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Easy Ways to Cook Eggs

Updated on July 13, 2011

A Hundred Ways to Cook Eggs?

There are supposed to be more than a hundred ways to cook an egg. But I'm certainly not going to discuss all of the ways to cook an egg here. I will show some simple ways to cook the humble egg.

I love eggs. They are cheap. Eggs are healthy. They got a bad rap for a long time, but health experts are now giving eggs the all clear. If you have high cholesterol levels, ask your doctor about how many eggs you should eat. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and lots of essentail amino acids.

But I think the greatest thing about eggs is their versatility. They can be made so many different ways and go with almost anything. I even eat beans with eggs. Plus, eggs aren't just reserved for breakfast and brunch. Some of my favorite evening supper meals had eggs as the entree. Anyway, enough about gushing about the many benefits of eggs.

Here are some easy ways to make eggs:

How to fry eggs photo: twenty_questions @flickr
How to fry eggs photo: twenty_questions @flickr

Easy Ways to Cook Eggs- How to Fry Eggs

One of the most popular ways to make eggs is to fry them. And even then, there are variations. But to fry eggs, add a cracked egg to a bit of oil. My preference is butter or bacon grease. They give the best flavor. If you don't like cracked yolks, be careful when you add the egg. How you fry your egg next depends on how you prefer your eggs.

If you like them sunny side up, which means the yolk stays liquid and the white is barely firm, then just cook them on one side until the whites become firm.

If your preference is over easy, cook on one side until the egg white firms. Then, flip the egg, but only cook the second side long enough to get the egg white a bit more firm. The egg yolk should still be soft and at least partially runny.

If you like over hard eggs or well done, this means that you want both the egg whites and egg yolks well done. The egg white may be a bit crispy at the edges, and the egg yolk is solidly firm. To fry eggs over hard, cook well on the first side. Then flip the egg and cook that side until it is well done, too.

Scrambled eggs photo: georginamary @flickr
Scrambled eggs photo: georginamary @flickr
Boiled eggs photo: chris.corwin @flickr
Boiled eggs photo: chris.corwin @flickr

More Easy Ways to Cook Eggs - Scrambled Eggs and How to Boil Eggs

The next way to cook eggs, and probably the easiest, is to scramble them. To scramble eggs, first put them into a mixing bowl. Beat them with your choice of spices. At least salt and pepper is recommended. Adding just a couple of teaspoons of water will result in fluffy scrambled eggs. Then add the eggs to a pan that has a small amount of melted butter, just enough to coat the pan. A non-stick skillet is recommended for scrambled eggs, as they can be hard to clean from a regular skillet. Use a wooden spoon to constantly stir the eggs, being sure to scrape the bottom and side of the pan often. When the eggs have firmed up, but still remain moist, they are done. Try topping them with cheese, salsa, or both. Delicious!

Last on the list of common ways to cook eggs is boiling. Just like fried eggs, it depends on your preference how you boil eggs. Here is how to boil an egg:

Put the eggs in a pan filled with cold water. Fill the water about an inch higher than the height of the eggs. Turn the heat on high and bring to a rolling boil. Then reduce the heat to medium. For a hard boiled egg, cook it for about ten more minutes. If you like your boiled eggs more soft, reduce the cooking time by two or three minutes. After the eggs are done, drain the hot water and place the eggs in very cold water to cool them. Refrigerate if not eating right away.

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    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Angela - Those are some nice tips. Here's one we like around these parts: Cut out a square - about an inch and a half to two inches - in a slice of bread. Heat some butter in a skillet, pop in the bread slice, crack a raw egg and put its stuff into the cut-out. Some will run over atop the rest of the bread. After a time, flip the whole thing to fry the egg to howevr done you want it to be. We serve this with pancake syrup.

      Gus :-)))

    • Simple Tim profile image

      Simple Tim 7 years ago

      Hmm those scrambled eggs look so perfect!I found a recipe which uses baking powder in scramled eggs, its great for omlettes too and it really does make the egg fluffy.I will try your sugestion of adding water to see the diffence in time I make scrambled eggs.

      Eggs are definately one of the most nutritious and affordable foods!and they are tasty too.Plenty of delcicious recipes from this ingreident...Don't forget about French Toast:)and Eggnog:)

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Wow a hundred ways to cook eggs - I just know three you've got plus poached, omelettes and Eggs Benedict.