Is it just me or does everybody’s eggs do this?

I like to think I’m a pretty good egg fryer but I have this problem. When I crack the first egg and put it in the skillet, the yolk slides down to one side. Then when I crack the second egg and drop it in, the yolk slides down the same path until it bumps into the first one. I don’t want it to do that. I need to maintain a respectful distance between the two yolks in order to flip them.

I have never mastered flipping two eggs at a time and it’s impossible to divide the two yolks with a spatula in order to flip them one at a time without breaking one or both egg yolks. What am I to do?

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About geetwo

I am a 69 year old (in 2009) retired I.T. consultant. My wife, Susie and I travel in an RV 6 to 8 months a year. I write a humor / travel column for several print publications on a weekly basis.
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2 Responses to Is it just me or does everybody’s eggs do this?

  1. Dawn says:

    Frying eggs is one of the only things in which I have any slight, modest skill. I have three pieces of guidance for you to take as you will:

    1. Get a new pan. One with a flat, thick bottom. I will spare you the cheap jokes about my first husband I would normally be tempted to make right about now.

    2. Make sure you get the pan good and hot before you toss a helpless piece of polyunsaturated, low-fat, non-hydrogenated butter-like product in. The initial heat of the pan is what makes the white cook quickly and form a nice solid base for the yolk to perch on. If the pan is not hot enough, the yolk, being heavier than the white, will break free and search aimlessly around the perimeter of your pan for its lost white.

    3. Make certain your eggs are the freshest you can find. Egg white is thick and buoyant when the egg is fresh; it becomes more runny as it ages.

    To recap: new pan, hot pan, fresh eggs.

    By the way–I love your blog. I know, I know, you hate that word.

  2. Michael S says:

    Two non-culinary suggestions:
    1. Get your stove top perfectly levelled.
    2. Cook 1 egg at a time. Or 2 if you’ve got 2 pans.

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