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How To Fry an Egg

5 Ways to Fry an Egg

With a pan and a plan, you can have a fried egg in 5 different styles. From sunny-side up to basted, follow these steps for how to fry an egg.

Step 1

Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet over medium. Add ½ tsp. butter per egg to the skillet. Carefully crack the eggs into the skillet when the butter melts, taking care not to crowd the eggs.

or the most control, fry just 2 or 3 eggs at a time in an 8- to 10-inch skillet. Avoid filling a larger pan with lots of eggs.

Step 2—For Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Cook the eggs until the white is opaque and set, about 5 min. Run a flexible rubber spatula around the edges of the white and gently swirl the pan to prevent the eggs from sticking. A sunny-side up egg has a very runny yolk and the whites are just set.

Lower the heat if you see the egg white developing brown edges or patches—browning causes the white to taste strong and turns it tough.

Step 3—For Over-Easy Eggs

Flip the eggs with a large spatula. Cook for 1 min. The yolks will be less runny than sunny-side up eggs and will have slightly firmer whites.

Step 4—Over-Medium/Over-Hard Eggs

Flip the eggs back over and cook 1 to 2 min. longer. Over-medium eggs will have yolks that are thoroughly set but still slightly soft. The yolk of an over-hard egg does not run at all.

Step 5—Basted Eggs

Start by cooking sunny-side up eggs. Add 1 tsp. water per egg to the pan once the whites are just set. Cover the pan with a lid and cook the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your liking, 2 min. for slightly runny; 4 min. for medium-hard.