How to Cook Eggs Without Sticking


While cooking eggs may seem like an easy task, it is often met with the challenge of figuring out how to keep the eggs from sticking to the cooking surface. Stainless steel pans are infamous for making eggs stick, and this can cause the rest of your eggs in the pan to cook unevenly. Whether you are frying or scrambling your eggs, knowing how to cook eggs that won't stick is helpful in creating the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Things You'll Need

  • Pan
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Eggs
  • Fork or whisk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spatula
  • Coat the bottom of a frying pan or skillet with nonstick cooking spray. If you do not have nonstick cooking spray, you may substitute butter. Cut a chunk of butter and hold it in your hand as you rub it into the bottom of the pan. Leave the remainder of the butter in the pan.

  • Place the pan over medium heat. If you are using butter, you want the butter to melt and coat the pan evenly. You may need to tilt the pan to cover the whole surface with butter.

  • Prepare the eggs. If you are scrambling the eggs, crack the eggs into a bowl, beat them with a fork or a whisk and add seasonings, like salt and pepper. For extra flavor, you may wish to add garlic powder and paprika to them as well. If you are going to fry the eggs, crack them into a bowl, but do not beat them.

  • Pour the eggs into the heated pan. For scrambled eggs, begin scrambling them from the start. Use the spatula to move the egg mixture around in the pan. This constant movement will help the eggs not stick to the bottom.

    For sunny-side-up eggs, allow the eggs to cook on one side, and use the spatula to move the egg around a little bit as it cooks. The eggs should be able to glide around the pan as evidence that it is not sticking.

  • Turn off the heat and remove eggs from the hot pan as soon as they are cooked to your liking. Leaving eggs inside the pan for longer than the necessary cook time can cause them to overcook or burn.

Tips & Warnings

  • Nonstick pans are already coated with nonstick materials that keep eggs from sticking. However, some people find that even with nonstick pans, it is sometimes necessary to apply a thin coat of butter or nonstick cooking spray.

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