Cook's Illustrated Perfect Fried Eggs and Toast

Cook\'s Illustrated Perfect Fried Eggs and Toast
ingredients
all
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 large eggs
salt and pepper
1 tsp unsalted butter
chilled
butter
toast
ketchup
optional
cookware
Cooking perfect fried eggs is super easy with the right preparation and timing. :)
1
Preheat the skillet and the oil for 5 minutes over low heat. Warm serving plates in a low oven or in the microwave.
2
Crack the eggs into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
3
Load the toaster with bread and kick it off.
4
Bump the heat up to medium-high. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the butter and quickly swirl to coat.
5
Quickly glide the eggs into the skillet and cover. Cook for 1 minute.
6
Transfer the skillet away from the heat. Rest covered for about 15-45 seconds for runny yolks, 45-60 seconds for soft but set yolks, and 2 minutes for medium-set yolks.
7
Butter the toast and transfer the eggs to the warmed plates. Serve with ketchup and enjoy immediately.
source: adapted from a technique published in Cook's Illustrated magazine