There's more than one way to fry an egg! Learn the techniques and tools you need to get your fried egg just the way you like it!
How To Fry An Egg

Let's get back to basics, shall we? Eggs have always been my go-to dish because they're easy, quick, cheap and endlessly versatile, hence the fried Egg on our logo. And while frying an Egg may seem like a simple task at first glance, there is more than one way to fry an egg. This guide will help you decide what kind of pan to use, what kind of fat to use to fry the egg, and the different techniques you can use to get your fried Eggs just the way you like them!

How do you like your yolks?

How do you like your yolks?


Let's start with the cooking utensils. While you can use any type of pan to fry an egg, having some sort of non-stick surface makes the job easier. Whether it's Teflon, a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, or a ceramic-coated pan, an extra smooth surface helps. If you prefer to use stainless steel, it is essential to make sure the pan is fully preheated to prevent the Egg from sticking. It should be hot enough for a drop of water to fizz on the surface.


The type of fat or oil you use to fry your Eggs is a matter of personal preference. Different fats will produce different flavours and textures in your fried eggs. Here are some different options and the effect they will have on your fried eggs:

  • Butter - Butter is my top choice because it adds a TON of flavor and creates deliciously browned edges. Bonus: when the butter itself browns in the pan, you get even more nutty flavor.
  • Olive Oil - Olive oil is great if you want a more neutral flavor or crispier edges. I love the delicately crispy edges of the frying that the oil creates on the Egg whites.
  • Bacon Grease - Bacon grease is by far the tastiest. If you want your kitchen to smell like the best breakfast ever, cook your Eggs in bacon grease. Also, if you already cook bacon with your breakfast, it's very convenient. Just cook the bacon in the pan first, then remove the bacon and cook your Eggs in the same pan.
  • Flavored oils and sauces - Fried Eggs in things like pesto have become viral trends on the internet in the last few years and this can be a fun alternative to the usual. Most oil-based condiments will probably work, with crunchy chili being my favorite! Just be sure to fry on low heat to avoid burning the Sauce or any other solids in the oil.


The basic steps for frying an Egg are simple:

  • Heat a skillet over medium to medium-low heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the fat of your choice and swirl it around to coat the surface.
  • Break the egg(s) into the pan.
  • Continue to cook the Egg until the whites and yolks reach the desired doneness. Optional: add a lid to the pan to trap the heat and cook the Egg from top to bottom at the same time (this will create a cloudy surface on the yolk).


There are several variations of the basic fried egg, but the most common types are the sunny side up, the over easy and the over hard. Here's how they differ and how you can make these different types of fried Eggs in your own kitchen.



A sunny side up Egg is an Egg that has been fried without being turned until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny. This is, by far, my favorite type of fried egg. It's gorgeous and that runny yolk is perfect for dipping into a piece of buttered toast!

To get a sunny side up egg, use medium-low heat so the whites have time to set slowly before the edges get too brown and the yolk cooks through.



Fried Eggs are perfect for those who like a runny yolk but want to make sure the whites are cooked through. They are also great for adding to sandwiches, burgers or other dishes where you want a runny yolk but not as delicate as a fried egg.

To fry an easy egg, cook over medium to medium-low heat (depending on how brown you want the whites to be), then flip the Egg when the whites are about 75% set. Continue cooking the Egg on the second side for 15-30 seconds to finish setting the whites and to set the top of the yolk. The center of the yolk should still be liquid.



A hard-boiled fried Egg is an Egg that has been fried on both sides until the yolk is completely set. This type of fried Egg is ideal for those who don't like runny yolks. It's also the easiest, in my humble opinion, because you can use slightly higher heat and because you're cooking on both sides, it goes a little faster.

To fry a "too hard" egg, just fry the Egg on one side until the whites are about 50% set, then flip it over and cook it on the second side until the whites and yolks are completely set. You can tell if they are set by lightly pressing the yolk with the spatula. When it feels firm to the touch, it is set.


Medium fried Eggs are halfway between too easy and too hard. The yolks have a jammy texture. To achieve a medium rare egg, simply cook the Egg on the second side until the yolks are partially set. As with overcooked eggs, you can test the yolk for doneness by lightly squeezing it with the spatula. It should have some elasticity, but should not be soft and runny.


  • Runny whites: if the Egg runs all over the pan instead of staying compact, the pan was not hot enough before adding the Egg or the Egg is not fresh (or both!).
  • Burnt edges/uncooked whites: if the bottom and edges of your Eggs turn too brown before the whites are cooked through, the pan is too hot. Try using a lower heat next time, or add a lid to cook from the top down at the same time. To save this Egg at the last minute, simply flip it over and cook it briefly on the second side to finish cooking the whites without continuing to brown the bottom (making it too easy or too hard).
  • Broken yolk after flipping: Be gentle, my friend! If you flip the Egg too aggressively, the yolk may break as you flip it. If you try to flip the Egg too soon, you may also break the yolk. If you plan to hard-boil your egg, a broken yolk won't be a problem, but it can be a disappointment if you aim for easy cooking.
  • Egg shells in the pan: To avoid having small pieces of eggshell in your fried eggs, be sure to tap the shell on a flat surface rather than on the side of the pan, which can push the chips into the Egg whites. For added precaution, you can crack the Eggs into a bowl first, then slide them into the pan after making sure there are no shell fragments in the eggs.



There's more than one way to fry an egg! Learn the techniques and tools you need to get your fried Egg just the way you like it!

  • SERVINGS  2 Egg
  • COOK  8 mins
  • TOTAL 8 mins


  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 large egg


  • Heat a skillet over medium-low heat until completely preheated (3 to 5 minutes).
  • Add the butter (or fat of your choice) and swirl to coat the surface of the pan.
  • Break the Egg into the pan and cook until the whites are set and the yolk is still liquid (sunny side up).
  • For too easy, too medium or too hard, cook the Egg until the whites are 50-75% set, then flip the Egg and continue cooking on the second side until the yolk is cooked to the desired degree.
  • Transfer the Egg to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!


  • Serving: 1serving
  • Calories: 89kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 87mg


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