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How to Cook Eggs

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Scrambled eggs can be part of a nutritious breakfast.

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Though eggs have gotten a bad rap for their fat and cholesterol levels, they remain a source of high-quality protein and nutrition. Eating an egg in the morning can also keep you feeling fuller, so eggs can help some people lose weight. A single egg contains about 70 calories. Eggs are also versatile in the kitchen, where you can scramble, fry, boil or bake them -- whatever form pleases your taste buds.

Fry your egg. Heat a skillet over medium to low heat with either a small amount of cooking oil, a tablespoon of butter or some vegetable spray. Then crack the egg open and place it in the heated skillet. Cook until the egg white is set, and then flip it over and cook until a white film covers the yolk, about 30 seconds more. This would be a fried egg over easy.

Cook the fried egg a little longer and allow the white part to set longer to produce an over-medium egg. Cook until the white and yolk are fully set -- with no liquid at all -- to cook an egg that's over hard.

Fry an egg sunny side up by cooking without flipping the egg at all. Depending on the way you like your eggs, you can serve it runny or until the white is completely set, and the yolk has begun to thicken.

Scramble your eggs. Break the desired number of eggs into a bowl, then add salt and pepper to your liking. Whisk the eggs together and add in a very small amount of milk. Then heat up a skillet over medium to low heat and place about 1 tablespoon of butter inside, allowing it to melt. Add in the eggs.

Scrape and lift the edges with a spatula when the bottom and edges of the eggs have begun to cook. Then allow the uncooked part to run under the part you lifted. Then fold the cooked part toward the center of the pan. Continue doing this until the eggs are scrambled to your liking.

Boil the eggs. For soft-boiled eggs, gently place them into a single layer in a pan and completely cover eggs with cool water. Place the pan on the stove top over medium-high heat. Allow the water to come to a rapid boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about two to three minutes. Remove from heat and drain the water. Run cool water over the eggs to stop the cooking process.

Cook the eggs according to the previous step but add a minute or two to the cooking time. The result will be medium-boiled eggs. Hard-boil the eggs by cooking for an additional five minutes.

Bake your eggs. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use an oven-safe dish or skillet. Meanwhile, sauté any veggies you want on the stove top with butter. Crack the eggs into a bowl or directly into the pan you will be placing in the oven.

Season the eggs with salt and pepper. Add the veggies you sautéed. Place the dish onto a baking sheet, then place it in the oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Tip

  • Do not salt fried eggs while they are cooking. Wait until you place them on a plate and then season to your liking.

    For perfect boiled eggs, choose eggs with no visible cracks in them. You should also bring your eggs to room temperature before cooking them. This will allow you to cook the eggs in less time -- a minute less then cold eggs.

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