I am probably one of the last people anyone should look to for advice on cooking, but when I hear about something that works I want to pass it on! This particular nugget was from Man Vs. Food– a favorite show of my husband’s.
We fry a LOT of eggs in this house. I like mine sunny side up, but with all the white cooked. Basting is simply a way of gently cooking the top side of the egg without having to flip them and without endangering their “dippy” properties.
Simply add a teaspoon of water to the pan after the bottoms have cooked part way. Then cover with a lid. You will hear the steam as it is gently cooking the top of the egg. As soon as a light film appears over top, you know the whites are done and the yolks are still dippy!