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How to Cook Eggs - 5 Ways

If you know how to cook eggs, you have a meal in minutes. Here are 5 ways to cook eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, for the ultimate healthy meal prep!

There are so many fun and tasty ways to cook eggs, and so many diets allow for the daily consumption of them. So many dietary plans permit and encourage consuming this particular food item, and even some vegans make exceptions for eggs, too. Whatever your style, if you're looking to add more protein to your diet, eggs are a great food option with many nutritional benefits. They are ready relatively quickly and remain fresh in the refrigerator for several days, making them one of our favorite meal prep foods.

You might wonder why we use an ice water bath? It basically stops them from cooking, so don't skip that step. Otherwise, they won't come out the way you want them.

Here are 5 Ways to Cook Eggs, no matter how you like them or what equipment you have on hand!

How to Cook Eggs in the Air Fryer

This may sound crazy, but you can indeed cook eggs in the air fryer.

  • Place eggs in the air fryer while making sure the eggs do not touch one another.
  • Set the temperature 375 F (191 c).
  • Set the timer for 5 minutes.
  • Allow the eggs to sit for 5 to 10 minutes after the air fryer is off. This will allow the cooking process to complete. The longer the eggs stay in the air fryer, the harder they will become.
  • Place the eggs in an ice bath for a few moments and then remove.
  • Crack, peel, season, and enjoy!

Cook Eggs in an Egg Cooker

  • Pierce the bottom of each egg.
  • Per the manufacturer's instructions, use the cooker’s measuring cup to fill the cooker with the desired amount of water depending whether you want them soft, medium, or hard.
  • Place each punctured egg into the egg cooker’s designated slots.
  • Cover and set timer. (For medium: 9 minutes; For hard: 12 minutes.)
  • Afterward, transfer the eggs to an ice bath for 10 minutes.
  • Crack, peel, season, and enjoy!

How to Cook Eggs in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 400 f (205 c).
  • Use a nonstick spray on a muffin pan.
  • Crack eggs and place one egg in each muffin cavity.
  • Season with salt, pepper, etc.
  • Bake for 10 minutes for medium, or 15 minutes for well-done.

How to Cook Eggs in the Microwave

  • Place eggs in a microwave-safe container in the microwave.
  • Set the timer for 40 seconds.
  • Put in an ice bath to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Crack, peel, and season!

How to Cook Eggs on the Stovetop

  • Set a nonstick pan over a burner on medium heat.
  • Use a nonstick spray on the pan or melt a little bit of butter.
  • Crack two eggs in the pan and season.
  • Cook until the whites look less translucent and the yolk is starting to set.

For sunny-side-up: Cook until whites are cooked thoroughly and the yolk remains runny.

For over-easy: Once egg whites are cooked, turn eggs over and allow to gently cook the top of the egg yolk and whites for no more than 30 seconds. The yolk will still be runny. Read more tips for Over Easy Eggs here

For over-medium: Turn eggs over after the whites have cooked, and gently cook the top of the egg yolk and whites, about a minute.

NOTE: Any egg that sits in the pan longer than that will be over-hard, and the yolks will be completely cooked.

How to Season Eggs

Eggs, like potatoes, are a bit of a blank slate and can take more salt and pepper than perhaps you might think. Those two are always a safe bet. But if you want something more complex, try salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, a dash of cayenne, and butter all for a brighter and more complex flavor. Smoked or sweet Paprika is good, so is za'atar, everything bagel seasoning, and, of course, hot sauce. There are so many options.

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