We've already mentioned once that it's easy to cook or scramble an egg in a mug using only your microwave, but if you've got some time to spare, you might want to try your hand at an omelet or a soft-boiled egg for breakfast. Don't panic: with a little help, you'll find yourself flipping fluffy omelets in no time.Photo by Martin Cathrae
Some egg recipes are easier than others. Frying an egg is easy, but frying it quickly and without getting the edges crispy can be difficult. Scrambling eggs is easy, but making scrambled eggs delicious and fully cooked without being spongy and dry can be difficult. Thankfully Saveur has a gallery of simple egg tips that will help you master the basics of egg preparation from start to finish.
For example, covering a fried egg in your pan with a lid during the last minute or so of cooking will encourage the whites on top to firm up without overcooking the underside of the egg. The gallery also suggests cracking your eggs into bowls first so you can easily slide them into a hot, buttered pan waiting on the stove. That much is a good tip: cracking an egg directly into the pan can leave you with egg on your hands and an empty shell in your hands that you have to find something to do with when you should be watching your eggs cook.
If you're going to make soft-boiled eggs, they recommend you let your eggs come to room temperature before putting them in a pot of boiling water. Some people refuse to let their eggs sit out that long, but letting them come to room temperature will reduce the overall cooking time.
Sadly, the article won't settle the debate over the best way to crack eggs. There are still just as many people who crack their eggs on the side of a bowl or a pan as do on a countertop or other flat surface. Which do you prefer? Tell us and share your favourite egg recipes with everyone in the comments.
Essential Egg Tips [Saveur]