Basic Fried Eggs

We eat fried eggs for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks, so make sure you know how to make the perfect basic fried eggs!


1 min prep + 2 min cooking



  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking spray


Step 1

Heat skillet to medium heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

Step 2

One at a time, break eggs into small bowl, then slide into skillet. Cook slowly to desired doneness.

Step 3

For sunny-side up, cook just until whites are set. Turn over and cook just long enough to form a white film over yolks, about 30 seconds.

Step 4

For over well, turn eggs over and cook until eggs are completely set, about 1 minute

Step 5

For well done or steam-fried eggs, prepare a sunny-side up egg. Cover skillet during last minute of cooking or spoon 1 tsp (5 mL) water over each egg and cover pan.

Step 6

Cook until done as desired. Place eggs right side up on plate. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.



Total cooking time

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  • Eggburger: Break egg into moderately hot non-stick skillet. Stir gently to break yolk and mix a bit with the white. Season with salt and pepper. When egg is set, turn and cook other side. Place cheese slice on a warmed or toasted hamburger bun. Top with fried egg and any of these garnishes: tomato, lettuce, cooked mushrooms, red or green peppers, crisp cooked bacon, pickles, relish or ketchup. Makes 1 serving.
  • Pizza Eggs: Break 2 eggs into moderately hot non-stick skillet and sprinkle with finely chopped cooked bacon (or pepperoni) and parmesan cheese. Cook over low heat approximately 1 minute. Add 1 tsp (5 ml) water and cover pan tightly. While eggs are cooking, spread 1 tbsp (15 ml) warmed pizza or tomato sauce on each half of a toasted English muffin. When done as desired, place eggs on English muffin halves and serve. Makes 1 serving.
  • Pita Eggs: Add 2 eggs to a moderately hot non-stick skillet. Stir gently to break the yolks and mix with whites. Sprinkle with chili powder and pepper. Cook to desired firmness. Fold fried eggs in half and place in a pita pocket lined with mayonnaise and stuffed with tomato slices and lettuce leaves. Makes 1 serving.


  • To make fried eggs with fun shapes, spray the inside of two 3-inch (7.5 cm) diameter cookie cutters with vegetable spray and place in a moderately hot non-stick skillet.Lightly coat skillet with cooking spray and break an egg in each cookie cutter. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook slowly until eggs are set, using the steam-fried egg method. Loosen eggs from cookie cutters using a small pointed knife and remove eggs. Serve immediately.
  • Cut two 1-inch (2.5 cm) rings from a seeded red or green pepper. Proceed as described above

Nutritional Value

    • Calories - 150g75%

    • Fat - 10g10%

    • Saturated Fat - 3g3%

    • Sodium - 130mg65%

    • Carbohydrate - 2g2%

    • Protein - 12g12%