What is your family's favorite ways to cook eggs? Do they agree, or do you feel like a short-order cook sometimes?
Eggs are everyone's go-to breakfast ingredient, as they can easily be paired with other delicious favorites like cheese, bacon, ham, fruit, and vegetables. When it comes to cooking eggs, there are so many possibilities!
We usually eat eggs for breakfast, but the truth is, we can enjoy them any time of the day. So try some of these new-to-you ways to make eggs.
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Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Eggs
Eggs provide high quality protein
One egg has approximately 6.3 grams of protein, making it an excellent protein and amino acids source. So yes, eating your favorite egg dishes for breakfast gives you the strength and energy to take on a hectic day.
Eggs may help prevent cancer and heart diseases
Eggs contain antioxidants that may help prevent cancer and heart illnesses. Some, however, believe that eating eggs is bad for cardiovascular health due to its high level of cholesterol. Eggs have some level of cholesterol, but it's generally safe for healthy adults to eat 1-2 each day. If you have certain risk factors, it is best to consume just four eggs a week.
Eggs can support your weight loss goals
Eggs are small, cheap, and easy to prepare. And yet, they fill us up quickly and keep us full for a more extended period. Moreover, they can boost our metabolism. Add fruits and vegetables – and you're in for a nutritious, delectable, and beneficial treat!
Eggs contain choline, a nutrient that helps with various body processes
Choline plays a crucial role in DNA production, heart health, brain development, and neurotransmitter synthesis. Since our bodies produce only a small amount of this nutrient, we need to get most of it from our food. Egg yolks are one of the best sources of this essential nutrient!
Eggs are good for the eyes
Eggs contain eye-friendly nutrients like zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and lutein. These antioxidants help us preserve our vision and prevent eye diseases. Aside from eating eggs and other nutritious food, visit your eye doctor regularly to improve and protect your eyes.
10 Ways to Cook Eggs
Put the eggs in a pot with cold water. See to it that the water is enough to cover the eggs by one to two inches. If you are cooking multiple eggs, add more water. You can also put a pinch of salt in the water to prevent the shells from cracking. Cover the lid and boil for around two to 12 minutes. In some cases, cooking time may take more than 12 minutes.
Place the egg on your kitchen counter or any flat surface. Spin it. Hard-boiled eggs spin well. Those that still have some liquid inside wobble.
2. Soft Boiled Eggs
Unlike hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs are placed in boiling water and end up with a custard-like, runny yolk. Cook it for around six and a half minutes. Some cook theirs for seven minutes. If you want your eggs to be super gooey, cook them at a much lower time.
Once done, place the eggs in a bowl filled with cold water and ice cubes. Leave it there for two minutes and then peel. Soft boiled eggs are best served in egg cups, sliced at the top, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
3. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are just like hard-boiled eggs but with a pop of color, flavor, and style. After boiling the eggs, slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks. Put them in a bowl. Then, add pepper, salt, mustard, and mayonnaise. Stir them together.
Use a spoon or pipe to return the yolk mixture into the white's hole. Sprinkle paprika as garnish. You can either make this simple dish exactly before mealtime or at least two days ahead of time. Keep the yolk filling and whites in separate containers, and store them in the refrigerator.
4. Sunny Side Up
Sunny side up eggs are called sunny for a reason. They have a cool sun-like appearance and are so easy to make. First, gently crack the egg into the non-stick skillet with melted butter or olive oil. Then, sprinkle the egg with a bit of salt. Cook it for two to three minutes without flipping.
Wait until its edges turn brown and firm. To prevent the egg from sticking to your skillet, pour water around the eggs once the white parts are no longer transparent. Immediately move the egg to a plate once done.
5. Over Easy Eggs
An over-easy egg is just like a sunny side up, only it's flipped over to cook the other side. It's cooked until the edges are a bit brown (but the yolk remains runny). Use a wide spatula to flip the egg once the whites are almost set. This is around three minutes after you crack it into the pan.
Leave it for approximately 10 seconds and then flip it again. See a thin layer of egg white that covers the yolk? That is precisely how an over-easy egg looks! Feel free to cook it for a few more minutes if you want the yolk to be less runny. Frying it for a longer period will turn it into an over medium egg (still with a jammy yolk) or an over hard egg (with a rubbery yolk).
6. Poached Eggs
When it comes to poaching eggs, the age of the egg, the water temperature, and cooking time matter a lot. Use fresh eggs, as older ones have more fluid whites, releasing white wispies in the water. Crack the egg in a small bowl. Set aside.
Boil water in a pot and then add a drop of vinegar. Next, gently stir the water in a circular motion. This will help the whites to wrap perfectly around the yolk. Add the egg while the water is moving. Cook it for two to four minutes until the white is set. Afterward, carefully remove it with a slotted spoon.
7. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are so easy to make they can be cooked either on the stove or in the microwave. And you can make numerous versions, depending on your taste. Just whisk the egg into a bowl. If you want, you can add milk or a pinch of salt. Mix everything well.
Heat a non-stick pan for about a minute. Add butter. Once it starts to foam, pour the egg mixture into the pan. Cook it in low to medium heat and let it sit without stirring for about 20 seconds. Wait for it to thicken. Then, fold the edges of the egg using a spatula. Since you're only cooking in low to medium heat, it will take a while before the egg forms curds.
Scrambled eggs and omelets differ in cooking methods. Unlike scrambled eggs, omelets are cooked in medium to high heat and are not folded in the pan. Some people choose to fold their omelet in half. They don't constantly mix, move, and mangle it like traditional scrambled eggs.
Because of their form and texture, omelets hold toppings better. You can fold it in half, with cheese, mushroom, bacon, and onions inside. To do this, however, you need to use a frying pan that is big enough to make the egg foldable. Using a small pan may result in an omelet that is too thick to fold.
9. Basted Eggs
A culinary technique usually applied to moisten meat, basting involves pouring natural juices to maintain moisture. Well, this method can also be used in cooking eggs! Consider this as a fried egg and poached egg hybrid. Start by greasing the saucepan – exactly like you would when cooking sunny side up.
Crack the egg directly in the pan. Cook for about two minutes on medium to low heat. Once the whites set, pour one tablespoon of water at the top of the egg. Cover it and cook for 30 to 45 seconds. Another technique is to spoon the butter from the sides and coat the egg's entire surface.
10. Baked Eggs
Use a muffin tin for baking eggs! First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, grease the muffin tin with oil. Crack the eggs directly into each cup. Place it into the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Increase baking time if you want the yolk to be harder and less runny.
You can store baked eggs in your refrigerator for up to five days. Don't want baked sunny side ups? Whisk all the eggs together. Add pepper, cheese, salt, and flour for a bit of flavor. Next, pour them into a baking pan greased with butter. Bake for about 45 to 60 minutes. Cut into squares and then serve.
Make Eggs a Part of Your Diet
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or an on-the-go young professional, there is an egg recipe that you can do every day for breakfast (or even for lunch, dinner, or as a snack!). Eggs are delicious and nutrient-dense, perfect for convenient, everyday meals.