The best way to fry an egg is the Greek way – in plenty of olive oil. What you end up with are crispy edges, a perfect yolk that is still a bit runny and olive oil flavour that is present, but not overpowering. A light seasoning with salt and pepper is all you need.
This is such an easy way to fry eggs. There is no flipping of the egg required, just a simple technique to ensure that your egg yolk is the perfect degree of doneness, for you. I love quick and easy meals such as this one. Sometimes I make eggs fried in olive oil for breakfast. Other times I place a fried egg on a plate of pasta, or top homemade french fries with a fried egg for a wonderful Greek meal.
Why I love this recipe
Growing up there were very few things that only one of my parents would make; generally they worked together to prepare their delicious meals and desserts. But some things…some things belonged to only one of them, and fried eggs belonged to my father.
On weekend mornings my father would often greet us all with a fried egg or two. Αυγά μάτια (which literally translates into eggs eyes – bizarre!) are a variation of sunny-side up eggs made more delicious because they are fried in olive oil. This cooking technique results in an outer edge of crispy egg white and a yolk which is cooked just perfectly. Sprinkled with just a touch of salt and pepper, they are a simple way to start the day. Add a cup of mountain tea or a cold beverage like chamomile and basil iced tea, and you are set for a beautiful day!
Egg I use large, free-range and organic eggs whenever possible.
Olive oil Greek extra-virgin olive oil is best
Salt & pepper Basic seasonings, to taste
Cooking spray (optional) If I am using a pan which is not non-stick, I like to spray the surface with a bit of cooking spray before adding the olive oil. I find that this helps prevent sticking.
How to make
Choose your frying pan. If it is not a non-stick surface, spray it with some cooking spray.
Add olive oil to your frying pan. The oil should be about 1 cm deep.
Heat oil over medium-high heat for about one minute until it gets quite hot.
Crack your egg into a bowl and gently slip it into the hot oil. The egg should start to cook immediately, with the egg white turning opaque very quickly.
Turn the heat down to medium and cook egg carefully. Tilt your pan to one side occasionally to pool the hot oil into one side of the pan. This will help stop any oil splattering. Also, with a tablespoon, scoop up some of the hot oil and carefully pour it over the egg yolk. Repeat this several times, depending upon how runny (or not) you want your yolk.
Continue to cook your egg until you have a nice, golden, crispy outer edge to your egg white.
Using a slotted spatula, carefully remove your egg from the frying pan.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.
Cooking tips and helpful hints
Crack your eggs into a bowl before frying
Don’t crack your egg directly into the frying pan. Instead, crack it into a bowl and then slip it carefully into your frying pan. Cracking your egg this way is very handy for the times that you may accidentally end up with a piece of shell with your egg. You can easily remove the shell from the bowl, but not so easily when your egg is in the hot pan.
Make sure the oil is very hot before adding your egg
Heat the olive oil until it is very hot prior to adding the egg to the pan. Once you add the egg however, turn the heat down to medium as the oil tends to spatter. Be careful not to get hot oil on you! One good trick to prevent, or stop, the oil splattering is to slightly tilt your pan so that the oil pools to one side, and your egg stays on the other side of the pan. This is also what you need to do in order to scoop up some of the hot oil with a tablespoon and drizzle it over the egg yolk. This will help cook the yolk.
Frequently asked questions
What kind of pan should I use to fry my egg?
I use a non-stick pan, but you don’t have to. If you don’t use a nonstick surface I recommend that you lightly grease your pan with cooking spray before adding the oil; this will prevent any sticking (which you would think wouldn’t happen given the oil used to cook the egg in…but it sometimes does).
How many eggs can I make at the same time?
Even if you have a very large frying pan and many hungry mouths to feed, we wouldn’t suggest cooking more than two eggs at a time. It may become too difficult to control any oil spattering. Take your time. Make breakfast in batches.
What can I do with the leftover olive oil?
You will have oil left over after cooking your egg. You can place it into a small glass container once it is cooled and store it in your refrigerator. This oil can then be used again in cooking or frying.
If you love eggs, you will love these great Greek, and Greek-style recipes:
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Usually I serve one egg per person, although some heartier appetites can use two eggs.
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- 1 large egg
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking spray if not using a non-stick pan
- Choose your frying pan. If it is not a non-stick surface, spray it with some cooking spray.cooking spray
- Add olive oil to your frying pan. The oil should be about 1 cm deepolive oil
- Heat oil over medium-high heat for about one minute until it gets quite hot.
- Crack your egg into a bowl and gently slip it into the hot oil. The egg should start to cook immediately, with the egg white turning opaque very quickly.1 large egg
- Turn the heat down to medium and cook egg carefully. Tilt your pan to one side occasionally to pool the hot oil into one side of the pan. This will help stop any oil splattering. Also, with a tablespoon, scoop up some of the hot oil and carefully pour it over the egg yolk. Repeat this several times, depending upon how runny (or not) you want your yolk.
- Continue to cook your egg until you have a nice, golden, crispy outer edge to your egg white.
- Using a slotted spatula, carefully remove your egg from the frying pan.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.salt and pepper to taste