Eggs 101

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How to Fry the Perfect Egg

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Fried eggs are usually thought of as diner breakfast fare, but they’re a easy way to add protein to all kinds of meals— salads, sandwiches, burgers or in a classic Huevos Rancheros. There a four basic styles of fried eggs—sunny side up, over easy, over medium and over well—indicating the level of doneness.

  • Sunny side up: The egg is fried with the yolk up and is not flipped.
  • Over easy: The egg is flipped and the yolk is still runny.
  • Over medium: The egg is flipped and the yolk is only slightly runny.
  • Over well: The egg is flipped and the yolk is cooked hard.

Once you master this technique at home, you’ll never think of a fried egg the same way again.

Things You'll Need

  • A good non-stick frying pan
  • Non-stick spatula
  • Cooking spray, butter or oil
  • Fresh eggs
  • Salt and pepper (optional)

Steps