100 Ways to Crack an Egg


According to legend (a.k.a. wikipedia), the folds in a chef’s hat used to represent the number of ways s/he knew how to cook an egg, with the vaunted 100-fold hat reserved for the heads of only the most knowledgeable culinary experts. But are there really 100 ways to prepare eggs? ES set out on an exploration across the food blogosphere to find out, and our answer is a decidedly delicious “yes.”

We’re reporting back and presenting our 100 favorite ways to cook an egg. If you’ve ever looked in the fridge and said, “I’ve got tons of eggs, but no idea what to cook with them,” well, you have no excuse to ever do that again. Just come right back here. Or better yet, print this out and hang it in your kitchen.

Presenting the comprehensive Endless Simmer guide to 100 ways to cook an egg:

Click on the photos for full recipes.

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PS – What did we miss? Have an inventive egg recipe that’s not on the list? Drop your link in the comments. If your photo makes us drool, we’ll add it to the list.

Update! Thanks for all your tips – even more ways to cook an egg below:

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  • Nick April 16, 2009  

    Good lord this is amazing! My favorite is the slam chop version – vomit egg breakfast!

    Thanks for the include also πŸ˜‰

  • Shari April 16, 2009  

    I love those beet-colored eggs! Great list and thanks for the include!

  • JoeHoya April 16, 2009  

    Solid list, but you left out eggs poached in broth – a deliciously simple soup that we like to make pretty regularly.

  • ChiliCheeseFries April 16, 2009  

    Great, now I am surper hungry. Good stuff!

  • NΓΊria April 16, 2009  

    What an enourmous and fantastic egg-post!!!!! Brilliant job :D. This should be a referrer… I’m keeping the link somewhere near my pantry ;D.

    Thanks so much for showing my fried egg over chip potatoes. I really appreciate that :D.

    Maybe you want to send me an omelet for my “Blog your omelet” contest? There’s some Iberian Acorn ham as a giveaway!!!

  • Rich Dansereau April 16, 2009  

    Eggs are one of my favorite foods. I have some laying hens that produce lots of fresh, organic eggs.

  • steamykitchen April 16, 2009  

    Thanks for the shoutout!

  • Andrea April 16, 2009  

    Wow, what a great post. I had no idea about the chef’s hat and even less an idea how many ways there are with eggs. Thanks for the link and the great resource!

  • justeatfood April 16, 2009  

    Great post! Here’s another for you. Corned Beef Hash anyone?: http://justeatfood.com/n-691-corned-beef-hash.html

  • Lick My Spoon April 16, 2009  

    what a brilliant post πŸ™‚ thanks for showing the love to my sunny side ups over spinach cheese polenta! mmm i can’t wait to try some of these recipes πŸ™‚

  • Sandie April 16, 2009  

    I’m drooling. Great compilation you’ve presented here (that’s A LOT of delicious recipes to sort through)! A thank you is definitely in order—I’m honored to have an egg dish be included amongst such great company πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa April 16, 2009  

    Despite not being a great fan of eggs, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!! Okay- how long did it take to put it together??? It looks fantastic!

  • Lucy Vaserfirer April 16, 2009  

    This is so great! Thanks for including my pic. And I must say, if you’re a serious egg lover, then Eggs is for you!

  • Tia April 16, 2009  

    Oh man! We are definitely having eggs for dinner tonight. Thanks for the great recipes.

  • Savory Tv April 16, 2009  

    You are my hero for posting this! Has the pink egg been immersed in beet juice?

    Not a photo, but a video courtesy of chef Niall Harbison, Smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, it’s delicious!

  • Rob April 16, 2009  

    Hey! Thanks a lot for the link, I like your site a lot and will be sure to keep coming back to check it out.


  • Hugging the Coast April 16, 2009  

    Great post! breakfast is definitely my favorite meal. (Those spinach with eggs are making me hungry!)

