Scallion Fried Eggs

published Jan 3, 2024
Scallion Fried Eggs Recipe

Meet the anytime meal of our dreams — it just takes 10 minutes.


Prep5 minutes

Cook10 minutes

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Overhead shot of two fried eggs with scallions in a bowl over rice, topped with sesame seeds.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: James Park

There are two ingredients that I always have in my fridge: eggs and scallions. Together, they make one of the easiest and best-tasting meals that you can make in under 10 minutes. I’ve made several variations of eggs over rice, including these chili crisp fried eggs. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

With just a few ingredients, the result is incredible. Here, frying scallions in oil brings out more umami, while the crispy edges of the fried sunny-side-up eggs add a wonderful crunch. I guarantee that this will be a go-to meal you won’t ever get tired of eating.

Ingredients You’ll Need for Scallion Fried Eggs Over Rice

  • Scallions: Slightly charring chopped scallions in oil brings out their savory, umami flavor. There’s no such thing as too many scallions, so feel free to add as much or as little as you want. 
  • Neutral oil: Fat brings out the flavors of scallions. You can use any neutral oil like grapeseed, canola, or vegetable oil, or even butter to make the dish taste a little bit richer. 
  • Toasted sesame oil: A little bit of toasted sesame oil adds a beautiful nutty flavor. Typically, you drizzle it at the end of the dish, but by using it to cook the eggs, you enjoy the toasty aroma all over.
  • Eggs: Makes the dish hearty and filling. The yolks become the sauce that coats each grain of rice. Be sure to crisp up the edges!
  • Soy sauce: You can caramelize soy sauce slightly to bring out more flavor. Adding a little bit on the white parts of the eggs makes them look visually stunning, too! 
  • Rice: Rice is my go-to option here, but you can serve scallion fried eggs over toast or even scallion pancakes to make it into a scallion feast.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: James Park

If You’re Making Scallion Fried Eggs Over Rice, a Few Tips

  • Season the eggs with a little bit of salt. The recipe calls for some soy sauce drizzled on top, but I also like to add a pinch of salt to the eggs to evenly season them. 
  • Don’t overcook the eggs. The rich yolks complete the dish, so take them off the heat when the egg whites are set and the yolks are still runny. If you are not unsure about enjoying undercooked yolks, you can cook them instead, but I recommend adding a little bit of butter or toasted sesame oil to enjoy the same level of richness that the yolks provide.
  • Serve with hot rice. Don’t use cold rice here. Hot rice gently cooks the eggs as they are mixed together.
  • Have fun with toppings. Toasted sesame seeds are great for garnishing and some crunch, but you can add other toppings like chili crisp, more scallions, fried shallots, or furikake.

This is part of How to Be a Lazier Cook, highlighting the super-easy recipes, cooking tricks, and grocery items you need to start off the year a little lazier and a lot more delicious.

Scallion Fried Eggs Recipe

Meet the anytime meal of our dreams — it just takes 10 minutes.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 2

    medium scallions

  • 1 tablespoon

    neutral oil, such as vegetable or canola

  • 2 teaspoons

    toasted sesame oil

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1/8 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon

    soy sauce or tamari

  • 1 cup

    hot cooked white rice

  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Trim and thinly slice 2 medium scallions; reserve about 1 teaspoon of the dark green parts for garnish.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil and 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil in a medium nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat until shimmering. Add the remaining scallions and cook until tender and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  3. Crack 2 large eggs into the pan and season with 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook undisturbed until the whites are set but the yolks are runny, about 3 minutes. About 1 minute before the eggs are ready, drizzle 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari around the egg whites.

  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Place about 1 cup hot cooked rice in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the reserved scallions, then slide the fried eggs onto the rice. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.