Delicious Ways To Season Your Fried Eggs

Cooking a fried egg is a basic life skill every adult should know. It is a delicate process that requires some skill but is well worth it in the end. Fried eggs are a staple in the classic American breakfast and a versatile ingredient.


Whether used to top a gourmet burger or slid onto a tangy bed of Korean kimchi fried rice, perfectly seasoned fried eggs elevate many dishes. The fried egg is a beloved comfort food with endless seasoning options from straightforward salt and pepper to elaborate spice blends and obscure oils.

Plain fried eggs can become mundane, but there are many interesting ways to jazz up this classic staple. Frying eggs in different oils and fats and adding a variety of herbs and spices can both alter the egg's crispiness and drastically improve its flavor. Read along to explore easy ways to spice up this breakfast classic and find the perfect fried egg seasoning for you.

Fry your eggs in butter

Butter is an easy egg-frying hack to instantly infuse your fried eggs with rich flavor. It heats up quickly in your pan, allowing the egg to get extra crispy for a satisfying fried crunch.

You have options when selecting butter for fried eggs. Unsalted allows you to control your final flavor more, but salted butter is an extra decadent choice that packs plenty of flavor and fat. The higher-quality butter you choose, the better results you'll achieve. It's no wonder why butter-fried egg is a restaurant classic and is beloved by chefs and home cooks alike. From creamy pasta carbonara to breakfast hash there are so many delicious dishes that benefit from the addition of a runny yolk. Add these crispy butter-fried eggs to your cooking repertoire and impress your next breakfast date with your skills.


Spice them up with chili crisp

Chili crisp is all the rage in the culinary world right now, and for good reason. A staple in Chinese cooking, chili crisp is sesame oil infused with toasted spices, peppers, and MSG that packs a punch and is great for use in savory dishes like fried eggs. You can easily find premade chili crisps such as the immensely popular brand Fly By Jing, in your local supermarket, or you can make your own from scratch.


To make chili crisp fried eggs begin by heating the oil in the pan, allowing the spices and peppers to bloom and become fragrant. Next crack your egg over the heated oil and allow the egg to cook in bright red chili crisp. The result will be a vibrant, red, crispy, and crunchy fried egg packed with the smoky flavor of sesame oil and the delightful heat of the peppers. Chili crisp eggs are delicious when topped with fresh chopped green onions and served over rice for a complete and satisfying meal.

Sprinkle on paprika for a smoky kick

If you aren't looking to reinvent the wheel and just want to add a simple upgrade to your everyday fried egg recipe try using paprika. It is an aromatic red spice originating in Central Mexico, made up of ground red peppers such as bell peppers and mild chilies. Paprika has sweet and smokey-tasting notes that complement a large array of savory dishes.


Paprika is a common household ingredient that most people already have in their cupboards, making this cooking tip a simple and affordable way to elevate fried eggs. When used in fried eggs, paprika adds a satisfying warmth to the dish without being spicy. You can sprinkle them on top or even toast your paprika in frying oil before adding the egg for added depth of flavor. Add salt, pepper, and a dash of smoked paprika for a slightly smoky, nutty-flavored fried egg.

Keep it traditional with salt and pepper

Salt and pepper are the original seasonings for just about every dish known to man. If you are short on time, money, or creativity use this easy seasoning combination to create a quick, delicious meal. After all, salt and pepper is a tried and true seasoning combo that's perfect for classic fried eggs.


There is a fair amount of controversy surrounding the best time to season fried eggs. Some professionals recommend seasoning the bottom of the pan before adding the eggs. Others suggest adding a sprinkle of seasoning to the eggs after cooking due to the salts' ability to break down the eggs' protein structure. Ultimately, when you add the seasoning to eggs is up to you, and it most likely won't affect the end quality of the dish either way. Using just salt and pepper to season your fried eggs makes them incredibly versatile, perfect for topping a variety of dishes such as burgers, rice bowls, and avocado toast.

Use bacon grease as a shortcut

Eggs and bacon are a timeless American breakfast classic that fit together perfectly. Since you are probably already frying up some crispy crunchy bacon to pair with your eggs, make sure to save the leftover grease in the pan after cooking. This saves you the trouble of washing an extra dish and is a quick and easy way to upgrade fried eggs. Saving the bacon grease is less wasteful and adds a hearty flavor to the dish. Heat the bacon grease in the same pan in which you previously cooked the bacon and add the eggs to fry.