    Here’s two to more to consider:

    Pulled Pork Barbecue and Cheddar Omelette With BBQ Hash Brown Fritters and

    Creamy Cottage Cheese and Muenster Omelette

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  • Michael April 17, 2009  

    good lord!!!
    dis is really nice i didnt know dere were dis much varities of makin an egg….
    i did like 2 taste every type once…;-)

  • Nancy April 17, 2009  

    Absolutely Amazing! I would have to think long and hard to come up with anything as original as these!

  • sara April 17, 2009  

    Wow, so cool! What a great list of recipes. πŸ™‚

  • Mike April 17, 2009  

    You guys inspired me to make my own blog about cooking. Its pretty simple but I enjoy it. Here are some links to posts I have written about egg dishes. Great job with your list!

  • farida April 17, 2009  

    What a great collection of egg recipes! All look delicious. Thank you so much for linking to my spinach with eggs, too.

  • Seena April 18, 2009  

    Hi, nice collection!
    thanks for adding mine too.. will surely add you to my blog’s list.. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah April 18, 2009  

    I didn’t see my favourite egg dish on there – it doesn’t have a name, it’s just what we do with leftover curry sauce, like when we make rogan josh and pick all the lamb out πŸ™‚ It’s basically the same as “Eggs in Purgatory” but with curry sauce instead of tomato sauce, and served on rice. It’s great for dinner, but it’s about the best “morning after” breakfast out there.

  • RobinSue April 18, 2009  

    Hey thanks for the link and letting me know about this post. What a fantastic post it is too! I will bookmark for trying some of these great looking dishes. Thanks!

  • bunky April 18, 2009  

    Check out 100 year old eggs. They look gross and I didnt see them on this list. Wikipedia has a great pic of them.

  • Jenni April 20, 2009  

    You forgot eggs in relation to sushi.

  • Alexis Korman April 20, 2009  

    These are seriously amazing!

  • Lucy Vaserfirer April 20, 2009  

    Here’s another one for you: Frisee aux Lardons with duck eggs. (Of course, chicken eggs work too.)

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  • RecipeGirl April 20, 2009  

    Mmmm! How about Sausage & Scrambled Egg Pizza?!

  • Mark April 20, 2009  
  • platypus April 20, 2009  

    eggs suck

  • Abhinay April 20, 2009  

    You can add this to the list…

  • Murtaza. Soni April 21, 2009  

    When you put your mind to it anything is possible. It was fascinating to see 100 different dishes with eggs. But I’m sure if experimented with, even 200 is are possible.

    Life is strange.

    THE PHENOMENON CALLED LIFE THROUGH MY COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES …. http://lifeshortstory.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/who-is-luckier/

  • idealpinkrose April 21, 2009  

    I love eggs and this is wonderful! I wish I found it earlier. Thanks for sharing!

  • tutness April 21, 2009  

    BIG thumbs up, I absolutely love eggs. I always say, if I were a country, eggs would be my national food! I can’t wait to try some of these πŸ™‚

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  • Lester Wall April 21, 2009  

    Great list! But you left off my wife’s favorite: Bird’s Nest

  • Family Tents April 21, 2009  

    I really enjoyed your eggciting post. Thanks.

  • Coppertop3 April 21, 2009  

    i’m thoroughly surprised at how many different ways to prepare eggs there are.

  • jdmorris4 April 22, 2009  

    Great post!i can’t imagine a lot of recipes can be made on an egg.I would definitely try one of this.

  • Gaijin April 22, 2009  

    Have you tried looking into japanese recipes?

    Includes Omelet over Rice πŸ™‚

  • Gary April 22, 2009  

    You’ve run the link to froached eggs twice.

    Sorry to be a dink & bring that up.

    Great list otherwise!!!!

  • Rene Canlas April 22, 2009  

    I suggest the 1001th.Mix 3 eggs w/ regular size corned beef and bake it. I called it beefy corned egg pizza.Try!No harm done.Enjoy.

  • JBop April 22, 2009  

    So, yeah, great and all….but technically those aren’t 100 different ways to COOK an egg…. just 100 different recipes revolving around fried, boiled, and baked eggs. I’m tragically disappointed.

