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How do you "dress" your fried eggs?

Regardless of how you make your fried eggs (basted, over easy, hard, whatever), do you put anything on them?

Salt? Salt and pepper?

Some sort of dry seasoning?



Something else?

Nothing perhaps?

If I'm just having fried eggs alone, then I like a bit of soy sauce and some sea salt.

But if it's part of a breakfast plate with other stuff (e.g. pancakes, bacon, etc.) then it's just salt.

Never ketchup, even though I love the stuff on scrambled eggs.

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  1. I fry in a salted butter/olive oil combo, and sometimes in bacon drippings, so I have them as is.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      Fried egg + toasted pita w. oilve oil drizzle + dried oregano + generous salt

      Fried egg + quality bbq sauce (just a drizzle)

      Fried egg + bacon jam

      Fried egg + hot sauce

      Fried egg + grated cheese

      Salt/Black Pepper always present. Great question!

    2. salt/pepper/Texas Pete hot sauce and sometimes sausage gravy. I never have eggs with pancakes or waffles...always do them as separate meals.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Definitely a big glug of Texas Pete. On all types of eggs.

      2. Fried in salted butter, so, only a little bit of pepper.

        1. Salt, pepper, and Cajun Sunshine hot sauce, all added at the start of cooking (in butter).

            1. Aren't scrambled eggs fried, Ipse?

              S&P always goes on my fried eggs. Sometimes I will use hot sauce. If I have biscuits and gravy, I'll use the sausage gravy on my eggs. Salsa occasionally goes on my fried eggs. Cheese goes with my eggs only if I'm having them in a sandwich or wrap. Mustard often goes on my eggs in a fried egg sandwich or wrap, as well.

              Most often, though, it's just the S&P.

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              1. re: MonMauler

                Aren't scrambled eggs fried, Ipse?

                Yes, but fried eggs aren't scrambled.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  >> 'fried eggs aren't scrambled.' <<

                  Ipse, I don't know what she's doing here with the "fried" eggs, but it doesn't really matter. I think I'd eat the shells if she offered me any. LOL. Take a look --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    Well, there's a lot of things in that that I would eat before the eggs ... Just saying.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Is it Wong that I watched that video twice? With no volume?

                      1. re: donovt

                        Don't you mean you watched like the first minute of that video with no volume? Twice.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Ha ... and fast-forward to 5:10 and 7:03 of course too.

                    2. re: Cheese Boy

                      She can 'fry my eggs' any old time. Actually, she already did. ;))
                      This Youtube has gone into the 'Nothing interesting here just old recipes' folder. HAHA

                2. Salt & Pepper mostly. Sometimes a dry seasoning. A little sprinkle of Zatarain's Crab Boil would be one.

                  Fried Eggs and Grits!!!!!!

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                  1. re: Uncle Bob

                    +1 on fried eggs and grits. Love them on grits or cheese grits

                  2. Fried in butter or bacon grease. Fold back the white exposing the runny yolk, sprinkle with salt and dip my toast in. I only eat the yolks. Grandkids call them "dippy eggs"

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                    1. sunny side up with salt and pepper, and a piece of toast for mopping!

                      1. TABASCO® brand Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce, or just some fresh cracked pepper.

                        1. Sunny side up fried eggs with cheese on top and pepper.
                          Scrambled eggs with pepper and ketchup.

                          1. a few shreds of sharp cheddar cheese and a good dollop of LA or Crystal's hot sauce. Unless it's atop a pancake, then just a bit o' salt and the syrup from the pancakes.

                            1. Eggs over easy with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper..(sometimes with a piece of cheese underneath)

                              1. Usually Tobasco original, sometimes other hot sauce, often add fresh herbs.

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                                1. re: Sinicle

                                  Fried over easy in bacon grease. Salt/Pepper. That's all it needs, the way God intended it to be!!!!

