How to Make the Elusive Fried Egg of Your Dreams (and more)
Seeking that perfectly crisp, lacey-edged egg of your dreams? It’s easier than you think! It starts with simply frying your egg in olive oil instead of butter. The higher smoke point on the olive oil will allow it to sizzle at a higher heat so the edges crisp while the center stays perfectly yolk-y.
According to Bon Appetite magazine, olive oil is the only way to fry an egg (we couldn’t agree more.) Their Senior Food Editor advises that you allow the oil to get very hot before cooking. So, pour it in the pan, turn the heat to med-high and go pour yourself a cup of coffee. Then, once it’s hot, break your (preferably farm-fresh) egg into the center and watch the magic happen. You’ll see the edges start to bubble immediately. That’s a sign you’re on the right track. Sprinkle with a little salt & pepper and cook to your liking (about 3 minutes for over-medium).
Really want to flex your chef muscles? When the whites begin to set, gently spoon your oil over top. This not only adds incredible flavor, but also allows your whites to set without compromising that elusive perfect yolk.
But wait, the magic isn’t done yet. In fact, it’s just beginning. Keep that egg-y olive oil in the pan. Epicurious says this leftover olive oil is akin to the pan drippings from a rib-eye steak, and you wouldn’t just toss those, would you? This leftover olive oil is the perfect start to an incredibly easy sauce with a ton of flavor. Here are a few ideas for maximizing your leftover olive oil:
- Add some spice, like crushed red pepper or garlic, and allow the spices to infuse.
- Add your favorite condiment, like spicy mustard or our new Sriracha Horseradish Sauce from Terrapin Ridge Farms and whisk to emulsify into a creamy sauce to top your fried egg.
- Add fresh herbs and a dash of vinegar for a warm vinaigrette.
Whatever you do, make sure to make extra toast. You’ll want to sop up every last drop!
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