How to Make a Fried Egg [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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The fried eggs recipe is a favorite breakfast staple everywhere as it is so quick and easy to prepare. Perfect that sunny side up with this easy recipe! Check out the short video below for a quick tutorial. 

Serve this with our other favorite breakfast items like the Toad in the Hole, Baked French Toast Sticks, and Hash Browns!

How to Fry an Egg

The fried egg is so flavorful that you can eat it on its own. You can also add it to other dishes as a topping on hash browns, salads, sandwiches, noodles, or rice. Or, you can serve it with sausages, toasts, and fruit for a hearty breakfast. Everything just tastes better with it.

It is simple yet it can be quite tricky to perfect the technique. Because people have different preferences when it comes to this dish, it is still best to know the basics. But then again, since it is a matter of personal preference, you can never go wrong with this simple but delectable dish that everyone just loves!

In this easy recipe, I will share how to make the version that I like the best – crispy on the edges with a runny yolk! Now, let’s get some eggs cracking!

What is a fried egg?

It is one that is removed from its shell and cooked directly on a heated and oiled pan, usually with the yolk intact.

What are the different types of a fried eggs?

  • The sunny side up is probably the most popular. It is made by pouring the egg into an oiled pan carefully without breaking the yolk. The white or albumen will coagulate as it cooks, and it is considered done when it has crisped up. The yolk here remains runny though. Also, this is cooked without flipping.
  • If you do flip it, it turns to what is called the over-easy where the yolk is cooked slightly.
  • When you cook it longer, the yolk hardens some more and it becomes over medium. When you flip and fry it some more until everything is well-done, then, it is now called over hard.

How to make a fried egg?

  1. Prepare the egg: Crack it carefully not to break the yellow. Put it in a bowl.
  2. Prepare the skillet: Heat the skillet to medium-high. Once hot, lower the heat, put some olive oil, and spread it to cover the whole area.
  3. Pour it in: Pour the egg carefully, dodging some oil splatter. Then, season it.
  4. Cook: Tilt the pan to spread out the oil and let it cook until the edges are crispy and golden.
  5. Serve: Once the yolk has cooked to your desired doneness, remove it from heat then, season with paprika and sprinkle some green onions or chives on top.

For Basted Eggs: Follow the same steps, but use 2 Tbsp. butter instead of oil. Then, cook until the edges turn white. Start BASTING them with butter from the pan, and cover the pan in between bastings.

Continue cooking them until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.

How to make a sunny side fried egg?

To make a sunny side up, follow the same steps but do not cook the yolk thoroughly – it must be runny.

How to make a fried egg over hard?

Make a sunny side up first, then, flip it over. Cook until everything is firm and thick.

How to make a fried egg in the microwave?

  1. Crack an egg in a microwaveable bowl or dish along with some oil or a piece of butter. Pierce the yolk once to prevent it from exploding.
  2. Then, cover the bowl with a paper towel or paper plate before putting it in the microwave.
  3. Cook it until your desired doneness, checking every 15 seconds. Then, season with salt and pepper. As simple as that!

Are fried eggs healthy?

Yes and no. They have high levels of protein and contain vitamins. But, frying them increases the saturated fats. So, it is best that you fry them with healthy oil as in this recipe wherein we use extra-virgin olive oil.

How many calories in a fried egg?

A large one has 92 calories, 70% of which comes from fat, 28% from protein, and 2% from carbs.

When an egg is fried, what happens to the protein in the egg?

Both the yolk and the white contain numerous protein chains in them. Raw ones have water in them that keep each chain loosely floating. But subjecting it to a high temperature will make these chains move fast and become tangled with each other.

Hence, from a slimy raw one, the cooked one looks more solid. The higher the temperature it is cooked at, the more rubbery it becomes.

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Recipe Tips:

  • To check if the pan is hot enough for you to pour oil in, test it with a water drop – it must sizzle upon contact.
  • A simple test of freshness: fresh eggs sink in water while not-so-fresh ones float. You can still use those floating ones but discard if you observe foul odor once you crack them open.
  • Also, feel free to cook one, two or more eggs at a time depending on how many you need. 
  • You can serve this with ketchup, hot sauce, or any of your favorite condiments.
  • This is best served warm, so, serve immediately after cooking.

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Perfect Fried Egg Recipe

The fried egg is a favorite breakfast staple everywhere as it is so quick and easy to prepare. Perfect that sunny side up with this easy recipe!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 3 eggs
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Total time: 15 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 124 Carbohydrates: 0 Protein: 3 Fat: 12 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 109 Sodium: 41 Potassium: 40 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 160 Calcium: 16 Iron: 0.5
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Kim Seghers

My family loves fried eggs. And I believe it's an art! I can't tell you how many broken egg yolks I have had in my cooking life. My child will not eat eggs when I break the yolk or if they aren't runny. Thanks for sharing this post.



Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!



So many great tips! I didn't realize you can make them in the microwave!



My husband loves fried eggs, but I have yet to be able to perfect them. Now I can't wait to try it out again!



We love these at our house. :) They've been nicknamed "dippy eggs" from when our kids were little. ;)



Fried eggs are the best! I need to make these tomorrow for everyone!



I love fried eggs. I prefer either sunny side up or over easy. I love to dip my toast in the yolk.


Beth Pierce

I will have to show my daughter this; she loves cooking eggs but has trouble from time to time! These are great tips!


Toni | Boulder Locavore

My kids really love fried eggs! Thank you so much for the tips!



My kids love fried eggs here! Putting them in sandwiches with cheese is our favorite.



This is a great post about it how to fry! I would’ve never thought to share how to do this but if you think about it some people may not know. Thanks for sharing


Claudia Krusch

The funny fact is that everybody in my family likes the eggs in a different way! Loved reading your post and all the tips! 



I cook a fried egg almost daily. My favorite way to enjoy breakfast!


Dawn Nieves

Fried eggs are my absolute favorite! It's such a great way to start the day!



This is a great recipe! I love eggs but always fail at making them. I think this cleared things a little bit. Thanks for the tips.


Ruth I

This is the easiest one to cook and tha's why it's my favorite. Great during breakfast, lunch and dinner


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