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About cooking eggs in cast iron skillets

About cooking eggs in cast iron skillets

Are you curious about cooking eggs in cast iron skillets? Well, eggs in a cast-iron skillet may be the best eggs that you will ever eat. 


I know that frying an egg in a cast iron skillet can be a bit intimidating. Those cast irons just don’t seem very forgiving. 

But you CAN do this. 

It really isn’t that difficult to do. 

If your cast iron skillet is seasoned properly, eggs in cast iron will be the best that you have ever had. Frying eggs in a cast iron skillet is a family tradition for me. 

Growing up I believe that my mamaw only owned a cast iron skillet. She would fry me eggs in the skillet just about every single day that I was visiting her. She would sometimes scramble the eggs too.

We mixed it up. 

Can you fry eggs in a cast iron skillet?

You can absolutely cook fried eggs in cast iron skillets. The trick to the perfect fried egg in cast iron is to use plenty of butter and make sure that the skillet is hot. When frying your egg allow it to cook for a full minute. Don’t attempt to flip it until the edges are getting bubbly and slightly crispy. 

What is the trick to cooking eggs in cast iron skillets?

The secret is to make sure that the skillet is seasoned. Then you want to use plenty of butter and not have the heat set too high. Finally, another important tip is to not disturb the egg once you break it in the pan. Give the egg a minute to cook before you try and flip it.

Why are eggs sticking to my cast iron?

If your eggs are sticking to your cast iron skillet there are a few reasons to consider. First, is your cast iron skillet seasoned? Was your pan hot when you put in the eggs? Did you add enough butter or oil to the pan before cooking the egg? More often than not if eggs are sticking to your cast iron it is because you didn’t use enough butter.

How to fry eggs in a cast iron skillet

Step 1: Place your skillet over medium heat and allow it to heat up.

Step 2: Add butter to the hot skillet. Spread it around the pan really well and allow it to melt fully.

Step 3: Crack the eggshell and then drop the egg right in the center of the cast iron.

Step 4: Immediately place a lid over the skillet.

Step 5: Cook the egg for one minute. Then remove the lid.

Step 6: Use a flat spatula and carefully flip the egg. Be patient when getting your spatula under the egg. This step takes practice. If you break the yolk a bit, it is fine. Just flip it and cook it. Keep in mind that this takes practice. If you don’t get it the first time, don’t despair. Just keep practicing and on the bright side you will have yummy eggs to eat as a reward for the practice.

Frying eggs in the cast iron skillet

Frying eggs in the cast iron skillet

Yield: 1 egg
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This is how to easily fry an egg in a cast-iron skillet


  • 1 egg
  • 2 T butter


  1. Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Once the pan is hot add your butter. Allow the butter to melt. Spread the butter around in the pan.
  3. Break the egg into the center of the pan.
  4. Place a lid over the pan.
  5. Cook for 1 minute.
  6. Flip the egg and cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Serve egg hot!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 247mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

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In conclusion

Frying an egg in the cast iron skillet is a way to make breakfast special. There is just something so down home refreshing about cooking in a cast iron. It adds a delicious flavor to the fried eggs and makes the meal just a little bit more special. 

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