How To Fry an Egg: The Video

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How do you fry an egg? Do you do it fast, with a smear of butter? Or all bubbly, with lots of olive oil, like the Spanish do? Here's one basic way to fry an egg — it's simple and foolproof.

What You Need

One or more eggs

Nonstick OR stainless steel skillet or frying pan
Large thin spatula


1. Heat the skillet over medium heat. You should be able to feel the heat if you hold your hand about 4 inches above the skillet.

2. Place a small pat of butter on the skillet. As the butter melts, spread it around with your spatula.

3. When the butter foam subsides, crack an egg onto the skillet.

4. Set a timer for 4 minutes. (If you want the white to set more quickly, cover loosely with a lid.)

5. After 4 minutes, take the egg off. The underside of the white should be nicely browned and the yolk should be just set.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.