  • nightowl April 22, 2009  

    This isn’t 100 ways to crack an egg.. it’s a page of thumbnails presumably about how to cook an egg…

  • Svefn B Englar April 22, 2009  

    Those recipes are just ones that include egg, not made purely out of eggs as supposed by the myth. Shame on you for wasting my time.

  • Maids April 22, 2009  

    The tea egg looks interesting. I had an israeli friend who’s father used to make coffee eggs. Sounds gross I know but it was delicious (be boiled eggs in coffee, threw in tons of spice and then let the eggs soak in the coffee brew for a few days). The result was a delicious creamy caramelized eggy treat. I’ll see if I can track down the recipe.

  • Aimee April 22, 2009  

    Awesome! Bookmarking this now!

    Here’s another…Baked Eggs in Ham Crisps:


  • seasky April 22, 2009  

    wow~~~~~~~~,great things……
    i like them.

  • Heather April 22, 2009  

    One of those recipes is not an egg at all. It’s custard in an eggshell made to LOOK like an egg. 99 ways to cook an egg!

  • Elle Klein April 23, 2009  

    I am so glad we’re having a spring ramp and mushroom frittata for dinner. Those make me want to try every singe one of the dishes!

    Here’s one more. You have to taste it to believe it!


  • we are never full April 23, 2009  

    i am sorry i haven’t commented yet (we were away) but WHOA… WHOA WHOA WHOA. i’m in egg heaven. i love eggs. in fact, in the last few years i have fallen for eggs more than ever – on pizza, pasta, baked, to make tortilla espaΓ±ol, omeletes or just by itself. a beautiful pictorial and ode to the amazing (incredible, edible) egg.

  • jasmine April 24, 2009  

    *drool* now I just can’t get enough of eggs!! =P

  • Anna Storer April 24, 2009  

    Try this- Scrambled egg with a little chopped ham or smoked bacon,a sprinkle of chopped dill and wrapped in puff pastry.

  • Lon April 24, 2009  

    This is a fantastic post. Eggs are considered to be the test of a true cook and making these would certainly be an indication of greatness. I really enjoyed it!

    – Lon @ FoodMayhem

  • wenlee April 25, 2009  

    My mom craved for eggs while i was in her tummy.
    I loved eggs but knowing that eating eggs everyday is not healthy. Agree or disagree?

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  • niraj April 28, 2009  

    There is a dish in Nepal cooked and eaten by the Newari ethnic group. They cook the egg on top of a bread made out of black lentils. Where in the black lentils are soaked for couple of hours and grounded wet to make a paste and take some of the paste and make a round pita bread style and cook on oil and a pan. Then on top of them throw in the eggs without breaking them. Make sure you do not turn over. Its best eaten cooked from one side. Make sure you sprinkle some tomatoe sauce homemade style.

  • averagebetty April 29, 2009  

    Fun post! I see you do have eggs benedict on the list… but couldn’t resist adding my take: http://www.averagebetty.com/?p=143
    Hollandaise is the nectar of the breakfast Gods πŸ™‚

  • Jan @ Pantry Connection May 3, 2009  

    Great post! I am a big fan of eggs and am alwasy looking for new a different styles. Love the beet colored eggs! Thanks for sharing.

    Jan ~ Founder, Pantryconnection.com

  • Laila May 4, 2009  

    nicely posted … all looks delicious … Laila .. http://lailablogs.com/

  • restaurant menu design May 6, 2009  

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

  • skateboard bearings guy May 6, 2009  

    wow, i’ll never complain about having nothing but eggs in the fridge again. just looking at this smorgus-board of deliciousness makes me hungry.

  • raitucarp May 7, 2009  

    Hmm, Yummy ^_^

    egg is my favorite delicious food

    thanks for post this, I like you

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  • Maids May 19, 2009  

    one more BS: the coffee eggs I was talking about, Huevos Haminados, a Sephardi Pesach tradition that MUST be highlighted here: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/passover/passover-cooking-huevos-haminados-048168

  • SydneyCider June 4, 2009  

    I can’t believe you missed out on my dukkah eggs πŸ™‚

  • JoeHoya June 26, 2009  

    We found another egg dish that completely blew us away while working through our June Cookbook Challenge. Totally new to us – and delicious!

