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Fried Egg (Over Easy, Sunny Side Up & Hard Over)

chefnubbs June 1, 2021


The Fried Egg

The magically awful, the magically wonderful, the magically incredible, the magically amazing breakfast dish that can go horribly wrong or mindblowingly right.
Course Breakfast, Culinary
Servings 1 person


  • 6" Nonstick Pan
  • Lid for pan
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Slotted Spatula


  • 2 Ea Eggs It's SOOO worth it to buy organic for this
  • TT Salt kosher, rock, sea or pink
  • 1 pinch White Pepper
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Sugar
  • 1 pinch Paprika
  • Enough Olive Oil NOT EVOO, NOT VOO ... just OO.


  • Pour JUST enough oil to barely coat the bottom of the pan (apx. 2 Tbsp.)
  • If using a non-nonstick pan, use enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan but again, go easy on.
  • Turn your flame on high. Let the oil get super hot. If it's smoking though, you've let it get way too hot.
  • Hold pan with 1 hand and tilt slightly as you crack first egg into the pan. Immediately crack the second egg into the pan and allow the whites to combine. Allow the yolks to get close.
  • Let pan rest flat and sprinkle all seasoning EXCEPT SALT!
    geez. look at you just wantin' to throw it all in at once. oi.
  • Put the lid on. Allow the eggs to do their thing for 20-30 seconds then turn the heat down to high-medium
  • IF SUNNY SIDE UP AND RUNNY: let them continue simmering until you think "damn they look good". Skip to last step.
  • IF OVER EASY: after turning the heat down lift the lid and flip the egg. If you can't do without a spatula, you should learn. It takes messing up a few times but it's a skill really worth getting down and doesn't take long.
    Once flipped, either let simmer for 5-10 seconds then plate up OR replace the lid and allow to simmer for another 30-45 seconds (depending on the strength of your stove and your desired doneness).
  • IF HARD OVER: after turning the heat down keep the lid on for about a minute. Take lid off and flip. Depending on your desired doneness and stove strength you'll either let simmer for another 30 seconds or so then plate OR put the lid back on and let simmer for about 30-45 seconds then plate.
  • LAST STEP: you don't need a slotted spatula but it helps keep any excess oil off the plate.
    Go ahead and plate up.
    Now you can sprinkle with your desired salt.


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Keyword Breakfast, Culinary, Eggs

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