Our egg recipes prove just how versatile this storecupboard essential can be. Whether your preference is to poach, scramble or bake your eggs, there are a whole host of options available to you. And each of them can be enjoyed as they are, or enhanced with plenty of seasoning or other ingredients – we're particular fans of avocado, smoked salmon, bacon, the works.
The most important aspect of cooking an egg is timing; once you've mastered that, you'll be able to make all the kinds of eggs you want, perfectly. Your friends will start calling you eggcellent, or maybe even eggstraordinary. Or, they may finally think you're eggciting. We'll stop now.
There are a couple of tips for boiling eggs that will ensure you achieve the perfect result, whether you like your eggs runny or hard-boiled.
All you need is a pan, an egg, hot water and something to serve it with (we have some great poached egg serving suggestions for you to check out after this method). The fresher the egg the better – you won't need white wine vinegar or to whisk the boiling water round to hold the white together if you use a fresh egg.
The best thing about scrambled eggs is how versatile they are. Enjoy them on their own, or with a side of smoked salmon and avocado for a great source of healthy fats. We love them with a serving of roasted tomatoes, too.
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.
Omelettes are one of those easy, quick-to-make dishes that somehow are very easy to mess up – we've all had bad luck with omelettes at some point. Get an omelette right, though, and it's one of the most delicious egg-based brunches you can have.
These variations on the classic eggs Benedict recipe are the gold standard of the brunch menu and offer enough choice for everyone, from meat-eaters to veggies. The eggs take centre stage here, while the filling is there mainly to add a bit more flavour.
Huevos rancheros are one of our favourite alternative brunch ideas, and are a great way to enjoy something savoury for breakfast. A great alternative to poached or boiled eggs, this Mexican classic combines tomatoes, onions and eggs for a healthy, balanced meal to help you start your day right.
The beauty of this brunch staple is that it can be made sweet – more commonly referred to as French toast – or savoury, depending on your preference. An easy recipe that requires minimal ingredients, it's a great idea for weekends, when you'll likely have a little more time on your hands but still want something super easy and a bit indulgent.
This shakshuka recipe proves that preparing tasty, delicious meals can be easy and affordable. There’s no faffing around when it comes to this dish – simply throw everything in a pan and wait for the magic to happen. If that doesn't convince you, what will?
Baked eggs are a great choice when you only have a few ingredients in the fridge and aren't sure what to eat. They can be eaten any time of day and dressed up or down with a few simple additions. And the best part? They are easy to make and don't take long to cook either.
How to tell if an egg is bad
Always wondered how to tell if an egg is bad? Just to be very clear: just because your eggs have reached the expiration date on the carton, it does not mean you have to throw them out immediately.
This applies whether you store your eggs in the fridge or if you keep them in a cool place, such as your pantry. In fact, most eggs are good for another couple of weeks after their use by date, so it pays to test them before you use them rather than automatically discarding them.
How to tell if a whole raw egg is bad
The most reliable way of testing whole raw eggs for freshness is the water bowl test. Fill a deep bowl with cold water and place the egg in it. If it floats, it's gone off. Fresh eggs sink or stand at the bottom of the bowl.
The other test is listening to the egg. Shake the egg: a fresh one will make no sound; an egg that's off will make a sloshing sound.
Finally, if you've cracked your egg and it smells bad, chuck it. If it doesn't smell, but the yolk looks weird and flat (rather than plump) and the white is very runny, also chuck it.
How long will raw eggs keep?
The rule is: a whole raw egg without its shell will keep in the fridge for two days. A yolk on its own should be used within a day, while an egg white on its own within three days. Don't exceed these time frames, as you could end up with food poisoning – even if you cook your egg.
How long will cooked eggs last?
If the egg is soft-boiled, treat it in the same way as a raw egg yolk, which means consuming within the next day. If the egg is hard boiled and still in its shell, it'll keep in the fridge for one week. A peeled egg should be eaten within a day.
Any dish with cooked egg in it, such as a quiche, pancake, egg fried rice and so on, should ideally be eaten the same day, or within one day if it was promptly refrigerated after cooking.