Food

Crispy Lemon-Fried Eggs

BY Lisa Steele TIMEMarch 18, 2022 PRINT

Getting tired of plain fried eggs? Adding lemon slices to the pan while you’re frying eggs will add an unexpected burst of citrus that’s sure to wake you up! Sunny-side up or over easy, these lemony eggs will be your new go-to for a quick and easy breakfast.

Makes 2 servings

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin slices, seeded
  • 4 eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper for garnish

Heat a large cast-iron skillet or frying pan on medium-high. Once the pan is heated, add the oil and the lemon slices.

Give the oil a few seconds to heat up. Once the oil starts to shimmer, carefully crack each egg and slide it out of the shell and into the pan, among the lemon slices. Hold the shell close to the oil to prevent splattering.

Sprinkle the yolks with a pinch of salt and cook, tilting the pan and using a spoon to baste the tops of the eggs with the olive oil. Cook about 2 minutes, until the whites are puffed and set and the edges are browned and crispy. Remove the pan from the heat (or if you prefer a firmer yolk, flip each egg and cook until the other side is done, about 1 minute).

Slide the eggs onto plates, pour the lemon oil over the tops, and season with salt. Use the lemon slices from the skillet as garnish.

Recipe excerpted with permission from “The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook” by Lisa Steele, published by Harper Horizon 2022.

Lisa Steele
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