Eggs don’t have to be plain!
They are the perfect ingredient, and not just as a humble component among many others to make batters, sauces, breading, and more.
In fact, they are so versatile, and can be used for any meal of the day. No matter your taste, they can be prepared in creative ways as part of the main dish.
The following methods feature some of the most popular ways to cook this simple ingredient – you’ll be very familiar with all the basics, like fried, deviled, and scrambled preparations.
But we’ll also include more unique options to consider when you’re ready for a creative and invigorating challenge in the kitchen to develop new culinary skills.
You can continue perfecting the fundamentals, or you can have some fun and confidently approach an unfamiliar recipe.
With the next dozen you purchase, you will have many opportunities to fry, boil, poach, scramble, or bake something tasty!
Mix Up Your Eggs with These 9 Easy Cooking Methods
With beautifully boiled eggs, you can make devilishly delicious dishes!
A boiled preparation will offer you the power of meal prepping multiple eggs at one time, for you to use in your individual healthy meal plan throughout the week on salads, over grains and roasted veggies, or just on their own with a little sprinkle of cracked salt and pepper.
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For fresh French flair at home, assemble our classic Nicoise salad, featuring hard-boiled eggs, beans, olives, tomatoes, potatoes, anchovies, and tuna served over a bed of lettuce with a mustardy vinaigrette.
You’ll savor the comforting warmth of a runny soft-boiled yolk in a thick and rich congee bowl on a chilly night at home.
While amazing for meal prepping for just the family to enjoy, boiling also provides the essential base for deviled eggs, a favorite finger food appetizer for parties!
Study our entire roundup of devilish recipes when you’re in the process of menu planning your next fun shindig.
Nothing says “crowd-pleaser” quite like a hearty casserole!
There are many advantages when you cook in bulk: you can certainly feed many hungry mouths at the same time, and the amount of prep, cooking, and cleanup on your part is also significantly reduced.
The end result?
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Other than making something easy, comforting, and delicious, you now have more precious time to be with your present company!
And when you make a casserole that features eggs, you know you’ll be serving a real winner when the sun is rising and everyone is waking up, ready to eat.
Try our breakfast bake first! It has everything you could ask for to start your day in a savory way, with toasted cubes of sourdough bread, crispy bacon, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and whole eggs nestled on top.
For another flavor-packed option, make this smoky chile relleno casserole with roasted, blistered poblanos and cheese, served with a homemade spicy tomato sauce.
We all have a preference when it comes to making and enjoying a fried egg – between sunny side up, over-easy, over-medium, or over-hard, there’s no wrong option!
In our step-by-step tutorial to make the perfect fried egg, we will guide you towards mastery of all of the different styles so you can gracefully make your favorite version.
Personally, I’m in love with the indulgent experience of dipping pieces of toast in a sunny-side-up preparation to savor all the silky goodness of a runny yolk.
But if you’re understandably trying to reduce carbs in your diet, skip the bread and opt for greens instead! In our recipe for kale and eggs, we gently cook eggs in a bed of wilted kale and leeks.
Okay, back to the carbs:
Can we also stop for a moment to think about how good our sprouts, avocado, and cheddar sandwiches would be, or how over-the-top delicious our juicy bacon cheddar burgers could become, with the addition of an over-easy companion?
Take as much time as you need to daydream…
Don’t want a fussy meal, with complicated preparation requirements?
Make a frittata!
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This easy style of preparation has all of the fillings combined right into the mix before baking in a pan in the oven.
That’s it – no further steps required, other than cutting it in wedges once it’s baked and ready to serve.
Frittatas make excellent brunch items, as they can be served warm or at room temperature.
And they actually are a smart make-ahead dish for home meal prep – I like to cut mine in slices and place them in containers with a side salad to eat cold for a quick lunch. But you might consider using leftover frittata on a toasted sandwich or as a filling in a wrap.
The different varieties of frittatas are as endless as the limits of one’s imagination:
Experiment with all kinds of filling combinations such as bacon, sausage, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomato, potatoes, asparagus, spinach, ham… there are so many possible combinations!
