How many ways to cook eggs are there? There are probably more than 100 ways to cook an egg, but that’s a pretty overwhelming list. So, let’s look at a dozen or so tried-and-true ways to cook eggs.
Once demonized as a cholesterol raiser, experts now seem to be in agreement that there is no reason to fear eggs in moderation. You may eat eggs often, but are you eating them the same way every time? Maybe it’s time to switch things up a bit!
So, are eggs healthy? Yes, eggs are very healthy. As one of the few “complete” protein sources, eggs contain all nine essential amino acids and are healthy food. I have done a few elimination diets with eggs and reintroduced them with no problems. In fact, my naturopath recently “prescribed” eating more eggs for me for the choline based on my lab test results.
In addition to all of that protein, eggs also contain vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. For example, one egg supplies a significant amount of our daily requirements for key nutrients like vitamin B2, vitamin B12, vitamin B5, vitamin A, and selenium.
Boiling and poaching eggs are the healthiest ways to cook an egg. These egg recipes require less heat and cooking time than other methods, which means an egg’s cholesterol should oxidize less. Less oxidation means more nutrients and antioxidants in the final product.
These ways to cook eggs also don’t involve adding any extra ingredients or calories during cooking.
An important note about choosing eggs: To get the most out of your next omelet, opt for organic, pasture-raised eggs, or farm-fresh eggs if possible. Not only is this variety known to have more nutrients, but some people who normally find conventional eggs problematic actually feel great after having this higher quality egg. If you’re one of the lucky people with chickens at home, those fresh eggs are even better.
Just like grass-fed butter is a richer yellow, don’t be surprised if your pasture-raised eggs have almost shockingly vibrant, orange-tinted yokes (thanks to the carotenoid-rich plants these chickens had access to in the pasture).
My fun ways to cook eggs list ranges from the more common over-easy egg to the lesser-known cloud egg. Let’s get cracking…
Boiled eggs can generally be made two ways—hard or soft.
Hard-boiled eggs are a great healthy snack that you can prep and keep on hand in the fridge for a quick protein boost. You can also add sliced hard-boiled eggs to salads or use them to make deviled eggs (more on these below!).
If you opt for soft-boiled eggs, it’s up to you how soft or runny you would like the yoke. The less time you boil the egg, the softer the yoke will be. Soft boiled eggs are delicious with toast or an English muffin and a green veggie like asparagus or broccoli rabe.
How long should you leave eggs in boiling water? That depends on how soft or hard you want your eggs! Here’s the kind of boil you can expect based on cooking time:
There are some variations in cooking method and time, but It’s not a bad idea to learn how to make a hard-boiled egg easier to peel. Check out my Perfect Easy-to-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs for cooking steps and bonus tips to prevent cracking.
Pro tip: If you have an Instant Pot, use it to make perfect boiled eggs in 6 minutes.
Deviled eggs are a common party staple and crowd-pleaser—I consider them the little black dress of an appetizer spread! They never go out of style.
There are many different deviled egg recipes, but some are healthier than others.
My Secretly Healthy Deviled Eggs include health and flavor boosters like sea salt and fermented pickle relish. Is your mouth watering yet?
Scrambled eggs are one of my favorite ways to cook eggs for breakfast, but they’re also great as a main course for lunch or dinner.
I highly recommend adding your favorite veggies and/or chopped greens to scrambled eggs to make your final product even healthier and more filling in a good way. Plus, scrambled eggs with veggies make the perfect burrito or wrap fixings.
What veggies pair well with scrambled eggs? Nothing is off-limits, but some common veggie additions include onions, peppers, and tomatoes. You can cook the veggies first and then add your egg mixture, or you can simply add raw or previously cooked veggies to the eggs in the hot pan.
If you add greens, chop them up first and sauté them for a minute or two, then scramble the eggs.
What is the easiest type of egg to make? It’s debatable, but sunny side up eggs are definitely one of the easiest ways to cook eggs. A classic diner order, sunny side up eggs are often paired with toast or a bagel (up to you if it’s regular or gluten-free!) for yoke dipping.
How long should you cook sunny side up eggs? You should cook sunny side up eggs for 2-2.5 minutes. Depending on how long you let them cook, you’ll end up with a runny yolk and whites that are fried or still somewhat soft.
A very close option to the sunny side egg, over eggs are another super quick and easy way to make an egg. All “over” eggs are cooked the same way, but depending on the cooking time you can produce 3 variations of yolk consistency.
Don’t like a runny yolk? You’ll want to cook the egg until the yolk is hard, which is called an “over hard egg” (which is good to know if you’re ordering this at a restaurant).
Like it somewhere in the middle? That would be “over medium.”
Last but not least, if you want the yolkiest yoke, then you’re a fan of “over easy.”
I won’t lie—poached eggs can be a bit intimidating. Don’t be scared, though. Once you get the hang of it, poached eggs are quite easy peasy and one of the healthiest ways to consume eggs.
You can use poached eggs to make all different types of egg dishes, paired with toast or veggies, or even added to a soup.
Poached eggs take a little practice at first, but once you get the hang of it they’re quite easy to make and one of the healthiest ways you can prepare an egg.
Of all the egg recipes, omelets give you the most creative freedom.
Omelets consist of eggs wrapped around fillings like cheese, vegetables, or fresh herbs.
A frittata has your choice of fillings actually mixed into the egg batter—essentially, it’s a crustless quiche.
While an omelet is cooked on the stovetop, a frittata can be cooked on the stovetop or in the oven.
What do you put inside frittatas? Well, that is completely up to you—and the options are truly endless. One healthy idea is my Quinoa and Herb Frittata, which packs even more of a protein punch than eggs alone.
If you’ve been to Spain, you may already be familiar with this way of cooking your eggs. I spent a semester in Spain when I was in college and loved this version. Spanish fried eggs or “huevos fritos” are a more decadent take on your classic fried egg.
Spanish fried eggs are lavishly bathed in olive oil as they cook which results in crispier whites and a yolk that is cooked through, but not overdone. Spanish fried eggs are often served with roasted piquillo peppers and potatoes.
Basted eggs are eggs that are basted with fat as they cook. Basted eggs are very similar to Spanish fried eggs, but you use butter instead of oil. Opt for a grass-fed variety for extra flavor and nutrients.
Move over, eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce—shirred eggs are an even easier-to-make brunch star!
If you’re a fan of creamy things, shirred eggs are one of the ways to cook eggs that you definitely need to try.
Baked/shirred eggs are basically a custard-like protein feast. Warning: Cooking eggs this way isn’t the best choice if you want something on the lighter side, but it’s certainly a smart pick if you’re feeling extra hungry.
One of the most fun ways to cook eggs may just be cloud eggs. Also called egg nests, cloud eggs are a really fun way to change things up for your next brunch.
You essentially separate the yolks and whites, beat the whites until fluffy and bake them, then reconstruct the egg and bake.
One of the more fun ways families’ can make eggs together is called “egg in a basket”. (Some people call this “egg in a hole.”)
Don’t let the name fool you—there is not an actual basket involved in this recipe. The “basket”, in this case, is a piece of bread!
If you prefer gluten-free or low-carb eating, my Healthy Almond Flour Bread is perfect for this recipe. Sourdough is also a healthy option!
The end result of this recipe is a perfect marriage of egg and toast, which is extra tasty with a bit of your favorite hot sauce.
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