Like boiling water and slicing bread, frying eggs is often categorized as a kitchen chore that’s so easy a small child could do it. This reputation is not quite fair—it’s actually pretty easy to mess up a fried egg. You can cook it over too high heat, making it rubbery, as I did in one of the takes for the video above. You can accidentally break the yolk while attempting to nudge it over easy. You can tear up the white while loosening the egg from the pan, giving it a ragged look.
The worst mistake, in terms of the final eating experience, is overcooking the bottom of the egg while leaving the top raw. But there’s a way to avoid this mishap, and it’s even easier than flipping the egg, as I demonstrate in this video.