From burgers to fried rice, everything tastes better with a fried egg on top! I mean, #yolkporn is one of the most popular hashtags on Instagram for a reason. But perfect fried eggs seem to be one of those things, like rice, that people have a hard time recreating at home. Having topped thousands of rice bowls with perfect fried eggs, I’m going to share my tips.
Let’s Get Cooking!
It all starts with the pan. Generally I prefer cooking on a metal or enamel surface, rather than non-stick. But with fried eggs, you really need a good non-stick pan. (Or a well-seasoned cast iron pan. Like really well seasoned, where you absolutely know nothing will stick to it) I really like my copper nonstick pan. It’s PFOA free, which is good for you and for the planet. Everything glides right off it, and you can use it on glass top and induction stoves.
Pasture Raised Eggs
Next come the eggs. And forgive me if I get on my soapbox a little bit. The worst practices of factory farming play out in the egg industry. Believe me when I say that isn’t something you want to google and watch the videos that come up. It is so worth seeking out eggs that are pasture raised. Cage free is fairly meaningless and does not mean the chickens enjoy any kind of outdoor time. Pasture raised eggs are generally from smaller family farms. I can always choose between several brands at my grocery store, and one of them is bound to be on sale. You can tell the difference as soon as you crack the egg open. Pasture raised eggs have beautiful, plump, golden yolks, totally different than the sad, pale little yolks of factory farmed eggs.
We’re Gonna Crack a Few Eggs
Now that we have the proper pan, and happy eggs, it’s time to make our Perfect Fried Eggs. First we heat the pan. Even though the pan is nonstick, I always use a little oil anyway. The hot oil helps the whites set. Also, I always crack each egg into a small bowl first. This helps the yolk to stay intact, and is easier to remove any shell that may fall in.
Gently pour the eggs into the pan. After about 1 minute, when the white is almost set and the edges start to get a little crispy, cover the pan and cook fan additional 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Remove from the heat. Your whites should be set, but the yolk nice and soft, and ready for its #yolkporn closeup.
Use Them To Top Everything!
They are a perfect topping for my Japanese Beef Curry. The soft yolks mix with the gravy and really add another delicious layer of flavor.
If you make these Perfect Fried Eggs, we want to know. Leave a comment, and tag @funkyasiankitchen in your own beautiful #yolkporn photos. Show us the goods!
Perfect Fried Eggs, every time!
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons neutral oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a non-stick or seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes until it is hot. Add the oil and tilt the pan to spread the oil evenly.
- Crack the eggs into a small bowl and then slowly pour the eggs into the pan. (It’s a good idea to crack the eggs into a small bowl first rather than into the pan directly so that you know your yolks are not broken).
- Let the eggs cook for 1 minute until the whites are almost set (it will still be very jelly like around the yolk) and starting to just get crisp. Cover the pan with a lid and continue to cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until the white is just set but the yolks look soft and liquid.
- Transfer the eggs to a plate. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.