Perfect Fried Eggs: Getting the Whites to Set

published Feb 14, 2011
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As self-professed egg fiends, we thought we knew everything there was to know about cooking them. Then a friend shared this absolutely brilliant tip about getting the tops of fried eggs to cook without burning the bottoms or over-cooking the yolk.

Our usual method for cooking fried eggs involves cracking them in a pan and letting them sizzle. If the whites are taking too long to set, we’ll cover the pan with a lid to encourage even cooking.

Our friend takes things one step further. Before putting the lid over the pan, she’ll pour a little water into the pan. Just a tablespoon or two. The water steams the top of the egg to perfection in no time.

She does admit that the bottoms don’t get as crispy as they would otherwise, but we think this is a small sacrifice for set whites and runny yolks.

Have any other great fried egg tips?