The Ultimate Guide for How to Fry an Egg

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A foolproof guide for how to fry an egg that is perfectly seasoned and fried to match your personal yolk preference.


  • 1 large egg
  • 12 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • kosher salt
  • pepper, fresh ground black pepper or red pepper flakes


  1. Add 1-2 tablespoons to a small non-stick or cast iron or ceramic non-stick pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Once the butter has melted and is foaming, add your egg to pan.
  3. Season with kosher salt.
  4. Cook the egg until the whites begin to set, and then use the cooking techniques below to set the yolk to the preferred level of doneness.
    • Sunny-side Up: Cover the pan with a lid to gently steam the yolk. Remove from the pan when the whites are cooked and the yolk is still runny.
    • Over-Easy, Over-Medium, Over-Hard: Flip the egg to yolk-side down. Cook until the yolk firms to your liking.


  • Adjust the heat if your egg is cooking too hot or too slow. You can also remove the pan from the heat source to regulate the heat. Every stove is different and finding the perfect temperature may take a little experimentation.
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