If you love eggs and especially fried eggs over easy or sunny side up, then basting is a technique you will love.
You know how it can be a challenge to cook an over easy egg without breaking the yolk when you flip it? Or how when you’re cooking a sunny side up egg, the whites become fully cooked and rubbery while the yolk is still completely raw? Well, basting solves all these problems.
Here’s how to baste an egg
Grab a non-stick or cast iron skillet and a tight fitting lid. Grease your skillet with butter or cooking spray and heat the pan over a medium flame. Crack in your eggs and let them cook a few seconds. Add a tablespoon or two of water to the pan (not over the eggs). It could be water from your tea kettle that’s right there on the stovetop. Cover the skillet so the steam will cook the egg yolks. How long you leave the lid on depends on how well done you want your yolks. If you want them runny, check after about 20-30 seconds. If you want them firmer, leave the lid on longer.
The only downside is you won’t have a bright yellow yolk, if appearance is important. That’s because there’s a thin layer of egg whites over the yolk that gets cooked. Otherwise, you will have perfectly cooked eggs! Enjoy!