How to Easily Fry an Egg Over Easy

A fried egg is versatile. It's delicious served alongside a potato hash and a must when making a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. There's really no proper way to fry an egg. You'll figure out what works best for you, but wanted to give you a starting point while you learn to master the fried egg.

Step 1.

Heat skillet to a medium-high heat with about 2 tsp of butter, oil or a combination of both.

Step 2.

Add the egg.

Step 3.

Cook for two to three minutes. You'll want the sides to set and the yolks to thicken.

Step 4.

Loosen the edges of the cracked egg.

Step 5.

Flip and cook another minute (depending on how firm you like your yolk).

Step 6.

A perfectly fried egg.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • A non-stick skillet works best, but use what you like.
  • Fresh eggs are best for frying eggs.
  • Crack the egg into a cup first rather than cracking directly into the pan. This will help create a round egg and prevent any shells from getting into the pan.
  • Don't let the pan get too hot or it will result in inconsistent cooking. The eggs should slightly sizzle when they hit the pan.
  • If flipping an egg scares you, try basting the egg with the oil from the pan. Once the whites begin to set, using a spoon pour the liquid over the egg white until they are set. A little oil on the yolk is OK, but try to avoid it.
  • For Eggs Sunny Side Up: If you like the egg sunny side up, skip steps 4 - 5. Take it out of the pan once the whites are white (no longer clear).
  • For Egg Over Firm: Follow step 5, but cook the egg for two-three minutes. You can lightly touch the yolk to check the firmness.

Susan Sackinger - Dec 13, 2018
Non-stick pans (assuming they have been kept properly and aren't scratched) will work perfectly without any kind of grease. The reason these pans have a bad reputation is that they become non-stick only after they are heated up. Let the pan heat to temp before putting anything in the pan and you can fry without oil, butter or fat of any kind. It's a great boon to all us "fat intolerant" out here.
Andy Anderson ! - Nov 15, 2018
First of all, do not use a non-stick pan.

Bring the pan up to medium heat, and then add the oil, or butter. Do not add to a cold pan.

Add the egg(s), and keep the pan swirling until the whites are set. This will keep the egg from sticking.

When the whites are set, keep swirling the pan, and when the egg gets to the opposite side of the pan, tilt the pan down, push forward, and then bring the pan back with a gentle flip (trust me, this takes practice).

Swirl the egg in the pan for about 30 seconds, and then place on a plate.

The hardest part about doing eggs over easy, is not how you prep them... but how you "flip" them.

Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
Carol Harpel - May 6, 2018
Use a turkey baster instead of a spoon.... It's more controlled as to where the fat ends up...
I prefer to use butter and/or bacon grease -- best is a combination of both...
Martha Price - Nov 4, 2017
Re the link I just sent - Nowadays I add the water first and let the butter gently melt in it, then add the eggs. Works great! You may even want to turn the heat down a little, you don't want it to go over a simmer.
Thomas Page - Oct 26, 2017
I've always done it the 'hit or miss 'method and am about 50% good. Next time I will definitely try cooking with water and a lid. Thanx.
Barbara Higgins - Oct 5, 2017
To Jerry Wahoff....water AND butter, or just water?
Deirdre Johnson - Oct 5, 2017
I only have the heat turned to medium-high, just long enough to melt the butter. After that, I turn the heat down.
Basic lesson from my Grade 7 Home Economics class (many moons ago!) was: "High heat hardens protein."
High heat also cooks the yolk faster, and if you're like me, you like the yolk a little on the runny side.
Sandra Allen - Oct 5, 2017
Yep. Basted Eggs are Over Easy without the Over. I keep an old squirt bottle in my fridge with just water. I squirt the water around the eggs and cover with a glass lid so I can see. Either way works but this way is fool proof.
Jean Perillo - Oct 5, 2017
I agree with Jerry. The easiest, most fool proof method to cook an over easy without danger of breaking yolk is to put a tight fitting lid on the pan until a Film is formed over the yolk. I imagine the biggest problem people have with making over easy eggs is breaking the yolk when flipping, so don’t flip!
Jerry Wahoff - Oct 5, 2017
I don't know why they don't tell us how to do the easy way and that is add a little water a couple tablespoons of water and put a lid on it and let it Steam and it Cooks the top
Terrance Bolton - Oct 5, 2017
I'm glad my Momma already taught me this...
PAUL ADAMS - Oct 5, 2017
It helps to tilt the pan down when you ROLL the egg over. Use gravity to lessen the impact and keep the egg from moving away from the spatula. Less broken yolks when the egg is turned gently.
Sam Taylor - Oct 5, 2017
A minimum of 3 minutes total on medium-high heat?? Wow.
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