A fried egg is part of almost cuisines. It goes well with a variety of lentils and grains as well as green salads. The breakaway food can slot perfectly inside the pitta bread, burgers, the Indian naan/roti, and bacon sarnies as well.
There are many different ways of preparing fried eggs as there are multiple types of recipes. However, it is a hassle-free way to prepare a nutritious and delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack. Fried eggs also combine well with other kinds of food items, including fruits, vegetables, salad, whole grains, and other foods, and provide you with wholesome and memorable meals that you want to try again and again.
Best Oil For Frying Eggs
Any kind of fat and oil can be used for frying an egg. However, you should choose an oil that can bring to the recipe and menu the flavor you desire. Some handy tips regarding choosing the right oil for frying eggs are given below.
- Rapeseed oil or olive oil are good options when you want to cook a rich fried egg dish.
- A butter knob or the bacon fat (left in a pan) are good options when you are frying eggs for breakfast.
- Coconut oil is a worthy option for dhal or nasi goreng.
Most people prefer butter for frying their eggs. It has been a traditional and classic choice. However, if you prefer the aroma, olive oil can be a good choice as well. Another benefit of cooking the eggs in olive oil is that it can yield more crunchy and golden-looking eggs. You can choose vegetable oil as well if there is no other option available at the time.
Tools For Preparing Fried Eggs Recipe
There are multiple tools that you may need to cook eggs in a variety of ways. Some of these include the saucepan, spatula, slotted spoon, and non-stick pan, among others. Below are the important tools you may need to make delicious fried eggs and the recipe.
Non-stick pan: a non-stick pan can only ensure that a fried egg slides easily onto the serving plate. The aluminum pans with ceramic coatings can be the best option. These pans can work well for frying eggs, even with the use of the least amount of oil. The non-stick pan can also resist scratches and can be your reliable kitchen counterpart for the long term.
Cast iron pan: when you want crispy whites in your fried egg recipe that are also browned a bit, you can switch the non-stick pan with a seasoned pan made of cast iron.
Fish spatula: a fish spatula has a beveled edge. Therefore, it can easily slide into the lightly cooked and close-to-raw yolk. It has a big front area and head. It ensures that the egg yolk is not broken when the spatula is used for transferring the fried egg to the plate.
If a fish spatula is not available, you can use some other kind of spatula as well. However, you should ensure that the spatula has a wide head. When you want the egg yolk intact and not broken during the preparation of the fried egg recipe, a spatula with a wide head is a worthy kitchen tool.
Fried Egg Basics
Fresh eggs can be the best choice for a fried egg recipe. Another important fact to know is that the eggs of hens can be cooked rather easily when compared to the eggs of ducks. Also, a fresh egg may have more strong proteins in its white portion. Better protein strength will also result in a neat shape when you fry the egg in your frying fan. On the other hand, the old eggs will have a thinner spread.
The basic ingredients and the recipe you need for frying eggs are given below.
- A fresh egg (kept at optimum and room temperature)
- 1 tbsp oil (based on your preferences) or a small butter knob.
- You can also double the ingredients and fry more eggs.
How To Fry An Egg
You can begin with frying eggs once you have the ingredients listed above.
Step 1: Heat the butter/oil in the pan. If you are heating butter, heat it until it melts. However, ensure that it does not turns brown due to overheating.
Step 2: Now you can crack the fresh egg on a saucer or a small plate. Do not crack the egg directly into the pan because some shells may fall into your dish and recipe.
Step 4: Cover the pan using a lid. Now heat the pan (at a low setting) for approximately 3 minutes.
Step 5: Check the dish and the recipe for the white portion. If it is set, the dish is processing fine. If not, leave the pan on low heat for 30 seconds more. You will find the yellow to be turning thicker, but not very hard. You can slide the cooking tuner/spatula beneath the egg (s) and flip them in the pan.
Step 6: The second side of the egg can be cooked to a desired texture and doneness, and you can decide that.
Step 7: The dish is ready. You can sprinkle some pepper and salt on the eggs. The fried eggs are served almost immediately.
Below are certain important tips and considerations that would come in handy when you are preparing fried eggs.
- Always use a wide head spatula for flipping and turning the fried eggs. Also, ensure that you use the same wide-head spatula while serving the fried eggs when you move them onto a plate.
- If you use a good-quality and non-stick pan, the eggs may easily move from the pan to the plate and will have the egg yolk intact.
- Carefully observe the white portion of the egg during preparing fried eggs. You would want to set it to a decent extent.
Always use fresh eggs for preparing the fried egg recipe and meal. Not only will they taste better, but they will also spread easily. It will help you prepare a delicious recipe, and the food will also have a good nutritional value.
Types Of Fried Eggs
The recipe for fried eggs is popular and common across the world. Therefore, there are many variations to it as well. Different people may like to cook and fry their eggs in different ways. Some would want their yokes to be harder, while others prefer runny yolks. Below are the four different types of fried egg recipes that you can easily prepare in your kitchen.
"Sunny-Side Up" Fried Egg
It is the most basic and common form of fried eggs. You need to melt butter or heat some oil in a non-stick pan. The cracked egg has to be put in the pan and cooked for 3 minutes. Once the white portion of the egg is set completely, you can remove the egg from the pan. Now you can season your food with some pepper and salt.
"Over-Easy" Fried Egg
This recipe has a minor variation on the "sunny side up" fried egg recipe. After cooking the egg for 3 minutes (and once the white portion is set), the egg has to be flipped over. You will then cook it for 30 seconds more. White will be completely set at this time. Now you can remove the fried egg from the pan and add some pepper and salt as seasoning.
"Over-Medium" Fried Egg
In this recipe, you heat and cook the yellow portion of the egg more when compared to the other and previously mentioned receipts. You have to cook the egg in melted butter or heated oil for 3 minutes. Now flip the egg and cook it for 60 seconds more. It will ensure that the yolk gets slightly hard and is set to an extent. You can now add pepper and salt to it as seasoning.
"Over-Hard" Fried Egg
This recipe can deliver a complete set of yolk. Take a non-stick pan and heat oil/ melt butter in it by applying medium heat. Crack the egg into the saucer and add it to the pan. Cook for around 3 minutes. Once the white portion of the egg is set completely, flip the eggs. Now cook the other side of eggs for 2.5 or 3 minutes. By this time, the yolk will be set fully and completely. Now add some seasoning in the form of pepper and salt, and the dish is ready.
Fried eggs contain all the important nutrients of the eggs including proteins and vitamins. They also have a high situation value. It means that you feel lesser hunger pangs when you eat eggs in your breakfast, dinner, or lunch. Eggs have been considered to be one of the best foods for losing weight as well. Their high satiation value ensures that you do not feel an urge to eat again for a long time once you eat eggs. Many different recipes can be made using fried eggs. You can prepare the fried eggs and combine them with vegetables, lentils, fruits, and other kinds of food items to even further enhance the nutritional value of your meal.