Saturday morning - you’re in the kitchen debating what to eat.
You’ve had fry up on the brain for a few days now, so it’s an easy choice. Eggs with Crispy bacon, yummy!
You stick the pan on the heat, and crack an egg on the side to allow it to fry in the pan.
Except, you have a problem. A problem that everyone dreads.
Your egg has stuck to the pan.
Pretty soon your egg turns from a delicious white with creamy yolk into a blackened mess that doesn’t taste good to anyone.
You’ve learned your lesson now at least - you don’t ever want that to happen again.
So, how exactly do you ensure that your favorite protein doesn’t glue itself to the pan ever again?
Here’s what you need to know...
‘I got the right temperature…’
Not to sound like Sean Paul, but you really do need the right temperature when you’re cooking. Not just eggs actually, just in general.
Cooking can be a pretty monotonous task for some people. Sure, some people live for the heat and the aroma of the kitchen, but maybe you aren’t one of them. That’s okay. Whatever you do though, do not fry your eggs on high heat. It’s tempting, but you will regret it.
Likewise you don’t want the pan to be super cool either. We mean, yes you can get a posh Gordon Ramsey pan, but we mean in terms of temperature.
If the pan is too cool then the egg will stick to the pan because it’s just been hanging out there too long. A little like your mother in law when she comes to visit.
So how do you know if your pan is too hot or too cold? Before you start cooking, grab a couple of drops of water and flick them into the pan.
If you find the droplet begins to dance around like it’s in the latest broadway showing of Swan Lake then you’re good to go. Generally medium heat is where this happens.
We know we mentioned before about getting a posh Gordon Ramsey pan, but to be quite honest you don’t really need one. All you need is the right kind of pan to get an egg that’s done well.
It’s very important to remember that while a pan is marketed as being non stick, this doesn’t always mean that it is non stick. There are also a few health and safety concerns in regards to non stick coating too.
If you’re looking to make your eggs in a pan, it may actually be best to get pans made out of cast iron. This may cost a little bit more money but it will be worth it to ensure that you don’t get burnt eggs that end up sticking to the pan.
Oil or Butter?
The problem with cooking on a pan is that the pan has a bumpy surface and a lot of roughness on it, and as a result some of the egg can get stuck in the lower ridges of the pan.
This isn’t ideal for cooking, nor is it particularly fun when you need to clean the pan.
So, if you want to avoid having your eggs getting stuck to your pan, you will need a solution. Using fat is great for this as it will help to ensure that the eggs don’t stick to any surfaces that are particularly bumpy or uneven - the oil is already covering it so you don’t need to worry.
Now you may be wondering whether you can use cooking spray to do the job. You could try to do it so long as the pan you have will work with this method, but it isn’t suitable for all pans.
In this case, it is much better to work with a butter or oil - you could opt for something like cooking oil if you want a healthier alternative.
They say time heals all wounds, but leaving your eggs in a pan for too long is a recipe for disaster.
For this reason you need to be especially careful - monitor your eggs to ensure that you aren’t cooking them for too long.
On the same note, you should also make sure that you don’t leave the eggs cooking for too little time either, as they will be underdone which could be dangerous.
The amount of time that you take to cook your eggs will likely depend on how you’re cooking the eggs too.
When you’re cooking your eggs, you’ll likely need to use a spatula. It’s worth noting that not every person is a whizz with a spatula.
Now if this sounds like you, fry your egg alongside a pot lid rather than trying to flip it over in the end.
This will allow the egg to cook on either side because there is heat trapped underneath the lid. Avoid using any metal spatulas - plastic is the way to go.
There’s nothing worse than scraping your eggs off the bottom of the pan. Burnt eggs do not taste good after all!
Thankfully you don’t need to deal with your eggs sticking to the pan anymore if you follow the guidelines set out in this article.
Remember to use the right pan, grab some frying fat and put your eggs on for the right time and temperature and you will be good to go.
You can expect a fantastic fry up without worrying about it getting burnt! Plus, less to scrape off the pan afterwards when it’s time to clean.