Enough reviews and lists! Let’s get cooking!
Many of us eat breakfast at home. We make some toast or a bowl of cereal, something low effort. Some of us may head to Starbucks for a coffee and a morning coffee, just to avoid stepping foot in the kitchen.
Breakfast is supposed to be simple, a daily ritual that most people partake in. Breakfast can also be special. On Sundays, we get brunch. We pay for the food someone else made us. On Valentine’s Day or anniversaries, people make their significant others breakfast-in-bed. Mothers make their kids big breakfasts before important tests or sports games.
It seemed like a good idea to start with breakfast. We start our days with breakfast, so maybe we should start learning to cook breakfast first.
Scrambled eggs are pretty hard to mess up. It’s the easiest way to cook eggs.
You will need:
- A few Tablespoons of butter
- A frying pan & spatula
1) Break the desired amount of eggs into a bowl. Whisk with a fork to break the yolks. Keep stirring until you get a fairly consistent yellow color.
Add some salt and pepper now or after they’re cooked. It’s up to you. I tend to flavor both so I get enough flavor.
2) If you want, add a few splashes of milk. You can add 2-3 Tbsp if you’d prefer a specific measurement.
This supposedly helps make the eggs more fluffy. It’s how I’ve always eaten them, so that’s how I’ll be cooking them. Of course, you can omit the milk. The eggs will cook the same way.
3) Heat a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Once it’s warm, add a few Tablespoons of butter. Melt the butter in the pan.
4) Pour the egg mixture into the pan. Let it sit for a minute. When it starts to solidify at the edges, gently push the eggs around the pan with a spatula.
5) Continue pushing the eggs as they cook. Cook until the eggs are the desired consistency.
The consistency depends on how much moisture is left in the eggs. If you can press down with a spatula, you should see some Eggs scrambled hard have less moisture. Master these and maybe we can try them the way Gordon Ramsey makes his scrambled eggs!
These are “sunny side up” eggs or eggs “over easy.” You will need:
- A few Tbsp of butter
- Skillet with a lid & spatula
1) Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 2-3 Tbsp of butter.
Medium heat is a pretty important detail. My heat was cranked a little too high, so I ended up with burnt edges and browned butter.
2) When the butter stops foaming, crack an egg into the pan.
It’s a habit for most people to crack an egg against a bowl or pan. Most chefs and recipes that I’ve seen recommend using a flat surface like a table or counter.
3) Cook for about 4 minutes. You can put a lid on the pan to help set the white quickly.
Over-easy eggs are a type of fried eggs. Most recipes recommend flipping a fried egg with the yolk down. I’ve read something that makes it less dangerous and more accessible for those of us afraid to flip an egg.
The technique is apparently called “blasting.” Use a spoon to scoop some of the hot butter from the pan onto the yolk.
This may be the most complicated technique for some people, but it is my favorite. I’ve posted a live video on my Instagram. For me, it’s easier than frying eggs, but I guess that’s up to personal preference. You will need:
- A pot of water
- Small glass bowls
1) Crack an egg into a small bowl, preferably glass. Be careful not to break the yolk.
2) Bring a saucepan of water to a light boil. You can add a small splash of vinegar to the water if you’d like; it’s an old Julia Child trick.
3) As soon as the water boils, lower the heat to low or simmer. Stir the water gently to create a swirl.
4) Take the bowl of egg and gently lower the egg into the water while the water is swirling.
You’ll want to get as close to the water as possible to avoid splashing or breaking the yolk. I find dipping the glass bowl into the water makes it easiest. The glass won’t break either.
The swirling will help the egg white wrap around the yolk.
5) Let the egg cook for 4-6 minutes at the low heat.
You may need to experiment with time. Less time means a runnier yolk.
6) Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the after once they’re done.
You can put them on a towel or paper towel to help them dry. If you use a paper towel, the white may take on the shape from the texture of the paper.
Eggs may not be a complete breakfast, but it’s a start! Serve some eggs on top of some toast for a small meal for one. If you’re cooking for two or more, try microwaving some bacon. If you’re feeling confident, fry or bake some bacon instead. I can post instructions for cooking bacon if any one is interested.
How did your eggs turn out? Do you have any helpful tips? Post your progress, questions, and comments below!