Eggs are such a versatile dish. They can be cooked or prepared in a variety of ways, each adding their own style and flavor. Eggs are good for you because they include protein and other nutrients such as calcium, potassium, vitamin A and even some iron. Below are 32 different ways eggs can be prepared. Which one is your favorite way to enjoy an egg?
1. Sunny Side Up Egg
A sunny side up egg is prepared in a greased frying pan. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a medium nonstick frying pan and heat until shimmering (about 5 minutes). Crack an egg and slowly add it to the frying pan. Cover with a tight lid and cook uninterrupted for 2 minutes or until the white is completely set, but the yolk is still runny. Slide the egg out of the frying pan onto a plate. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Over Easy Egg
An over easy egg involves cooking a flipped egg, keeping the yolk intact but runny, while the egg whites are fully cooked. The term “over easy” refers to the doneness of the yolk. It is easy meaning, not cooked. Here’s how to achieve an over easy egg: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan. Heat until warmed. Crack an egg and season with a pinch of salt. Cook the eggs until there’s about half an inch of egg white around the yolk that is not yet set. Flip the egg and cook for about another 30 seconds until the egg white is set, but the yolk is still runny. Season with pepper and serve warm with toast to sop up the runny yolk.
3. Over Medium Egg
An over medium egg is very similar to an over easy egg. Only for an over medium egg, the egg yolk is only slightly runny. To achieve an over medium egg, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan. Heat until warmed. Crack an egg and season it with a pinch of salt. Cook the egg for 2 to 3 minutes until the white is firm, but the yolk is still runny. Flip and cook 1 more minute. The yolk should be jammy and just a bit runny, but not run all over the plate.
4. Over Hard Egg
An over hard egg is very similar to an over medium egg. Only for an over hard egg, the egg yolk is completely cooked. To achieve an over hard egg, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium frying pan. Heat until warmed. Crack an egg and season it with a pinch of salt. Cook the egg for 2 to 3 minutes until the yolk is firm. It is okay if the yolk breaks. Flip and cook 1 more minute. The yolk should be completely set. Add pepper and serve while warm.
5. Hard Boiled Egg
To prepare a hard-boiled egg. Place the egg in the bottom of a saucepan. Add water to fill the pan about an inch above the egg. Bring the water to a rapid boil on the stovetop over high heat. Once the water reaches its boiling point, cover the pan with a lid and remove it from the heat. Allow the pan to remain covered for 10 minutes and the egg emersed in the water. Fill a large bowl with ice and water. After the egg reaches the desired cooking time, transfer it to the ice water to cool about 10 minutes. Gently tap the egg against a hard surface and peel away the shell. Remove the shell from the egg and rinse under cold water to remove any additional shell pieces.
6. Soft Boiled Egg
Preparing a soft-boiled egg is very similar to preparing a hard-boiled egg. Only for a soft-boiled egg, the cook time is reduced. Place the egg in the bottom of a saucepan. Add water to fill the pan about an inch above the egg. Bring the water to a rapid boil on the stovetop over high heat. Once the water reaches its boiling point, cover the pan with a lid and remove it from the heat. Allow the pan to remain covered for 5 minutes and the egg emersed in the water. Fill a large bowl with ice and water. After the egg reaches the desired cooking time, transfer it to the ice water to cool about 10 minutes. Gently tap the egg against a hard surface and peel away the shell. Remove the shell from the egg and rinse under cold water to remove any additional shell pieces.
7. Poached Egg
Poached eggs are a beautiful thing. The outside egg white is just firm enough to contain the ooey-gooey yolk on the inside in that perfectly round little package. To poach an egg, bring a saucepan of water to boil. Once boiling, crack an egg and place it gently in the water. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until a firm white is achieve and the yolk is still runny. Remove from the water using a small sieve or slotted spoon. Dab with a paper towel to remove any excess water. Serve immediately.
8. Hard Scrambled Eggs
Hard scrambled eggs are cooked over medium heat until they are fully set and dry. Crack three eggs into a bowl. Whisk together with 1 tablespoon of milk until mixed thoroughly. Melt ½ tablespoon of butter in the pan, then add to pan and cook until eggs are fully set, stirring regularly.
9. Soft Scrambled Eggs
Soft scrambled eggs are cooked over low heat and are removed from the heat while still slightly damp. Melt ½ tablespoon of butter in the pan over low heat. Crack 3 eggs in a bowl and whisk together with 1 tablespoon of milk, until mixed thoroughly. Stir slowly until eggs are mostly cooked and are still slightly damp. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
10. Perfect Scrambled Eggs
In a pan over medium to high heat. Melt and warm ½ tablespoon of butter. Crack and whisk together 3 eggs and 1 tablespoon of mil until white and yolks are thoroughly mixed and cohesive. Fry them in a frying pan, stirring regularly until cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
An omelet is a favorite at our house. It can be dressed up based on the add-ins or toned down as well. We like to add meats such as ham, bacon, ground sausage, as well as vegetables like sauteed onions, broccoli, spinach, shredded carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, shredded zucchini or anything else we normally have on hand. Adding a variety of cheese is also a delicious take on an omelet. Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley, dill or basil.
