How to Fry an Egg Perfectly Every Time

How to fry an egg

Do you know that delicious, golden-yolked fried egg you can order at your favorite breakfast spot? You can make it home—and we’ll show you how.

Frying an egg may seem simple, but it can be tricky to get it just right. This post will walk you through the steps to frying an egg perfectly every time. You’ll be cooking up diner-style eggs in no time!

How to fry an egg
How to fry an egg

Crack Your Egg Into a Bowl.

Cracking your egg into a bowl instead of directly into the pan is the first step to frying an egg perfectly. This way, you can ensure that there are no shells or other debris in your egg, and you can also ensure that your egg is the right size and shape for your pan.

Add Oil to Your Pan.

Adding oil to your pan is the key to getting a perfect fried egg. The oil will help to evenly distribute the heat and prevent the egg from sticking to the pan.

You can use any cooking oil, but I recommend using high-quality olive oil or avocado oil. Coconut oil is also a good option but has a lower smoke point than other oils, so it’s not ideal for frying eggs.

Add Your Egg to the Pan.

Step 3 is adding your egg to the pan. Ensure your pan is hot before adding the egg, or it will stick. If your pan is too hot, the egg will cook too quickly on the outside but stay runny inside.

Once your egg is in the pan, let it cook for a few minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the edges are set, and the center is cooked to your liking.

Use a Fork to Scramble if Desired.

If you’d instead scramble your egg, use a fork to mix the whites and yolk until they’re evenly blended. Then, cook it the same way you would a fried egg.

Flip Your Egg.

Now it’s time to flip your egg! Use a fork or spatula to gently lift the egg and flip it over, so the uncooked side is now facing down. Be careful not to break the yolk.

If your egg sticks to the pan, wait a minute or two for it to release, then try flipping it again. If it still doesn’t budge, you can use a spoon or chopsticks to help move it around.

Remove Your Egg From the Pan.

How do you know when your egg is done frying? It’s easy! Just use a fork to poke a hole in the center of the egg. If the egg white is firm and the yolk is still runny, it’s done. If you’d like your yolk to be slightly healthier, cook it for a few more minutes.

Once your egg is done, please remove it from the pan and serve immediately. Use a kitchen towel or heat-resistant glove to protect your hands, as the pan will be hot. Enjoy!


Now that you know how to fry an egg perfectly every time, there’s no excuse not to enjoy this delicious and easy breakfast dish. Try out some of our favorite variations, or get creative and come up with your own. You’ll be a pro with a bit of practice in no time!

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