Making fried eggs is simple. All you need is eggs, salt, pepper, vegetable oil, and a little bit of patience. Making this savory breakfast staple takes just a few minutes when you follow this How To Make a Fried Egg tutorial. 

This recipe costs approximately $1.04 to make. The recipe makes two servings for about $0.52 per serving. 

Are you looking for more ways to cook an egg? Check out my tutorials on How to Make Scrambled Eggs, How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs, and How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs

An overhead picture of fried eggs on a white plate and in an iron skillet.

Fried Eggs

I love cooking eggs because of how versatile they are. One of my favorite ways to cook an egg is to make a Fried Egg. 

Fried Eggs are cracked in a frying pan to cook on low heat, with the white and yolk intact. I use olive oil and cook them sunny side up. This gives you that liquid gold yolk with slightly crispy edges that are perfect for dunking a piece of toast. 

Fried Eggs are not just for breakfast! They are perfect on top of savory dishes like these Thai Peanut Noodles.

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.52

Recipe Cost: $1.04

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil – $0.03
  • 2 large eggs – $1.00
  • salt and pepper to taste – $0.01

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in January 2023.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How to make a Fried Egg

  1. First, allow the eggs to come to room temperature for twenty minutes. 
  2. Then, heat oil in a cast iron pan. Once the oil is simmering, reduce the heat to low. 
  3. Crack the eggs into the skillet. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Cook the eggs for two to four minutes until the whites are firm and the yolks are runny.
  6. Finally, remove the eggs from the skillet and serve. 

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

A picture collage showing how to Make A Fried Egg

Recipe Variations

  • Instead of vegetable oil, you can use avocado oil or bacon fat.
  • In place of oil, you can use butter. Just note that butter tends to burn when making this recipe.

Storage Tips

SERVE: You can keep the eggs out for about 90 minutes before they need to be covered and refrigerated.

STORE: Place leftover eggs in an airtight container and store them for 4-5 days.

FREEZE: You can freeze cooked eggs, but be forewarned that the egg whites will be rubbery. To freeze:

  1. Cool the eggs, then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Freeze until frozen solid, about two hours.
  3. Transfer to a freezer-safe container or zipper-top bag and freeze for up to six months.

THAW: Thaw the egg(s) overnight in the refrigerator.

REHEAT: Place the egg(s) in a skillet with a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Place the skillet over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until the eggs are heated through.

A close up picture of three fried eggs in a cast iron skillet.

Recipe FAQs

Do you have to flip an egg to fry it?

You do not have to flip an egg to fry it. With this method, you will cook the eggs over low heat so the yolk and white will cook through without having to flip them. However, if you want your egg to be over-easy, over-medium, or over-hard, then you would want to flip it.

Do you need to oil the pan for a fried egg?

Yes, pour one Tablespoon of oil into the pan to heat before cracking the eggs into the pan.

How long should I fry an egg?

It will take about two to four minutes to fry an egg. The exact time will depend on how done you like your egg.

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A close up picture of a fried egg in a skillet.
5 from 4 votes

Fried Eggs

Recipe Cost $ $1.04
Serving Cost $ $0.52
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
2 people
Making fried eggs is simple. All you need is eggs, salt, pepper, vegetable oil, and a little bit of patience. Making this savory breakfast staple takes just a few minutes when you follow this How To Make a Fried Egg tutorial.


  • spatula
  • Cast-iron pan
  • Measuring spoon




  • Set eggs out on the counter to come to room temperature for 20 minutes.


  • In a cast iron pan over medium-high heat, oil until simmering.
  • Reduce the heat to low.


  • Crack eggs into the heated skillet, season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, and cook for 2-4 minutes until the whites are firm and the yolks are still runny.


  • Remove the eggs from the pan and serve immediately.


Serving: 1egg | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Great step by steps. I feel like making the perfect egg is an art form. Tried your method and they came out perfect both times!

  2. Chenee Lewis says:

    This is so helpful! Thanks for helping me perfect my fried eggs!

  3. thanks for the tips, I don’t take my eggs out early enough, that helps lots!

  4. Sonal Gupta says:

    Achieving perfcet fried eggs is tricky. Your instructions are very detailed. I followed and got perfect eggs.