Chrissy Teigen ignites Twitter debate over the ‘right’ way to cook eggs
People were left gobsmacked after watching Chrissy Teigen’s cooking tutorial whereby she used olive oil to cook her eggs. The video has now led to a debate about the best cooking fat used to fry eggs. So, what are your thoughts?
Chrissy Teigen has divided the internet again, but it’s not over politics or pregnancy this time around. Instead, it’s about how to correctly fry an egg and whether it should be cooked in oil or butter.
In a “perfect sunny eggs tutorial” Teigen shared on Twitter, the Cravings cookbook author covered her frying pan with a thin layer of olive oil, letting it heat up before adding two eggs. She then covered them with a lid to cook them through, and seasoned with salt and pepper before placing them over a Cajun-spiced catfish fillet.
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But many Twitter followers were appalled because Teigen didn’t cook her eggs in butter. “I can’t be the only one grossed out by cooking eggs in oil,” one person commented.
A second person added: “I can tell you right now that would taste like sh*t with olive oil. Rookie mistake. Use butter.”
Teigen tried to explain the method behind her cooking technique. “I didn’t use butter because butter browns and I didn’t want brown crispy bits this time around!” she wrote. “Sometimes I do, but not with catfish. I like it soft.”
In a response to the original video that racked over 1,000 replied in less than 24 hours, Teigen tweeted, “God just shut up for once. Why do I help you.”
But the internet being the internet, the debate didn’t settle with one even creating a poll to get to the bottom of the issue. Despite people trying to argue with Teigen, out of 10,335 votes, olive oil won with 48 per cent in favour, 42 per cent opposed and preferred butter, and 10 per cent preferred neither.
“Frying eggs: sunny side up, over easy, etc. need to be cooked in oil because butter browns and then will burn, turning the whites brown or black. Ask anyone who cooks eggs at a restaurant,” someone replied. “Scrambles and French omelettes: use all the butter you want.”
Some even forego the butter and oil all together, opting for bacon fat, avocado oil, vegetable oil or even chorizo fat.
Bottom line? Cook with whatever fat you want.