Fried eggs are a popular dish in many countries around the world and a classic breakfast dish.
If you’re counting your calories, working out how much each egg weighs can become confusing. There’s quite a bit of contradictory information as to the true calories of an egg, especially when it’s fried in fat.
Eggs also come in various sizes and from small to extra large, so their weights can vary quite a bit.
In this article, I’ve weighed different egg sizes both before and after frying and compiled all of the weight information along with calorie counts for various scenarios.
The quick answer is; an average single small fried egg weighs around 35-45g (1.2-1.6oz), medium 45-55g (1.6-1.9oz), large 55-65g (1.9-2.3oz) and a very large (or jumbo) fried egg weighs around 65-75g (2.3-2.6oz).
Read on to find out more weights of different sized fried eggs before and after cooking along with calorie information for each egg size in multiples and variations in cooking methods.
Single Fried Egg Weight Table
Below are the converted weights of an average single fried egg that has been fried in a small amount of light oil.
Please note, each egg weighed more before cooking and reduced in weight due to water loss in the hot pan – I’ll cover the before and after cooking weights in the next section.
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Weights of Eggs Before and After Frying
To show you an example of the weights of eggs before and after frying, I used the eggs in the image below, which are classified as small, medium, and large (from left to right).
Just for info, these are freshly laid eggs from my own hens, which is why the white is still quite jelly-like. The older the egg gets the more watery the white tends to go, but this won’t impact the overall weight for this weighing experiment.
I based some of the information below on UK standard weights, however, the US and other countries official weights are very similar and usually within a gram of each other.
These eggs were all cooked in the same pan at the same temperature in 15ml of light vegetable oil. The oil was drained from the eggs before weighing.
Small Fried Egg Weight Before and After Cooking
Small egg weight is classified as anything under 53g (1.9oz).
The raw egg falls into the small egg category at 44.5g (1.6oz), and when fried it weighed 39g (1.4oz). The egg weighed around 5.5g less when it was fried due to some water loss in the pan.
Medium Fried Egg Weight Before and After Cooking
Medium egg weight is classified as 53-63g (1.9-2.2oz) and anything below 53g (1.9 oz) is classified as small.
The raw egg falls into the medium egg category at 56.4g (2oz) and when fried it weighed 49.5g (1.7oz). The egg weighed around 7g less when it was fried due to some water loss in the pan.
Large Fried Egg Weight Before and After Cooking
Large egg weight is classified as 63-73g (2.2-2.6oz) and anything over 73g (2.6oz) is classified as extra-large or jumbo.
The raw egg falls into the large egg category at 65.9g (2.3oz) and when fried it weighed 56.4g (2oz). The egg weighed around 9.4g less when it was fried due to some water loss in the pan.
Although around 5-10g of weight is lost when an egg is fried, this is water weight so the calories will remain the same.
Fried Egg Calories Per Egg Size
When you’re counting your calories or using a calorie tracker, it’s easy to just input ‘egg’ but it’s not always clear what size is equal to what number of calories.
There is actually quite a big difference in calories and egg weight between a small and a large egg, especially if you eat three or four because you might be logging more or fewer calories than you’re actually consuming.
It’s also interesting that some calorie counters seem to differ between how many calories are in an egg, I’ve looked at quite a few, and some range from 1.1 – 1.4 kcal per gram of mixed egg.
For the chart below, I’ve taken an average from (reputable calorie counters) of 1.2 kcal per gram of egg.
I have also based these figures on eggs that are cooked in vegetable oil which has been drained as much as possible from the eggs before serving, with an average of 2g of oil remaining on the egg.
The My Fitness Pal app confirms that 2g of Vegetable oil is 17kcal, so I’ve added 17kcal per egg. If you fry your egg/s without oil then deduct 17kcal per egg from the figures below.
The chart below shows the average calories for each weight of fried eggs cooked in vegetable oil (and drained), in multiples of 1,2,3 or 4:
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More Fried Egg Weight FAQ’s
Fried eggs seal up as soon as they start to cook and they don’t have a porous structure so they don’t absorb fat as such. A small amount of fat in the form of grease can cling to the egg and this can be mostly removed with some kitchen paper.
Fried egg calories are a little higher than a boiled egg’s calories if they’re cooked in fat, but this only equates to around 17 extra calories if 2g of oil clinging to the egg if the rest is drained. If eggs are dry-fried in a non-stick pan there won’t be any additional calories.
Equipment and Sources Used for This Article
I used precision scales that weigh to 0.01 of a gram which is regularly calibrated with a 100g weight. For more information see my recommended weighing scales here.
To ensure accurate information, I researched and cross-referenced various sources to obtain correct figures for weight conversion and calorie info, including:
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