To make an omelet, whisk together two cracked eggs and 1 tablespoon of milk. Add ½ tablespoon of butter to a frying pan and place on medium heat. Once the butter has melted, carefully pour in whisked eggs to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook over medium heat. Once the egg begins to solidify, add inside contents such as meat, vegetables and cheese.
Using a spatula, carefully fold the edges of the omelet in toward the center once the egg begins to solidify, making it like a wrap. Allow the eggs to cook until the desired doneness, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve warm.
12. Quiche Pie
To make Quiche Lorraine, prepare a single pie crust or use a store-bought pie crust. Place in the bottom of the pie pan and blind bake for 10 minutes at 400F. Beat 6 large eggs, 1/3 cup chopped onion, 6 slices of bacon, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 cups whipping cream. Beat until thoroughly mixed. Add to the egg mixture to the pie shell and bake at 375F for 50-60 minutes until done.
13. Basted Egg
If you struggle with making an over easy egg without breaking the yolk, but you like the liquid yolk, then a basted egg is for you. To make a basted egg, melt ½ tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Crack an egg and add it to the pan. When the egg whites are nearly set, add a drizzle of hot tap water to the pan with the egg. Add a tightly fitting lid to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds until the steam has cooked the steam has cooked the layer of egg whites that is over the yolk. Serve warm.
14. Spanish Fried Egg
The Spanish fried egg has a very crispy and bubbly edge. To make it, heat a small skillet over medium high heat until it’s very hot. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, gently slide the cracked egg into the skillet. The oil should be hot enough to make the edges of the egg start bubbling immediately when it hits the pan. Cook the egg for 2 minutes or less, until the egg white is very crispy around the edges and puffed up around the yolk. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy.
15. Baked Egg
Heat the oven to 325F. Break and slip 2 eggs into each of two lightly greased ramekins or custard cups. Spoon milk evenly over eggs. Cook until eggs reach the desired doneness. Sprinkle with salt and serve.
16. Shirred Egg
To make a shirred egg, pour cream into a ramekin, then crack the egg on top of the cream without breaking the yolks. Use a spoon to. Move the yolks towards the center of the ramekin, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, chives and parmesan cheese. Bake in a 350F preheated oven until the whites of the eggs have set and the yolks are still soft, about 12 minutes.
17. Egg Muffins
Egg muffins are great for breakfast. They can be prepared in advance or frozen for later use. To prepare an egg muffin, preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. Chop green onions, bell peppers and place in a large mixing bowl. Add 8 large eggs, ¼ cup milk, pinch of garlic powder and onion powder, 8 oz shredded mild cheddar cheese. Mix well. Sprinkle with bacon pieces.
18. Steamed Egg
Steamed eggs are typically a popular dish with the Chinese. To make steamed eggs, a Chinese classic, you will need a steamer rack that fits inside your pan. Prepare a wok with a steamer inside. Fill the bottom of the pan up with water until it reaches the point of the steamer. Place another pan on top of the steamer. Whip up 4 eggs and add 2 cups of warm (95-113 degree F) water and pour into the inner pan. Cover with a lid and allow to steam for about 8 minutes.
19. Deviled Eggs
Prepare 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved. Remove yolks, mash then mix with ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, ½ tsp white vinegar, ¼ tsp salt. Spoon or pipe egg yolk filling mixture back into the egg whites. Cool if desired. Garnish with paprika.
20. Coddled Egg
A coddled egg is defined as a gently cooked egg with a runny or semi-runny consistency. To prepare a coddled egg, place a whole egg in the shell in a mug. Boil enough water to fill the mug and cover the egg. Once the water is boiling, transfer it to the mug with the egg. Allow the water to sit in the mug for about 5 minutes. Transfer the egg to an ice bath to cool and stop the cooking.
21. Scotch Egg
A Scotch egg is a deep-fried whole, boiled egg that is wrapped in pork sausage. To make a Scotch egg, boil four eggs in a saucepan for 15 minutes. Remove from the water, cool, remove the eggshell and rinse under cool water. Flatten 2 lbs of pork sausage. Make a patty with enough sausage to cover the egg. Coat with beaten egg and roll in breadcrumbs. Pan fry making sure each side is well cooked. Finish cooking by baking in a 350F oven for 10 minutes. Cut in half and serve.
