Fried Eggs With Fried Herbs

September 11, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: I learned this nifty trick from the Olive Oil–Fried Eggs in Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark. You fry herbs in olive oil, then crack an egg on top so the two become intertwined, like sweethearts holding hands. In the original recipe, Clark uses sage. But the world is your herb garden. Play around and see what happens. Try snipped chives, torn mint or dill, or leaves of sage, oregano, or thyme leaves, even diced scallions.Emma Laperruque

Makes: 1 fried egg
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, for pan-frying
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs (see note above)
  • 1 pinch flaky salt
In This Recipe


  1. Heat a small skillet (not nonstick) over high heat. Add the oil. When it's hot and shimmery, add the herbs—they should sizzle. Lower the heat to medium-high (we don’t want the herbs to burn) and let them fry for a few seconds until they start to crisp. Now crack the egg onto the frying herbs. The whites should make a big fuss and immediately start to turn opaque. Some of the herbs will probably swim away from the egg; no big deal, just use a spoon to plop them atop the egg white. Fry the eggs—using a spoon baste them with olive oil—until the whites are firm and the yolks remain gooey. (If you want over-easy or over-medium, use a spatula to flip.) Sprinkle with flaky salt and serve ASAP.

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Reviews (14) Questions (0)

14 Reviews

Cookie16 September 29, 2018
Also cooked 2 eggs in this oil and found it was plenty. I love dill more than anything in the world (including most people) but have never fried it - much of the flavor was lost for me but the suggested squeeze of lemon helped. Not giving up on this but look forward to finding another combination that I’ll love. Chives sound divine!
Author Comment
Emma L. September 30, 2018
Yes, so into the squeeze of lemon idea! Hope you find an egg-herb combo you love.
Nancy September 28, 2018
Always eager for a new but easy, everyday way to fix eggs, tried this and loved it! I have sage in my herb garden so I tried that! I cooked 2 eggs in that oil. Delicious!
Author Comment
Emma L. September 30, 2018
So glad you enjoyed!
Susanna September 15, 2018
The only thing I might add—depending on the herb—is a squeeze of lemon juice atop the finished egg, as they do with olive-oil fried eggs in Greece...
Author Comment
Emma L. September 16, 2018
Mmmm! Love the sound of that.
Ttrockwood September 15, 2018
Do you just leave excess oil in the pan...? Seems like a lot to have with the one egg, like it would just make a puddle on the plate.
Author Comment
Emma L. September 16, 2018
You can, yeah! It's a generous amount of olive oil, but it's for the herbs and the egg—and they're both intended to get crispy.
Stephanie G. September 13, 2018
I did sage, thyme, and rosemary. It was yummy!
Author Comment
Emma L. September 13, 2018
Yay! All in one egg or separate?
Eric K. September 12, 2018
These are gorgeous, Emma.
Author Comment
Emma L. September 12, 2018
Thanks, Eric! Which herb do you think you'd do first? (I'm gonna guess...scallion...?)
Eric K. September 12, 2018
I may try w/ PARSLEY actually. Love the taste of fried parsley.
Author Comment
Emma L. September 12, 2018
Mmmm! Let's get some capers in there, too.