Basic Fried Eggs

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From: American Egg Board

Quick Facts

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 6 min.
Total: 16 min.
Serve fried eggs for breakfast, in a fried egg sandwich or on top of steaks, cheeseburgers, or hash.


  • 2 tsp butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper


  • For sunny-side-up eggs: Heat 2 tsp butter in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Break eggs and slip into pan, one at a time. Immediately reduce heat to low.
  • Cover pan and cook slowly until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 5–6 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
  • For over-easy or over-hard eggs: Cook as for sunny-side-up, but do not cover pan. When whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, slide spatula under each egg and carefully flip it over in pan. Cook second side to desired doneness, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • For basted eggs: Cook as for sunny-side-up, but use 2 Tbs Butter and do not cover pan. Cook until edges turn white, about 1 minute. Begin basting eggs with butter from pan. Cover pan between bastings and continue cooking until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 4–5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 131
  Calories from Fat 95 (73%)
(16%)Total Fat 10g
(22%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
(96%)Cholesterol 289mg
(7%)Sodium 170mg
(3%)Potassium 90mg
Total Carbohydrate 1g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(17%)Protein 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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