How to fry an egg

Do you like your eggs over easy or sunny side up? This is how to fry an egg to perfection every time

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Wondering how to fry an egg? Some days, nothing will do but a yummy, buttery fried egg (and maybe beans or avocado too) on toast – a simple and nutritious breakfast or lunch that will keep you going for the rest of the day. However you like yours – sunny side up with a runny yolk or fully cooked through with crisp edges – an egg that is fried to your taste is perfect when you're in need of something substantial. 

It's hard to overestimate the importance of a great frying pan here: always go for non-stick when frying eggs; trust us when we say that the effort of scrubbing off stuck-on egg is not worth it.  

Find more egg recipes in our ultimate guide and more great recipes at our hub page. 

How long should you fry an egg for? 

This depends on how well cooked you'd like your egg(s), but generally speaking it should take minimum three minutes until the egg white has set, plus: 

  • one minute for a runny yolk 
  • 2-3 minutes for a set yolk

How to fry an egg


All you need to fry an egg is:

  • A large free-range egg
  • A wedge of butter
  • Salt, to taste


It's always better to fry one egg at a time, but you could get away with two if your pan is large enough. If you don't like butter, you can use a tablespoon of olive oil instead, but for best flavour, we do recommend using butter.

1. Melt the butter in the frying pan on medium heat. Get the butter nice and hot, but take care that it doesn't start going brown. 

2. Crack the egg neatly into the pan, taking can not to break the yolk. Season lightly with salt and let sizzle for three minutes.

3. When the white has cooked through, flip the egg for eggs over easy or leave as it is for an egg sunny side up. As above, for a runny yolk, cook for an extra minute, and for a set yolk, cook for a further 2-3 minutes. 

Serve with some salt (to taste) and cracked black pepper.