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Your Guide to Reheating Fried Eggs

Eggs are one of those foods that are easy to store but you just never know if they will reheat well. The same is true of fried eggs.

You CAN reheat them and they might turn out great. However, there is also the chance that reheating them will make them rubbery as well. 

That’s why we’re here. We want to share with you the process but we also want you to be fully informed of the possible results. 

Using Eggs in the Kitchen

Eggs are an incredibly versatile dish. You use them in all types of cooking and baking but you also can use them for a main course. We’re curious to know the different ways you use eggs in the kitchen. 

Whether you’re a baker or a chef, there are so many things you can do with eggs. 

Here are a few examples for you:

  • Frittata
  • Quiche
  • Breakfast casserole
  • Fried eggs
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Omelet
  • Boiled eggs
  • Poached eggs

These are just a few examples of popular ways to cook with eggs. When it comes to fried eggs, you again have a multitude of options. Here are some of the popular ways to fry your eggs. 

  • Sunnyside up
  • Over medium
  • Over easy 
  • Over hard

Your options vary. The main difference in these types of fried eggs is how you like your yolk to be finished. Do you prefer a runny yolk or a hard yolk?

Sunnyside up gives you the runniest yolk option while over hard gives you a fully solid yolk. And then, of course, there are the options in between. 

Making Fried Eggs

Fried eggs are relatively easy to make, depending on how you make them. The biggest challenge to making fried eggs is not breaking the yolk during the cooking process. This can sometimes be quite difficult. 

However, with some practice and proper technique, we’re certain you could get it right. 

We wanted to share with you a quick instruction set for making fried eggs. This will better prepare you for what you are working with when it comes to the reheating process. 

We will mention that over hard fried eggs are the easiest to store and reheat. This is because the yolk is fully cooked so you don’t run the risk of losing the yolk during storage and reheating. You CAN store and reheat other fried egg types, you will simply need to handle them with care. 

Here is a simple guide to making fried eggs over hard:

  1. You will need a non-stick frying pan, a non-stick spatula, eggs, and oil/butter. 
  2. Heat your skillet over medium heat, heating your butter or oil in the pan. 
  3. Crack eggs individually into a bowl. Pour eggs one at a time into pan, be sure to keep them separated. 
  4. Add salt or pepper to taste. 
  5. Leave the eggs cooking without stirring or touching them. The egg white will set and the edges will begin to curl. This should take about 3-4 minutes. 
  6. Gently flip the egg and let it cook another 3-4 minutes until the yolk is fully cooked. 
  7. Flip back over and serve. 

If you are making sunny side up, over easy, or over medium, cooking times would simply be reduced. Sunnyside up eggs are not flipped to finish. 

Storing Fried Eggs

If you plan on reheating fried eggs, you need to be sure to store them properly. Remember we mentioned it’s much easier to store and reheat over hard eggs. This is the best way to maintain the integrity of your eggs to make reheating simple. 

In order to be able to reheat your fried eggs, you must first store them. You can either refrigerate or freeze them. The method that you choose won’t make a significant difference in the end results. 

Here are steps for storing your fried eggs:

  1. Package each egg separately. You can add them all together after you have wrapped them separately. Use either paper towels or plastic wrap to wrap each fried egg individually. 
  2. Place into a sealing bag or an airtight container. 
  3. Refrigerate up to 5 days. 
  4. Freeze for up to 4 months. 

Reheating Fried Eggs

If you have never tried it, you can actually eat your fried eggs cold rather than reheating them. This turns out pretty good and you maintain the integrity of your egg with no risks. You can easily make an egg sandwich or something as well like this. 

If you froze your eggs, there is no need to worry about defrosting time. Eggs tend to hold extra moisture so we recommend that you go directly from the fridge or freezer to reheating. 

The most effective way to reheat fried eggs is actually in the microwave. However, you could also reheat them in a skillet if you prefer. The challenge of reheating your eggs is preventing them from turning rubbery. 

However, if you are mindful of the process your eggs should reheat ok. There is no guarantee though that your egg won’t be rubbery so just keep that possibility in mind as you proceed. 

