LifestyleHow to prepare perfect fried eggs every time: Expert tips and tricks

How to prepare perfect fried eggs every time: Expert tips and tricks

The worst fat for fried eggs
The worst fat for fried eggs
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10 July 2024 18:14

There are many ways to prepare an egg. You can serve scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, or fried eggs for breakfast. The last option can be tricky, as one mistake can ruin the yolk's flavour.

Preparing a fried egg seems incredibly simple. After all, it's not rocket science to crack it into a hot pan and wait a few minutes until it sets. In reality, however, it is a bit more complicated, and the key is the pan's heat level and the type of fat used.

Don't make these mistakes when frying eggs

First, it is worth using fresh eggs when making fried eggs because older eggs spread their whites in the pan, and the yolk will not adhere to them. Another mistake is not using fat or frying eggs in oil. The best choice is clarified butter. Oil quickly burns the white, leaving the yolk undercooked.

Clarified butter burns more slowly than fresh butter. Its classic variant contains less water and protein, which causes it to acquire an unpleasant taste at high temperatures. On the other hand, oil, often used in cooking, has a lower smoke point than clarified butter. It also imparts a specific flavour that not everyone likes. Clarified butter is more expensive but worth spending more to enjoy a better taste.

How to prepare the perfect fried egg?

First, crack the egg into a clean bowl. Doing this directly onto the pan is not recommended because the yolk might break. Additionally, it is better to check the egg's freshness before it goes into the frying fat. The heated pan should be set to medium temperature. A high temperature can cause the egg to brown quickly, and unappealing bubbles can form before it sets.

Heat the clarified butter over medium heat before placing the egg in the pan. When the fat melts, carefully pour in the egg, reduce the heat, and fry until the white is firm and the yolk is thick, usually taking 3-4 minutes. After removing the egg from the pan, season it with pepper, salt, and fresh dill.

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