How to Cook Eggs – These 6 Different Ways

Learning how to cook eggs doesn’t have to be a difficult task. They’re fairly inexpensive and a good source of protein. You can even purchase eggs amped up omega 3’s! But most importantly, eggs are extremely versatile for beginner chefs. Here are 6 different ways to prepare eggs!

1. Hard Boiled

This method is probably one of the simplest ways to cook an egg! All you have to do is gently place the egg in a pot of water. Ensure that water fully covers the egg and bring to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for one minute. Cover the pot and remove from heat. Let sit for 10-12 minutes. Strain excess hot water and place eggs in cold water.

Crack and serve or refrigerate for up to 7 days. With hard-boiled eggs both the yolk and white are fully cooked with a slightly thicker consistency than jello. Hard-boiled eggs make great additions to salads or sandwiches to pump up the protein.

2. Scrambled

This is a great way to introduce people to eggs! Crack eggs into a bowl. Factor about two eggs per person for a healthy sized serving. Add about a tablespoon of milk/almond milk or water per egg and whisk eggs vigorously in bowl until combined, along with any herbs you want to include.

Heat a skillet over medium heat, pour on egg mixture, and reduce to medium low. Let eggs set briefly, then using a wooden spoon or spatula, push eggs from the outer edges into the center forming curds. Continue to scrape the bottom of the pan to scramble eggs as they cook. Eggs are done when they appear moist, but not liquid.

Diced meats, veggies, and herbs complement scrambled eggs quite nicely. Incorporate these additions after pouring liquid egg mixture into the heated pan.

3. Omelet

The basic prep for an omelet is exactly like scrambled eggs. However, once the eggs are combined with water or milk, whisk vigorously some more to incorporate air into the eggs. Pour into a hot skillet, similar to scrambled eggs. Let the eggs cook for about a minute, or until the bottom is set. Lift one side of the eggs with a heat resistant spatula, tilting the pan to allow liquid eggs on top to flow underneath. Do the same on the other side. Then flip egg pancake over too cook remaining liquid eggs.

If “doctoring up” your omelet, spoon ingredients onto the center at this time. Fold one side over and line up edges. The most important part is not to overcook your eggs – so don’t let your omelet brown.

4. Baked

Baked eggs are also a great way to use up leftover sautéed vegetables or marinated meats. Simply start by buttering the bottom and sides of a ramekin or muffin tin. Layer in desirable ingredients and seasonings at the bottom of the vessel. Crack an egg or two on top!

Finally, place the muffin tin or individual ramekins in the oven at 400 °F. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are set and the yolks remain runny.

5. Fried

We could write an entire blog post solely on how to fry an egg – there are that many versions. For now we’ll teach you how to make a fried egg with a crispy white and runny yolk. Heat ½ tablespoon of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Crack an egg into the butter upon sizzling.

Once brown and crackly, flip the egg using a heat resistant spatula. Press down on whites nearest the yolk to allow them to cook. Once whites have set, your fried egg is ready! This may not be the healthiest way to consume eggs, so we recommend this method in moderation!

6. Poached


One of the most difficult to master has to be poached eggs. This egg is often associated with eggs Benedict and can be the most scrumptious if done properly.

According to Alton Brown, you’ll want to start with fresh eggs. Bring a pot of water (no salt) to a rolling boil. While the water is heating you’ll want to prepare your eggs by placing each into a small bowl. After the water reaches a boil, lightly swirl the water before placing your egg into the water. Tip: you’ll want to get the egg close to the water before lightly placing it in.

It’s hot on the bottom, so while your eggs cook make sure to keep the whites in tact by lightly moving the egg around. Cook for about two minutes if you like a runny yolk to about four minutes if you like them with some firmness.

What’s your favorite way to eat eggs?

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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.