Viral Feta Fried Eggs (Original Recipe) — Grace Elkus (2024)

What Is a Feta Fried Egg?

A feta fried egg is exactly what it sounds like: an egg fried atop crumbly feta cheese. As the egg cooks, the feta melts and crisps, resulting in a tangy, salty, crispy-edged egg that will ruin you for all other preparations.

The idea was inspired by Ali Slagle’s Crispy Potato, Egg, and Cheese Tacos, another weeknight staple of mine.

What’s the Best Pan for Feta Fried Eggs?

A nonstick skillet is the best pan for the job (as long as it’s truly nonstick and the coating hasn’t worn off). My favorites are the Zwilling Madura frying pans, which are PFOA-free and have churned out feta fried egg after feta fried egg with zero sticking whatsoever.

If you have a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, you can use that, too. Otherwise, drizzle in a little extra-virgin olive oil before crumbling in the feta, like Suzy at The Mediterranean Dish does in her version.

What Type of Feta Should I Use?

The best feta for feta fried eggs is a block of full-fat feta packed in brine, which melts readily, tastes more complex, and lasts longer than other kinds. Your next best option is a block of full-feta feta wrapped in plastic. Avoid fat-free varieties, which are far less flavorful and won’t melt as well. As for pre-crumbled feta, I was initially skeptical, but I’ve since seen several creators use it with success.

I’ve been using Whole Foods 365 feta cheese packed in brine, which, at least here in Pittsburgh, is only $7.99 for a 1 lb. block.

Can I Use a Different Type of Cheese?

I’ve personally only tried feta and cheddar, but commenters have found success with Parmesan, goat cheese, cotija, and low-moisture mozzarella. I’ll update this post as I play around with others.

How to Serve a Feta Fried Egg

I prefer a 6-inch flour or corn tortilla spread with avocado and a squeeze of lime. In the video, I use a whole wheat tortilla from TJ’s, but I typically look for whichever brand has the shortest ingredient list. Of course, the best place to purchase them is your local tortillería.

In lieu of avocado, you can use refried beans (reminiscent of huevos rancheros), mashed chickpeas, hummus, pesto, charred cherry tomatoes, cream cheese, Laughing Cow, salsa — the list goes on. You can also just add the egg as-is, top with hot sauce, and dig in.

In place of a tortilla, serve the feta fried egg on sourdough toast, an English muffin, with chopped in-season tomatoes, over pasta, in a grain bowl or salad — you do you!

Feta Fried Egg Recipe

Serves: 1


  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/2 ounces full-fat feta cheese (1/3 cup), ideally from a block packed in brine

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 1 (6-inch) flour or corn tortilla, charred over the gas flame or warmed in a skillet

  • 1/4 of a small avocado

  • Lime wedge


  1. Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Flick a bit of feta brine (or place a small crumble of feta) into the skillet: if it sizzles, the pan is hot enough for the next step.

  2. Crumble the feta into the pan, placing it around the perimeter and leaving room for the egg in the center. (If using a larger skillet or making two at once, simply crumble the feta into a large circle).

  3. Once the feta begins melting and bubbling, immediately crack an egg into the center and season with black pepper and red pepper flakes. (No need to add salt, the feta is plenty salty).

  4. Cover the pan and cook, reducing the heat to medium-low or low if the feta is browning too quickly, until the white is set, the yolk is still runny, and the cheese is crispy.

  5. Meanwhile, spread the avocado onto the charred or warmed tortilla and add a squeeze of lime juice. Place the feta fried egg on top and enjoy!


Help! My feta is burning.

If your feta is burning, your heat was likely too high or you were using a pre-crumbled or non-fat feta. For best results, heat the pan over medium. You’ll know it’s ready when a small crumble of feta gently sizzles (but doesn’t pop!) upon contact.

After cracking in the egg and covering the pan, reduce the heat if the feta is getting super crispy and brown before the egg white is set. Don’t be afraid to lift the lid and check on it often!

Why isn’t my feta getting crispy?

This likely also has to do with temperature and timing. Try giving the feta a headstart by waiting to add the egg until it’s melting and bubbling. Once the egg is in, let the whole thing cook until the cheese is deeply browned, which will also make it easier to release from the pan.

Comment below if you’re having any trouble and I’ll update this section accordingly!

Viral Feta Fried Eggs (Original Recipe)  — Grace Elkus (2024)


When to season fried eggs? ›

The eggs should immediately start sputtering and spitting when they reach the pan. Hit them with salt and pepper at this stage.

How long does it take to fry an egg? ›

Let the eggs cook until white is set and the corners begin to curl ever so slightly, about 3 - 4 minutes depending on your heat source. No need to fuss with them either, they'll turn out better if they're left alone. For sunny side up eggs, simply slide the eggs onto a plate and season again if desired.

How to fry large number of eggs? ›

The trick is to use a muffin pan. I prefer using a jumbo muffin tin because I like the finished size of the eggs more than I do from a standard tin, but either will work. TIP: Use a non-stick muffin pan and you'll want to rub a little butter around the inside of every well.

What is the best thing to season eggs with? ›

Top Herbs and Spice for Seasoning Eggs
  • Salt.
  • Pepper.
  • Garlic.
  • Onion powder.
  • Chives.
  • Dill.
  • Parsley.
  • Cayenne Pepper.
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Why should you use paprika on fried eggs? ›

While paprika is most popular with the main spice in deviled eggs, paprika goes just as well with many other egg-based dishes. Although paprika is not an overly strong spice, it provides a good balance of mild, sweet peppery flavor to egg dishes.

How to make fried eggs taste better? ›

Start with a good egg, a hot skillet, and a generous drizzle of olive oil, and you'll end up with the most flavorful fried egg you've ever tasted. They are infinitely better than the rubbery, sulfurous eggs that come out of non-stick skillets. In fact, these are the only fried eggs I ever want to eat.

How much oil do you put in a fried egg? ›

How much butter or oil to use? Use 1 teaspoon of butter or oil per egg if using a nonstick skillet or well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Use 2 teaspoons of butter or oil if you're using a stainless steel skillet.

Why add water to scrambled eggs? ›

As cookbook author J. Kenji-López-Alt explains it in The Food Lab, adding water to scrambled eggs “means more vaporization occurs, creating larger bubbles in the eggs and lightening them.” I like to add about 1–1½ tsp. water per 1 large egg.

What are 2 rules to remember when cooking eggs? ›

If you apply too much direct heat, the egg will overcook, causing the sauce to break and curdle. Over-boiling an egg is another common mistake. Going a few minutes too long will draw out the iron and sulfur, turning the yolk into a nasty grey color with a green ring.

When should I add seasoning to eggs? ›

Instead of immediately seasoning your eggs with salt and pepper while they are still raw, wait to sprinkle on seasonings until the end of the cooking process. Seasoning eggs before cooking gives the salt too much time to break the eggs down and turn them into a watery mess.

Should you season before or after frying? ›

Whereas seasoning before or during cooking is often about effectively integrating salt and other seasonings into a dish, seasoning foods after cooking can be an instant, easy way to add complexity and layers of texture to any finished dish, along with contrasting pops of flavor.

When to add salt to fried eggs? ›

“Adding salt to your egg scramble prior to cooking acts as a buffer that prevents the yolks' proteins from getting too tight and losing their moisture. When you add salt prior to the eggs hitting heat, it results in a fluffier scramble.”

When should I season my sunny side up eggs? ›

Cook until the whites are just set, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove lid, continue to cook for another 1 minute and 30 seconds or until whites are completely set and the yolks are still runny. Transfer to a plate, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

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