Simple how-tos and creative twists on different ways to cook eggs.

By Kelly Vaughan
February 07, 2019
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Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients out there, yet we often resort to the same old tried-and-true recipes on any given day instead of trying a different way to cook eggs. Since eggs are surprisingly temperamental, breaking out of our own shells and trying new recipes definitely isn’t always easy. And sometimes, it seems downright impossible to cook eggs perfectly. Despite scrambled eggs being one of the quickest and most common breakfast dishes to make, many people rush the process, which results in dry, firm curds.

When I worked as a cook in a French restaurant, the executive chef spent 45 minutes teaching me how to properly scramble eggs— and to my surprise, I had been doing it all wrong. Other times, certain egg dishes simply seem too fussy for everyday meals. For example, frittatas are a hands-off egg dish that allow you to get rid of a leftover veggie stir-fry and deli meat, yet they’re often only made for special occasion brunches. Poached eggs are reserved for diner orders of eggs benedict and hard boiled eggs seem like more trouble than they’re worth (even though you can totally boil eggs in your 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 cooking eggs more than a dozen different ways. With a few simple tips and some egg-cellent recipes, these protein powerhouses will take center stage on your kitchen table any time of day.

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