How to Cook Eggs in Cast Iron

Fried eggs can be cooked to perfection in cast iron.
Fried eggs can be cooked to perfection in cast iron. (Image: fried eggs image by JJAVA from Fotolia.com)

A properly seasoned cast iron skillet, because of its nonstick properties and even cooking, can be used to fry most foods, including eggs. Using a cast iron skillet for your eggs means you will not need the heat as high as you might in another type of skillet. Both scrambled and fried eggs can be made in cast iron and the cleanup afterward takes only a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Butter or oil
  • Spatula
  • Bowl
  • Whisk or fork

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Fried Eggs

Heat the cast iron skillet over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles when dropped in the pan.

Add 1 tbsp. of butter or oil to the pan and swirl it around to coat the surface.

Break the eggs into the skillet one by one. Allow the eggs to cook until they reach the desired doneness. Use the spatula to flip the eggs over, again one by one, for over-easy or over-hard fried eggs.

Scrambled Eggs

Break the desired number of eggs into a bowl.

Scramble the eggs using a whisk or fork. A small amount, 1/4 cup or less, of milk, cream or vanilla extract can be added to the eggs if desired.

Heat the cast iron skillet over medium heat until hot. Add 1 tbsp. of butter or oil and swirl to coat.

Pour in the scrambled eggs. Allow the eggs to begin to set in the pan, and then use the spatula to move the uncooked portion to the bottom of the pan. Using a simple scraping motion through the eggs will accomplish this.

Cook the eggs until both yellow and whites are cooked through.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on whether you are using a gas or electric stove and the burner size, you may need to turn down the heat to medium-low for the eggs to cook properly.

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