How To Cook Eggs Without Butter

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If you have a dairy allergy or are trying to cook with healthier ingredients, you may want to avoid butter when cooking up eggs. Often, butter is a common ingredient used when frying eggs, making scrambled eggs or cooking an omelet. Knowing how to cook eggs without butter could make your egg dishes easier to cook, and also healthier in the long run. 

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In this article we will explore how you can cook eggs without butter and what butter substitute ingredient you can use instead.

Can You Cook Eggs Without Butter?

Yes, there are lots of ways you can cook eggs without butter. There are many methods of preparing and cooking eggs that do not require any kind of oil or butter at all.

Cooking eggs without oil or butter is not as tricky as it is made out to be. You may not need oil and butter for some egg recipes in the first place. You can replace butter in your egg recipe by making small adjustments. For example, if you cook an omelet without oil or butter, you can add extra ingredients to your omelet and cook on a lower temperature using a non-stick frying pan.

Another easy egg recipe that can be made without butter or oil is scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs is one of the easiest recipes to go butter-free. There are a variety of substitutes for butter you can use to make your scrambled eggs, such as vegan butters and dairy free alternatives.

Baked Egg Breakfast

What Can I Use Instead Of Butter For Eggs?

The best alternative ingredient that you can use to cook eggs instead of butter is olive oil or any other healthy oil.

You can spray the frying pan with oil which will help your eggs not stick to the pan. The oil will serve in the same way butter would. For some recipes, you will not need butter or olive oil to make the recipe work. 

Can You Cook Eggs With Olive Oil Instead Of Butter?

Cooking eggs with olive oil is easy, just like cooking eggs with butter is.

If you cook with butter or an unhealthy oil it can minimize the health benefits. Cooking eggs with olive oil instead of butter is considered a healthier alternative to butter.

Is It Healthier To Cook Eggs With Butter Or Oil?

Butter is one of the unhealthiest ingredients you can use to fry an egg or cook any kind of egg with. Butter is high in calories and saturated fats which is not good for the body.

There are healthier ingredients you can choose to fry your eggs, such as olive oil or canola oil.

Healthy Substitute For Butter When Cooking Eggs

Here are a list of healthier substitutes you can use to cook your eggs instead of butter:

bread with sunny side-up egg served on white ceramic plate

Do You Need Butter To Fry An Egg?

You do not need butter to fry an egg as there are plenty of replacement ingredients you can use.

Frying an egg will require some kind of ingredient to make sure the egg does not stick to the pan. This ingredient could be a bit of an oil and butter substitute.

Recipe For Eggs Without Butter

Here is a simple step by step method to cook eggs without using any butter.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or an oil of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 or 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes to add flavor (this ingredient can be left out if you wish)

How to Cook Eggs Without Butter:

  1. Step 1

    Pour your olive oil or oil of your choice into a medium sized frying pan. Allow the pan to reach medium heat.

  2. Step 2

    Add the salt and pepper to the oil to season the eggs prior to them going in the pan.

  3. Step 3

    Turn the heat of the pan from medium to a medium high temperature.

  4. Step 4

    Crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl and add the water. whisk the eggs up with a fork until they are running and yellow.

  5. Step 5

    Add the egg and water mixture to the pan that is at medium to high heat.

  6. Step 6

    Add the chili flakes to the egg mixture.

  7. Step 7

    Use a spatula to start scraping the bottom of the frying pan. Do this consistently so that the eggs do not stick to the bottom of the pan.

  8. Step 8:

    Once the eggs start to form into a more solid texture rather than runny you should turn the heat to medium low.

  9. Step 9:

    Once you have turned the heat to medium low, continue to gently scrape the eggs from the bottom of the frying pan.

  10. Step 10:

    The eggs will start to form and look like they are fully cooked. Once they start to form you should turn the heat off.

  11. Step 11:

    Add a little extra salt to your eggs. Serve them warm.

Fried Eggs

Olive Oil Is A Great Substitute For Butter When Cooking Eggs

Using olive oil or any other type of healthy oil is the best butter substitute you can use. The healthy oils will not only add health benefits to your eggs dishes but will make sure they do not stick to the frying pan or burn while cooking.

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