Unctuous, golden egg yolk is one of the more magical things in the world, and it absolutely requires something to soak it up, preferably great bread. Fried over easy is pretty much how I’ve always taken my eggs. I do order them poached if I’m eating breakfast out, and it seems appropriate. Benedict, florentine, over hash, with biscuits, that sort of thing.
If I’m home though, I usually don’t fuss around with poaching. All though I have figured out a poaching method that words for me every time, but that’s a whole different post. So, this is how I make my fried eggs on toast. It’s kind of a variation on a sunny side up egg, because I’ve eliminated any type of egg flipping.
Now in an ideal world, the egg is a duck egg, the bread is sourdough, and the butter is salted Kerry Gold. However, whatever version of these ingredients are in your fridge are fine. Bagel, english muffin, stale croissant, quail egg, challah bread, those will all work.
1 Slice of Bread
- Toast bread to your desired crispiness. I like mine dark. Set aside on a plate.
- Put a liberal pat of butter into a pan of your choosing, about a tablespoon. I use a little stainless steel omelette pan to cook eggs in, but I’ve used my larger cast iron ones as well.
- Heat pan to medium heat, wait for butter to melt and get frothy.
- Carefully crack egg into pan, dropping it in from a low height. A broken yolk makes me really sad, so I take a lot of care with this part.
- Put a lid on the pan. This helps trap the heat and cook the egg from the top as well as the bottom. Bonus points if the lid is glass, because you can watch whats happening.Periodically lift lid to check doneness.
- Remove egg when a thin white layer has formed over the yolk, but egg is still slightly jiggly. This whole process takes less than two minutes, so err on the shorter side time wise.
- Slide whole egg, and any excess butter onto your toast.
- Season with a little salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Now, there are ways to fancy this up if you’re inclined. Including but not limited to: sliced avocado, pesto, hot sauce, any soft cheese you’ve got lying around. Basically anything you could imagine being good on a piece of toast, will probably be great with a fried egg and butter as well.
Also, if you toast a second piece of bread, this whole deal becomes a magical breakfast sandwich.