Basic Fried Eggs

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Quick Facts

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 1 min.
Cook Time: 6 min.
Total: 7 min.
Serve fried eggs for breakfast, in a fried egg sandwich or on top of steaks, cheeseburgers or hash.


  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 to 4 eggs
  • dash salt and 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 to 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 turner 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 tbsp. 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 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 105
  Calories from Fat 81 (77%)
(14%)Total Fat 9g
(20%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(74%)Cholesterol 222mg
(3%)Sodium 71mg
(2%)Potassium 68mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(12%)Protein 6g
* 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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