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The Secrets to Frying the Perfect Egg

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How to fry perfect egg

We’ve all been there – the fried egg disaster. You wake up, get everything set, and then it hits. Your egg sticks to the pan, crumpling into itself and breaking that beautiful yoke all over itself.

It looks like you’ll be having the Unintentional Scramble for breakfast, today. But you know there’s a secret to making the perfect friend egg.

What is it? That’s the question we’re here to answer. Below, we’ll talk about the techniques that will produce the perfect result, whether you like your eggs runny-sunny side up or bounce-against-the-wall over well.

Start with the Right Cookware

Yes, there are particular techniques that will meet with more success than others, but the bottom line of the perfect fried egg is to start with the right pan. The best cookware set will have at least one pan with gently curved sides, a broad base, and a non-stick surface.

Being the pioneer in non-stick innovation, T-fal cookware is definitely popular though it comes with its own share of controversy. Orgreenic is among the latest brand that tries to capture this market. Though I have my doubt, I have to say their smooth egg-frying commercial is definitely attention-grabbing.

Hard-anodized stainless steel is the choice of most accomplished chefs, with ceramic coatings coming a close second. If you’re unsure of how to tell if your array of choices meets this most basic criterion, check out cookware reviews. They often prove to be an effective guide.

The Stages of Perfection

Begin by getting your pan nice and hot, and melting butter, bacon drippings, or olive oil in the bottom. While your pan has been heating up, here’s a secret from the professional kitchen.

If you’re unsure of how advanced your egg-cracking skills actually are, crack your egg in a small bowl. This gives you the opportunity to remove any bits of eggshell that will make your fried egg fantasy a somewhat crunchy flop. As well, if you break the yoke, you can set it aside for later use.

Now that your oil, butter, or bacon fat is nicely hot, gently slide the raw egg into the pan. In approximately one minute, the edges of the egg white will begin to turn opaque white.

At this point, for a sunny side up egg, reduce the heat and cover the pan. This will trap steam, which will very gently cook the top of the egg. Season with salt and pepper to taste at this point.

If you’re looking for something a little more “done”, take a moment to practice your spatula confidence mantra—”It’s the simplest thing in the world; flip the egg gently; be the egg, flipping perfectly.”

Follow the routine for a sunny side up egg, but when the whites have set, gently ease the spatula under the egg and flip in a single, smooth motion. Then, cook for about a minute longer. Your egg is perfectly done and ready to slide onto your plate.

For eggs that are more well-done, allow the white to set fully, and then flip as described above. Next, you’ll want to allow it enough time—approximately 1.5 to 2 full minutes or longer, depending on desired level of doneness.

Now, Grab Your Best Cookware Pan and Give it a Try

Cooking eggs to perfection isn’t hard. What it does require is the knowledge, technique, and the right tools. This means that in addition to the best cookware, as discussed above, you’ll want a spatula that feels comfortable in your hand, has a soft, tapered edge, and a broad face.

If you need help deciding which set of pots and pans to go with, don’t forget to consult those cookware reviews we talked about. They’ll steer you in the right direction.

Image credit: Niklas Barsk

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