From soft-boiled eggs to poached eggs, egg dishes are intriguing and delicious. But with so many different styles of eggs, it can be intimidating for newbies.
From scrambled eggs to soft-boiled eggs to poached eggs, which are the simplest to cook? Read on to learn how to make eggs for beginners, and which three egg cooking styles might just be the simplest!
Egg Cooking Style #1 - Scrambled Eggs
Cooking perfect eggs, just like any topic, warrants a search into the archives of the experts. Revered chef Gordon Ramsay has just the tip for making scrambled eggs.
You might be thinking, "How hard can scrambled eggs be to make?" They are arguably the easiest way to prepare eggs.
Turns out, it comes down to something incredibly small… Notably, a grain of salt.
Instead of mixing the salt in at the beginning with all the ingredients (which can change the way they interact), season your eggs with salt at the last minute.
Why is this step so important? It turns out that adding salt to the raw egg mixture can cause the eggs to break down before the cooking process even starts.
You can even wait to add salt until you have removed them from the heat. Experiment with different salts, too, like kosher or coarse sea salt for fun.
Egg Cooking Style #2 - Hard Boiled Eggs
Renowned cook Jeanine Donofrio from Love & Lemons has the secret to getting perfect hard-boiled eggs every time. Speaking of time, the method comes down to a matter of minutes and all depends on how you prefer your egg yolks.
For vibrant, creamy yolks, let your eggs cook in the hot water for precisely 10 minutes. For more pale, lighter yellow yolks, set the timer to 12 minutes.
Some prefer the lighter yellow yolks for their chalkier texture. Others opt for the more creamy, bright yellow yolks. In other words, the "perfect" hard-boiled egg comes down to personal preference.
The ice bath that follows boiling the eggs is also an integral part of the process. After boiling in water, be sure to drain the eggs, transfer them to the ice bath (a large bowl of ice water), and leave them there for no less than 14 minutes.
From there, you can decide to peel your eggs or stick them unpeeled in the fridge for later. Yum!
Egg Cooking Style #3 - Sunny Side Up Eggs
Look no further than The Food Network for the perfect sunny-side-up breakfast. This type of egg may be the most low-maintenance way to cook them and here's why:
When it comes to fried eggs, there are a few basic styles:
• Sunny side-up: The egg is fried with the yolk up and is not flipped.
• Over easy: The egg is flipped and the yolk is still runny.
• Over medium: The egg is flipped and the yolk is only slightly runny.
• Over well: The egg is flipped and the yolk is cooked hard.
As you might see, a sunny-side-up egg is not flipped - hence a lesser risk of breaking the yolk! Here's how to crack the sunny-side-up egg code:
1. Simply crack an egg over a small frying pan or skillet on low heat.
2. Cover the pan with a see-through (i.e. glass) lid.
3. Wait about 2-2 ½ minutes for yolks to develop a thin white film - this means that the egg is cooked but the yolk is still runny.
4. Remove it from the heat and season as desired.
Covering the egg in this recipe helps to allow the steam to help cook the egg. This method is great for beginners or busy moms in the morning!
The Bottom Line On Cooking Eggs for Beginners
We have all broken a yolk at some point. Remember, half the fun of cooking eggs is finding a method that works for you and is fun to do.
Try these simple tips for flawless eggs every time, and reap the many benefits of eggs!
MasterClass Staff. Make Gordon Ramsay's Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe (With Video). Masterclass. Published July 2021. www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-make-the-perfect-scrambled-eggs-with-gordon-ramsay#how-long-should-you-cook-scrambled-eggs.