Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 5 mins

Such a simple dish but one that not everyone knows how to make. Here is your guide to the perfect fried egg.


  1. Put the butter and olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and heat until the pan is good and hot.
  2. Break the egg into the pan and immediately turn the heat down as low as it will go.
  3. Cover and leave to cook very gently for 4-5 minutes, until the white is set and shiny.
  4. The yolk will be cooked but still slightly runny.
  5. Eat how you like it, in a bacon and egg sarnie, on top of Asian dishes like nasi goreng or on its own.
  6. A perfect fried egg is a beautiful thing!


Most Helpful

I'm a fan of the 'keep the pan hot and flip it over' method. This will only work well if you still have plenty of butter in the pan when you are doing the flip, else you will end up with a brocken yolk. With the flip method, you really only need to cook the egg briefly on the first side until the white will stay together for the flip. Once the flip is done, you can remove the egg and there's no chance of an icky runny yolk. Just want to say Sackville Girl that your selection of recipes is fantastic!

Johannasweet February 26, 2004

Be it ever so humble, there's no egg like a well-fried egg. There's no chance of a broken yolk with this method and I thoroughly enjoyed my eggs and toast this morning. I might recommend though, that if one is cooking with an electric range rather than turn the heat down as low as possible, turn it off entirely. Electric burners don't seem to heat up or cool down as quickly as gas, so the yolk may be a bit overdone and the white underdone. At least, that's been my experience.

sugarpea January 11, 2004

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