Crispy Fried Egg

There’s an art to making the perfect fried egg, so if you want to make a breakfast recipe that even your picky eater who usually shuns eggs will love, this Crispy Fried Egg recipe is for you!

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Kenya has always been a really good eater, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Give the kid a plate full of raw vegetables and seasonal fruits and he’s a happy camper. Since birth, though, getting him to eat animal proteins has been a struggle. He would very rarely want to eat steak, chicken was ok on occasion, fish was a go because he knew ones like salmon were important for his brain development, ground meats were usually a thumbs up mainly because of their texture and being mixed with other foods and the occasional piece of bacon was his true weakness.

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5 months ago, though, he decided that he wanted to be 100% vegetarian. For an 8 year old this felt like a big decision. At first I felt like it was just a stage as my husband was out of town for months working and I figured it was his way of gaining a bit of control in his life. My husband eats vegetarian most of the day, so there was also the chance that he was mimicking the behavior. But all these months later he’s still as happy as a clam with his choice and really proud of it.

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Getting produce and carbs into his body is no problem, but solid nutritious proteins is a whole other challenge. Thank goodness he loves eggs because they have become a weekly dish to serve him for breakfast, lunch and dinner! He really enjoys a Fluffy Omelette, Baby Frittatas, Breakfast Quesadillas, Egg Pesto Melts and of course eggs being added to delectable french toast and pancakes, but his new favorite that I’ve been making are these Crispy Fried Eggs. Luckily they couldn't be easier and are unbelievably good.

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You just pour olive oil in a hot pan and sauté the egg to the temperature you like. The edges of the egg white get unbelievably crispy and for Kenya he likes the center fully cooked through, although I like it a bit more runny. On those nights I’m making something like No Work Chicken or Maple Soy Salmon it’s little extra work to whip up one of these Crispy Fried Eggs to make sure my little guy is getting the protein he needs in a dish that couldn’t be easier!

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Crispy Fried Egg (serves 1)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 2 mins

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • salt, to taste

Preparation

1. Heat a sauté pan over medium high heat.

2. Add the oil and heat for 15 seconds then gently crack in the egg.

3. Cook the egg for 2 minutes or until it turns crispy and golden around the edges (for a fully cooked yolk, cover the pan, turn the heat to low and cook an additional 2 minutes).

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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10 comments

  • Gesenia

    Do i use extra virgin olive oil or regular olive oil?

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    • McCord

      I use extra virgin. You can use whichever type you prefer!

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  • Mary-Claire

    Yum! My five year old loves her eggs, too. Do you think the edges would stay crispy if I made it 30 minutes prior to eating? I send breakfast with my daughter to school for her to eat at Before Care. I'll bet a bit of garlic salt or lavender would be delicious!

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    • McCord

      I think it would stay crispy, but don't put it into an airtight container when it is still hot because it will create steam that will make it soggy!

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  • Len

    How long do you cook it? Is it safe too eat runny egg? I never know how long to cook the egg. I don't like runny eggs and doubt my toddler will.

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    • I think it is safe to eat runny eggs

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  • Heather

    How do you get the white to fully cook? That's always my problem :/

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  • Jackie Tanner

    Saw your segment on Dr. Oz today.

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  • Karen

    Hi catherine, thanks of a truly wonderful site! I've often read that frying in olive oil is not the best as the oil changes composition and becomes 'bad' fat. What are your thoughts on cooking in butter which is higher in cholesterol but can withstand higher cooking temps? K

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    • McCord

      Butter burns pretty easily, but you can use any oil you prefer!

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