Learn how to make perfect over easy eggs with cooked egg whites but runny yolks. Follow the step-by-step tutorial to guarantee perfect eggs every single time!
Everyone has their favorite way of cooking eggs, but the most delicious and satisfying way to cook them is over easy.
If you love a runny yolk and love that something special to dip your toast in or add on top of avocado toast, this way is king!
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What are over easy eggs?
Over easy eggs refers to how the egg is cooked specifically the yolks. An over easy egg would have cooked egg whites but completely runny yolks.
The eggs are flipped while cooking, but the yolks remain easy even when they are turned over to cook the egg whites, hence called “over easy.”
Over easy VS Sunny side up eggs
Sunny side-up eggs don’t involve any flipping, whereas over easy eggs are flipped.
The white is cooked on both of them and they also both have a runny yolk.
The recipe is very simple, and you’ll only need 4 ingredients. Here is what you’ll need:
- Eggs– While any size work, I prefer large or extra large ones because they take a little longer to cook, which means there is little risk of the yolks not being runny.
- Butter– I am a tried and true butter fan when it comes to frying eggs. It not only gives the eggs a richer flavor, but I find it cooks slower than olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, or another cooking fat, which is perfect when you want the eggs cooked this way.
- Salt and pepper– To taste.
How to make over easy eggs?
Making eggs over easy shouldn’t be complicated. Here is how you can cook them perfectly every single time:
Add butter to the pan: Start by adding unsalted butter to a non-stick pan over medium heat and melt before adding eggs.
Cook the eggs: Next, add the eggs, season with kosher salt, and allow the egg whites to cook without flipping. This usually takes around 2 minutes.
When the egg whites are mostly set, flip the eggs with a spatula. You’ll want the whites closest to the yolk to still be a little raw.
Cook for another 30 seconds until the egg whites are completely set.
Season and serve: Now, transfer the eggs to a plate, season with pepper and enjoy immediately.
Tips to make perfect over-easy eggs
Use a non-stick spatula: Compared to a metallic one, use the non-stick kind as there is little risk of the eggs breaking.
Add more fat: If you notice the whites crisping up a little too quickly on the sides, I like to add a touch more butter (no more than a 1/4 of a teaspoon) to prevent any potential sticking.
Patience is key: Don’t rush the process of cooking eggs this way. It may be a little more time-consuming than scrambling, but that is the key to having these cooked perfectly.
What pan is best?
We’ve tested this method of cooking eggs with almost any pan available and find a non-stick pan or skillet to be the best.
- Nonstick pan. The most commonly used pan in the kitchen. I find this pan to cook the quickest and not needing extra butter or oil to cook batches either.
- Cast iron skillet. I prefer using a cast iron pan if I’m cooking multiple eggs. This particular skillet gets hot fast but also maintains that heat for a long time.
To store: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat: I prefer reheating the eggs in the microwave for 20-30 seconds but you can use a pan or skillet if you prefer.
The best thing to pair with these eggs are all your breakfast favorites-
Frequently Asked Questions
The egg whites are with or without crispy edges, but the yolks are runny with cooked layers or white over them.
Yes over easy eggs are healthy because they contain fewer calories and saturated fats compared to fried eggs or scrambled eggs.
The eggs’ whites are completely cooked, so they are safe to eat.
To flip the eggs, wait until the edges of the egg whites become crispy from clear white. Use a spatula, flip the egg and cook the other side for 30 seconds.
Always use a non-stick spatula so that remnants of the egg white won’t stick to it and the egg can be released easily.
Over Easy Eggs
- Add butter to a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat. Swirl the pan around so the butter is distributed throughout.
- Add the egg to the pan and let it cook until the whites are mostly done, excluding around 1/2 an inch around the yolk.
- Using a non-stick spatula, carefully flip the egg over. Season with salt and pepper and let it cook for 30 seconds.
- Remove the egg from the pan and let it sit for a minute before serving.
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