Tutorial: How to Cook Eggs Six Different Ways

Tutorial: How to Cook Eggs Six Different Ways

Cooking an egg might sound simple, but with so many options you will often settle into a go-to method, that option that makes you feel most confident it will be a success. Making poached eggs for example can be a little tricky as it’s easy to end up with a pan full of white water. But there is always a cheat for perfect eggs if you know where to look.

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Selecting Your Eggs?

Eggs are packed with protein and healthy fats, making it a great addition to any meal, not just breakfast. But with that said not all eggs are equal, when buying eggs choose the highest welfare you can afford preferable pasture-raised organic not just free-range as pasture-raised hens eat a more natural diet making it better for your health and the environment. Eggs from pasture-raised eggs also contain more goodness and fewer chemicals which is always a plus.

We’ve included six tutorials on how to cook eggs below, use the linked text to jump ahead to the correct section. There is an instructional video below each recipe card:

  1. Cooking Eggs Sunny Side Up
  2. How to make an Omelette
  3. Cooking Eggs Easy Over
  4. How to Make Scrambled Eggs
  5. How to Poach Eggs
  6. How to Boil an Egg

Happy cooking, feel free to ask questions in the comments!

How to Cook Eggs Sunny Side Up

Cooking Sunny Side Up eggs aren’t as hard as you might think, just make sure you have enough butter or fat in the pan and you can even add a splash of water to generate some steam. Use a medium to lower heat to ensure the egg does not burn before it’s cooked.

Sunny Side Up, Fried Eggs

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 pasture-raised organic egg
  • 1 knob organic butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter over a medium heat.
  • Once the butter has melted, crack the egg into the pan.
  • Continue cooking the egg over medium heat for about three to four minutes, or until the white is set and the yellow is still slightly runny. Make sure the white around the yolk has set as well.
  • Serve with toast and your favourite condiments.

How to Make an Omelette

The trick to making an omelette is to use a clean pan with enough butter so that the egg does not stick. Cleaning the pan after you’ve made the filling is very important in this case. We find that putting the lid on the pan and allowing the steam to cook the eggs help it to set a little faster, ensuring that the bottom side does not burn before it’s cooked. See the step by step instructions and video below:

3 egg omelette

Ingredients

  • 3 organic pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 tbsp organic milk
  • a filling of your choice such as a few chopped mushrooms, chopped tomato or spinach
  • 1 knob organic butter
  • 1 handful organic cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare the filling for e.g. fry one large chestnut mushroom and one medium-sized tomato in a bit of butter until it's nice and soft, then set aside.
  • Break the eggs into a bowl and thoroughly mix with the milk using a fork or whisk. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Over medium heat, melt the butter in an omelette pan and add the egg mixture. Put the lid on for a few minutes until the egg is set on top.
  • Next, sprinkle the egg with the prepared filling and cheese. Fold the omelette in half by flipping one side of over the other to look as pictured. Serve with toast and your favourite condiments.

How to Cook Eggs Easy Over

Easy over eggs are a simpler version of sunny side up eggs. Break the egg into the pan and once it’s set, just flip it over and take off the heat before the yolk cooks completely.

Over Easy, Fried Eggs

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 pasture-raised organic egg
  • 1 knob organic butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

This is basically the same as a sunny side up egg, just flipped over

  • Heat the butter in a small pan over medium heat
  • Crack the egg directly in the pan and cook for two to three minutes.
  • Flip the egg over, being careful not to break the yolk. Turn the heat off and let it sit for a few minutes depending on how runny you would like the yolk to be.
  • Remove from the pan, serve with toast and your favourite condiments.

How to Cook Scrambled Eggs

If you’re after fluffy scrambled eggs, then you’ve come to the right place. Eggs fluff up by adding a splash of water, milk or even cream (if you don’t mind the calories) to the eggs before pouring them into the pan. Serve on wholegrain toast or as part of a Full English Breakfast.

Scrambled

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 pasture-raised organic eggs
  • 1 tbsp organic milk
  • 1 knob organic butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Break the eggs into a small bowl, add the milk, a pinch of salt, pepper and mix well.
  • Heat the butter over medium heat in a small pan.
  • Once the butter has melted add the eggs to the pan, let it simmer for a few minutes and start to move the egg around slowly with a spatula.
  • Serve once the egg has set and is cooked to your liking.

How to Cook Eggs Poached

Poaching eggs is probably one of the more difficult options when it comes to cooking eggs. It does take a bit of practice to get it right. You can stop stirring the water after you’ve dropped the egg in, and yes using fresh eggs will give you a better chance of success.

Poached Eggs

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 organic pasture-raised egg. To ensure success eggs used for poaching must be fresh.
  • water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Fill a small saucepan with 3/4 of water and bring to a slow simmer.
  • Crack the egg into a bowl, and add the vinegar to the water.
  • Use a spoon to stir the water, creating a whirlpool or vortex in the middle.
  • Slowly slide the egg into the middle of the vortex and let it spin for a few seconds. Once the egg starts to set, use a spoon to move the egg slightly making sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Let the egg simmer for a few minutes until the yolk is to your liking. A guide is roughly 3 minutes for a very runny egg and roughly 4 minutes for a yolk with a bit more structure. Cooking time will depend on the temperature of the water so use this as a guide. Once the egg is cooked remove with a slotted spoon and season with salt and pepper.

How to Cook Eggs Boiled

Boiled eggs are one of the most healthy ways to cook eggs as there are no added calories from fats like butter and oil. Don’t use eggs straight out of the fridge as the temperature variance will lead to cracking. Warm them up gently and cook to your liking.

Boiled Eggs

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 organic pasture-raised egg at room temperature. Warm-up eggs that came straight out of the fridge by letting them rest in lukewarm water for 5 minutes to prevent cracking.
  • water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Fill a small saucepan 3/4 full with water.
  • Gently slide the egg into the water and bring the water to a boil slowly. Heating the egg with the water will prevent the egg from cracking. Once the water starts to bubble to a simmer, set the timer.
  • When the timer goes off, remove the egg from the pan and run it under a cold water tap. This stops the cooking process and cools the egg ready for pealing.
  • Crack the eggshell, peal, season and serve.

Notes

Egg timer guidelines
  • Soft-boiled eggs: Cook for six minutes.?
  • Hard-boiled eggs with a slightly soft centre: Cook for eight minutes.?
  • For a completely cooked through eggs: Cook for ten minutes.?

Cooking Eggs Cheatsheet

If you would like perfect boiled or poached eggs without the fuss, we recommend using an egg boiler as pictured below. It cooks while you’re doing something more important like putting on your zero waste makeup or similar. Using this nifty little gadget helps to minimise egg cracking and it gets your poached eggs just right. Some egg boilers even have space for making omelettes, which is a plus!

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