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There are many ways to prepare eggs. Whether you prefer them boiled, fried, or poached – it has been done already. But what about deep frying eggs? What would happen if you crack an egg into the deep fryer?
We’re happy that you’ve decided to google the answer instead of simply experimenting on your own because deep fryer accidents are no joke, and hot oil burns are not something you want to risk. That being said, human curiosity has led many people to give this idea a try in an attempt to inspire a new culinary revolution in the way we eat eggs.
So, what were the results?
You can definitely deep fry an egg, and we’ll share some delicious recipes for you to try. However, you can still end up with a huge mess in the kitchen if you’re not careful, so let’s see how to do it the right way.
How to Deep Fry an Egg
The first thing you need to decide is how you want to deep fry your eggs. Do you plan to crack an egg in the deep fryer, or do you want to try to deep-fry an egg with its shell? Are there other ways to deep fry an egg? Let’s find out!
Cracking an Egg in the Deep Fryer
Let’s start from the first scenario – cracking an egg in the deep fryer. You might think that this is a recipe for disaster, as cracking an egg into the hot oil will make it dissolve and fall apart. Counterintuitively, this is not what happens. If you were to crack an egg in the deep fryer, the egg will stay together fairly well.
However, it won’t stay on the surface but actually fall down to the bottom. Because of this, it’s recommended to use a deep frying basket if you’re using an electrical deep fryer or a strainer ladle meant for deep frying if you’re using a deep frying pan.
The result will be something similar to a poached egg with a browned surface and loose center.
To deep-fry eggs without their shell, here’s a step-by-step guide.
- Plug your deep fryer and set it to 375°F. Alternatively, if you’re using a pan for deep frying, use a thermometer to control the heat because the temperature of the oil can exceed even 450°F on the stove – and that’s not good.
- When the oil reaches the right temperature, crack one egg and let it fry for a few seconds. Then take your ladle and spin the egg to curl up the egg whites around the egg yolk if needed (for better shape). If you’re using a frying basket, you might not need to do this, as the egg will rest on the basket and form an oval-like shape.
- Let the egg fry for 1-2 minutes until the surface starts to brown.
- Take it out and let it cool on a paper towel that can absorb the extra oil.
- Add seasons, serve, and enjoy!
Deep Frying Eggs With Shell
Another idea is to deep fry eggs with the shell. In other words, to place whole eggs inside the deep fryer. Can this be done, and is it actually a good idea?
As we’ve said, human curiosity is a wonderful thing, and many people have tried this as well. However, unlike the success of deep-frying cracked eggs, trying to fry eggs with their shells is a recipe for disaster.
First, you’ll most likely make a mess in your kitchen as the pressure inside the egg builds up, and the shell can actually explode. If you make the mistake of putting more than one whole egg in the deep fryer or a frying pan, the explosion can lead to a fire, severe burns, or material damage to your kitchen.
Second, even if you end up deep frying whole eggs without any accidents, the end result won’t be pleasant nor edible. The egg itself will be squishy and watery – not cooked at all.
Therefore, deep frying whole eggs (with shell) is a big no-no! A possible explanation for why this happens is that the egg white contains carbon dioxide that expands at high temperatures and creates pressure that the eggshell can’t withstand. This results in an explosion in a matter of seconds or minutes.
If you’re wondering why this doesn’t happen when boiling the eggs in hot water, the answer is the differences in temperature. Water boils at 212°F, while oil can reach temperatures up to 450°F.
Deep Frying Boiled or Poached Eggs
What if you could go a step beyond and try to deep fry already boiled or poached eggs for a more elaborate dinner? This is possible and can result in a very delicious treat when done right.
In fact, boiled or poached then fried (deep or shallow) eggs are an incredibly versatile treat that go well with many dishes. Plus, they look and taste amazing all on their own because the fried skin on the egg absorbs flavors like nothing else. Here’s how to make them.
