How you choose to fry an egg depends on how you like to enjoy them. You may be looking for lacy, bronzed edges or the whites just set. Here are five techniques to help you get the style you like best.
- Crispy Edges: For an egg with golden edges, you’ll need to place the egg in a pool of olive oil. The egg will cook in the oil, which you use to baste over the white until just set. Be sure to have the pan hot, but not smoking, to get the best crunch.
- Water-Basted: These eggs will call for adding a little hot water to the pan. If you baste the eggs with water, you’ll end up with soft, tender edges rather than crispy ones. It should feel just like an over-easy egg.
- Heavy Cream: One of the most decadent ways to enjoy an egg is frying it with heavy cream. As the ingredients cook, the cream will simmer and break into milk and butter solids. This will result in an intensely flavored egg with caramelized edges and a runny yolk.
- Butter-Basted: A classic technique, butter basting will give you an egg that isn’t too crispy or too tender. Cook it on a medium heat in a nonstick pan. The egg should be gently covered in brown butter until just set. Consider this your everyday egg.
- Sheet Pan: You can skip the stove altogether with a quarter sheet pan. Preheat the well-oiled tray in a 450 degrees F oven for 15 minutes. Crack a dozen eggs into a large bowl and slide them gently onto the pan. After five minutes you’ll have a pan ready with diner-style eggs.
Source: the Kitchn