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How to Fry an Egg

They say if it's hot enough, you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. But if concrete's not your thing, a skillet works, too.


  • Step 1: Crack egg into bowl Crack the egg into a small bowl. This will help keep the yolk intact when you put the egg in the skillet.
  • Step 2: Heat skillet, add butter Heat the skillet over medium and add the butter.
  • TIP: When you add butter to an empty heated (or heating) pan, the butter will melt, then "foam." The foam is the water boiling away from the fat—always add ingredients to the pan after the foam has subsided.
  • Step 3: Slide egg into skillet After the butter has foamed, slide the egg from the small bowl into the skillet.
  • TIP: To speed the cooking process, gently use your spatula to puncture the sac binding the egg white and spread the white around by angling the pan.
  • Step 4: Cook until white is set For an egg served sunny-side up, cook until the egg white is set. Then you're done!
  • Step 5: Or cook longer If you prefer your egg over easy, carefully flip the egg with your spatula and cook it for another 30 seconds. For eggs over well, continue to cook for a minute more, until the yolk hardens up.
  • FACT: One large egg provides a whopping 10% of the recommended daily allowance of protein for an average person.

You Will Need

  • An egg
  • 1-2 tsps. butter
  • A small bowl
  • A small 8-inch nonstick skillet
  • A spatula

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