Listen. We all love eggs. A runny yolk over a piece of toasted bread is the perfect breakfast. Hard stop. Achieving a perfect fried egg however is tricky. There’s a reason cooking eggs is often a trial for chefs during their interview. So, after years of testing, I’ve found the perfect way to cook eggs; runny yolk, set and slightly crisp whites. If you have 6 minutes, 3 eggs, and 2 pieces of bread, you have a perfect breakfast. Lets cook.
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Perfect Fried Eggs
In your nonstick pan, liberally spray with cooking spray.
Crack your three eggs into the pan, being sure to space them out as far as possible.
Cover your pan with a lid or another frying pan upside down (which almost works better). It is important you form a seal over the pan.*
Set your pan to medium heat on your favorite (read: strongest) burner. For the next 4 minutes, do not remove the lid. Not to peek. Not because you hear something odd. Leave it be.**
Let eggs cook for ~2 minutes, or until you hear gentle popping in the pan. At this point, turn the heat down to medium low.
After 4 minutes of total cooking, turn heat to high, add water to pan, and cover for 30 seconds. Then uncover and remove from heat.
Gently salt/pepper your eggs, serve with toast.
*In a pinch, a mixing bowl works really well too)
** Seriously don't peek.