How to Make Perfect McMuffins at Home

How to Make Perfect McMuffins at Home

Dropping in for the occasional McDonald’s breakfast is a long-loved tradition for many Aussie families. Whether you’re camp hotcakes or camp McMuffin is beside the point – the way we love our Maccas brekkies is a truly special thing. (Just be sure to avoid making any of these ordering mistakes – as shared by McDonald’s employees – when you visit.)

Now, if the occasional in-house breakfast isn’t quite doing it for you anymore, allow us to assist. We’ve landed on a hack that’ll help you make perfect McDonald’s McMuffins at home.

The secret? If you want your sandwich to look, feel, and taste like their version, however, it all comes down to how you cook the egg.

The texture and taste of eggs can vary wildly depending on how you cook them. To achieve true homemade Egg McMuffin perfection, Serious Eats’ J. Kenji Lopéz-Alt explains to First We Feast that the eggs should be steamed instead of fried:

“Preheat a nonstick pan over medium-low. Spray with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Take a biscuit cutter that’s about the same size as your English muffin… Brush or spray the cutter or can with oil and place in the center of the pan. Once it’s there, don’t slide it… this is metal on nonstick coating.

“Break the egg into a small bowl, then carefully pour it inside the cookie cutter. Pour water up into the pan outside the cutter, to about ½-inch high. Break the yolk with the back of a spoon and sprinkle lightly with salt. Then, cover the pan with a lid and let the egg cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the yolk is cooked to your preference.”

If you don’t have a round cookie cutter on hand, you can also use a mason jar ring, or remove the top and bottom of a tuna can (just be sure to wash it well before use).

Now your eggs will have the same texture and pristine whiteness you get at the restaurant. You can find more homemade Egg McMuffin tips at the link below.

The Complete Guide to Making an Egg McMuffin Clone at Home [First We Feast].


  • Cookie cutter?!

    Can’t just use an egg ring, you know that thing with the name, that is made specifically for the job you’re doing?

    You’ve made a powerful enemy today,

    – Bubba

  • This thing would be a last resort for me even if after all the greasy spoons in the world closed down I would still hesitate to buy one, let alone try to emulate the thing in the kitchen. Having said that I do have a soft spot for the fries!

    Oh and that cheese in the top photo is quite simply unnatural.

  • “let the egg cook for 4 to 5 minutes” until it’s somewhere between a hockey puck and setting your smoke alarm off.

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