Easy Egg Recipes

Raise your hand if you join me in loving eggs not just for breakfast but also for dinner! Here I'm sharing some of my favorite ways to cook eggs. Some are the basic ways to cook eggs – you know, the specific techniques for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs and Perfect Poached Eggs. But I think you might just love not only our favorite way to scramble eggs (Mexican) but also the way I learned to cook eggs from my dad (Gashouse Eggs, the old-time comfort food with so many names) and my sister's famous "Egg McMoms" (Homemade Egg McMuffins). And sooooo many more ways to cook eggs!

So hey! Move over Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday. Pancake Night and "Egg Night" are coming on strong!

Easy Egg Recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, an inspiring collection with how-to's and recipes for eggs for breakfast, eggs for dinner, eggs for anytime.
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Fried Eggs

What Are Fried Eggs? "Fried" eggs are cooked by dropping a whole egg (no shell!) into hot oil in a skillet, then cooking it until the white solidifies and the yolk cooks from runny to firm. If the egg is fried "sunnyside up," the egg cooks in the skillet without flipping. If the eggs are fried "over easy," the eggs are flipped, the yolk cooked but left runny; with "over medium" or "over hard" or "over well," the yolks are cooked to varying degrees.

When to Serve Fried Eggs Fried eggs are super fast to make but a skillet only holds a few eggs at a time so fried eggs are best for serving to one or two or a small family – unless you're okay with eating in shifts!

But don't stop with eggs on a plate. For breakfast, we love to put a fried egg onto hot oatmeal and for dinner, over a big salad. A fried egg is a wonderful way to "put an egg on top".

How to Fry Eggs Here's my favorite way to fry an egg. You'll need a skillet that can be covered, it helps if the lid is glass to easily gauge the cooking progress. (And don't worry, the lid doesn't need to match the skillet, it can be from another pan. Even a heat-safe dinner plate can work.)

Heat a little oil in a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and let the oil cool a little, then drop an egg or two or three or more into the skillet. Season the eggs with salt and pepper or our favorite, Everything Bagel seasoning!

Add a tablespoon or two of water to the skillet (if you like, use an eggshell for measuring), surrounding the eggs with water. Cover the skillet, then increase the heat to medium and cook until the yolks are cooked to the desired level. Scoop out the eggs with a spatula and dig in!

My Favorite Pan for Frying Eggs I love-love-love this large non-stick skillet (affiliate link) from Cuisinart. It's my only non-stick skillet, perfect for cooking eggs but also making toast without a toaster plus cooking vegetables and stir-fries and even one-skillet dinners. Yes, it has a glass lid!

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Scrambled Eggs

What Are "Scrambled" Eggs Scrambled eggs are so simple! First, the egg or eggs are whisked together, "scrambling" the whites and yolks into one combined mixture. Then the eggs are cooked in a little oil in a hot skillet. So simple!

When to Serve Scrambled Eggs Scrambled eggs are the best choice when you need eggs on the table asap for one or two or even several people. I love scrambled eggs but do find them "less filling" than individual fried eggs. For example, one egg, scrambled, seems like a puny portion but a single egg, fried or poached, is plenty.

How to Scramble Eggs Just melt some butter or olive oil or bacon grease in a skillet on medium heat, when it's hot, toss in an egg or two or six and break up the yolks with a fork or spatula. Season with salt and pepper. As the eggs cook, toss them a bit so they cook evenly. Cook until all the liquid-y egg has cooked. Dig in!

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French Scrambled Eggs

French Scrambled Eggs ♥ KitchenParade.com, eggs cooked low and slow, with a few vegetables. Sumptuous! Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

THE RECIPE French Scrambled Eggs Eggs cooked slowly with a few vegetables, creamy and soft.

Green Chile Scrambled Eggs

Green Chile Scrambled Eggs, another easy, healthy breakfast ♥ KitchenParade.com, just eggs jacked up with extra protein and green chiles. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

THE RECIPE Green Chile Scrambled Eggs An easy, healthy breakfast.

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs (Huevos Revueltos a la Mexicana), another healthy summer breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture and the most popular eggs in Mexico according to Diana Kennedy. Simple & Seasonal. Low Carb. High Protein. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

THE RECIPE Mexican Scrambled Eggs (Huevos Revueltos a la Mexicana)

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Poached Eggs

What Are "Poached" Eggs? Eggs cracked into very hot or boiling liquid (often water, sometimes a sauce) to cook are "poached" in that liquid. The white turns firm around a yolk that can range from runny to firm and well-cooked.

