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Perfect Fried Eggs


Seriously? A recipe on how to fry eggs? Well, yes! America's Test Kitchen has a clever technique to create a classic fried egg features a tender white with crisp, lacy, brown edges and a fluid but lightly thickened yolk. (Recipe from America's Test Kitchen, Season 14) To see how I made these, please click on the recipe source to my food blog, "A Feast for the Eyes".

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  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and chilled


Servings 2
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 10mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Heat oil in 12- or 14-inch nonstick skillet over low heat for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, crack 2 eggs into small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining 2 eggs and second small bowl.

Increase heat to medium-high and heat until oil is shimmering.

Add butter to skillet and quickly swirl to coat pan.

Working quickly, pour 1 bowl of eggs in 1 side of pan and second bowl of eggs in other side.

Cover and cook for 1 minute.

Remove skillet from burner and let stand, covered, 15 to 45 seconds for runny yolks (white around edge of yolk will be barely opaque), 45 to 60 seconds for soft but set yolks, and about 2 minutes for medium-set yolks.

Slide eggs onto plates and serve.

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