What are the Different Ways to Cook Eggs?

Eggs are one of the most famous foods served for breakfast. They are one of the least expensive and most versatile sources of protein, as well. And you’ve likely been asked at home or at a restaurant the popular question, “How do you want your eggs?”. Sunnyside up and boiled are two of the popular ways to cook eggs. But aside from those, did you know that there are many other ways you can do to cook them? 

If you are tired of having the usual sunny side up eggs in the morning, then maybe it’s time to learn the other ways of cooking eggs. The good news is we are happy to share with you some of them. Here are some of the various ways to cook eggs that you might want to try. They are not just for breakfast, but for snacking as well.

Deviled Eggs

deviled eggs topped with paprika

Deviled eggs are also known as stuffed eggs. They are also hard-boiled eggs, but their yolks are removed, flavored, and then returned to the white part. It is a party classic, but you can also enjoy it with lunch or as an appetizer before dinner. 

To make deviled eggs, you need to cut hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise and scoop out the yolks. Using a bowl, combine the yolks and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a half teaspoon of salt and pepper, and a half teaspoon of yellow mustard. Mash all of these ingredients together until it becomes smooth. After that, spoon the mixture back inside the yolk-less egg whites, then sprinkle them with paprika. 

Scrambled Eggs

scrambled eggs with bread

Scrambled eggs are also breakfast staple. According to experts, the best way to make scrambled eggs is by cooking them slowly over medium-low heat. This way, they will become fluffier. 

To make scrambled eggs, crack two eggs in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of milk, then beat them together using a whisk. After beating, pour the mixture into a hot, buttered pan. Let the eggs sit for a minute until the bottom part starts to set. You can add pepper and salt to taste, together with other spices that you want. Then, using a spatula, move the eggs around the pan gently. You can turn off the heat when the eggs still look wet, but there’s no more liquid. You can also serve scrambled eggs with bacon and sandwiches for a delicious breakfast meal. 

Baked Eggs

Yes, you can also bake eggs, and the most stylish way to serve them is in small pots, but a muffin thin will also work well. To do this, preheat the over to 350 degrees. Then, in an empty pot or muffin tin, break two eggs and carefully put 1 tablespoon of milk over the eggs. Make sure to cover them evenly, then sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste. Bake them for about 15 minutes, or until the eggs are baked to perfection. 

Soft-Boiled Eggs

soft-boiled egg on a spoon

Cooking soft-boiled eggs are similar to the process of hard-boiled eggs. However, you need to cut the cooking time roughly in half. When you do this, the egg white will be cooked, leaving the yolk runny. The best way to cook soft-boiled eggs is by bringing water to a boil, then lowering in the eggs gently. Leave them in the boiling water for six minutes, then remove them and drop in an ice bath. Soft-boiled eggs can be eaten in the shell, placing them in little egg cups. You can scoop them using a spoon. Soft-boiled eggs are perfect on toast sprinkled with salt and pepper. 

Over Easy Eggs

Usually, over and easy eggs and sunny side up are used interchangeably. However, they are different from one another. To cook over easy eggs, from sunny side up, flip your egg when the edges are brown. The term “easy” does not refer to the simplicity of cooking but to the state of the yolk. This means that the egg is flipped and cooked long enough to make a film on the top of the egg yolk. When over easy eggs are served, the yolk and some of the whites are still runny. 

Poached Eggs

Poaching an egg is like boiling it without the shell. It also does not have contact with a pan. It means that poached eggs do not have any hard edges. The white part is cooked while the yolk is warm and runny. To make poached eggs, you can immerse ramekins with raw eggs into boiling water. But aside from that, there are other methods you can try to cook poached eggs.

One method is the whirlpool. All you need to do is heat some water just shy of a rolling point. Then, add some vinegar. After that, crack the egg in a tiny bowl. In the pan, swirl the water to create a whirlpool, then drop the egg carefully in the center. The swirling of the water will pull the whites together in the center. After that, leave the egg in the water for about 5 minutes, then lift it out using a slotted spoon. 

Another method you can try is the strainer. To do this, heat some water and add vinegar. Then, crack the egg into a mesh strainer, letting the watery portion of the whites drip out. After that, decant the egg carefully from the strainer into the water. Let the egg cook for about 5 minutes, then lift it out with a slotted spoon. 

Omelet

healthy omelet

Omelet is another delicious way of cooking eggs. A lot of people are intimidated by it, but if you fail, you can always turn it into scrambled eggs. If you want to make a good omelet, you can follow these steps.

Whisk together 2 eggs in a mixing bowl, then add 2 tablespoons of milk, and a quarter teaspoon of salt and pepper. You can beat the mixture well if you want a fluffier omelet. After that, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Then, pour in the egg scramble and let it sit for about two minutes until the bottom part starts to set. Using a spatula, spread the eggs gently and evenly around the pan. When you notice the top starts to set, pour 1/3 cup of fillings like diced ham, spinach, cheese, and other vegetables you want over half of the omelet. Then, flip the empty half over the filling and serve. 

Sunny-Side Up

cooking eggs sunny side up

Sunnyside up, as mentioned earlier, is one of the most popular ways to cook eggs. However, it can be challenging as well, because you cannot break the yolk. To cook sunny side up, crack an egg directly into a greased frying pan. Then let it fry until the edges turn brown. There is no flipping required because when you flip it, it will become an over easy egg. The yolk of sunny side up egg is usually runny, and it is great for dipping toast into. 

Over Hard Eggs

Over hard eggs are fried, flipped and fried again, with the yolk broken. It is fried until both the white and the yolk are cooked completely. Before turning it over, you can poke the yolk with a fork. Just be careful not to dribble the yolk when you flip it. 

These are some of the different ways to cook eggs. By knowing these ways, you can now enjoy different egg dishes every morning or during snack time, as well. So, which of these is your favorite, and which would you like to try soon?