    The write-up should be going up this weekend…

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  • ittefaq October 13, 2009  

    Well,well,I can live on these egg reciepies only for the rest of my life.

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  • Cooking Dad November 6, 2009  

    great collection! Is it me or did you not include toad in the hole?


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  • CB March 2, 2010  

    I love to break a few quail’s eggs on a pizza before cooking – they look so cute!

  • barbara March 3, 2010  

    these look very grose they will make u puk

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  • chicago web development April 9, 2010  

    Hmm…yum, I think post is going to prove delicious to all of its readers. The pics are just too delicious.

  • sam May 12, 2010  

    I like the egg burrito one. personally when i have some left over Stuffed Peppers i will bruinois one peppe and meatball, chop a shallot or two, get those semi – crisp in a frying pan and scrample them with an egg or 2. If I feel like going crazy, I’ll mix in some salsa. What do people think?

  • Tan May 18, 2010  

    Thank you very much again for including my Spicy and Sour Steamed egg recipe.
    If you do interesting another recipe you can take it and just left me a little note.
    Thank you again!


  • lalaine May 18, 2010  

    The Me!Me!Me! in me wants to suggest pretty please my papas con chorizo omelet http://thecookmobile.com/papas-con-chorizo-omelet-potatoes-and-sausage-omelet/ or my huevos con nopales http://thecookmobile.com/huevos-con-nopales-eggs-with-nopal/. I don’t know which of the two will make you “drool” as my food photography is always hit or miss. πŸ™

    But can you also check this recipe I found in another blog? I think your egg list would not be complete without eggs cooked in coffee. http://pinoycook.net/have-you-ever-cooked-eggs-in-coffee/. Two breakfast items in one, can’t beat that.

    Thanks a lot. Your 100 ways are bookmark-worthy! Saves us a lot of googling. Keep them coming.

  • Mandy May 23, 2010  

    Delicious egg dishes and beautiful photos.

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  • janet September 2, 2010  

    I love the round-up!
    I highly recommend these Spanish Baked Eggs on a Red Pepper Ragout:

  • meirav September 6, 2010  

    I can’t believe you haven’t got Shakshouka – or have I missed it?

    Found a recipe online here:

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  • TheGourmetCoffeeGuy January 29, 2011  

    Love your post and your photography.
    My family loves eating eggs and we prepare them in many different ways.
    You certainly have shown us many, many more ways to cook them and we will definitely try them in the future.
    Wow! 100 ways? Thank you for sharing your insights,

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  • julia May 30, 2011  

    nice ideas!
    my favorite way to cook an egg, is a bulls eye!
    basicly if you don’t know, just put some butter in the pan, punch a whole (w/ a cup) in a peice of bread, put it in the pan, then crack an egg in the bread! πŸ™‚

  • Shut Up & Cook September 14, 2011  

    This is AMAZING!!!!! I love, love, love eggs…so pretty much plan to go through your whole list.


    Here’s one of my faves:

    Soft-Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Mayonnaise

  • Dana October 30, 2011  

    Last week I discovered pocket eggs with soy-sesame sauce at the following URL. Absolutely awesome eggs. I’ve never had anything like this before, and am looking forward to the next time I cook them already:


  • Marashor February 12, 2012  

    These eggs are *absolutely* beautiful!

    I’m having a hard time picking a favorite. Loving the colors, the art, and can only imagine how delicious they are?

  • Joe February 28, 2012  

    Try a hard boiled egg wrapped in bacon and then in sausage and deep fried… called scotch eggs here… Great with HP sauce and either a dark beer or a scotch…

  • Chris March 29, 2012  

    I make egg-fu-young omletts….to die for. Make a regular omlett, with pork egg fu young (chopped) for filling. Pour gravy on top and sprinkle with soy sauce. Yum….