Bacon grease gives the eggs a nice golden brown color around the edges and makes the underside of the eggs super crispy. You can additionally season your eggs with pepper and lightly salt. Remember, bacon is already salted, so don't go overboard with extra salt. Also, don't forget to scrape all the tasty fried bits out of the bottom of the pan when serving as they are utterly magnificent breakfast flavor bombs.

Keep it light with olive oil

Fried eggs are a complete protein and a great dish to start your day with a balanced breakfast. If you are looking for a way to keep the eggs low-calorie and nutritious, try frying them in a healthy fat such as olive oil. Frying eggs in olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet, and for good reason. Olive oil is non-stick and is ideal for flipping eggs with ease without fear of breaking the yolks. It is also highly nutritious and imparts a mild earthy flavor to the eggs. 


 Olive oil has many proven health benefits such as lowering high cholesterol and encouraging weight loss. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants such as vitamin K and possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Another perk of frying your eggs in olive oil is its relatively high smoke point. With a smoke point above butter, cooking with olive oil gets the edges of the egg extra crispy and delicious.

Bring the heat with hot sauce

Hot sauce is a cheap and easy way to dress up plain fried eggs in seconds for a satisfying breakfast. From mild heat to extremely spicy, there are innumerable kinds of hot sauce to choose from. With all the options a question arises, is there a "best" hot sauce for fried eggs? It depends on preference, of course, but certain hot sauces are nearly ubiquitous with breakfast. Cholula works great with eggs because of its medium spice and high salt content, though Tabasco is another classic big-name favorite if you prefer a spicier hot sauce in the morning to wake up your taste buds. 


Hot sauce also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties for an added nutrient boost to your fried eggs. If you are feeling adventurous, try making your homemade hot sauce with this authentic recipe from Chef Juan Enrique from San Juan, Puerto Rico, featuring extra spicy habaneros and serranos perfect for lovers of extreme heat.

Get creative with pesto

Pesto fried eggs are a popular food trend across social media, especially on TikTok. Pesto is an Italian sauce made of pine nuts, olive oil, basil, lemon juice, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. It is a vibrant green color and tastes cool and refreshing. The light herby taste of pesto pairs well with the richness of fried eggs. For a quick and savory breakfast smear pesto on a thick slice of toast and top with a runny fried egg for a delightful Italian treat.


Another twist on this recipe is cooking the eggs in the pesto. Simply heat the pesto in the pan and once thoroughly heated add the eggs and cover to cook to the desired consistency. This cooking method allows the eggs to absorb all the flavors of the pesto while cooking. When cooking fried eggs in pesto be sure not to salt the dish because the pesto contains plenty of salt as it is. Pesto-fried eggs are an easy topping to elevate many dishes such as avocado toast, burgers, or roasted potatoes. You can also make your own pesto from scratch for an extra luxurious breakfast experience using this bright and fresh pesto recipe.

Turn up the heat with red pepper flakes

Red pepper flakes are a common cooking ingredient and a flavor staple in the average household cupboard. Simple and effective red pepper flakes are a straightforward way to spice up fried eggs. You can purchase a bottle of red pepper flakes for under $5 at most local supermarkets making them an extremely cost-effective way to season food. Red pepper flakes are commonly made from dried cayenne peppers that can be quite spicy so be sure to use them sparingly at first. Using red pepper flakes to season your fried eggs is easy — simply fry your eggs how you normally would and sprinkle the flakes on top after cooking.


You can also explore homemade red pepper flake recipes. Making red pepper flakes from scratch allows you to control the kinds of peppers that go into it and customize the heat level. You can go mild and use just chili peppers, or, if you prefer extreme heat, you can even add dried Carolina reapers into the mix. Get creative by making your own red pepper flake recipe or stick to the tried and true grocery store brand for delightfully spicy fried eggs.

