How to Fry Eggs

These step-by-step tips will teach you how to make fried eggs that are perfect every time, whether you like tem sunny side up or over easy.

How-To: Fry Eggs

Learn how to make perfect fried eggs, sunny-side up and over easy, every time.

Step 1: Sunny Side Up

For sunny-side-up eggs, start with a hot nonstick skillet on medium heat. Swirl in a little butter. Tip: Olive oil or bacon drippings will work great, too.

Step 2: Crack the Eggs

Crack the eggs into individual bowls. This way you can inspect for broken shells and yolks.

Step 3: Add the Eggs to the Pan

Add the eggs side by side in the pan.

Step 4: Cover When the Edges Turn White

In about a minute, the outer edges will turn opaque. This is your cue to cover the pan and lower the heat. Tip: A lid traps the steam and gently cooks the top.

Step 5: They're Ready

Wait 4 minutes and you'll have perfect eggs — no sticking or breaking. The longer you cook the eggs, the harder the yolk will be. If you want a medium yolk, cook for 5 minutes. A hard yolk will set in 6. Tip: Fresher eggs are best since the whites are firm and hold their shape better. Hit them with salt and pepper to taste and that's it!

Step 6: Over-Easy Eggs

If you like your eggs over easy, start as with sunny-side-up eggs, then flip the eggs when the outside whites set. Cook for about a minute on this side. Tip: Use a confident, gentle motion when flipping. Get under the edge with the spatula, then flip it.

Step 7: And Serve

Now go break an egg. Remember, fried eggs are delicious for breakfast, but you can enjoy them any time. Serve them on top of cooked lentils, asparagus and even pasta dishes.