The perfect fried egg in 45 seconds without flipping or 'egg gymnastics' - explained by an expert

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Fried eggs with golden yolks are a breakfast favourite, but flipping them without breaking can be a challenge. Sunny-side eggs, which don't require flipping, can often result in a runny yolk and barely set whites. Over-easy eggs, on the other hand, need to be flipped, risking them breaking apart and turning into scrambled eggs.

However, Meaghan Webster, an egg recipe developer and founder of Meags Eggs, has found an easy way to cook perfect over-easy fried eggs without flipping them. Meaghan explained: "I tried to like frying eggs over-easy. Except it wasn't that easy, and I became lazy. So I regularly practice the lid method instead."

She continued: "Letting the heat of a pan cook the bottom of an egg, and covering the pan to steam the top of the egg.", reports the Express. According to Meaghan, this simple recipe requires "no egg gymnastics required", as all you need to do is let the heat reach the top of the egg to cook it perfectly without flipping. For money-saving tips, sign up to our Money newsletter here

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Simply add olive oil to a frying pan and leave it on medium heat for about a minute to warm up. Then crack the eggs into the pan and let them cook for around one minute until the egg whites start to turn white, then place a lid on top of the frying pan. Meaghan advised: "Cover the pan with a lid for the last 45-60 seconds, or until the top of the egg whites have set, but the yolk is still soft. To check, wiggle the pan to see if the yolk still jiggles."

For serving, she explained: "When cooked to your preference, use a spatula to transfer the egg to a plate. Repeat previous steps with the second egg".

The best part of this approach?

It's easily scalable - you can cook multiple eggs at once if you're having a sluggish morning or need to serve multiple people. Regarding simultaneous cooking, Meaghan revealed: "On especially lazy mornings, I fry both eggs at the same time and let the egg whites join them together."

For a more traditional serving style, she said "You can separate them later using the spatula for two separate pieces of toast or if you just prefer eating them as 2 separate eggs! ."