Perfect Fried Egg Recipe

Perfect Fried Egg Recipe

No flipping required!

Prep: 1 mins

Cook: 5 mins

Total: 6 mins

Serving: 1 serving

Yield: 1 egg

Fried eggs make the ideal breakfast, of course, but they also transform noodle and rice dishes, salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches into tempting and satisfying meals. If the only thing stopping you from putting an egg on it is having to flip your fried eggs, then you need this no-flip recipe. Just heat some fat in a nonstick pan, and you'll have a delicious, nutritious fried egg in as little as four minutes. Here's how to baste or steam your fried eggs to perfection, no matter how you like your yolks.

The Best Pan for Frying Eggs

A nonstick skillet with slightly rounded sides is ideal for sliding eggs out onto a plate. A well-seasoned cast-iron pan can work as well, but you might need to add more fat to keep the eggs from sticking. Choose a pan large enough for the number of eggs you are cooking—an 8-inch pan is perfect for one or two eggs, but you’ll want to choose a bigger skillet for three or more eggs.

Which Fat Is Best for Fried Eggs?

Butter and bacon fat (always save those bacon drippings!) are both excellent choices for flavor, while vegetable oil is inexpensive and neutral. You can also use duck fat, sesame oil, avocado oil, or olive oil to fry eggs. And ghee is a great choice since it has the wonderful flavor of butter with a higher smoke point. No matter which fat you choose, heat it over medium heat—not higher—and add the eggs to the pan before the fat starts smoking.

“I usually flip my fried eggs, but I loved how easy these two no-flip methods were—no risk of breaking the yolks! Both methods delivered perfectly cooked eggs, and the steaming method is great for large batches.” — Megan O. Steintrager

Perfect Fried Egg Recipe

A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, vegetable oil, butter, bacon grease, or other fat

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

Basting Method

This method is best for cooking a smaller number of eggs—if you are cooking more than four eggs, consider using the steaming method below.

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat about 2 to 3 tablespoons of fat in an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Break an egg into a small bowl or ramekin. When the fat is hot but not smoking, slide the egg into the pan.

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  3. When the bottom of the egg looks opaque, tilt the pan slightly and use a spoon to scoop some of the pooling fat. Spoon the hot fat over the egg white. Repeat until the white is firm, about 2 minutes. Spoon some fat over the yolk until it is as runny or firm as you like it.

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  4. Use a spatula to move the egg to a plate. Season the eggs with some salt and freshly ground black pepper, and enjoy!

    Perfect Fried Egg Recipe

Steam-Frying Method

Use this method to cook one egg or several quickly without basting or flipping.

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat just enough fat to coat a medium or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. One at a time, break the eggs into a small bowl or ramekin, then slide the eggs into the hot pan. Once all the eggs are in the pan, add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the exposed surface of the pan.

  3. Immediately cover the pan and steam the eggs for about 1 minute. If the eggs are still too jiggly, continue steaming until cooked as desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 311
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 71mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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