Fool Proof Eggs

February 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

To me, eggs are total comfort food.  If you are an egg person, specifically a runny egg person, it all comes down to buttery toast dipped in peppery salty yolks.

Achieving the perfectly cooked egg can be somewhat of a challenge, and I am by no means an expert.  But I do think I’ve come up with a fool proof trick for achieving the exact yolk you like, so I decided to share. 

If you’re cooking two eggs, begin with an 7 or 8 inch frying pan. Three eggs- begin with a 9 or 10 inch frying pan. Place 1/2 T butter in the pan, set to medium heat.  Let heat for 4 minutes.

While pan is heating, crack your eggs into a bowl.  As opposed to cracking my eggs into the pan, I crack them into a bowl, and then pour the eggs into the pan.  This allows you to place all the eggs in the pan at the same time, which ensures even cooking times.  Not mention, it also provides a key opportunity to fish out any shells.

Next, pour the eggs into the pan and season with salt and pepper.  Place a lid on the pan and let cook, covered, for 3 minutes.  By covering the eggs, the heat is trapped in and the eggs cook completely- no need to flip!  After 3 minutes check eggs consistently until they are cooked to your liking.  I find a runny yolk takes approximately 4 minutes to cook.  Serve immediately with toast.


§ 3 Responses to Fool Proof Eggs

  • Andie says:

    Thanks for the tip–I love runny eggs. Do you have any words of wisdom on how to hard-boil eggs so that the shells peel easily? Sometimes I have no problem, other times the egg seems to stick to the shell. Not sure why.

  • Clara says:

    Yes, actually! I hard boil eggs by covering them in water, bringing the water to a boil, cook them for 3 minutes in bowling water, and then turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let them sit for 8 minutes to finish cooking. Then I drain the eggs and run them under boiling water. I find them peel best if you let them sit in the fridge for a few hours first. But if I don’t have that kind of time, I peel them under running water so the shell is continuously washed away. The water (I think) also helps separate the egg from the shell. Hope that helps!

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