If you want to impress your guests with a unique presentation around a communal dinner table, showcase a homemade khachapuri!
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This pizza-like cheesy bread from the country of Georgia is shared amongst company and eaten with your hands.
While many different variations exist, the basic concept involves a fluffy bread encasing an exposed center of hot, bubbly, melted cheese. Towards the end of the baking process, you crack a whole egg in the middle of each khachapuri, and return it to the oven to cook it until it is just barely set.
Immediately before serving, you mix the filling together. Dig in by ripping off chunks of the crust and dipping it into the cheese mixture.
It’s an interactive dish everyone will love to dive right into, with an egg at the very center of the fun!
A blank slate, the omelet is your colorful playground where you can have fun with assorted ingredients!
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When made a la minute for your guests for an easygoing weekend brunch idea, you can easily customize the filling for each order.
Fill your omelet with a delightful combination of vegetables, cheeses, meats, and simple seasonings like fresh herbs.
The ooier and gooier the cheese, the better! There’s nothing more delightful than cutting into a warm omelet fresh from the frying pan and seeing a melty, elongated cheese pull!
Here’s a suggestion: try our asparagus and mozzarella omelet for an easy and elegant breakfast or light lunch served with a side salad.
A poached egg utilizes an elegant cooking method and a simple ingredient, and it’s prepared by gently cooking freely floating cracked eggs in hot water for just a few minutes.
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The result yields an incredibly tender and delicate texture, with angelic whites and yolks that are cooked to your liking depending on how long you leave them in the hot water.
With a properly poached preparation, you can serve a classic brunch dish such as eggs Benedict on an English muffin with Canadian bacon. Our recipe also includes a smooth and silky blender hollandaise, made from scratch with yolks, butter, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and fresh parsley.
For more details on this specific method, read our full guide to poaching perfect eggs.
It may initially seem like an intimidating culinary task, but our tips and step-by-step instructions will guide you to poached success.
Light and fluffy, a scrambled dish is a dreamy preparation with a casual approach – you don’t need as delicate of a touch with scrambled as you do with poaching or frying one over-easy.
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Because everything is whisked together, breaking the yolk is 100% acceptable in this case!
A simple secret to making a fluffy scramble is to use a whisk and beat briskly until the yolks and whites are well mixed. This process adds a bit of air to the liquid.
You can serve them with oven-cooked bacon and toast with butter for a classic American breakfast, or mix them together with potatoes, onions, bell peppers and sausage links to make a hearty breakfast heap.
For something lighter that’s vegetarian, keto friendly, and gluten free, you’ll love munching on our super veggie breakfast scramble.
And if you’re on the go, you can meal prep with our make-ahead breakfast burritos.
Do you love making dessert pastries and pies, and you want to transition from sweet to savory?
Challenge your pastry skills by crafting a homemade quiche from scratch!
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While none of us would ever turn down the convenient option to make an easy crustless quiche, a buttery and flaky homemade crust is an impressive base for a fluffy filling mixed with a colorful combo of other ingredients and aromatics.
Take one quick glance at this recipe for gruyere quiche with caramelized onions and red peppers, and you’ll see how beautiful a quiche can be with the right mix of ingredients and pastry-making skills.
An Incredible Ingredient!
With these nine methods of preparation and the many combinations available for each, you should be able to mix up your menu in a seemingly endless number of ways.
And, no, we aren’t joking!
The unassuming egg provides a creative, limitless versatility unlike so many other ingredients. So consider our nine favorite ways of cooking it to be just a starting inspiration for your own personal ideas.
Which makes us wonder: what are your favorite ways to prepare this staple ingredient? Let us know in the comments!
Let’s keep this egg a-rollin’! With a seemingly endless array of egg-based recipes, it wasn’t difficult for us to choose just a few more options for you to try next. With all of the savory recipes featured in this article, let’s eat something sweet next:
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About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.