Over Easy Eggs

4 Servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

Over Easy Eggs are perfect for a simple and delicious breakfast you can make right at home. Ready to eat in under 5 minutes!

Simple eggs are a Brunch and Breakfast classic, and learning to perfect them is an excellent skill. Also, check out Oven Scrambled Eggs, Eggs Benedict, and Breakfast Casserole for more amazing egg recipes. 

Sabrina’s Over Easy Eggs Recipe

Eggs are a versatile and delicious breakfast recipe. Although they’re quite simple, there are a few tips to perfecting your egg-making skills that will make all the difference in taste and texture. 

There are so many ways that you can prepare eggs and one of the most popular is Over Easy. Over Easy Eggs are a type of fried egg with a runny yolk and soft egg whites. This post also includes instructions for over medium and over hard eggs if you prefer your breakfast eggs more well done. 

After preparing the perfect fried eggs, you can plate them with your favorite breakfast sides. You could also use them to make a breakfast sandwich, breakfast quesadilla, or to top off avocado toast. 


  • 4 Large Eggs: This recipe walks you through making 4 delicious Over Easy Eggs, but you can always make multiple batches or make less according to your needs. If you store your eggs in the fridge, let them come to room temperature before cooking. This will help the egg yolk and egg white to cook evenly for the perfect texture. 
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter: Butter is the perfect cooking oil for this recipe because of the rich, nutty flavor it gives the eggs. You can use another type of cooking oil if you prefer, but the flavor of butter is unbeatable. You’ll want about 1 tablespoon of butter for every 2 eggs you cook, just enough to flavor and keep the eggs from sticking without smothering them in fat. 
  • Seasonings: Enhance the taste by sprinkling ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper over the fried eggs. You can adjust the amount of salt and pepper to taste, and feel free to add other seasonings that you like to your eggs. 
Over Easy Eggs Ingredients

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Skillet: Use a large, heavy-bottomed skillet with a fitted lid to cook your eggs. If you have a large enough skillet, you can cook all four eggs at once. If your skillet is smaller, you may need to work in batches. Keep in mind that even if you’re using a nonstick skillet, you’ll still need to add butter or another kind of cooking oil to the pan before adding the eggs to keep them from sticking.
  • Bowl: Use a small bowl to crack each egg into before pouring it into the pan. Cracking eggs into a bowl first makes it easier to remove any shell pieces that might fall in and helps keep the yolk from breaking. 
  • Spatula: Use a thin silicone spatula to flip the eggs after cooking the first side and the same spatula to easily remove the cooked eggs from the pan. Flexible silicone material does a great job picking up the egg without scraping the pan. 

How to Make Over Easy Eggs

Time needed: 4 minutes.

  1. Prep Time

    Add butter to a large, heavy skillet and melt the butter over medium heat so that it coats the bottom of the pan. Break each egg into a small bowl and carefully remove shell pieces, if any. Over Easy Eggs in a bowl before adding to the pan

  2. Cooking Time

    Gently pour the eggs from the bowl into the hot skillet. Cook for 1 minute so that the edges of the egg are just turning white. Then cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. Over Easy Eggs begin cooking in the pan

  3. Over Easy

    To make Over Easy Egg continue to cook for 1 1/2-2 minutes minutes with the lid. Then, flip the eggs, being careful not to crack the yolk. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook the other side for 30 seconds before serving immediately.Over Easy Eggs in the pan being flipped

  4. Over Medium

    For over-medium eggs, follow the same initial instructions. Then, cook the eggs for 3 minutes covered. Flip the eggs, season with salt and upper, and cook for 30 additional seconds. Over Easy Eggs in the pan, flipped

  5. Over Hard

    For Over Hard Eggs, cook covered for 4 minutes, then flip, season, and cook for an additional minute before serving. Close up of Over Easy Eggs after being flipped

“Can Over Easy Eggs be made ahead of time?”

You can make fried eggs ahead of time, but this only works well if you cook them over hard. As long as the eggs don’t have a runny yolk you can carefully wrap individual eggs in aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container to store in the fridge. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 72 hours. 