Tiger Skin Eggs: Instructions
Deep-fried eggs that are previously boiled are called tiger skin eggs. To make tiger skin eggs, you need to first boil the eggs and then deep fry them:
- Take some eggs and boil them like you always would. Typically, you would add a couple of eggs to boiling water and let them cook for several minutes (5-6 minutes). However, you can also use your preferred method or time.
- The most important thing here is to let the eggs cool and dry. It’s even recommended to use a towel to absorb some extra water from the surface of the egg. Water and oil do not mix well, and dropping a wet egg into oil can cause explosions, so make sure they’re dry.
- After drying them with a towel, you should also make very shallow cuts on the surface of the eggs. This will allow them to release any gas that’s trapped inside and prevent accidents.
- With this, the eggs are ready for frying. Plug the deep fryer and wait while it heats up to 375 °F.
- Then, place the eggs in the frying basket and submerge them into the oil. Let them fry for around 2-4 minutes, and take them out when the surface becomes golden-brownish.
- Place the fried eggs on a paper towel and let them cool.
- After this, you can toss them in a dish or eat them as a meal on their own with seasons or dips.
Crispy Deep Fried Poached Eggs
The second alternative is to deep-fry poached eggs. Here, just as with tiger skin eggs, you need to first poach the eggs and then deep fry them. To make them extra crispy, we’ll share a recipe from Chef Jack Ovens, who makes mouth-watering golden eggs with an oozing center.
- Boil around 2 inches of water in a nonstick skillet.
- Next, add a little bit of vinegar to the water. This is a little trick that prevents the egg whites from thinning and breaking down.
- Crack the eggs into separate bowls, then carefully add them into the boiling water – one by one. You can also crack the eggs directly into the water, but if you’re a newbie, it’s easier to prep them in a small bowl.
- Take a ladle and carefully stir in a clockwise motion. After five to six minutes, your poached eggs will be firm on the outside and soft on the inside, which is just what we want.
- Take them out and place them on a paper towel. Let them cool and dry completely.
- In the meantime, take two slices of bread and cut them into small pieces.
- Take a baking tray and cover it with baking paper. Then, spread the pieces of bread onto the baking tray.
- Place the baking tray in a preheated oven for around 10-12 minutes until they’re completely dry and crunchy.
- Once they’re done, add the bread chunks into a blender and process them until you get a fine powder (finely ground).
- In another bowl, mix one egg yolk and 60 ml of milk. Whisk the mixture until you get an egg wash.
- In yet another bowl, place 50 grams of flour.
- Take one poached egg and coat it gently with plain flour. Then, place them in the egg wash and finally coat them with the blended bread powder. Repeat the same procedure with all of the poached eggs. Be careful not to break them as they’re very fragile.
- Plug the deep fryer in and wait while it heats up to 375 °F.
- Place the coated eggs into the deep fryer and submerge them into the oil completely.
- Let them cook for 1-2 minutes, then carefully take them out with a ladle suitable for deep frying and place them on a paper towel.
- Once the eggs cool, serve them and enjoy.
Pro Tip: You can add seasonings in the bread powder such as garlic powder, pepper, chili, or rosemary to make the fried eggs more to your taste.
Deep-fried eggs are quite the treat and an excellent idea for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. However, frying eggs in a deep fryer can be messy and may cause accidents if you’re not careful.
You need to learn how to properly deep fry eggs to prevent dangerous accidents and a messy kitchen. For instance, you can safely crack fresh eggs into the deep fryer or deep fry previously boiled or poached eggs if they’re fully dried (mixing water and oil can be dangerous).
Trying to deep fry a whole egg with its shell is dangerous and should not be attempted. In fact, the shells of eggs can explode when submerged in hot oil due to the gasses such as CO2 that are naturally contained in the egg.
Finally, if you love eggs and want to explore new ways to prepare them, follow our recipes above. We shared three ways you can prepare deep-fried eggs, but you can always use the eggs as part of a more elaborate dish. Whether you want to further cook them with other vegetables or toss them into a soup, the only limitation is your own creativity.