6 Delicious Ways to Cook Eggs (#2 Will Surprise You)

How To Cook Eggs

Can you make a meal in 10 minutes?

Can you make it no matter what time of day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner? (And we’re talking about a real meal here, not something that you slide out of a box or shove into your microwave.)

What if I told you there was a magic ingredient for making fast, healthy meals?

And that it was inexpensive.

Could you guess what that could be?

Deliciously Healthy Meals 24 Hours a Day

The #1 dish that I’ve cooked in my life uses that magic ingredient.

What is it? (Sit down, Paula Deen. It’s not butter.)

That all-purpose ingredient is–to borrow their own marketing slogan–the incredible, edible egg.

Need to make breakfast while you get ready in the morning? Poach some eggs.

At home on the weekend and want to make a quick lunchWhip up an omelet.

Want a hearty dinner that you can later slice up for breakfast on-the-go? Bake a frittata.

There are sooooo many ways to cook eggs, so many that I’ll never really understand people who say that they get bored with them. And you don’t have to upend your spice cabinet to make them taste great. Just a little seasoning–or a little salt and pepper–and you’re set.

So here you go….6 Delicious Ways to Cook Eggs.

1) How To Cook Scrambled Eggs

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  1. Heat pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add desired cooking fat (butter or oil).
  3. Once pan is hot, break desired number of eggs directly into pan.
  4. Scramble the eggs with a plastic spatula.
  5. Add a liberal amount of salt and pepper.
  6. Cook until shiny.  Not runny, but shiny.  Once you pull them off they’ll keep cooking and evaporating.  If you pull them off when they look dry they’ll get really dry and rubbery after you pull them off.

Tips:

  • Low heat is your friend.  You can always turn the heat up if they’re not cooking fast enough.  Cooking on too high a heat however will make them tough.
  • Don’t stir them too much.  You want a nice solid curd, not little smithereens of egg.

2) How (Not) to Hard Boil Eggs

To be honest, I don’t hard boil eggs.  I think they’re a pain in the ass to cook and peel in the quantities I eat.  I’d rather poach them.  When I’m on the road and I’m trying to stay strict paleo, I’ll grab a bag of pre-cooked peeled eggs, but that’s about it.

If you do want to hard boil your eggs, check out this video from Tim Ferriss.

3) How to Poach Eggs

You could poach them in water, but again I think that’s a bit of a pain in the ass.  I prefer to use an egg poacher.

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  1. Fill pan halfway with water.
  2. Grease cups.
  3. Crack eggs into cups.
  4. Boil water and cook eggs to desired doneness.
  5. Remove from cups and season.

Pro Tip: Don’t get any of the egg in the water as this will cause the water to foam up when you boil it.

4) How To Make An Omelet

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  1. Heat pan to medium.
  2. Add cooking fat of choice.
  3. Completely scramble 2-3 eggs in a bowl.
  4. Add to pan.  Cook until one side is set.
  5. Flip and cook other side.
  6. Add filling and fold in half.
  7. Flip again to make sure the whole thing is cooked and then serve.

5) How To Fry Eggs

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  1. Heat pan to medium.
  2. Add cooking fat of choice.  I prefer oil and ghee.
  3. Once oil is hot, crack eggs directly into oil.
  4. Cook until edges are set and crispy.
  5. Flip and cook until yolk is desired doneness/runniness.
  6. Serve with your favorite topping. (Slabs of bacon count as a topping.)

6) How to Make a Frittata

  1. Heat pan on medium.
  2. Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
  3. Prepare non-egg ingredients: meat and veggies.
  4. Add cooking oil of choice and saute non-egg ingredients.
  5. Completely beat 8-12 eggs and add to pan.  Add gently so that ingredients are uniformly distributed and don’t just end up on one side.
  6. Place pan in oven for 15 minutes or until top completely sets and is no longer runny.
  7. Slice up into wedges like a pizza and serve.

One Last Thought

Before you get out of here and start breaking shells, let me address one last thing.

Eggs won’t kill you.

In fact, every time you crack an egg I want you to say to yourself:

Every time I leave out an egg yolk, an angel loses its wings, plummets to the earth and lands with a thud on the hood of your car.”

Notice I didn’t use egg whites in any of these recipes. That’s a waste of time and whole eggs taste better anyway.

So go ahead, pick up a dozen eggs and discover (or re-discover) your new favorite food.

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