Basic Fried Eggs

Enjoy fried eggs as a quick weekday breakfast option or topped on almost anything!

Prep Time:
1 min
Cook Time:
2 min


Nutrition Facts
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper (optional)


  1. Spray small non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  2. Break eggs into skillet. Cook until done as desired (see below for cooking options).
  3. Transfer eggs to plate, yolk up. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. For sunny side up, cook just until whites are set.
  5. For over-easy, cook until whites are set. Turn over and cook just long enough for a white film to form over yolks, about 30 seconds.
  6. For over well, cook until whites are set. Turn eggs over and cook until eggs are completely set, about 1 minute.
  7. For well done or steam-fried eggs, prepare sunny-side up eggs. Cover skillet during last minute of cooking, or spoon 1 tsp (5 mL) water over each egg and cover pan. Cook until done as desired.



Egg Burger: Break egg into moderately hot non-stick skillet. Break yolk with edge of spatula. When egg white is set, turn over and cook other side. (To make a Cheesy Egg Burger, place a cheese slice on top of egg while egg finishes cooking.). Place egg on warmed or toasted hamburger bun. Top with garnishes as desired (e.g. tomato slice, lettuce, cooked mushrooms, red or green peppers, crisp cooked bacon, pickles, relish or ketchup).

Pizza Eggs: Break 2 eggs into moderately hot non-stick skillet. Sprinkle finely chopped cooked bacon (or pepperoni) and Parmesan cheese over top. Cook over low heat for about 1 minute. Add 1 tsp (5 mL) water and cover pan. While eggs are cooking, spread 1 tbsp (15 mL) warmed pizza or tomato sauce on each half of toasted English muffin. When eggs are cooked as desired, place on English muffin halves.

Pita Eggs: Break 2 eggs into moderately hot non-stick skillet so they touch each other. Break each yolk gently with spatula. Sprinkle chili powder and pepper over top. Cook to desired doneness. Spread inside of a pita pocket with light mayonnaise and line with tomato slices and lettuce leaves. Tuck fried eggs inside pita, folding slightly if necessary.

Shaped Fried Eggs: Choose simple cookie cutters (e.g. flower, circle, star, heart) approximately 3-inch (8 cm) in diameter. Spray the inside of the cookie cutters with cooking spray and place in moderately hot non-stick skillet. Break an egg into each cookie cutter. Cook slowly until eggs are set. Remove cookie cutters, using a small pointed knife to help loosen eggs, if necessary.

Pepper-Ringed Eggs: Follow recipe for Shaped Fried Eggs but use 1-inch (2.5 cm) rings cut from a seeded red or green pepper.