                                2. On a piece of multigrain toast with smashed avocado and sliced ripe tomatoes. Kosher salt to taste.

                                  1. If it's part of a breakfast plate that includes sausage patties, and there's maple syrup available, the maple syrup goes on the eggs as well as the sausage (I love sausage and syrup). Otherwise, usually just salt & pepper (sometimes just pepper). I don't think I've ever put ketchup on an egg, but might try that sometime.

                                    1. Fried in salted butter; after removing the eggs from the pan I crank up the heat for as long as it takes to turn the butter a nutty golden brown and drizzle it over the eggs.

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                                      1. re: Pwmfan

                                        Even though I don't like butter that technique sounds awesome.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          ??????Don't like butter??????? I think I just swallowed my teeth!!!!! ;-\

                                          1. re: sandylc

                                            Hate the stuff. Never use it, except in baking and then only judiciously (much prefer lard or shortening if given the choice).

                                        2. re: Pwmfan

                                          Until this post I have always admired you; now I am more than a little afraid of you............

                                          1. re: Pwmfan


                                            You're, um, replying to yourself.

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              I meant to reply to you; however, the fact that I sent this reply to myself is unsettlingly appropriate.

                                          2. re: Pwmfan

                                            Browned butter and eggs are a match made in heaven. I love to brown butter, then scramble eggs in it. It turns them a somewhat horrendous color but the flavor is sublime.

                                          3. If they're on my breakfast platter it's nothing more than S&P with hot sauce on the side.

                                            If we're having eggs for dinner they're fried with just enough oil to make them puffy and crisp on the edges and topped with scallions, chilies and oyster sauce or drizzled with beaten yogurt, garlic, dill, brown butter and pepper flakes.

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                                            1. re: JungMann

                                              dinner sounds delicious! rice on the side?

                                            2. Nutritional yeast and black pepper, yummmm

                                              1. Hmmmm, "strictly" keeping with the OP's question my fried eggs are often "dressed" in a flour tortilla straight jacket, accessorized with a little S&P plus cholula sauce

                                                1. Lately, it's been korean hot sauce and sesame seeds. Yum.

                                                  1. hot sauce, hot sauce, hot sauce

                                                    1. So, only my family put a generous dollop of horseradish into the yolk?

                                                      1. Usually with a splash of Sriracha or other hot sauce on them. Sometimes I'll sprinkle some Garam Masala on the eggs as well.

                                                        I also like making what my mom used to call "rocky mountain toast", where you poke a hole in the middle of a piece of bread, grill it in the pan in butter, and break the egg into the hole and fry it that way.

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                                                        1. One of my favorite variations for over easy is to sprinkle with good grated parm right before flipping. Melting the cheese directly against the pan and creates a magnificent crust. Serve over polenta.

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                                                          1. re: laststandchili

                                                            You would probably like parmesan cheese crisps too.

                                                            1. We normally serve them with course-ground grits, and I will usually add curry, pepper and some grey FR salt. I have also added Garam Marsala, when I felt like it.

                                                              The eggs are fried in Benton Applewood Smoked Bacon grease.


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                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                What time is breakfast Bill? ;o]]]

                                                              2. Maggi sauce.

                                                                "it improves the taste!"

                                                                1. I don't 'fry' eggs as such. I use very low heat, clarified butter and I always cover the pan with a glass lid. By now I've got the timing down pretty much to get silky, not runny yolks. It takes time but the texture and flavor is a thing to experience if you like your eggs. I alway have a little dollop of home made aioli on one side and a little dollop of home made ketchup on the other.
                                                                  I made eggs this way lately for some house guests. Granted the eggs were local free range and they were at room temperature when I put them in the pan. One guest having tasted the eggs said: "This egg tastes like an egg".

                                                                  1. Does it count that I like to top with oatmeal with a fried egg. Old fashion rough cut oats with one of my neighbors eggs? Yummy!

