Cooking an egg without oil or butter

  • I like scrambled and fried eggs but the butter or oil probably add unnecessary calories. How can I fry an egg with no butter? I tried in a Teflon pan but it was a mess.

    The calories from frying an egg in butter are so _not_ unnecessary. They are delicious!

    It's really not that many calories, unless you've been deep-frying your egg all these years. Besides, fat doesn't make people fat. Sugar does.

    @Carmi: Carbohydrates in general, assuming they aren't burned off.

    Eggs already are about 10% fat (a 50g egg has about 5g fat, according to, so if you're trying to reduce fat intake, your best bet is to avoid eating eggs altogether rather than making them 100% less delicious. That said, a little oil or butter isn't going to dramatically impact the total amount of fat consumed.

    @Aaronut: Most carbohydrates are deconstructed into glucose and used by the body. However, there's something about certain sugars (fructose, and sucrose which is half fructose) that only gets metabolised in the liver. This goes straight to fat, and messes up your system to boot. Exercise is to raise your metabolic rate so that you generally use more energy. The specific calories for one session of exercise are almost irrelevant. 20 minute run = 1 cookie.

    Eggs might be about 10% fat by weight, but the calories are usually about 2/3 from fat and 1/3 from protein.

  • Ocaasi

    Ocaasi Correct answer

    10 years ago

    Well, frying means to cook in oil, so technically you can't. Fat also is delicious, so you'll lose something in the process besides just calories.

    If you are using teflon, ceramic, or some other non-stick, don't bring the heat up too much. Scrambling your eggs with milk will make them more fluffy, and I bet less likely to stick. Use (sigh) PAM or another aerosolized cooking spray. Or just 'wipe' the pan with an oiled paper towel. It would impart minimal calories.

    It's sad, but microwaving eggs will cook them without adding calories (or anything else). You can also make absolutely delicious eggs by soft-boiling them, which adds nothing at all.

    My more general advice is to learn to love a little fat and to consume a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods which taste great. It's much healthier in the long run than just cutting away at a number. Better to go for some walks/runs/lifts then sacrifice flavor. And fat leads to fullness, which leads to less wasted calories on junk later in the day.

    Ocaasi suggested everything I was going to.

    Well said! The reason I ask is because my wife is on a diet and asks me to cook eggs without butter or oil and I can't help but think that the little oil I add will make much difference.

    +1 for the soft-boiled egg suggestion (though I tend to mash my soft-boiled eggs with butter, salt, and pepper...) and +1 for loving a little fat and eating better.

    I refuse to live in a universe that bad-mouths PAM. PAM rules! for us fatties that need to fry. (BTW for those over-eager editors out there, that non-standard punctuation was on purpose.)

    +1 This is a great answer. Well written, answers the question and offers good, related advice. For my own part, I find aerosolized cooking spray far superior to wiping with an oily paper towel, from a non-sticking point of view. Not sure why, but I've tested it again and again with the same results. I've also started cooking eggs in a Debuyer iron pan, and the results are nothing short of amazing.

    Also I just realized this is a necro-answer. Ocaasi hasn't been active here for 2 years.

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