“I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am” — Dr. Suess

One of the easiest ways to cook an egg is to fry it. However, it is also easy to destroy the texture and flavor of the egg if you cook it improperly.

I would love to help you learn how to fry an egg, in YOUR pan, on YOUR stove, that is absolutely delicous. Ready?

Great! Grab a egg and let’s get started.

  1. Choose your pan. The first step is to choose a pan that will work best for you. Ideally, you should use a small, nonstick fry pan (like this one). Remember to follow the care instructions of the pan to preserve the integrity–no sharp utensils or cleaning pads that would scratch it and do not put it in the dishwasher. If you don’t have a non-stick pan, that’s okay. You will need to use a bit more butter or oil to keep the egg from sticking.
  2. Preheat your pan. The trick to getting the pan and egg to work together nicely is to preheat the pan before you cook the egg. This will probably take you a few times to get it right. Start by turning on the burner to medium-high heat and place the pan on it. I like it to sit there for a minute or two until I can hover my hand over the pan and start to feel heat radiating from it. Give it a try now. Can you feel the heat?
  3. Prepare your pan. If so, it is time to put some butter or oil into the pan. What kind and how much is up to you. If I am using butter, I usually put in 1 tablespoon. Sometimes I use coconut oil, or even olive oil. Different oils will affect the taste of the egg, so I will leave it up to you to experiment which one you like best. (I would advise you to stay away from the non-stick sprays–I don’t think they are very healthy for us.) Using a dull utensil (that won’t scratch the surface), spread the butter or oil around the bottom of the pan. (I like to use the edge of a plastic spatula.)
  4. Check the heat. Now, here’s the important part. You are going to look for the butter or oil to heat up to just the right temperature for cooking. How can you tell, you ask? For butter, you are going to look for it to start creating bubbles, but not yet brown. For oil, it will get hot very quickly and you will be able to smell it heating. If the oil starts to smoke, you will have to go back to step 1.
  5. Add the egg. At that moment, break the egg into the pan. Feel free to use your spatula to reshape the egg if it splattered all over the place.
  6. Turn the heat down. Now, it’s important to turn the burner down to low. You are going to watch the egg as the sides start turning white, moving in toward the center and cooking the yolk.
  7. Spice up the egg. While waiting for it to finish cooking, you will want to start dressing up the egg. There are SO many ways to dress up an egg, but for now, let’s just add simple salt and pepper.
  8. Examine your egg. Does it look delicious to you? If you are like me and like your yolk cooked fully, you might want to break the yolk and flip it over to cook for a few seconds. Make sure there is no watery egg white still left on the egg. If it looks done, take it off the heat immediately. Too much cooking produces dry and rubbery eggs–yuck! Because you had already turned the heat to low, it’s okay for the eggs to sit in the pan for a few minutes to stay warm while you are grabbing a plate and fork.
  9. Plate your egg. Please take a few moments to arrange the egg on a nice plate (maybe with a few other goodies like toast or fruit) and sit down to really enjoy it. It should be moist, hot, and nicely seasoned.

You did it! You learned how to prepare the base ingredient from which you can create hundreds of delicious dishes.

Want to try some of them next? Let’s do it! Click here to learn how to dress up your egg!