Over Easy Eggs


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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! 

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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, this way is king! 

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.” 

Ingredients needed 

The recipe is very simple, and you’ll only need 4 ingredients. Here is what you’ll need: 

  • Eggs 
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter

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. 

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How to flip this seamlessly

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. 

Oil or butter for the pan? 

While both oil and butter will work, butter is the preferred option.

As butter contains dairy, it doesn’t stick to the eggs easily and is much easier to flip. It also provides a much better flavor. 

If you use oil, choose olive or safflower oil. 

What is the difference between over easy and sunny side up? 

Both styles of eggs have runny yolks but they are cooked differently. 

With over easy eggs, we cooked both sides

If you’re making eggs sunny side up, then you cook only one side without flipping. 

What pan is best? 

Using a non-stick pan to fry eggs guarantees the egg won’t stick to it; it becomes easy to take them out and flip them without breaking.

What spatula is best? 

A non-stick spatula is the best, as the risk of them breaking is minimal. The regular metallic spatula, while more durable, are heavier and prone to breaking fragile foods like eggs. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is over easy better than sunny side up?

It depends on your preference. If you want runnier yolk, then over easy isn’t better for you than sunny side up. 

What does 2 over easy eggs mean? 

It refers to adding 2 eggs together in the pan to make them over easy. This is a popular option at breakfast and brunch places. 

Is over easy eggs an American thing?

Over easy eggs are a part of American cuisine and the term “over easy” is an American phrase, so they can be called an American thing. 

Countries like Australia and the United Kingdom refer to this style of eggs as “under-done”. 

What do these eggs look like?

The egg whites are with or without crispy edges, but the yolks are runny with cooked layers or white over them. 

Are over easy eggs healthy? 

Yes over easy eggs are healthy because they contain fewer calories and saturated fats compared to fried eggs or scrambled eggs. 

Are over easy eggs safe to eat?

The eggs’ whites are completely cooked, so they are safe to eat. 

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Over Easy Eggs | Perfect every single time!

5 from 4 votes
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! 
Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 1 min
Cook: 1 min
Total: 2 mins


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 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.


For two or more eggs, increase the butter to one tablespoon.
Do not cook more than 3 eggs at a time. 


Serving: 1over easy eggCalories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSodium: 407mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 446IUCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe and instructions! It can be hard not to overcook an over-easy egg, but it turned out perfect! Thanks, Arman!