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How to fry eggs well

How to fry eggs well

You've probably heard the expression: "S/he can't even cook an egg," suggesting that the person referred is a hopeless cook. In reality, frying eggs well isn't as easy as it might appear. The two most frequent errors: the white develops a brown crust around the outside which is unpleasant in the mouth, or the yolk is surrounded by white that is still raw and runny. Here is a foolproof and easy method that will help you avoid both.

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Last modified on: March 11th 2018

For 2 eggs, you will need:

Change for: 1 eggs 2 eggs 4 eggs 6 eggs

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
14 min.6 min.20 min.
Preservation: Fried eggs don't keep.
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Step by step recipe

1 Heat the serving plates.

Gently separate the yolks of 2 eggs.
2 How to fry eggs well : Photo of step #2Take care not to break yolks from the whites. 10 min.
3 How to fry eggs well : Photo of step #3Melt 1 knob butter in a non-stick pan on medium heat.

When the butter is melted, add 1 teaspoon water. This is the secret of how to cook the white without it forming a crust.
1 min.
4 How to fry eggs well : Photo of step #4Tip the egg whites all at once into the pan... 1 min.
5 How to fry eggs well : Photo of step #5...and cook until they are just set.

Salt and pepper to taste.
5 min.
6 How to fry eggs well : Photo of step #6Turn down the heat and very gently place the yolks on top of the cooked whites, spacing them evenly.

Leave like this on low heat for about 3 minutes to heat the yolks through.
3 min.
7 How to fry eggs well : Photo of step #7Transfer to a hot plate. Your fried eggs are ready and perfectly cooked: the whites are set, the yolks runny. Serve immediately as they spoil quickly.
8 The video on the right will show you the method in more detail.

You will have to excuse the brown edge on my egg white - I didn't clean the pan after the first two...

Remarks

These fried eggs have nothing in common with those served up in a typical "greasy spoon" café. Do not salt the yolk, as this will mark it with unsightly white spots.

You can season eggs many different ways: simple salt and pepper, a pinch of paprika or a few drops of vinegar (which I adore!).

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
26816 gr0 gr23 gr
13 %6 %0 %3 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
19812 gr0 gr17 gr
10 %4 %0 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 2 eggs : 0.42 €
Per eggs : 0.21 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: Follow my dad's sound advice: "With fried eggs, there's nothing like a drop of white!" And he was right. I would just add that my preference is for a Bourgogne aligoté, or any other fresh dry white wine.
Source: Learned from Bernard Loiseau who showed to Joel Robuchon, explaining that he'd learned it from Pierre Troigros. You decide if it's worth a
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