Perfect Fried Eggs

Perfect Fried Eggs

63 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 84% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes; part of Quick & Easy Breakfast Recipes collection

Here are the best possible fried eggs. This method is adapted from the ultra-meticulous French chef Fernand Point (1897-1955). The Point approach involves gently, slowly cooking the egg to retain its delicate purity, a careful technique that is somewhere between frying and poaching in hot butter. The technique makes one spectacular egg and demonstrates that simplicity and purity often yield the best dishes of all...


2 large Eggs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter; (cold)
Table salt and fresh ground black pepper

Original recipe makes 2 Servings



Heat an 8- or 9-inch heavy-bottomed nonstick skillet over the lowest heat on your stove for about 5 minutes (if using gas, you should barely see the blue flame).

Break open each egg onto a separate saucer, taking care not to break the yolk and removing any shell fragments. Add the butter to the skillet and let it slowly melt and gently foam, don't let it sizzle (if the butter doesn't foam the pan is too cool -- if the butter browns the pan is too hot). When foam subsides (about 1 minute), swirl to coat the skillet.

Gently slide each egg off their saucer into the hot butter. Quickly season eggs with salt and pepper to taste, cover skillet and cook. The whites will gradually solidify from transparency into snow-white cream; the yolks will thicken slightly as they heat. Cook for about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes for runny yolks, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes for soft but set yolks, and 4 to 4 1/2 minutes for firmly set yolks. Do not flip the eggs but leave the egg sunnyside up and natural.

When your eggs are is done, slide each egg onto a small serving plate and serve immediately with crispy bacon and simple buttered toast...


* This recipe deserves great eggs...the freshest, best eggs you can find. It's well worth the effort and the expense, of using free-range organic eggs from a local producer (one of the few organic items for which I notice a vast difference in taste).

* If you're frying up some bacon or have some bacon grease, you can substitute it in place of the butter for even tastier fried eggs. However, bacon grease will not go through butters visual changes that you can use to judge the pan's heat.

* A nonstick skillet is critical in ensuring an easy release of the eggs.

* Stove burners or heating elements vary, it may take a few tries before you determine the ideal heat setting for frying eggs on your stovetop.

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The only thing I add to this is toast to slide the eggs on to... And forking the yolk until it oozes in to the toast. I have 6 goose eggs, I'll be trying this soon!
SullivanRanchMaine 1y ago

Wow. First of all I find it a tiny bit embarrassing for just learning how to fry an egg. It might sound like a ridiculous recipe (it did to me) but I'm so glad I tried it. I've always dribbled the butter on the top, flip the eggs over and 50/50 shot of ruining it.... This method is simple, the eggs were nice without fried edges or spots. Even the presentation was awesome! Thanks once again sgrishka
Jaxlin19 1y ago

I can never fry eggs that have a hardened yolk until I followed this recipe. This is so simple! Reminds me of how my mom used to make them fresh from the chicken coop
clintes1 1y ago

Good for breakfast
sonnie89 1y ago

Grew up eating the eggs like this, this method as been used in my family for at least 50 years. Can also add a dash of pure olive oil to the butter.
MKAOI 1y ago

I still fliped the egg but it was betterthan usual
haileybree87 2y ago

Excellent way to do eggs. Thank you for sharing.
Heatherferg 2y ago

Amazing recipe, I made it this morning for breakfast it was easy to make and tasty I'd recommend it :).
dark-molecule 3y ago

Excellent recipe! I tried 2 eggs, they were so good I had to have a third! Just like at one of my favorite restaurants I go to time to time. I had my eggs over easy my wife likes hers firm. She told to watch the edges otherwise she likes them. Thank you so much!
kwond 3y ago

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