How To Fry An Egg

September 30, 2013

Eggs are a staple in my kitchen. A fried egg was one of the first things I learned to make, and thanks my obsession with watching cooking shows, Jacques Pepin taught me how to cook the perfect fried egg. The problem lots of people have with cooking eggs always comes at that point when the yolks are perfectly runny, but the tops of the whites are still slimy and clear. The secret to ensuring set whites with runny yolks is adding a splash of water to the pan and covering it with a lid so the steam cooks the top of the egg. No need for fancy tricks like flipping the eggs– with this method, you’ll have perfect fried eggs each time.

how to fry an egg


  • 1 frying pan with a lid
  • eggs
  • butter
  • water

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1. Heat the frying pan over medium heat and melt a small dab of butter.

2. Crack an egg on the counter instead of on the edge of the pan– this helps to reduce the chance of egg shells getting in your egg.

3. Cook until the whites start to set, about 1 minute.

4. Pour a small splash of water directly on the pan and quickly cover with a lid and cook for another 30 seconds, just until the whites are cooked through.

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To make these breakfast tacos (my typical weekend breakfast), heat two tortillas by toasting them over a gas stove flame for a few seconds on each side. Top tortillas with bacon and top with a fried egg.

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Top with avocado, green onion, cilantro and crumbled queso fresco.

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Serve with sliced radishes, lime and salsa.

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Buen provecho!

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(images by HonestlyYUM)


Thank you so much ~~ finally know how to fry an egg after all these years~ It is even better than a poached egg, the white vinegar always gives a strange taste . Loving your blog and just tried the earl grey creme brulee too! Will definitely try more recipes !

Glad I could help with the eggs. And thank you so much for the kind words!

aarrggg! Today was supposed to be a raw foods day but now I feel like eating an egg 🙂
Thanks for this post.

Well slap me in the face and call me silly! This was the BEST egg frying trick EVER! I made brunch for a group of guests yesterday and marveled how every single fried egg came out looking picture perfect.

Thank you so much for posting this – I could never figure out where I was going wrong with my egg frying. Never again will I over easy! And those tacos look scrumptious!

what a great tip! My husband is always a bit underwhelmed when I make him a fried egg and he often wants one. Now I can make a perfect fried egg.
Those pics are so appetizing!

Yay! Thanks for this tip, I was always lazy to research it. 🙂 Now I’m going to make some fried eggs. 🙂

Oh my gosh, this is brilliant! Can’t believe I never thought of this…. and after all those years of having to just make scrambled eggs because I kept breaking the yolks mid-flip!

Oh I’ve done that plenty of times– glad to hear I’m not the only one 🙂

Damn it I am craving a breakfast taco right now… I shouldn’t look at this site when I wake up in the morning 🙂

Apparently, I never paid enough attention to Jacques Pepin, because I can’t believe how simple the idea of adding a bit of water to the pan is! I always wind up breaking the yolks when I flip the eggs to get that slimy white part cooked through- my husband’s breakfasts now thank you (and Jacques, of course)

Of course! I’ve become better at flipping eggs, but if it’s more than 1 egg, I’m doomed.

This egg trick is genius! I am beyond thrilled that I just learned that. It will now make my egg making so much easier. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
xo Quinn

Quinn Cooper Style

Thanks Quinn! I had the same reaction you did when I learned this little trick!

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