2 Easy Ways to Fry an Egg Without Oil or Butter
Eggs are one of the most nutritious and versatile foods available. There are so many ways to cook and consume them that they can be found in almost every kitchen all over the world. Despite their various benefits, egg is a food that that contains cholesterol; eggs should be consumed in moderation, and most diets do not recommend more than 4 eggs a week.
What should you do if you want to eat a fried egg but do not want to add more fat? If you like your eggs sunny side up, don't worry: we have good news! There are several ways to do fry them without adding fat. In this oneHOWTO article we'll explain how to fry eggs without using oil or butter in two easy ways. You can even fry an egg without using your hob, just using the microwave!
For more alternatives to deep frying, check our step-by-step tutorial.
What are healthy alternatives to butter and oil?
If you don't want to renounce oil and butter completely - after all, they're good ways to spread the heat and ensure the eggs cook evenly - you can always substitute butter for margarine or use a thin coat of oil spray.
Healthy alternatives to fried eggs that do not require butter or oil at all are microwaved scrambled eggs, soft or hard-boiled eggs, and poached eggs.
Is frying eggs without using oil or butter even still considered frying? Of course it's not technically frying, but you'll be preparing the egg the same way it is served when it is fried: sunny side up, with a runny yolk. Only this way you won't consume such a large amount of fats and cholesterol and you will be free to enjoy a guilt-free fried eggfor breakfast or at any other time of the day.
Frying an egg in a non-stick pan
To fry an egg without oil or butter you need a good quality non-stick pan, which can be made of Teflon or ceramic. This will allow you to cook without needing to use any extra fat or oil without the egg sticking to the pan.
- Put the non-stick pan on the heat and once it is hot, add the eggs as you normally would every time you fry them. However, don't heat the pan as much as you would when using oil, as it will make it more likely to stick.
- Then, cover the pan to allow the eggs to cook with the steam generated from the heat, ensuring that they are perfectly cooked without the need for a drop of oil.
Don't forget to learn how to clean a burnt Teflon pan in case something goes wrong with your healthy fried egg.
Frying an egg in the microwave
But what if you do not have a non-stick pan? In this case there is a good alternative: you can use a microwave to fry an egg.
In our article how to fry an egg in the microwave, we provide an easy how-to guide to show you step-by-step how to prepare a sunny side up fried egg that is full of flavor using only a microwave.
However, cutting out the fat from butter or oil completely will make the fried egg lose some of its taste and crispiness; if you don't like it as much as traditional fried eggs, we recommend opting for an alternative like baked, poached, scrambled or boiled eggs.
Of course, you can also use some butter or oil and opt instead for more exercise to burn those extra calories. Balance the rest of your diet with foods that increase good cholesterol and plenty of fruit and vegetables.
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