7 Basic Ways to Make Eggs

by Mary Dacuma

Overview

Eggs are a staple in most people's refrigerators, and rightly so. They're a versatile food that can be prepared in so many delicious ways. Egg dishes are usually easily customized to fit personal tastes. These basic methods of egg preparation can serve as a foundation for many more exciting meals.

Hard Boiled Egg

Hard Boiled Egg

Hard boiled eggs, perhaps the most basic form of egg preparation, are a filling, healthy snack on their own. They also add protein and flavor to soups, salads and other dishes. Be sure to drop the finished eggs in an ice bath to prevent overcooking.

Scrambled Eggs

Simple scrambled eggs are a breakfast standard. Once you master this form of egg preparation, you can customize it with your favorite ingredients, like cheese, vegetables and bacon, for spectacular omelettes.

Sunny Side Up Eggs

If you prefer the creamy taste of runny yolks, fry your eggs sunny side up. This method involves cooking the egg only on one side so that the whites are firm, but the yolk is runny. All you need is a greased, hot pan for eggs that are great on burgers, pizzas or sandwiches or as a standalone dish.

Eggs Over Easy

Some folks like runny yolks, but want a little more firmness in the yolk or enjoy the whites fried on both sides. Fried eggs over easy require only a few minutes more cooking time than eggs fried sunny side up. Use a lower temperature than you would for a sunny side up egg to prevent cooking the yolk. Once the whites are slightly firm, carefully flip your egg with a turner.

Poached Eggs

Poached eggs are cooked in simmering water so that the whites solidify around the yolk. This type of cooked egg is an essential component to brunch favorites like eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine. The process might seem intimidating. However, timing the cooking process precisely and keeping the water under boiling are key to perfectly poached eggs.

Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs

Baked eggs have risen in popularity for their portability. It's also easy to prepare many servings at once so you have enough to feed a group or refrigerate for later. You can also customize the individual eggs cups by adding additional seasonings and ingredients prior to baking.

Egg Whites

Maybe you are cutting calories, or perhaps you have leftover egg whites from a different recipe. Either way, egg whites are every bit as versatile as the whole egg. From mouthwatering meringues to outstanding omelettes, egg whites can be a light, healthy part of your everyday cuisine.

About the Author

Mary Dacuma is eHow's Money and Food editor. She is a proud USC Trojan who previously worked in communications in the financial industry and created a weekly personal finance column, "Cents and Sensibility," on HelloGiggles.