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How to Fry an Egg

If you get frustrated by this simple yet nuanced task, don’t fret! Here are Betty’s best tips for how to fry the perfect egg every time.

Frying up a few eggs takes five minutes and only a little finesse; all you’ll need are the eggs themselves and a few simple tools. So read on to get started; an easy and filling breakfast—or breakfast for dinner—awaits.

What you'll need:

  • As many eggs as you’d like fried or called for in recipe.
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • 8-inch skillet 
  • Small custard cup or glass bowl
How to:  

1. In an 8-inch skillet, melt 1 to 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Break egg into a custard cup.

2. Carefully slide egg into pan from custard cup. Repeat with another egg. Immediately reduce heat to low.
3. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, spooning butter over eggs, until film forms over top and whites and yolks are firm, not runny. How-to-Fry-an-Egg_02
Expert tip:

For a lighter take on fried eggs, omit butter and use a nonstick skillet! Cook eggs over low heat about 1 minute or until edges turn white. Add 4 teaspoons water. Cover and cook about 5 minutes or until film forms over top and whites and yolks are firm, not runny.

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