Burnt Out on Hard-Boiled? Here Are 9 More Delicious Ways to Cook Eggs

Simple ideas and creative twists for cooking different eggs than the standard hard-boiled breakfast staple.

Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients out there, yet we often resort to the same old tried-and-true recipes instead of trying all the different ways to cook eggs. Since eggs are surprisingly temperamental, breaking out of our own shells and trying new methods isn't always easy. And sometimes, it seems downright impossible to cook eggs perfectly—so once you finally perfect that hard-boiled egg, you stick to it.

Certain egg dishes seem too fussy for everyday meals. For example, frittatas are a hands-off egg dish that allows you to get rid of leftover veggie stir-fry and deli meat, yet they're often made only for special occasion brunches. Poached eggs are reserved for diner orders of eggs Benedict, and soft-boiled eggs seem more trouble than they're worth (even though you can boil eggs in an Instant Pot).

All of this is to say that we've heard (and made) every excuse for not properly cooking eggs or being afraid to try something new. Below, we've cracked the secrets to perfectly cooked eggs using a variety of methods. With a few simple tips and some delicious recipe ideas, these protein powerhouses will take center stage on your kitchen table any time of day.

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Scrambled Eggs

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One of the secrets to making soft, creamy scrambled eggs is constantly moving the eggs around in a nonstick pan with a rubber spatula. Cook over very low heat until the eggs just begin to set to avoid dry eggs.

P.S. Don't season the eggs with salt and pepper until the very end to prevent watery curds.

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Quiche

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Quiches are a French version of versatile frittatas, except the custard is baked in a pie crust, giving the quiche a bit more body and texture. Cut down on prep time (and stress) by using a store-bought unbaked pie crust.

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Shakshuka

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Shakshuka is a traditional Israeli preparation of eggs cooked in a skillet with tomatoes, peppers, and onions. This version uses Italian spices and a jar of marinara sauce for a faster recipe—one that's still 'gram-worthy and is easier to make than it looks.

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Deviled Eggs

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These easy, elegant eggs always make an appearance at holiday brunches. A teaspoon of fresh lemon juice brightens up spicy mustard, and when it comes to toppings for deviled eggs, the options are endless.

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Poached Eggs

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While poached eggs are commonly found drenched in a rich hollandaise sauce atop an English muffin, their soft whites and runny yolks are also delicious on salad, oatmeal, and roasted vegetables. A well of gently boiling water helps shape and cook the egg perfectly in just three minutes.

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Fried Eggs

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Crispy egg whites and runny yolks are so satisfying, especially when spread on toast or next to a potato and veggie hash. A nonstick pan, lots of butter, and a little patience are all it takes to create silky fried eggs.

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Frittata

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Looking for a hands-off egg dish that will feed a crowd? Frittata is an Italian egg dish that combines meat, veggies, cheese, and whatever else you want into one savory custard. It's the perfect opportunity to use leftovers and clean out your fridge for a seriously impressive dish.

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Omelet

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There are two basic styles of omelets: American and French. American omelets are traditionally stuffed with meat, cheese, and veggies, then folded in half and cooked until light golden brown. French omelets involve a delicate tri-fold, no fillings, and a simple herb garnish. Whichever way you prefer, this straightforward technique will turn you into an egghead in no time.

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Cloud Eggs

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We love turning to Pinterest for inspiration on how to change up kitchen staples like eggs. These simple cloud eggs, which involve whipping egg whites and baking them into soft meringues for that cloud-like appearance, are kid-friendly and so delicious.

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