If you’ve ever had an Egg McMuffin or any other McDonald’s breakfast item that involves eggs, you’ve most likely taken a second to realize just how perfect those little eggs are. And not just the fact that they’re perfectly round; they’re also perfectly cooked, soft, and fluffy. So what’s the deal?
It’s actually not too difficult to learn how McDonald’s cooks their eggs, so we’ll explain how it’s done, according to this former McDonald’s employee. First, you start with a fresh large egg and a ring mold that’s about the same diameter as an English muffin. Then, you heat a nonstick pan to medium, put the ring mold in the middle of it, brush some vegetable oil inside the ring, and crack the egg into it. Break the yolk and give it a little stir. Now here comes the secret: Add a few tablespoons of water to the outside of the ring, and cover the pan as quickly as possible. This allows the egg to steam from the top down while also cooking from the bottom up. Leave it alone for two or so minutes, and your egg should be cooked through and essentially identical to McDonald’s.
If you want to make an Egg McMuffin of your very own, don’t forget the order of assembly: bottom of toasted English muffin, one slice of American cheese, the egg, one round of Canadian bacon, top of toasted English muffin. And if you’re making them at home, you can also hit one crucial step that McDonald’s skips: adding a little salt and pepper.