When to Serve Poached Eggs A poached egg is a thing of comfort, either alone or to "put an egg on top". A poached egg is traditional with Eggs Benedict but one of my favorite no-thinking casual suppers is one or two poached eggs on top of my dinner salad, so good!

How to Poach Eggs There are so many ways to poach eggs – involving vinegar, swirling water, timing, and more. It's worth trying them all until you find the way that works best for you. But here's what works for me, the method I learned from Cook's Illustrated.

THE SHORT VERSION Fill a shallow skillet with water, salt and a splash of vinegar and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, slip the eggs into the hot water, cover the skillet and let rest for about 5 minutes for runny yolks and 7 for firm yolks.

For people who are sick, poach the eggs in milk, no vinegar. Top with a dab of butter and dig in.

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How to Poach a Perfect Egg

How to Poach a Perfect Egg ♥ KitchenParade.com, the Cook's Illustrated technique. So easy, you'll never forget!

THE RECIPE How to Poach a Perfect Egg Step-by-step using Cook's Illustrated technique.

Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables)

Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables) ♥ KitchenParade.com, a traditional North African and Israeli dish, just peppers and tomatoes slowly simmered, then 'nested' to cook whole eggs.

THE RECIPE Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables) A traditional North African and Israeli dish.

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Baked Eggs

What Are Baked Eggs? Baked eggs are cooked in the oven, usually with a vegetable mix or sauce underneath.

When to Serve Baked Eggs I suspect that in most households, baked eggs are a weekend or special-occasion dish, mostly because what's underneath takes some time to prepare. Baked eggs are also a good choice if you don't have a skillet with a lid for frying eggs or poaching eggs.

How to Bake Eggs Cook some vegetables, perhaps in a wet sauce or in a vegetable hash. Once cooked, use the back of a spoon to create a "nest" for each eggs. Slip an egg into each depression and bake at 350F/180F until the whites are firm and the yolks are the desired runniness or firmness.

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Everyone's Favorite Spinach-Artichoke Dip, Now for Breakfast

Spin Dip Baked Eggs, another healthy breakfast recipe ♥ A Veggie Venture, just eggs baked in our favorite spinach and artichoke dip. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

THE RECIPE Spin Dip Baked Eggs A traditional North African and Israeli dish.

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Egg Omelets

What Is An Omelet? What Are Omelets? An omelet is mixed eggs cooked in a thin layer in a skillet, some times with bits of cheese, ham, vegetables or other fillings, then folded over itself to create a neat cooked-egg envelope.

When to Serve Omelets You know how lines form at the omelet station at Sunday brunch places? That's because omelets are popular but are cooked one at a time. It's slow work.

A larger omelet can easily feed two or some times three but really omelets are usually individual affairs cooked one by one. That means that for a crowd or even a large family, omelets aren't the best choice. But for one or two? Magic.

How to Make an Omelet Whisk one or two or three eggs and prep any omelet fillings. Heat a large non-stick skillet with a little oil or butter on medium heat, when it's hot, carefully pour the egg mixture into the skillet, twirling the skillet if needed so that the egg mixture is evenly distributed across the skillet. Season the eggs, then sprinkle the fillings over top on one half or the center third. Let cook without moving until the eggs are nearly cooked. Use a spatula to carefully fold half the omelet over itself (or the outer thirds over the center), enveloping the fillings. Let finish cooking until all the egg is fully cooked and the fillings are hot and melty. Dig in!

Sound too complicated? It's not, really. But if so, try Simple French Eggs. Technically, Simple French Eggs are "scrambled" but verrrrry slowly so the eggs are extra tender, like an omelet.

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Quick, Healthy Breakfast with Fresh or Frozen Spinach

How to Make a Spinach Omelet, another quick, healthy breakfast ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Budget Friendly.

THE RECIPE How to Make a Spinach Omelet

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Hard-Cooked Eggs

What Are Hard-Cooked Eggs? Hard-Cooked Eggs are sometimes called "Hard Boiled Eggs" or "Boiled Eggs". Individual eggs are cooked whole with their shells on, some times in boiling water, some times by steaming. I also hear an Instant Pot pressure cooker makes great hard-cooked eggs!

When to Make Hard-Cooked Eggs Choose hard-cooked eggs when you want to fully cook whole eggs for eating later, great for meal prep! Once cooked, the eggs will keep for up to a week when kept refrigerated. That makes hard-cooked eggs a healthy, high-protein and inexpensive on-the-go breakfast or snack. You can also use hard-cooked eggs to make egg salad and deviled eggs.

