How to Cook Eggs

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Learning how to cook eggs is a great step in learning to cook because you can do so much with eggs. Whether it is a boiled egg, scrambled, quiche or you are creating a meringue, eggs are used in a variety of dishes. This cooking lesson will teach you some cooking methods for eggs as well as how to make stiff peaks from egg whites and recipes to try.

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How to Cook Eggs

Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs

This is the best way to cook hard boiled eggs. Add your eggs to a medium pan and cover with water. Once it starts boiling put a tight fitting lid on and turn off heat. Let sit 10-15 minutes. I like to start this process earlier than I need them. After 10-15 minutes, pour cold water over the eggs and let sit another 10 minutes. Peel. Eat as is or make into egg salad.
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How Fry an Egg

Heat skillet until warm. Crack egg directly into the frying pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn heat to medium-low. Cover with a lid and cook several minutes. Flip to other side and continue to cook until done. If you like your yolk runny, you'll need to quit cooking when egg whites are set.

frying egg

Cook Scrambled Eggs

  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • Chopped ham, as much as desired, optional
  • Shredded cheese, as much as desired, optional
  • shredded zucchini, chopped vegetables, optional
Crack eggs into bowl.  Stir in water and season with salt and pepper. Add any "extras" you might like. Blend together. Heat skillet on the stove. Add eggs to hot pan and stir with a spatula until eggs are completely cooked.

Poached Eggs

Step 1: Add water to a saucepan about half full.
Step 2: Bring to a boil.
Step 3: Add 1 capful of vinegar and a sprinkle of salt.
Step 4: Break egg in a cup and when water is boiling, add egg to boiling water.

poached egg water

Step 5: Allow to cook several minutes while you predict what will happen to your runny egg. (Many kids will already know what happens but it is interesting for them to watch it happen) Just be careful with kids close to the stove.
Step 6: When egg has cooked several minutes take out with a slotted spoon and eat.

poached egg in boiling water

Science behind poaching eggs: By adding vinegar to the water the protein in the egg comes together which is called, coagulate.

poached egg with toast
Using a poached egg now you can make avocado toast like this.

Cook Eggs in Microwave

You don't necessarily need a microwave egg cooker, although I really love mine. You can make them right in a glass. See how to cook eggs in the microwave.
If you are looking for a inexpensive microwave egg cooker, try this one.
egg cooker

How to Make an Omelet

Making an Omelet Tutorial


How to make quiche

How to Separate Eggs

To separate eggs, crack an egg over a bowl. Using the shell or an egg separator tool, separate the egg white from the egg yolk. You need to do this when make puddings, hollandaise sauce, or making meringue.

You make Angel Food Cake with egg whites. This is a good recipe to practice separating eggs as it takes almost a dozen egg whites to make an angel food cake.
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Beating egg whites for a long time turns into stiff peaks.

Angel Food Cake

  • 1 Cup flour +2 Tablespoons
  • 3/4 Cup sugar +2 Tablespoons
  • 12 egg whites
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
Heat oven to 375. Sift flour and ¾ C. + 2 T. sugar; set aside. Combine extracts in small bowl and set aside. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and slat until it forms peaks. Add the ¾ C. of sugar slowly, then beat on high until stiff peaks form. Beating on low add flour mixture and extracts slowly. Spoon into an angel food cake pan. Move a knife through batter to remove air pockets. Bake 30-35 minutes. Invert pan onto tin funnel to cool.

angel food cake bakedstrawberries with cake

More Egg Recipes

What else can you cook with eggs? LOTS! Here are a few starters:
French Toast
Quick breads
Egg Casserole
Egg Drop Soup
Egg Cupcakes
Egg Salad
Eggs Benedict
Toad in a Hole
Learn about Egg Facts and more recipes.
Eggs in Spaghetti Sauce
Deviled Eggs

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