Even a Kid Can Do It Perfect Fried Eggs

"My son has always been a breakfast food lover. He could eat it morning, noon, and night. When he was about 10, he wanted to learn to cook his favorites, but he just could not get the hang of frying eggs. They would always break or stick to the pan etc. So I came up with this easy way to make foolproof eggs. I had forgotten all about it--this was over 10 years ago. But when I recently went to his house to visit, he was cooking, and he still makes his eggs like this."
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  • Use a nonstick frying pan with a tight fitting lid.
  • Melt margarine over med to med high heat.
  • When bubbly, carefully break eggs into the pan.
  • When the whites are good and white, add the water next to the eggs and immediately cover with the lid.
  • Give the pan a good shake to loosen eggs from pan.
  • Cook until yolks are to desired doneness.
  • Slide the eggs out of the pan onto your plate.

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  1. diner524
    Great and easy way to make over easy/medium/hard eggs without having to flip them. I just made one egg(cooked in butter) and served it with toast, hash browns and fresh fruit for a wonderful lunch. I need to pass this onto my DS and DD. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for "I Recommend Tag Game".
  2. nomobrats4evr
    I love cooking eggs like this. This is close to how I taught my kids how to make them. I just use cooking spray, crack eggs in the pan and cover just until yolk is barely white. Then I take off heat and leave lid on till done. Easier than flipping an egg and taste better to me.
  3. Fox Hollow
    I've used a similar method for years. I start the heat at medium-high & before a wee bit of butter browns, add the eggs, fill one of the egg shell halfs with a shot of water {probably equals your tablespoon amount}, pop a tight lid on the skillet and immediately lower the heat to between low and medium. Watch carefully and don't open the lid too much. This is where a glass lid comes in handy. You just want the whites to set and then they are done! They are picture perfect:) Works great!
  4. Cher Jewhurst
    I've been making my fried eggs this way forever. Or at least since my great father-in-law taught me to do it shortly after I married his son. It's not fool proof though. You can end up with hard yolks and runny egg whites (I HATE that!) but with a little practice, mastering the heat ( I cook mine on medium high and I wait until the whites are just a little brown around the edges) and for sure, clear lids for your pans are key to making perfect eggs every time.
  5. Chef AprilAllYear
    THIS WORKED! I'm a convert to this technique. I'm a MAJOR egg lover -- can eat them 3 times a day and not get tired. Unfortunately, my fried eggs/easy over eggs skills were sketchy, at best. Luckily, I enjoyed all my mistakes, even if I was frustrated I couldn't get those lovely, hot, soft, creamy, rich yolks on demand unless I soft-boiled them (we even have backyard chickens so I get the best egg possibilities). THANK YOU for posting this technique -- strangely, my husband is struggling with it, but after seeing me produce yolk-perfect eggs several times in a row, he's willing to try until he gets it, too. I bet if he had a clear lid, like Greeny4444, he'd be an instant success (he's let them get too firm).


  1. Kimberly K.
    So easy! I've been making these every weekend since i found this recipe. Thank you!!
  2. atlfitgirl
    I was cooking breakfast one day and my BF and his mother both wondered what I was doing... I don't like crunchy edges around my whites or on the bottom, and I like my yolks warm and runny... this is the best way to make "fried eggs"... even though my BF's mom says I "steam" them! LOL Instead of the margarine, I sometimes use a little butter or bacon fat ( horrible I know, but tasty as a treat!) and I use a little crushed ice for the water. My BF says this is how he wants his eggs from now on!!! Thanks for sharing!!!



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