How to Cook Hard-Cooked Eggs, the Short Version Bring the eggs and water to a boil and boil hard for exactly one minute. Cover the pot and remove from the stove. Rest off heat for exactly 10 minutes. Move the eggs to a bowl to cool for 5 minutes in ice water. Peel to eat while warm or cool eggs with their shells on to refrigerate for eating later.

More Detail? See Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs.

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Perfect Boiled Eggs, Every Time

Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs ♥ KitchenParade.com, no special pot, no green rings, no difficulty peeling. The Cook's Illustrated technique works!

THE RECIPE Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs For meal prep, deviled eggs, egg salad and more.

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Eggs Cooked in the Microwave

What Are Microwave Eggs? Cooking eggs in the microwave is easy but a little out there, definitely not a mainstream way to cook eggs. But I have two recipes, my family is especially fond of the microwave technique used for the egg portion of this copycat egg McMuffin.

How to Cook Eggs The techniques vary, I recommend checking out the specific recipes below.

Light & Fluffy Egg, From the Microwave?!

Homemade Egg McMuffin ♥ KitchenParade.com, the egg is cooked in the microwave, creating a tender, tasty round just the right size to tuck into an English Muffin with cheese and Canadian bacon.

THE RECIPE Homemade Egg McMuffin A family favorite!

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Egg Casseroles

What Are Egg Casseroles? Egg casseroles run the gamut, from bread puddings and stratas (these use eggs, cheese and other ingredients to hold together lots of bread) to more egg-centric dishes (more up my alley). What the two approaches have in common, however, is that they are baked in the oven in casserole dishes and are especially good for serving more people all at once.

When to Serve Egg Casseroles Many egg casseroles can (and even should) be made ahead of time, making them perfect for weekend and holiday breakfasts. Many are also good for meal prep, cooking ahead of time and then warming up throughout the week.

How to Make an Egg Casserole Egg casserole are all about getting the proportions and timing right. I recommend following a recipe to gain some experience before heading off on your own. Try these recipes!

An Egg Casserole Without Bread

Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole, a master recipe ♥ KitchenParade.com. Start with eggs, frozen hash browns, salsa and cheese, then adapt as you like, incl on-the-go muffins and individual ramekins.

THE RECIPE Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole My master recipe, just eggs, hash browns, salsa, cheese. Then adapt!

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Egg Frittatas

What Is a Frittata? Think of a frittata as a thin and crustless quiche or a thick and extra-ingredient-studded omelet. It's an Italian dish, mixed eggs cooked in a skillet on the stove (or sometimes in or finished in the oven, especially under the broiler) with other ingredients, a few

When to Serve a Frittata A frittata is a good egg dish for maybe four or five people.

How to Make a Frittata For a long while, I found frittatas unappealing, the eggs were just too tough and dry. Then I started making frittatas with a lot of milk and suddenly, oh, no getting enough. Now the eggs are sweet and tender and almost custard-like.

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Quiche & Tarts

What Is Quiche? How Is a Tart Different Than Quiche? A traditional quiche is a savory pie with a crust (or without, saving some time and lots of calories). The filling is an egg and milk/cream custard often further enriched with cheese and other ingredients such as vegetables, bacon, etc. A tart is exactly the same thing, just thinner.

When to Serve a Quiche or Tart At least in my world, a quiche or a tart shouts "celebration". They're also good for brunch, ladies lunches (cuz, you know ... "real men don't eat quiche").

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Just Put an Egg on Top!

When to Put an Egg on Top Whenever you want! We're big fans of putting an egg on top, starting with our breakfast oatmeal, a dinner salad bowl, even sandwiches. The usual choices are fried eggs, poached eggs and hard-cooked eggs.

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Just Put an Egg On Top!

About This Recipe Collection.

These recipes are collected for my five-part series
~ How to Save Money on Groceries ~

Many thanks to St. Louis artist Jeff Kapfer
for permission to use his painting
to inspire our Egg Nights!
For more of Jeff's bird paintings, visit
~ JeffKapfer.com ~

Easy Egg Recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, an inspiring collection with how-to's and recipes for eggs for breakfast, eggs for dinner, eggs for anytime.

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  1. While, as you say, they are up a bit in price, there is still nothing better on a rainy day... to make an omelet for dinner! What a wonderful way to clean out one's refrigerator!

    Thanks for the recipes!


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