Deep-fried eggs are a special breakfast dish that is easy to make. Soft-boiled eggs are breaded and fried with a savory bacon breadcrumb coating so they have a delicious crispy coating.
FH and I love eggs for breakfast and one of FH’s favorite dishes are these deep-fried eggs. I’ve made bacon-breaded eggs before and thought I would treat him again and made them for breakfast. They’re soft boiled eggs covered in a crispy bacon breadcrumb coating. Yummy.
These deep-fried eggs are actually very easy to make, but you do need a little patience to peel the eggs before you bread them. But, once you’ve done that, it’s very quick to make.
There’s something very fun about dressing up a plain boiled egg. I’ve also made breakfast muffins with whole eggs baked inside, which is another delicious and creative way to enjoy eggs. So, if you prefer something baked instead of fried you should give that recipe a try.
How to Soft Boil Eggs
Eggs that are soft-boiled are cooked long enough to set the white but they have a warm, runny yolk. To make deep-fried eggs you want to start with ones that are soft boiled because they will continue to cook while you fry them. There are a couple of ways to soft boil eggs:
- Stove: Bring a pan of water to a boil. You will need enough water to fully cover the eggs once you place the in the water. Once boiling, lower the heat to maintain a simmer and place the eggs (up to four at a time works well) and cook the eggs for three to four minutes.
- Instant Pot: My favorite way to cook eggs is in my Instant Pot – it works every time and the eggs are easier to peel. I wrote a post about how to cook eggs in an Instant Pot so be sure to check it out if you want to learn more.
Once they’re cooked, transfer them to a bowl with water and ice to cool them. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
To peel, I find there’s always one side of the egg that peels easier so I gently tap the egg to break the shell and start with that side first. For the harder-to-remove part of the shell, use a spoon to loosen the shell from the white.
How to Bread Eggs for Deep Frying
I use a double-breaded method to make deep-fried eggs. Once the eggs are cooled and peeled all you have to do is bread and fry them.
- Heat oil in a pan. While it’s heating you can bread the eggs.
- Place flour, beaten egg, and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls. Chopped precooked bacon and add it to the breadcrumbs.
- Dredge the eggs in the beaten egg, followed by the flour. Coat them in the bacon breadcrumbs. I find it’s easier to scoop and pour some of the breadcrumbs over the egg.
- Repeat the process so the eggs are double-breaded.
Once the eggs are breaded carefully place them, one at a time, in the hot oil. Fry the eggs for about 30 seconds, turning them once so they’re brown and crispy on all sides. Drain them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
More Crispy Breaded Eggs
Since writing this post, I’ve made other breaded egg dishes that you might like to try, too
- 4 eggs
- 4 tbsp flour
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 4 strips of precooked bacon
- canola oil for frying
- Boil eggs in a small pot of water until they reach soft boil stage (about 3-4 minutes, I used egg timer*). Then remove eggs and place in a bowl of ice water. Let the eggs completely cool in the ice water which should take about 10 or 15 minutes.
- When cooled, peel the eggs by gently tapping them. There will be one side of the egg that is easier to peel. There should be part of the egg that does not come out of the shell easily. For this part, use a spoon to get inside the shell in order to help remove the egg from the shell. Heat 2 cups of vegetable oil in a small saucepan.
- While that heats, place the flour, the beaten egg and the breadcrumb in 3 separate bowls.
- Chop the precooked bacon into small pieces (or put it through a food processor) and add to the breadcrumb bowl.
- Coat each soft-boiled egg in the flour, then coat with the egg. Dump the breadcrumb/bacon mixture onto the egg, trying to get as much of it to stick and coat as possible. Then re-dredge the egg in the yolk and dump more breadcrumbs/bacon onto the egg. I find it easiest to take a handful of breadcrumb mixture and drop it onto the egg rather than let roll the eggs in the breadcrumbs.
- Place one egg at a time in the hot oil. Turn the egg after about 10-20 seconds to brown on all sides. Remove the egg to a paper towel and continue with the rest of the eggs. Serve while warm.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.