22. Oven Boiled Eggs
If you think boiling eggs is for your grandma, then this alternate solution to achieve a boiled egg just might be for you. Preheat your oven to 325F. Gently place eggs in muffin tins to keep them from rolling around. Bake for 30 minutes, then transfer them to an ice bath. Remove the shells after they’ve cooled and enjoy.
23. Toad in a Hole
This dish is perfect for the kid and the kid at heart. To prepare Toad in a Hole, use a biscuit cutter to cut out the center from a piece of bread. Remove the circle. Place the piece of bread in a frying pan with melted butter. Crack an egg, gently placing it in the hole in the bread. Fry the egg, place cheese on top of the egg and then place the bread cutout on top of the cheese. Cook until desired doneness is achieved. Serve hot.
24. Marinated Eggs
To enjoy a more flavorful version of boiled eggs, why not marinate them? Boil eggs for 7 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the marinade by mixing 5 garlic cloves, 3 dried chilies, ¾ cup soy sauce, 3 tablespoons mirin, and 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar. Boil in a saucepan, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Place peeled eggs in the marinade for 1 hour or as long as two days.
A frittata is a lot like a quiche, except it doesn’t have a crust and is fried in a pan, rather than being baked. Frittatas are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner and can include any of your favorite vegetables or meat. To prepare a frittata, grease a baking pan or cast-iron skillet. Add any chopped or grated vegetables to the pan. Whisk 6large eggs and pour them over the vegetables. Cook on the stove top over medium high heat for 6 minutes. Broil in the oven for 3 minutes or until egg is set.
26. Grilled Eggs
Grilled eggs are a great alternative solution to boiled eggs. Just place a raw egg, in its shell, on the grill for about 10 minutes. Then it’s done.
27. Cloud Eggs
Say hello to a nest of puffy whipped egg whites, with a sunshiny yolk center. To make these delicious eggs, preheat the oven to 350F. Separate the eggs and put the whites in a small bowl and the yolks in another bowl. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks begin to form. Spoon onto a baking sheet and bake until the whites are firm, no longer wet, about 6 minutes. Gently pour 1 yolk into the center of each white and bake until the yolk starts to set, but is still runny, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and serve on top of toast.
28. Cured Egg
Cured eggs can be prepared up to 1 month in advance. To make them whisk 1 ¼ cup sugar and. 1 1/3 cup salt together. Evenly spread half of salt and sugar mixture in a glass baking dish. Make depressions in the salt, using the back of a tablespoon. Carefully place an egg yolk in each depression. Gently place the remainder of the salt mixture over the top of the egg yolks. Wrap tightly with saran wrap and refrigerate for 4 days. Preheat oven to 150F and remove yolks from the salt mixture. Place yolks on a nonstick rack and bake for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Let cool.
29. Sous Vide Egg
Sous vide eggs are a popular Starbucks menu item. To make them at home, fill a large pot with water and place a sous vide immersion cooker into the water. Set temperature to 170F.
Combine 6 large eggs, ½ cup cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons heavy cream, ½ teaspoon salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Spray mason jars with cooking spray and transfer egg mixture to jars. Submerge mason jars into the water bath for 55 minutes. Move jars to cooling rack and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
30. Eggs Benedict
Prepare 4 poached eggs, grill 2 English muffins on the stovetop, in a skillet with butter. Grill 4 slices of Canadian bacon. To assemble place Canadian bacon slices on top of English muffins, add poached eggs and top with hollandaise sauce. Serve warm.
31. Eggs In A Basket
To make eggs in a basket, use a biscuit cutter to cut out the center from a piece of bread. Remove the circle. Place the piece of bread in a frying pan with melted butter. Crack an egg, gently placing it in the hole in the bread. Fry the egg, until desired doneness is achieved. Serve hot.
32. Raw Eggs
Just crack, and that’s it.
How You Like Your Eggs Cooked Reveals a Lot About You
By now, most people know there is a study on record about almost anything. And how folks favor their eggs is no different. Scientific research shows that the way people like their eggs cooked reveals a lot about their personality. For example, a fried egg eater is usually a hard worker. An omelet eater is the most self-disciplined of all. For more about how you like your eggs cooked, reveals a lot about you, follow this link.
Food Safety Tips
When using farm fresh eggs, be sure to wash the eggs before using them to remove any chicken debris that could cause illness to humans. Always wash your hands well when handling eggs and be sure to not cross contaminate food for consumption.
Farm fresh eggs can be kept on the counter at room temperature if they are not yet been washed. Once eggs have been washed and the protective shell membrane has been removed, they should be kept in the refrigerator.
Egg Nutrition Facts
Eggs are one of the foods that many people eat, but they probably don’t think much about. A whole egg includes a lot of nutrients such as minerals, proteins, vitamins and good fats. Eggs have about 77 calories, including 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of quality protein. We should note that all of the nutrients in an egg are found in the yolk. Eggs are considered to be a top superfood and should be a part of any healthy diet.
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