How to Baste an Egg
If you like over-easy eggs, you may like basted eggs. Similar to over-easy eggs, basted eggs are cooked in a skillet. There are two popular methods of making basted eggs: butter basting and steam basting. Butter basted eggs are rich and full of flavor, while steam basted eggs are much lighter. Once you know the basics of egg basting, you can experiment with other flavor options, such as salsa or herbed butter!
Butter Basted Egg
2 tablespoons (30 grams) butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Steam Basted Egg
1 to 2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Making a Butter Basted Egg
Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet.Place 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of butter into a nonstick skillet. Set the skillet on the stove, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Wait for the butter to melt and get hot.
Break an egg and add it to the pan.It would be easiest to break the egg into a cup or ramekin first, then add it into the pan.
Lower the heat and cook the egg for 1 minute.As soon as you place the egg into the pan, reduce the heat to low. Allow the egg to cook until the edges start to turn white. This will take about 1 minute.
Scoop some of the butter onto the egg.Tilt the pan to the side so that the butter pools in the corner. Use a spoon to scoop up some of the butte. Straighten the pan, then pour the butter over the egg.
Cover the pan and cook the egg before basting it again.After about another minute or so, pull the lid off, and pour more butter over the egg using the same method as before. Keep doing this until the white part sets and the yolk thickens. It will take about 4 to 5 minutes total.
- Try to use a glass lid; this way, you'll be able to see the egg as it cooks.
Serve the egg.As soon as the egg finishes cooking, slide it off of the pan and onto a plate. Season it to your liking with salt and pepper. Serve it as-is or over a slice of toast. If there is any butter left in the pan, you can pour it over the egg (or toast) for even more flavor.
Making a Steam Basted Egg
Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet.Place a nonstick skillet onto the stove and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of butter. Turn the heat up to medium-low and allow the butter to melt.
- You can also grease the skillet with some cooking oil, but be sure to wipe it off.
Add a cracked egg into the skillet.It will be easier if you crack the egg into a small cup or ramekin first, then add it to the skillet.
Cook the egg for 30 seconds, then add the water.Cook the egg until the edges start to turn white. This will take about 30 seconds. Once the edges turn white, add 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of water.
- For less-watery eggs, use only 1 teaspoon of water.
Cover the skillet and cook the egg some more.As soon as you add the water, cover the skillet with a lid. Allow the egg to cook in the steam for 1½ to 2 minutes.
- If you use a glass lid, you will be able to see whether or not the egg is done.
Serve the egg.As soon as the whites set and the yolk starts to turn pink, take the skillet off of the stove.Slide the egg onto a plate, season it with some salt and pepper, then serve it immediately.
- Add a slice of toast for a more filling meal.
Add some avocado to your toast.Basted eggs and toast are a classic combination. For something more filling, add a slice or two onto the toast first, then add the egg. This tastes wonderful with sourdough toast.
Serve the basted eggs over oatmeal.Eggs and toast go together like salt and pepper, but there are other more creative options as well. If you want to pack a little more protein into your meal, cook up some oatmeal first. Baste the egg, then slide it on top of the cooked oatmeal.
Give it a Mexican twist with corn tortillas and salsa.Toast a tortilla (preferably corn) in an un-greased skillet. Set it aside, then oil the skillet. Add the tortilla back onto the skillet, then crack an egg onto it. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 grams) of salsa, then cover the skillet with a lid. Cook the egg until the yolk turns pink. Serve the tortilla and egg on a plate with a sprinkle of grated cheese.
Try some herbed butter for butter basted eggs.Place 2 sticks of butter into a bowl with 2 grated garlic cloves, the zest from 1 lemon, and 1 finely-chopped shallot. Add 1 bunch of chopped, fresh parsley leaves and ¼ cup (6 grams) of chopped, fresh basil. Mix everything together with a rubber spatula. Use 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of the butter for your recipe; store the rest in the fridge.
Baste a boiled egg for something different.Boil an egg for 7 minutes, then place it into ice water and peel the shell off. Melt 4 tablespoons (55 grams) of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peeled egg, and let it cook until it browns; use a spoon to scoop the melted butter over the egg. Season the egg with salt and pepper, then serve it with toast.
To make steam basted eggs, start by melting 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter in a nonstick skillet. Next, add your cracked egg and cook it for 30 seconds. Once the edges turn white, add 1 tablespoon of water and cover the skillet with a lid. Let the egg steam for 1½ to 2 minutes until the white sets and the yolk starts to turn pink. Season the egg with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.
- Basted eggs are meant to be done over-easy, but you can cook yours longer if you prefer to.
- If you are preparing multiple things for breakfast, consider cooking the eggs over a lower temperature; this will increase the cooking time.
- It's best to use a glass lid; this will allow you to see the egg as it cooks.
- Add a tomato slice and onion ring into the pan before adding the egg for a more flavorful option.
- You can season or garnish your eggs with other things as well.
- Basted eggs are a popular breakfast dish, but you can eat them for lunch or dinner as well!
- You can cook more eggs in the same pan, but you may have to use more butter.
Video: Basted eggs in 2 ways.
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