How to Fry Eggs: A Step-by-Step Guide

These step-by-step tips will teach you how to make fried eggs, whether you like them sunny-side up or over easy.

Eggs, Breakfast, Brunch

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

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

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

Add the Eggs to the Pan
Add the eggs side by side in the pan.

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. A lid traps the steam and gently cooks the top.

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. Season them with salt and pepper to taste and that's it!
Tip: Fresher eggs are best, since the whites are firmer and hold their shape better.

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. Use a confident, gentle motion when flipping. Get under the edge with the spatula, then flip it. Cook for about a minute on this side.

Now, go break an egg. Remember, fried eggs are delicious for breakfast, but you can enjoy them anytime. Serve them on top of cooked lentils, asparagus and even pasta dishes. Watch our how-to video for more.