We’ve all been in a place where we’re cooking eggs on a skillet, only to find later on that a good portion of it ending up stuck to the pan. There are a few ways to avoid this, from using extra oil to buying a special non-stick pan. But if you’re not interested in loading your breakfast up with oil, or if you’re just too lazy to buy a non-stick skillet, here’s another way to keep your eggs from sticking to the pan—heat management.
One of the main reasons that your eggs stick to the pan is because your pan isn’t hot enough yet. It doesn’t matter if it’s “getting hot”. If your runny egg has already spent some time on a cold to lukewarm skillet, it’ll merge with the pan by the time it gets hot.
What you need to do is allow your pan time to heat up considerably before adding your egg. If you do this, your egg won’t have time to stick because it’ll be hardening up quicker than ever. Of course, this doesn’t mean we don’t recommend adding butter, or buying a non-stick skillet. But if you have no choice, prepping your skillet accordingly with the tip we mentioned will ensure that your eggs don’t stick.