Cooking over easy fried eggs is SO simple!
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How To Cook Fried Eggs

Last updated on February 24, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

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If you don’t know how to cook fried eggs, you’re missing out! This breakfast (or breakfast-for-dinner) favorite is ready in a flash, and tastes oh-so-good!

Cooking over easy fried eggs is SO simple!

I’ve talked about how much we like breakfast for dinner in our house, and it’s true.

Nothing’s quicker than whipping up a couple of eggs in a skillet, making some toast and sitting down to eat in fifteen minutes flat.

But, what if you don’t know how to cook fried eggs?

It seems simple, but if one thing’s off—skillet temperature, skillet type, grease-factor, etc. —you can easily end up with a pile of overdone or stuck-to-the-pan fried egg “blech.”

Here’s a tip on skillets:

Make sure to use a seasoned cast iron skillet or a really good non-stick pan for your fried eggs. 

A stainless steel pan, too, but you’ll need to use copious amounts of fat to ensure the eggs don’t stick.

Cooking over easy fried eggs is SO simple!

You want a runny yolk, at least partially.

I’m reminded of the Julie & Julia quote, where we learn that Julie has never tried an egg. WHAT?!

Julie manages to perfect a single poached egg after several (okay, a lot of) tries, and then takes her first bite: It tastes like… Cheese sauce. YUM.


Cooking over-easy or sunny-side up fried eggs is SO simple!

Notice how deliciously yellow those yolks are? That’s because they’re fresh eggs, literally just gathered from the chickens on our property.

World of difference if you’ve never tried anything but grocery store eggs!

Easy Fried Eggs!
Yield: 1 serving

Easy Fried Eggs!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Learn how to make easy sunny-side-up or over-easy fried eggs!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 or 2 eggs per person
  • Salt


Place the butter in a medium non-stick or cast iron skillet and preheat over medium. When the butter gets foamy, add the egg – taking care not to break the yolk. (If you’re worried about breaking the yolk, crack the egg into a little cup first, then pour it into your pan.)

Let the egg cook until all the clear parts become white and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Then...

For sunny-side up: Cover the pan with a piece of aluminum foil or a lid, and let it cook for one minute longer (or unti the whites are all opaque). Remove to a plate.

For over-easy: Use a spatula to gently slide under the egg, and quickly flip it over. Cook for 1 minute for runny, and 2 to 3 minutes if you like your yolk a little less runny. Remove to a plate.


Serve with buttered toast, or my favorite: buttered broiled sliced baguette! Awesome with bacon or sausage. Perfect for breakfast or any weeknight dinner. Kids love it!

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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