5 ways to prepare an egg

Updated on 22 Aug 2023

A tasty egg, who doesn’t love it? The beauty of it is also that you can cook eggs to your own taste. Everyone prefers their eggs a certain way. And there can be some differences in that. In this article, I will take you through a few different ways you can cook an egg.

Method 1: The traditional way of cooking

boiling eggs

This is the method familiar to many.

  1. You put the eggs in a pan with water. You put them in a medium to large pan and fill it with water until the eggs are completely covered.

By the way, the eggs should be at room temperature before they start cooking. Then you will have better results. Generally, it happens that eggs crack during cooking. This is less likely to happen when you use cold eggs.

You should also note that cooking older eggs is more beneficial than cooking fresh eggs. You can more easily remove the skin from an egg that is several days old.

  1. You bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat
  2. You turn off the heat and cover the pan. As soon as the eggs start to boil, turn off the heat, cover the pan and leave the eggs to cook in the hot water for a while. How much time exactly depends on how you like the eggs. Soft, medium,. or hard-boiled, it can be done however you like!
  3. After this, put the eggs in cold water, ideally in ice water for at least 10 minutes.

Method 2: Poached eggs

Making poached egg
Source: The New York Times

How do you cook a poached egg?

  1. Boil water in a medium saucepan. Do not let the water boil completely and fill the pan halfway with water, not completely full.
  2. Break the egg and lower it into the boiling water. Break the egg in a ladle for the most convenience. Place the eggs in the boiling water one at a time.
  3. After the eggs have cooked on the bottom for about a minute, gently scrape off the bottom with a spatula. Continue cooking the eggs for 3 to 5 minutes. When done, the yolk will be runny, so be careful with this!
  4. Remove the eggs with a spatula

Method 3: Sunny-Side Up!

Making sunny side up egg

An egg prepared this way always goes down well with me.

  1. Spray a frying pan with non-stick spray. Put a frying pan on the cooker over medium-high heat and wait a few minutes for it to reach temperature. It is important that the pan is really hot.
  2. Crack the egg into the pan. Make 1 egg at a time to avoid coagulating egg whites, or use several pans. Do drop the eggs carefully to ensure the yolks won’t break.
  3. Cook the eggs until the egg whites are solidified. This takes around 3 minutes. You should not flip the egg while cooking or move the egg.
  4. Use a spatula to gently lift the egg out of the pan. Do so carefully to make sure the yolk doesn’t crack open.

Method 4: Nice and easy

Scrambled egg

Ever had scrambled eggs from the microwave? It’s much tastier than you think, plus it’s quick to prepare and you can enjoy it straight away.

  1. Whisk together the ingredients you have in a microwave-safe bowl. Break the egg, add some milk, salt and pepper and keep whisking this until well mixed.
  2. Turn the microwave on the highest setting for around 45 seconds. The eggs should become one with the ingredients. Stir the eggs so that solid and liquid parts exchange places.
  3. After you have stirred, microwave the eggs for another 30 to 45 seconds. The eggs should already be almost set when you take them out of the microwave the first time, so keep that in mind.

Eggs from the oven?

Baked eggs

Then we’ve just covered the microwave, but if you’re going to make a slightly more elaborate meal instead of a quick snack, you can also cook an egg in the oven!

  1. Preheat the oven to 165 degrees Celsius. You can spray your bowl or baking tin with baking spray.
  2. Crack the eggs into your baking tin or baking dish and add cream if necessary.
  3. Then sprinkle the egg with salt, pepper and cheese, if necessary.
  4. Bake it in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Place the egg in the preheated oven and cook it until the white is set. Keep in mind that the yolks should still be soft.

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