What are Some Different Ways to Prepare Eggs?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Shredded cheese can add texture to eggs in an omelette.
Shredded cheese can add texture to eggs in an omelette.

Eggs are an incredibly versatile food, and there are a wide range of ways to prepare them. Eggs can be fried, poached, boiled, baked, and scrambled. They can be used in omelets, frittatas, and the popular comfort food known as egg in the basket. Most of the preparation techniques for eggs are very easy, and cooks can adjust them to meet personal taste.

Two fried eggs.
Two fried eggs.

One of the most classic ways to prepare eggs is by frying them. Fried eggs are made by cracking an egg into a hot, oiled pan. The egg can be flipped over partway through to make eggs over easy, or it can be left to cook on one side only for a sunny side up egg. Once fried, the eggs can be eaten plain, served on toast, and so forth. Eggs can also be scrambled before frying; scrambled eggs are beaten with a fork before being poured into a hot pan, and ingredients like vegetables, meats, and cheese can be added for more texture and flavor. Typically the eggs are agitated with a fork as they cook so that they become light and fluffy.

Hard boiled eggs.
Hard boiled eggs.

For a somewhat fancier way to make scrambled eggs, you can make an omelette. Omelettes are made by scrambling eggs, pouring them into a pan, and allowing them to cook as a solid sheet. The sheet can be folded over on an assortment of ingredients for a filled omelette, and some people add shredded cheese or meat to the eggs before cooking to add more texture. All of these ways to prepare eggs are fairly basic, and as you can see, there is a lot of room for improvisation.

Eggs can be used to make omelets.
Eggs can be used to make omelets.

Poached eggs are made by boiling eggs in water on the stove top. There are two ways to prepare eggs when you are poaching them; you can crack them into boiling water, or you can use an egg poacher, which suspends cracked eggs over boiling water in small cups so that they stay compact during the poaching process. Many people like to leave poached eggs undercooked and serve them with bread to soak up the yolk. You can also prepare eggs by baking them, making what are known as shirred eggs. Shirred eggs are made by oiling small ramekins, cracking eggs into them, and baking the eggs until they turn solid. For a more adventurous baked egg dish, scramble eggs with vegetables, cheeses, and meats and pour them into an oiled dish to make a frittata, a baked egg dish which can be eaten hot or cut into wedges and eaten cold later.

Eggs can be scrambled and baked to make a frittata.
Eggs can be scrambled and baked to make a frittata.

Boiled eggs are also among the well known ways to prepare eggs. To make boiled eggs, drop eggs in their shells into simmering water, and cook them for three to 10 minutes. A short cooking time produces a soft boiled egg, which is runny in the middle, and suitable for immediate consumption. A longer boiling time makes hard boiled eggs, which can be eaten plain, sliced and added to salads, or turned into deviled eggs. It is not strictly necessary to poke a pinhole in boiled eggs before boiling, although it does reduce the risk of cracking.

For some people, eating the egg yolk is the best part of preparing eggs.
For some people, eating the egg yolk is the best part of preparing eggs.

In the opinion of this wiseGEEK article, no list of the ways to prepare eggs would be complete with egg in the hole, also known as egg in the basket. Egg in the hole is made by cutting a hole in a slice of bread, toasting the bread slightly in a buttered pan, and then cracking an egg into the hole. After the egg is cooked on one side, the bread is flipped to cook the other side. Egg in the hole is a comfort food in many regions of the world, and it is very easy and rather fun to make; if you're feeling imaginative, you can even use a big cookie cutter to create a specific shape, if you're tickled at the thought of a gingerbread man shaped hole, for example.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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anon145368

Moldova, when I make chicken dipped in egg and breadcrumbs, I take the leftover egg and breadcrumbs and mix them together. I'll add a little more egg or breadcrumbs to get the consistency right. Then I'll fry that up as a breadcrumb fritter. Yum.

GreenWeaver

Moldova-I like to eat the egg whites because they are the healthiest part of the egg.

I make an egg white omelet by separating the yolk out. I add vegetables and it makes a filling meal that is filled with protein.

What I love about eggs is that they keep me satisfied for a long time. This helps me lose weight easier.

Moldova

Sunny27-I love hard boiled eggs. I like to make egg salad sandwich, so I will boil a bunch of eggs and then peel them and add mayonnaise.

This sandwich is so delicious. I also make French toast with eggs. I usually get a slice of toast and dip it into a batter of eggs and then fry it.

I will also add vanilla extract to the bread along with cinnamon sugar to the finished toast.

You can also use egg for coating chicken and steak by dipping the chicken and steak in the egg and then dipping it into the bread crumbs and frying.

Sunny27

Spasiba-I know there are lots of ways to cook eggs. I usually scramble my eggs, but I also like my eggs sunny side up.

This just requires me to crack the egg and pour it onto the skillet. I usually have them with toast and they are delicious. I sometimes scramble eggs and cook rice along with some chopped chicken. I then add peas, sliced green onions, water chestnuts and sprouts to make chicken fried rice, You just have to add soy sauce and combine the cooked ingredients along with a little bit of oil.

It is fantastic and easy to make.

spasiba

If you want soft boiled egg, boiling it for 3 minutes is all it takes to achieve that. It is an easy way to prepare a nutritious food, usually eaten at breakfast time. With a few grains of salt on the egg, a slice of toast, maybe some fruit and coffee complete a healthy, low calorie breakfast meal.

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      Shredded cheese can add texture to eggs in an omelette.
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