                                                                    I love a fried egg sandwich. Runny yolk, good cheese and linguica. Hot sauce a plus

                                                                    In a diner I like mine over easy with home fries. Lots of S&P

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                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                      I, too, like to top my steel cut oats with a fried egg. One of the best ways to take oatmeal out of the breakfast time slot.

                                                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                                                        I like steel cut oats topped with last night veggies, soy sauce and a over medium fries egg. The egg itself gets salt and tobasco then fresh pepper to finish.

                                                                      2. Make a fried egg most mornings for breakfast.

                                                                        Use a spritz of cooking spray to ease movement and flipping for an over easy egg.

                                                                        Top with S and P but will sometimes augment with a sprinkle of fresh chili powder like ancho or guajillo, za'atar or other spices to enhance the dish with what ever it's being served with.

                                                                        1. Soy sauce and eggs...I'll have to try it.

                                                                          Anyway, when I fry eggs, I do it in olive oil, and I try to cook the white completely while leaving the yolks the consistency of melted cheddar. I season both sides with salt, pepper, and cumin, and use the rest of the oil to fry whole wheat bread and have it all as a sandwich.

                                                                          That was a perfect uni, "I have 20 minutes to eat" meal.

                                                                          1. On rice, I like 'em over easy using low heat so the whites set but the yolks are jiggly, then top it all with pepper and oyster sauce.

                                                                            On toast or grits, over easy, salt and pepper, butter on the toast or grits, top it all with lots of hot sauce.

                                                                            In a sandwich, over medium so the yolks don't run, salt and pepper, with a swipe of mayo and plenty of hot sauce.

                                                                            1. Over easy with a little salt and lots of pepper, buttered toast for dunking.

                                                                              1. Salt/Pepper

                                                                                Maple Syrup

                                                                                butter for frying sure, but as an additional topping...sinister.

                                                                                Now Peanut Butter...yes, try it.

                                                                                  1. If the egg(s) is/are over a salad or, say, roasted asparagus, I top the whole lot with bread crumbs fried in olive oil with either some dijon or a minced anchovy (or a squirt of anchovy paste).

                                                                                    1. One of my most favorite things in the world is a fried egg (actually any kind of egg).

                                                                                      After reading April Bloomfield's cookbook, "A Girl & Her Pig", I started dressing my eggs w/ Maldon salt, cracked pepper AND coarsely ground piquin peppers or red pepper flakes. They are heavenly.

                                                                                      I also like them over a single pancake or piece of french toast that has been buttered and lightly syrupped... with the salt & pepper & red pepper flakes too. ;)

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                                                                                      1. salt always and sometimes either sumac and/or zaatar.
                                                                                        roasted cumin powder.

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                                                                                        1. re: junglekitte

                                                                                          Ooh, yes! Zaatar on eggs is delicious!

                                                                                        2. over medium with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper cooked in oil and or butter. If over hash browns, then I need ketchup on the side.

                                                                                          however, new to me is over sauteed broccoli and cauliflower mix, and no ketchup required.

                                                                                          1. I like my fried eggs blackened: Salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic, and paprika. Sometimes with a squeeze of lemon juice, and maybe some lebneh.

                                                                                            1. Salted butter and a dash of pepper in the fry pan. A modicum of Rooster Sauce on the plate.

                                                                                              1. Hi, ipse:

                                                                                                Every try Loco Moco? The totality is greater than the sum of its parts--rice, hamburger patty, brown gravy and fried egg on top.


                                                                                                1. salt and pepper and/or:
                                                                                                  habanero sauce

                                                                                                  or lately, as part of the finishing-cooking, a drizzle of balsamic that blends with the browning butter (if i'm browning butter).

                                                                                                  1. I love my fried medium eggs (cooked in evoo) on a bed of steamed baby kale (or spinach) and topped with sriraccha.

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                                                                                                    1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                      I love topping greens with a fried egg. When we belonged to a CSA we had lots of different kales to work with. I really like to use beet greens as well as Lacinato Kale