor of a fried egg with soft yolk. If you need to quickly spice up or enrich what's left over from the previous meal, you don't need to go beyond the humble fried egg.
Step 5. Place a fried egg on sandwiches or hamburgers to create a nutritious, high-protein alternative
Eggs also make great sandwiches on their own, placed inside baguettes or breads with cheese, avocado and tomato. In a hamburger, a fried egg with a soft yolk can take the meat to new heights.
Step 6. Make huevos rancheros
This easy breakfast plate is similar to an open burrito. To do this, top two or three corn tortillas with black beans, avocado, tomato, cheese, and parsley (along with other taco ingredients that suit your taste buds). Place a fried egg on top of each one and enjoy.
Fried eggs also go well with chopped potatoes or sweet potatoes, and you can use them in place of tortillas
- If you have dropped pieces of shell into the egg, use a spoon to scoop them out.
- Experiment with different temperatures until you can prepare the exact egg you love so much. And remember to set the fire to repeat the recipe in the future.
- Do not season the fried eggs until they are almost done.
- Fresh eggs make the best fried eggs.