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How do you "dress" your fried eggs?

ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 10:31 AM

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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    debbypo Apr 9, 2013 08:50 PM

    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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      scubadoo97 Apr 10, 2013 07:09 AM

      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

    2. mariacarmen Apr 9, 2013 08:46 PM

      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).

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        kaleokahu Apr 9, 2013 04:24 PM

        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. njmarshall55 Mar 15, 2013 10:01 AM

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

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            SherlockNoms Mar 14, 2013 09:06 PM

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

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              laliz Mar 13, 2013 08:29 AM

              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. junglekitte Mar 12, 2013 10:43 PM

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

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                  SherlockNoms Mar 14, 2013 09:07 PM

                  Ooh, yes! Zaatar on eggs is delicious!

                2. lynnlato Mar 8, 2013 02:00 PM

                  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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                    scubadoo97 Mar 14, 2013 08:59 PM

                    That sounds really good

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                    Erika L Feb 25, 2013 09:28 AM

                    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. princeofpork3 Feb 25, 2013 06:03 AM

                      On top of a rare burger

                      1. Rodzilla Feb 24, 2013 12:27 AM


                        Maple Syrup

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

                        Now Peanut Butter...yes, try it.

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                          CindyOhCindy Feb 24, 2013 12:13 AM

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

                          1. beantowntitletown Feb 23, 2013 11:10 PM

                            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. amznmmdprncss Feb 23, 2013 08:54 PM

                              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. scubadoo97 Feb 23, 2013 08:09 AM

                                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.

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                                  foodieX2 Feb 23, 2013 06:30 AM

                                  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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                                    ohmyyum Feb 23, 2013 07:25 AM

                                    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.

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                                      holypeaches Mar 12, 2013 11:01 PM

                                      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.

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                                      Puffin3 Feb 23, 2013 06:21 AM

                                      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. nomnomnoms Feb 22, 2013 09:52 PM

                                        Maggi sauce.

                                        "it improves the taste!"

                                        1. Bill Hunt Feb 22, 2013 09:19 PM

                                          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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                                            Midlife Feb 25, 2013 05:09 PM

                                            What time is breakfast Bill? ;o]]]

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                                            PenskeFan Feb 22, 2013 12:48 PM


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                                              laststandchili Feb 22, 2013 10:04 AM

                                              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
                                                Cheese Boy Feb 22, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                You would probably like parmesan cheese crisps too.

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                                                mwk Feb 22, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                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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                                                  magic Feb 22, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                  aka "Toad in the Hole".


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                                                    ohmyyum Feb 23, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                    Aka bird in a nest! :)

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                                                  Mer_Made Feb 22, 2013 09:13 AM

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

                                                  1. princeofpork3 Feb 22, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                    hot sauce, hot sauce, hot sauce

                                                    1. alliegator Feb 22, 2013 08:53 AM

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

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                                                        GutGrease Feb 22, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                        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

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                                                          pretzal Feb 22, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                          Nutritional yeast and black pepper, yummmm

                                                          1. JungMann Feb 22, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                            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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                                                              pie22 Apr 9, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                              dinner sounds delicious! rice on the side?

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                                                              Pwmfan Feb 21, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                              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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                                                                ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 08:53 PM

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

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                                                                  sandylc Feb 21, 2013 09:00 PM

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

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                                                                    ipsedixit Feb 22, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                    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
                                                                  Pwmfan Feb 22, 2013 08:04 AM

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

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                                                                    ipsedixit Feb 22, 2013 08:08 AM


                                                                    You're, um, replying to yourself.

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                                                                      Pwmfan Feb 22, 2013 08:15 AM

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

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                                                                    biondanonima Feb 22, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                    eepi Feb 21, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      sandylc Feb 21, 2013 05:03 PM

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

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                                                                        Sinicle Feb 21, 2013 02:12 PM

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

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                                                                          chloebell Feb 21, 2013 02:17 PM

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

                                                                        2. petek Feb 21, 2013 01:13 PM

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

                                                                          1. SweetPhyl Feb 21, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                            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. Motosport Feb 21, 2013 12:48 PM

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

                                                                              1. Cheese Boy Feb 21, 2013 12:08 PM

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

                                                                                1. macca Feb 21, 2013 12:00 PM

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

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                                                                                    AngelaID Feb 21, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                    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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                                                                                      melpy Feb 22, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                      Are your grand kids from PA?

                                                                                    2. Uncle Bob Feb 21, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                      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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                                                                                        suzigirl Feb 21, 2013 03:29 PM

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

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                                                                                        MonMauler Feb 21, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                        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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                                                                                          ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                          Aren't scrambled eggs fried, Ipse?

                                                                                          Yes, but fried eggs aren't scrambled.

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                                                                                            Cheese Boy Feb 21, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                            >> '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=...

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                                                                                              ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 02:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                donovt Feb 21, 2013 06:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                  ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 07:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                    Cheese Boy Feb 21, 2013 09:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                Puffin3 Feb 23, 2013 06:26 AM

                                                                                                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

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                                                                                            Harters Feb 21, 2013 11:04 AM


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                                                                                              GH1618 Feb 21, 2013 10:58 AM

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

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                                                                                                Maximilien Feb 21, 2013 10:45 AM

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

                                                                                                1. carolinadawg Feb 21, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                    southernitalian Mar 8, 2013 02:19 PM

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

                                                                                                  2. pinehurst Feb 21, 2013 10:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                      magic Feb 21, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                      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!

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