How to Make Fried Eggs

Learning how to make fried eggs is a breakfast essential. They go perfectly with bacon and air fryer hash browns or will sit on top of a breakfast hash.

Choosing a Pan for Frying Eggs

You might be asking yourself – what pan should I use for frying eggs?

A non-stick skillet is my pan of choice when frying eggs. You can use a different pan such as cast iron or stainless steel, but in my experience, the egg will stick directly too it (even with copious amounts of oil)

How to Make Fried Eggs

First, add your oil (a bit more oil than you think!) into a pan and allow the pan to get piping hot.

While the pan is heating, crack an egg into a small bowl. This serves two functions: it will allow you to check for shell and it will allow the egg to keep its shape as your pout it into the pan. When I skipped this step and I cracked the egg directly into the pan, I’ve broken the yolk more times than not.

As soon as you crack the egg into the pan, the white of the egg will begin to cook right away. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the egg to cook undisturbed for 1 minute.

After the minute, lift the lid and check on your egg. The whites should be solid and the yolk should be soft still.

Turn the heat off and use a wide spatula to move the egg to your desired location. Since frying eggs only takes 1 minutes, I always leave this as the last step as my meal.

Use your fried egg as a topper for a variety of dishes. I like adding them to (almost) any breakfast – such as a Sausage Potato Hash or even a burger to make it a complete meal.

Add your freshly fried egg to your breakfast hash to complete the meal.
Add your freshly fried egg to your breakfast hash to complete the meal.

People Also Ask about Frying Eggs

What will I need to fry an egg?

If you are planning on frying eggs, you will need:

Fried egg ideas

Some meals are made better with the addition of a fried egg. Below is a list of meals that can be made even better a fried egg added on top!

What kind of seasonings should I add to fried eggs?

Generally, folks like to add flaky sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to their fried eggs as they are cooking. But if you’d like to add other seasonings, don’t stop at just salt and pepper! You can add fresh herbs (my personal favorite) or cajun seasonings and other add-ons such as hot sauce or chili oil.

What’s the difference between fried and over-easy?

A fried egg is generally served sunny-side up (yolk side up) and is not flipped. An over-easy egg is cooked on both sides, but the yolk remains runny. It is flipped just before serving and cooked yolk side down, generally only for about 15-20 seconds and then served yolk-side down.

How to make fried eggs in the air fryer

If you don’t want to go through the effort of dirtying a pan, you can make eggs in your handy air fryer! Just butter or grease the flat pan in your fryer and set it to fry at 350 degrees. Crack your egg(s) into the air fryer and fry for 4 minutes. Serve as desired.

How to Make Fried Eggs

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Recipe by Sarah
Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsn neutral cooking oil


  • Add the oil to a frying pan over medium-high heat and allow the oil to get hot. While the oil is reaching temperature, crack an egg into a small bowl so it’s easy to pour into the pan.
  • Once the oil is hot, pour the egg into the frying pan. The whites of the egg should begin to cook immediately. Cover and allow the egg to fry undisturbed on medium-high to high heat for one minute.
  • Using a wide spatula, gently move the egg to your desired location, such as onto another plate or onto of a breakfast hash. Enjoy.

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