Fried Eggs

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1 serving

Updated: Apr. 27, 2022
If you're watching calories, make this fried egg recipe in a nonstick pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs


  1. In a small small nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Break eggs, 1 at a time, into pan; reduce heat to low. Cook slowly until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken.
  2. For eggs sunny-side up, cover pan and cook until yolks thicken, but are not hard. For basted eggs, spoon butter in pan over eggs while cooking. For over-easy eggs, carefully turn eggs to cook both sides but do not cover pan.

Fried Egg Recipe Tips

How can you make a fried egg over easy, over medium and over hard?

Fried eggs can be cooked for longer periods of time, depending on how you like your egg yolks done! For an over easy egg, carefully flip the egg over once the egg white has cooked and solidified. Cook very briefly on the second side for up to 30 seconds to get a runny egg yolk. For an over medium egg, cook the second side for one minute to get a slightly runny and thicker egg yolk. For an over hard egg, cook the second side until the egg yolk has completely cooked and is no longer jiggly, about two to three minutes.

Can you use a cast-iron skillet for this fried egg recipe?

Yes—just make sure it’s properly pre-seasoned and that you preheat it slowly so that the heat is evenly distributed when you begin frying the eggs. Make sure you avoid these common mistakes you might be making with eggs.

What can you pair with fried eggs?

A fried egg can be eaten at any time—breakfast, lunch and dinner! Slide one onto your favorite burger or avocado toast, or pair your fried egg with some bacon and waffles for a more traditional breakfast. Find more ways to eat eggs all day!

Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

2 eggs: 347 calories, 33g fat (18g saturated fat), 433mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 13g protein.