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How To: Perfect Eggs

Good morning and happy weekend! My Saturday is off to a great start…early morning yoga, breakfast and the farmers market.

It was a light day for me at the farmers market. As much as I love summer produce, there is only so much eggplant, squash and zucchini that one can eat. I was excited to see the arrival of some beautiful plums and mountain apples though!

I am participating in my first ever CrossFit competition today so I wanted to be sure to get a good breakfast in after yoga. My heat isn’t until 12:45 so I needed something that would get me through until a later lunch. I had two “perfect eggs” on sourdough toast with peaches and blueberries on the side.

I’ve been promising you my perfect egg method so I finally took pictures of the process today. It’s so simple and doesn’t require andy flipping. It results in prettyΒ and perfectly cooked eggs every time!

STEP ONE – preheat a skillet over medium to medium high heat and grease with cooking spray or butter. Carefully break desired number of eggs into pan and season with salt and pepper. Let cook for about 1-2 minutes, or until bottoms are set.

STEP TWO – this is the critical part that creates the perfect eggs. Pour 1/4 cup of water into the skillet and immediately cover with a lid. Let cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until your eggs reach your desired level of doneness. This essentially steams the eggs and they cook just like an over easy egg without the flipping.

STEP THREE – remove the lid and carefully remove the eggs from the skillet and serve. Another great thing about this method is that the eggs never stick due to the water. The water pulls the eggs away from the bottom of the skillet. It evaporates during the steaming process and the eggs slide right out.

And there you have it! My method for perfectly cooking eggs. Takes five minutes and works every time. Let me know if you try it.

Off to prep for this competition. Pray I survive this!!!

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  • Sarah N. August 18, 2012, 11:47 am

    Ooh, I never even thought about cooking eggs that way! Thanks for sharing–I’m excited to try it. =)

    Good luck on the Crossfit competition!

  • Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab August 18, 2012, 12:24 pm

    That’s a great suggestion for cooking eggs! I’ll definitely give it a try

  • Ally August 18, 2012, 12:53 pm

    A CrossFit competition?! Have fun, can’t wait to hear about it! Sounds like a great Saturday. I’m off to teach private rock climbing lessons today so no farmers market πŸ™ Private lessons are loads of fun though! This is how I cook my “over easy” eggs, too! Flipping doesn’t work for me. at. all.

  • Kacy Pleasants August 18, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Whoops. I’ve been waiting on this tip! Excited to try!

  • wymberley August 18, 2012, 3:14 pm

    I would cook them like this, and THEN I would have to wash the lid. looks like an easy method but I’ll continue my imperfect flip

  • Katrina August 18, 2012, 4:09 pm

    this is interesting, i’ve never heard of this method before! they look great in the pictures though so i’ll have to try it! thanks for sharing!

  • Paige August 18, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Love the idea! My fried eggs always turn into scrambled, so I’ll definitely try this next time.

    I hit up my local farmers’ market today, too! Any tips for storing/preparing produce so that it doesn’t go bad before you can eat it all?

    Good luck at the competition!

  • Tabitha August 18, 2012, 6:22 pm

    My dad has been making breakfast for my family for years and this is how he has always made eggs for me.. I don’t like them any other way!
    P.S. Can’t wait to read about your competition!!

  • jaclyn @ justjac August 18, 2012, 6:56 pm

    Good luck today! Let us know how it goes!!

  • R August 18, 2012, 7:07 pm

    I LOVE the farmers market…. Which one had plums? I go to Atherton sometimes and the one out near the airport Charlotte Regional….

    • Jen August 19, 2012, 2:00 pm

      charlotte regional – several of the vendors did!

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes August 18, 2012, 8:19 pm

    Wow… such an awesome and easy way to make eggs. thanks for the tips! πŸ™‚

  • Alex @ fightcancerwithfood August 19, 2012, 7:19 am

    Ooh I’m so trying this for my lunch in a minute, my eggs ALWAYS stick and I end up having to soak my pans for hours to clean them! Good luck in the competition πŸ™‚

  • Amanda @flecksofgreen August 19, 2012, 8:08 am

    I really wish there was a farmer’s market close to my house!

  • Lauren @ Golden Ring Runner August 19, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Thank you! I always strive to make better eggs and I never thought of this technique! My sister just told me that eggs are good for decreasing inflammation for runners. Double win!

  • Elizabeth August 19, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the egg tip!! I’ll definitely do this tomorrow!!

    PS A little “Bar Keeper’s Friend” will help you clean your skillet! http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/

    • Jen August 19, 2012, 2:00 pm

      i know! i have some and i need to actually use it! πŸ™‚

  • Emily August 19, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Just made the eggs like you suggested – may have to use a little less water next time but they came out delicious!

  • Chase August 19, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Great idea! I never thought of doing it that way! As often as I eat eggs, this never occurred to me.

  • Hannah August 20, 2012, 6:22 pm

    I made the eggs this way yesterday morning and not all the water evaporated and the egg yolks were completely cooked instead of being a little runny like how I intended. Maybe I cooked it on too high of a setting? I don’t know why it didn’t turn out as planned cause I followed the times you suggested exactly.

  • Miriam @ Bellaspire August 21, 2012, 11:00 am

    You are a genius! That is all.

  • Jessica March 3, 2014, 1:39 pm

    These eggs turned out perfect! They made for a quick, easy dinner after a long day. I also made your granola bars over the weekend. I don’t know what I like more – the fact that they taste so great or that they’re keeping me away from the girl scout cookies. πŸ™‚

    • Jen March 3, 2014, 2:01 pm

      thanks so much for trying my recipes and i’m glad they’ve turned out well for you! and yay that it’s helping with the cookies! πŸ™‚

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