Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cooking a perfect looking egg

Last week I shared my dinner shots (below) on Facebook, some of my friends asked how I manage to cook it this way.

The egg white is soft, has no hard and brown bits, not rubbery and not oily. The egg yolk is runny like soft-boiled egg. ;)

My kids hate eating sunny side up (fried egg) that is hard at the bottom and the egg yolk dry. You won't get that with the eggs I do. ;)

I got to admit that I learned this little trick from a tv program many years ago and have since never fry an egg the usual way. What you need is just an extra tablespoon of water!

Interested to do it too? You don't have to wait further. Today, I'm going to share with you what I have learned; and with a video too!

The video is at the end of this post but first, here are the details and instructions:

Items needed:
  • a non-stick pan with cover or lid
  • 1/2 tablespoon (or lesser) Cooking Oil
  • a piece Paper Towel
  • 1 Egg (I'm using 60g refrigerated egg)
  • 1 tablespoon Water

How to do it:
  1. Use low heat. The pan should not be smoking at any time. *1
  2. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat pan.
  3. Use a paper towel to remove excess oil and at the same time coat pan well with oil. *2
  4. Crack egg onto the middle of the pan.
  5. Let the egg cook for 40 seconds, still on low heat. *3
  6. Tilt the pan a little. If more egg white spread out, let it cook a few seconds more. The thicker part of the egg white around the egg yolk will still remain raw. *4
  7. Add water and cover the pan.
  8. Let it cook for 45 seconds. *5
  9. Remove cover.
  10. Dish out and serve.

  1. I'm using the highest heat on the inner small ring on my stove.
  2. The idea is to coat the pan well with oil so the egg doesn't stick. We are not using the oil to fry the egg.
  3. The timing used is according to the egg used. If you are using smaller or unrefrigerated egg, please shorten the time.
  4. This is a little test to check if you are ready to add water. If the outer egg white (not the thick part near the egg yolk) is half cooked, it will spread when water in added and it will look ugly. Imagine egg drop soup :P
  5. If you want the egg yolk more cooked, cook a few seconds longer.

And here's the video ...


  1. Fantastic! You should add a pin it button to your site so I can pin a picture of your perfect egg. Hehe.

  2. I forgot I have a pin it button on my tool bar, so I've pinned it and google plus your post too. Nice one. I really like this, although we sometimes enjoy the really fried ones with the crispy bits at the side too at times.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I shall try this out soon as my hubby prefer this texture of fried egg, but for me, i like the brown bits.

  4. this is so beautiful. must try for my 2 little boys :)

  5. Perfect indeed :). Its called a bull's eye. Must try to make. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Thanks for the tips! I just fried a sunny side up for my boy yday,hubby commented was abit undercooked as I didn't flip it. This method looks perfect w/o ruining d yolk! :)

  7. Its not poached and fried, i love it, thanks Wokking mum for the video effort!

  8. Very useful tips. Now, I can have a perfect sunny side up with lesser oil.

  9. Wow amazing. Thanks for video n tip. Shall try it soon: D

  10. Wow amazing.. thanks for video n tip. Shall try it soon: D

  11. Wokkingmum, much thanks.. you make it so easy! Can i ask too if we can continue to cook the next egg in the same wok after dishing out the first egg or need to clean the wok of all the water and oil before starting over? Appreciate your advice!

    1. You dont' really need to clean the wok as in washing it. Just use a paper towel to clean it. You may use that same paper you used to absorb excess oil to wipe the wok after the previous step for that coating.

      Please watch the timing for the 2nd egg cos the wok has been heat so it may not required 40s.

      Hope this helps! Enjoy! :)

  12. Thanks Wokkingmum for the great video and tips.. would like to ask if we can immediately continue to put oil into the wok and cook the 2nd egg once the first egg is done? Appreciate your advice!

    1. It's best to clean the wok with just a paper towel unless you are sure the wok is clean. Usually, there is this very thin layer of egg white on the pan which you might miss cos it's all dried up. If you continue to cook with the 2nd egg, that layer will turn brown and will affects the outlook of the 2nd egg. :)