Add a Middle Eastern flare with za'atar

Za'atar is a versatile spice blend made up of marjoram, oregano, cumin, sesame seeds, black pepper, salt, and sumac. The exact spices in za'atar vary slightly between regions but the base remains consistent. The ingredient that separates za'atar from other common spice blends such as poultry seasoning and Italian seasoning is the inclusion of sumac. This spice has a tart citrus flavor that is a bit astringent which makes it perfect to season hearty dishes such as fried eggs.


You can find za'atar in your local Middle Eastern stores or high-end grocery stores. You can also make a homemade za'atar blend from scratch which allows you to control the ratio of spices in the blend. Sumac adds a nutty and herby flavor to fried eggs that sets them apart. A za'atar-flavored egg would pair nicely with lemon yogurt and naan, though they are also delicious eaten on their own.

Freshen up your breakfast plate with cilantro

Want to add fresh herbs to your fried eggs? Try cilantro for a pleasant nutty and peppery flavor that compliments fried eggs well. Depending on preference, you can chiffonade the cilantro into thin strips or garnish with the whole leaf. It's best to add cilantro as a garnish rather than before cooking — otherwise, it will wilt and turn brown quickly in the pan. Cilantro is available in most local grocery stores and is cheap to buy, making it an easy way to jazz up fried eggs.


Because cilantro is often sold in a giant bunch that is hard to use before it turns bad you will likely have leftovers. If you want to craft a more time-consuming cilantro fried egg recipe that explores the flavor of cilantro in-depth, try repurposing leftover cilantro stems. You can use the stems to make infused cilantro butter. Then, heat the butter in a non-stick pan and fry your eggs in the gourmet, cilantro-infused butter for a decadent restaurant-quality fried egg. A cilantro-fried egg is perfect for topping a burger or an Asian-inspired dish.

Take an unexpected turn with dill

Pickle fried eggs, anyone? This TikTok trend may seem weird to some, but it is actually a riff on a culinary classic — fried eggs topped with dill. Using pickle brine is an easy shortcut to achieve these delicious, trendy fried eggs with juice that would otherwise be poured down the drain. Start by cooking your eggs normally in a pan then adding the brine at the very end and letting the juice heat through. Make sure the eggs are covered completely in the brine for maximum flavor and then cover them to complete cooking.


At first glance, the combination of pickle juice and fried eggs doesn't seem overly appetizing, but it is a common flavor combination in dishes such as egg salad and deviled eggs. The salty brine from the pickles adds an unexpected zing. Experiment with different flavors of pickles such as hot pickles, sour pickles, or even bread and butter pickles for different flavored fried eggs. Pickle juice is also thought to replenish electrolytes which makes this a great add-on for a nourishing breakfast. Add a pickle-flavored egg to a juicy burger or just enjoy it on its own.

Give parsley a go

Parsley often gets a bad rap in the culinary industry as a stuffy outdated herb. It's frequently underutilized as just a garnish to add a pop of color to monochromatic dishes, but it can be used for much more. It's also widely available and fairly cheap, which makes grabbing a bunch even easier. Chopped parsley brings a clean, herby flavor to your fried eggs that can lift the dish's flavor and appearance. You can use fresh parsley for a lighter flavor or sprinkle your fried eggs with dried parsley for a more concentrated herb flavor. 


Making a parsley-fried egg is simple. Start by heating the oil in the pan then add the herbs and allow them to become fragrant. Next crack the egg on top of the herbs and cook it to the desired doneness. You can also sprinkle parsley on the top of cooked eggs after they are fried to preserve the freshness of the herbs and elevate a simple breakfast dish.

Fry your eggs in heavy cream

Finally — a good use for the tiny amount of heavy cream in the carton at the back of your fridge. Skip the oil and butter and opt for heavy cream to make fried eggs. This trend has been circulating on social media for a while now and is a quirky take on brown butter fried eggs. Cooking fried eggs in heavy cream is an out-of-the-box method that results in indulgent crispy eggs. 


Start by adding 3 to 4 tablespoons of heavy cream to a frying pan and allowing it to heat up. The heat will evaporate the liquid from the cream leaving a decadent brown butter in which to fry your eggs. Once the extra liquid has evaporated, cover the pan and allow the eggs to cook to the desired doneness. Season the eggs as you wish and enjoy your decadent cream-fried eggs sure to make you swoon. They make a great creamy topping for toast or an appetizing addition to a Korean bibimbap bowl.