Chef Shares Easy Way to Make a Perfect Fried Egg Every Time

  • I’m a chef with 15 years of experience and this is my best way to make crispy fried eggs.
  • You only need eggs, olive oil, salt, a pan, and a spoon for this recipe.
  • Instead of attempting to flip the egg, you spoon olive oil over the yolk.

Eggs are a perfect food. They’re high in protein and healthy fats and are the easiest breakfast, lunch, dinner, or quick snack.

As a chef with over 15 years of experience, one of my favorite ways to prepare them is frying them in olive oil.

egg carton, salt, and olive oil

For this recipe, you only need three ingredients.

Alissa Fitzgerald


First off, the higher the quality and the fresher the egg, the better they taste.

It’s good to pick up eggs from local farmers markets if you can, but look for ones that have been packed most recently if you’re limited to supermarkets.

You also want a good amount of decent-quality olive oil, which will coat your pan and help you fry the egg into a frizzled, sizzled, crispy masterpiece with a yolk that’s cooked to whatever temperature you’d like.

For this recipe, put your stovetop heat to medium and add a glug of olive oil to your pan. Wait for it to shimmer — that’s how you know the oil is hot.

olive oil in a pan

Be generous with the olive oil.

Alissa Fitzgerald


Season the oil with a bit of salt and then crack the egg in. The white will sputter and bubble a bit in the oil.

spooning olive oil on egg next to fried egg after

There’s no flipping required for this dish.

Alissa Fitzgerald


Turn that heat down to medium-low. And, for the big trick, grab a spoon.

Simply spoon a bit of that oil over the yolk to gently cook the egg at whatever temperature you prefer. Because of the heat on the bottom, the egg will crisp up nicely.

fried egg with runny yolk being cut into with a fork

I like to keep my yolk runny.

Alissa Fitzgerald


By spooning the oil, you effectively poach the top portion of the egg. It’s like two eggs in one — and who can resist a runny yolk?

Ingredients

  • Farm-fresh eggs (Mine are from Flatbrook Farm in New Jersey)
  • olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Add a hearty glug of olive oil to a sauté pan and heat to medium.
  2. Add a pinch of salt. After about a minute, the oil should shimmer slightly. Crack the egg into the pan—the white should bubble and pop a little.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Spoon 1 tablespoon of oil over the top and cook for two to three minutes until the outside edges are crispy and golden brown and the yolk is cooked to your desired temperature.
  4. Serve on or with anything, from burgers to avocado toast.

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