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Jul 1, 2012 08:53 AM

Best Spatula to Flip An Egg?

Suddenly this morning, I realized none of my spatulas do a decent job of flipping an egg.

I have some really good ones. A great silicone flexible one that seems to be rather all purpose that is perfect for burgers and most other foods. A nice stiff silicone spatula for fish that hasn't broken a piece yet. Stainless ones which I don't use as much anymore, but do a great job when I'm not using non-stick pans.

But, as I went to make over easy eggs this morning for English Muffin sandwiches, I ran into a problem. Was cooking them in a medium cast iron pan, using the flexi spatula that I've used dozens of times before, but, maybe not for flipping an egg that I remember - I don't make over easy eggs all that frequently.

First one went over ok, but the second, slid off, went overboard, down the side of the pan, all over my stove top, and down into the grate and oops, past the pan, and so forth. Had to wind up cleaning the entire stove top and beyond to clean up the mess (it's a professional stove, open burners - was a mess).

Anyway - it occurred to me that this spatula was not stiff enough to handle the job at all. The fish one, was too stiff and thick at the front to turn the egg (I tried). The metal one - was too large for the pan with two eggs in it. I think I would have potentially ruined the first egg in the process. Of course, I could use a larger pan, but realized that after the fact.

Anyway - my point it - certainly there has to be a spatula which specifically works for flipping eggs, or isn't there? It seems there are so many out there now which have dedicated jobs. Or is there an all purpose one which I'm missing that I need to incorporate into my tool box?

I'm not particular as far as brand/material/price. I just want it to be able to get the egg up and over without losing it!

Please don't suggest flipping in the pan. I have problems with my wrists, and while I can manage to do this with vegetables and meats/seafood pretty well; an egg is a bit much for me to manage (especially when using a cast iron pan).

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  1. I like Lamson. I have one that is about two and a half inches squared, therefore small enough to maneuver in most pans. It has a good sharp edge, a key feature for getting under an egg. When I cooked short order and had a large griddle, I loved the large Dexter. You could flip multiple eggs at once, but there's no way it would work in a 10" or 8" pan. It needs to be small enough that you can get it barely above horizontal inside the pan.

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    1. What about the thin egg spatula? Not the plastic one, but the thin metal one.

      I have a Dexter-Russell turner which is not super thin, but has an "edge". As such, it can slide under an egg.

      That being said, it is not one of the thin spatula I was talking about.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Great link, thanks for that. More to think about!

      2. Take a look at the Oxo Silicone spatulas. I have one that is about 2 1/2 inches wide that has a thin edge for getting under the egg and doesn't droop due to the metal the silicone was molded over.

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        1. re: Sid Post

          Thanks for posting the Oxo. I was thinking about its flexible and thin spatula too. As you have accurately pointed out, there is the silicone coated thin metal spatula for nonstick coated pan:

          There is also a straight metal one as well:

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Be sure you know which one you are buying. Some of the Oxo's are flexible and some are stiff. The pancake spatula won't flip a hamburger patty but, the smaller one will. I've never tried flipping an egg with the pancake spatula but, the smaller stiffer one works fine so, why would even try it the pancake spatula? ;-)

        2. The only one I ever use is a round, plastic spatula, obviously shaped to flip eggs. I got it a million years ago and don't remember the specifics of where I got it, but it says Ecko on it. It's all plastic because I used to use Silverstone when I fried or scrambled eggs way back when. It works very very well, has never missed its mark.

          I'm googling and all I can find is that its official name was "egg turner". This isn't it but will give you a general idea of the shape

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          1. re: coll

            I used to have a round one years ago. Now I'm wondering why I don't have it anymore. Did it not work and I decided to get rid of it or lost in all the moves I've had? /ponders

            1. re: sivyaleah

              When this one breaks, I'm glad to know I can replace it at least, without haunting thrift shops!