  • Sean April 6, 2012  

    Has Anyone Ever Sat Down And Counted The Folds? There Are Actually 132 Folds, And These Are Only Ways To Prepare An Egg, Not Cook It. So Technically This Article Is Garbage

  • Snake April 8, 2012  

    Seriously, a 100 ways to cook an egg? These are a 100 recipes including or serving up an egg as a side dish, at most. Those 100 recipes are supposed to boast the egg as the sole proprietor of the dish.

  • Missy May 7, 2012  

    LOVE the site! Came to this one off the 100 things main page but wanted to let you know that some of the photos here have links that no longer work such as the one linked to the 14th photo from the top.

  • Ajay June 8, 2012  

    That’s awesome. I can have 100 different egg breakfasts in a year instead of just having omelette daily πŸ˜‰

  • marshall July 7, 2012  

    did I miss over-medium?

  • Rosella August 31, 2012  

    I am looking for this recipe; Oozy egg within a bacon cheese muffin. You have pinned it on Pinterest and now many ppl are looking for the recipe. please repost and email it to me. Thanks

  • Sarah August 31, 2012  

    Wow, what a nice collection of egg recipes! Some of these look absolutely delicious. I will certainly have to give many of these a try.
    One of my favorite egg recipes is a Sunday Brunch Casserole. The recipe can be found here:

  • Laura September 2, 2012  

    How about a kefta tagine? I did not see that:


    Or in this Spanish fasting soup, where the yolk thickens the stew and the hard boiled whites are a garnish:


  • NΓΊria October 2, 2012  

    A beautiful, useful and delightful post!!!! Sure it was first the egg ;D.

    Thanks for including my fried egg :D. It’s one of my favourite dishes ever.

  • keiran October 10, 2012  

    I <3 egg's x

  • Marchen February 28, 2013  

    hm … that would be 100 ways to SERVE egg, not 100 ways to cook an egg


    And someone remarked, that eating eggs every day is not healthy: I beg to differ!
    Whether something is healthy or not, depends entirely on your diet in general.
    A good, balanced diet can include eggs every day, no problem.
    It all depends on how you eat your eggs, and what else you eat πŸ™‚

  • Alan March 23, 2013  

    Wow, nice. Never knew so many ways.

  • Marcellus March 27, 2013  

    Alan! You my friend need to be quiet sir

  • Ross Myers March 28, 2013  

    Years ago I watched a chef performing his magic inside a front window of a restaurant in
    New York City.
    For years I have attempted to duplicate his trick without success.

    His act simply consisted of putting a fork in the center of eggs being scrambled. He would twist his fork and the eggs would follow the fork and become a perfect pyramid.

    I wonder if anyone can tell me how he did it.

  • Maria Iemma April 23, 2013  

    wow – I love eggs and have been cooking them for years but I never realized there were so many different ways to cook them. I will have to try some that are new to me.

  • Vam April 28, 2013  

    Here’s a breakfast fried-egg recipe. Posted it on my Facebook page ~ “Vam Cooks”. Hope you like it!


  • Vam April 28, 2013  

    My apologies if my previous Facebook link didn’t work. Here’s the same eggs recipe on my website. Hope you like my Eggs Capsicana

  • tatyana October 22, 2013  

    omg . so interesting. didn’t know there were so many ways. i wanna carve one direction into an egg. love them. πŸ™‚

  • Sid's Sea Palm Cooking February 21, 2014  

    Just ran across your blog thanks to Stumbleupon, and want to share one of my favorite ways to cook an egg, a Dansk Γ†ggekage here’s the link.

  • Oakjt October 17, 2014  

    The statement that there’s more than 100 ways to cook and eggs is flawed. What they really mean is that there are more than 100 recipes in which to serve eggs. The cooking of the egg can really only be done by frying, boiling, baking, and now microwaving. I may have missed some obscure way to cook but really there’s less than a dozen.

  • Olga July 15, 2015  

    I love this idea about 100 eggs recipe. I love those for breakfast https://czechinact.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/paleo-breakfast-banana-omelet-with-strawberries-whole30/
    Will definitely try few from the list as well.

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