Why Do Eggs Stick to the Pan? Tips and Tricks to Avoid It 


If you are an egg enthusiast like us, you’ve definitely had to struggle with sticking eggs in your time. But why does this happen?

Short Answer:

Ultimately two things make your eggs stick: not having a nonstick surface and your pan not being hot enough.

Eggs naturally like to stick, after all, you can use eggs to seal pastries together, so we need to find a few tricks to get around their sticky nature.

In this article, we will be looking at why your eggs are sticking and give you some tips and tricks to make sure this never happens to you again.

Let’s dive in!


Why Do My Eggs Keep Sticking To The Pan?

We all hate when a meal is ruined by eggs sticking to the pan, so we are going to solve this problem once and for all.

Firstly we need to understand a few things about eggs

Eggs have proteins in them that really like to bond with other things. They were even used as glue as early as the Renaissance period. (*)

When the eggs hit the pan, they spread into the ridges in the pan and form a chemical bond with the pan. This is why eggs stick so easily.

How Do You Keep Eggs From Sticking To The Pan?

Luckily there are ways around this if you cook them right.

There are three things you need to consider to stop your eggs from sticking:

1. Using a Good Nonstick Pan

image of using a Good Nonstick Pan

The number one way to stop your eggs from sticking is to use a nonstick pan. 

You can cook eggs in any pan, but it will always be more of a challenge to get them right. Nonstick takes all that uncertainty and throws it out the window.

Their nonstick coating will stop the eggs from bonding with the pan, so they are easy to remove from the pan, no matter how you cook them.

Nonstick pans are an excellent investment for any cooking but especially for eggs.

However, if you don’t have a nonstick pan, there are two other factors to consider:

2. Using a Fat of Some Kind

If you dont already have a nonstick surface, you will need to create one using a fat of some kind.

The fats we recommend using are butter or a nonstick cooking spray rather than oil because they are emulsifying oils.

This means that they create a barrier between the pan and the egg that won’t let the egg sink through. The egg won’t be able to bond anymore, and it will slide from the pan with ease.

3. Cooking at The Right Temperature 

The heat that you cook eggs over can be crucial to prevent them from sticking.

If you add your eggs to a too-cold pan, they will sink through the fat and stick to the pan.

When you add your eggs to the pan, the butter should be foaming, and the eggs will sizzle when they hit the pan.

We recommend starting them on medium-high heat and then dropping them down to low heat to cook the eggs through gently.

This way, they will be soft and tender, but they won’t stick at all.

The Best Pan to Cook Eggs Without Sticking

As we mentioned before, a nonstick pan is your best bet when it comes to cooking your eggs easily.

These pans come with a built-in layer that stops the eggs from bonding with the bottom of the pan. Your eggs will come off the surface of a nonstick pan very easily with no sticking. (*)

The most important thing to remember with a nonstick pan is that you must never use metal utensils on it. Metal will scratch and damage the nonstick coating, which will ruin your pan completely.

If you take care of your nonstick pan, it will be a great investment that will last you years.


As you can see, eggs sticking to the pan might be a pain, but there are some things you can do to fix it.

  1. A nonstick pan will always do the trick
  2. Cook your eggs over a medium-low heat
  3. Use butter or nonstick cooking spray 

Hopefully, with our tips and tricks, your breakfast will never be ruined by sticking eggs ever again!


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