Some of our most popular posts are from the egg series we wrote about a few years back. We get people from all over the world, sending emails, and thanking us for showing them how to “perfectly” cook an egg. We even had a chef, from another country, say a customer asked for a soft-boiled egg and he was not sure what to do. He had never heard of it, went online, found our post and thanked us for showing him how to make the perfectly soft-boiled egg. Now we are going to share with you how to make the perfect fried eggs.
There is nothing like a lazy Sunday morning, spent laying around drinking coffee, reading, and enjoying one’s company to get the tummy growling for a leisurely breakfast. The first thing that comes to mind is protein and lots of it. Soon there will be bacon frying, baguettes being warmed and eggs frying away in creamy butter. We both enjoy our fried egg differently from one another. Lenny squirts hot sauce on it, and proceeds to cut it up, mushing it onto the warm baguette. I, gently break the yolk and then dip pieces of salty bacon and crusty bread into the liquid gold. Makes me warm and tingly all over just thinking about it.
The key to frying the perfect egg is the pan or griddle. It needs to be a flat griddle pan. And it must be preheated. I heat mine over medium heat, which is about a 5 on our stove until it is good and hot, then I add some olive oil. If the griddle is perfectly hot, the egg will sputter a little, and start to bubble. I like the yolk to be warm but still perfectly runny, so I flip the egg after 1 1/2 minutes, then I cook the other side for 1 minute. It comes out perfect every time. Season with salt and pepper after cooking the egg, it seems to keep the egg moister this way.
Be sure to check out our other perfectly cooked eggs for some tasty ideas of how the egg can take you from breakfast to dinner.
- Perfectly Soft Boiled Eggs for breakfast and a Creamy Pasta with Fresh Peas for dinner
- Perfectly Scrambled Eggs for breakfast and a Green Garlic Torta for dinner
- Perfectly Poached Eggs for breakfast and a Frisee Salad with egg for dinner
Fried eggs are not only meant for leisurely Sunday mornings. They also make a great lunch or dinner time treat. When we are feeling lazy and hungry, we whip up some fried egg sandwiches. They are really easy to make and can be a complete meal when you add a little mixed green salad, and a nice glass of white wine. I like to use either baguettes or biscuits as they add a bit more substance to the meal, then boring (yawn) bread. Then I add slivers of avocado, pancetta chips, and a gorgeous fried egg. A dressing of sriracha and olive oil wraps the eggy dish together.
Perfect Fried Eggs
** serves one
2 teaspoons olive oil or ghee
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
Preheat a frying pan over medium-low heat. The pan is ready when you drop a couple drops of water onto it and it dances around the pan.
Add the olive oil to the pan.
Crack the egg into a bowl, then slip into the frying pan. It will sputter a bit.
Turn down the heat a little.
We like a really runny yolk so we cook it about 30 – 45 seconds or just until the white is holding it’s shape.
Flip the egg with a spatula and cook for another 30 seconds.
Remove from the pan and place on a plate.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.