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Over Easy Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 179mg60%
Sodium 354mg15%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 0.4g0%
Fiber 0.03g0%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 413IU8%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Frying Eggs Tips & Tricks

Over Easy Eggs are a simple dish, but there are still lots of ways you can go wrong and end up with broken yolks or runny whites. Follow these tips to avoid common mistakes!

  1. Let the pan heat
    • To ensure that your eggs don’t get stuck to the pan, let the butter melt, and the pan thoroughly heat before you add the eggs to the skillet. Using a hot pan and oil will ensure the eggs cook evenly, don’t stick to the pan, and have a better texture. If you add eggs directly to a cold pan, you’ll end up with a yolky mess on your hands. 
  2. How to flip eggs
    • To easily flip eggs without breaking the yolk, make sure you’ve added enough butter so the egg doesn’t get stuck, and use a thin, flexible spatula. It’s also essential to wait until the whites are fully cooked before flipping. You can tilt your pan as you work to help the egg easily slide onto the spatula. Then, flip it close to the pan so it doesn’t break on the way down. 

What to Pair With Fried Eggs

Savory: For the perfect egg breakfast, serve your eggs with a slice of buttery toast, Hash Browns, and Crispy Bacon or Breakfast Sausage. You can also layer your toast with freshly sliced avocado, spinach, and tomato. 

Sweet: If you like the combination of sweet and savory, you can pair your eggs with Fluffy Pancakes, or Waffles. A few slices of bacon and an Over Easy Egg make the perfect savory side dish to go with your favorite breakfasts. 

How to Store

Store: Egg recipes taste their best when served fresh, so it’s best to eat them right after cooking. But if you have leftovers, you can save the eggs for later. Carefully seal the leftover eggs in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Reheat: To reheat the eggs, add them to a nonstick skillet with a little butter. Don’t flip the egg; just let it heat for 2-3 minutes before serving. 

Ideas to Serve Over Easy Eggs

Serve your fried eggs fresh from the skillet, being carefull not to break the runny yolk when you transfer the eggs to your plate. You can top the eggs with chopped chives, fresh parsely, or thyme to garnish the dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between sunny side up and over easy?

Both sunny side up and over easy are fried eggs with a runny yolk. However, to make sunny-side-up eggs, you only cook one side without flipping the egg. The result is a liquid yellow yolk and soft whites. But, for over easy, you’ll flip the egg to lightly cook it on the second side. 

Are Over Easy Eggs completely cooked?

Over Easy Eggs are cooked on both sides so that the egg whites are cooked soft, and the yolk is runny but cooked. Eggs with runny yolks should be safe to eat unless you’re pregnant. 

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Over Easy Eggs

Over easy eggs are perfect for a simple and delicious breakfast you can master at home right now. Ready to eat in under 5 minutes!
Yield 4 Servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


Over Easy Eggs:

  • To a large heavy bottomed skillet (that you have a lid for) on medium heat, add the butter.
  • Break the eggs one at a time into a small bowl, then gently add to the pan (this will prevent broken yolks and shell pieces in the pan).
  • Cook for 1 minute (just when the edges of the eggs are turning white) then cover with lid and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • For over easy eggs cook for 1.5-2 minutes covered.
  • Carefully flip the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 30 seconds then serve immediately.

Over Medium Eggs:

  • For over medium cook for 3 minutes covered.
  • Carefully flip the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 30 seconds then serve immediately.

Over Hard Eggs:

  • Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Carefully flip the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 1 minute then serve immediately.


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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Fried Egg Variations

Seasonings: This egg recipe is quite simple, with just salt and pepper to season. But you can add more flavor to the recipe with your favorite seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, tarragon, or dill. 

Oil: Cooking eggs with butter adds amazing flavor, but you could also add olive oil, avocado oil, or bacon grease to your cast iron skillet to cook the eggs. 

Spicy eggs: If you want to add a kick of heat to your simple breakfast, try sprinkling red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper over the eggs. You can also top the Over Easy Eggs with hot sauce or salsa. 

Over Easy Eggs on a plate with the yolk running

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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