Here are the recommended steps for reheating fried eggs: 

  1. Wrap or cover the egg in a paper towel. This will help to maintain the texture and character of the fried egg. 
  2. Place on a microwave-safe dish. 
  3. Microwave in 30-second intervals. In most cases, 30 seconds is sufficient but if you prefer your egg piping hot it may take up to 2 minutes. 

It’s that simple! Reheating your fried egg is so easy. Just don’t forget to wrap it in that paper towel. The slightest step goes a long way to preserve the natural moisture of the egg. This will help your egg not turn rubbery or hard in the reheating process. 

If you prefer to reheat your egg on the stovetop:

  • Heat a pan with a small amount of oil or butter on medium heat.
  • Add the egg and heat for about 2 minutes.
  • There is no need to flip the egg, your goal is primarily to warm the egg to eat.
  • Don’t overcook here as your egg will lose its flavor if you do. 

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5. Omelettes:

Omelettes are popular breakfast items and also served at other times of the day. Omelet can be served plain or with different garnishes like ham, cheese, onion, tomato, sliced sausages etc. the combinations are never-ending.

Whichever type of omelette is prepared the method remains the same. Eggs are either beaten in a separate bowl or begin as you would for scrambled eggs in a pan but as the egg set up stop stirring and shake the pan to let the egg set. When the eggs are just soft or like a runny stage adds the toppings and then either fold or roll etc. as per the technique used.

Omelet

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An omelet uses one or more beaten eggs that are cooked quickly (usually flat) in a frying pan. Omelets are often folded over a filling of cheese, vegetables, meat, or a combination of ingredients. Most restaurants will also offer an egg white omelet, using only egg whites, for a lower-fat version. 

What do you call runny eggs?

Sunny side up eggs are eggs cooked until the whites are solid but the yolk is still runny. Usually it takes about 2 to 3 minutes to cook on medium low heat. The round yellow yolk gives a sun-like appearance, hence the name. What are over easy eggs? Over easy eggs are cooked on both sides, but the yolk remains runny.

What style of eggs are the healthiest?

The bottom line

Overall, shorter and lower-heat cooking methods cause less cholesterol oxidation and help retain most of the egg’s nutrients. For this reason, poached and boiled (either hard or soft) eggs may be the healthiest to eat.

Scrambled

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Raw egg whites and yolks are beaten together, then added to a skillet to make scrambled eggs. Sometimes milk, cream, sour cream, or cream cheese is added to make them fluffier or creamier. The beaten egg mixture is gently mixed as it sets to create a curdled texture. If you prefer just egg whites, they can easily be scrambled too.

6. Poached Eggs:

Poached eggs are difficult to prepare as keeping the form of the egg in the cooking process is difficult. The Freshest the eggs the easier to prepare poached eggs.

Prepared by boiling a sufficient amount of water in a pan and add a small amount of salt and vinegar as this would help to hold the white around the egg yolk. After the water is boiled bring it to simmer and crack your eggs into a dish and slide it to the simmering water. Cook the egg until the desired degree of doneness is reached and carefully remove it from the water using a slotted spoon.

Pro tips

Use cold or well cooled rice to make this dish. Freshly cooked rice will be moist and steamy, and in turn make your fried rice mushy. Cook the rice ahead of time and let it cool for 1-2 hours before you add to the wok.

Use day-old cooked rice for best results. Use a fork to fluff up the rice and remove any clumps before adding to the wok. Avoid using sushi or glutinous rice as they will clump up and ruin your dish.

Cook rice with lesser amount of water than you’d normally use to avoid getting it mushy or clumpy. Think pulav/pilaf ! You cook basmati with less water as you want those long, individual grains of rice to stand out. The same concept applies to fried rice.

Vegetables are pan-fried in minimal oil and scramble the beaten eggs in a wok at high heat until just set but still soft.

I’d add some rice vinegar to hide the eggy taste, especially when cooking for kids who aren’t fans of eggs. Seasoning and sauce go in last to ensure the fried rice doesn’t get a soggy or wet texture

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