The Reason You Should Use Paprika To Season Fried Eggs

If you prefer salty over sweet, then there's nothing like eggs in the morning. According to Healthline, this breakfast is not only delicious but also one of the rare foods deemed worthy of superfood status. Packed full of vitamin A, choline, folate, phosphorus, selenium, protein, and healthy fats, this nutritional food is the closest thing to a flawless meal.

Whether you are craving something fancy, like a luxurious egg Benedict, or something sweet and simple, like an omelette, there are so many ways to consume this protein-packed food. Eggs can be poached, boiled, turned into a frittata, or paired with practically anything in your fridge. That said, almost everyone has a favorite way they like their eggs cooked — and in America, a classic fried egg is a fan favorite. According to a survey conducted by YouGovAmerica, most Americans prefer scrambled eggs, but enjoying eggs over easy is the next best thing.

Whether you like adding a dash of your favorite hot sauce, or a pinch of chives and truffle salt, there are so many different ways to dress up a fried egg! But, one of the big mistakes everyone makes when frying eggs? Not using paprika. Incorporating this flavorful spice into your morning meal can do wonders for your breakfast experience.

Sprinkle the paprika in the oil as well

If you are tired of frying your eggs in butter, Kristen Miglore from Food52 offers up an alternative cooking method that may be a game changer for you. All you need to recreate this Canal House recipe is olive oil, a little bit of smoked paprika, and an egg, of course! Miglore likes to add the crimson spice to the oil as well, to take this food to a new level. "Putting this spice in the oil flavors the oil, it toasts the spice at the same time, which deepens its flavor; it then flavors the eggs as well, as you are spooning the oil over the eggs, and then your sauce is delicious too," Miglore says. Sounds like it's a win-win!

However, pay attention to what type of paprika you sprinkle into your oil because it matters. There are three main types of paprika, and the variety you use will heavily impact the taste of your eggs (via Cooking Light). As the name suggests, sweet paprika tastes mild and sweet, while hot paprika has a spicy tang to it. Miglore recommends using smoked paprika in this recipe, but if you are feeling adventurous, you can also experiment with other spices, including turmeric and za'atar.

Looking for something to pair your eggs with? My Recipes recommends using bread smeared with a little bit of garlic and tomato. This is a great way to make the most of your flavored sauce.