This over easy eggs recipe uses a simple technique that creates the perfect runny yolk and fluffy egg whites every time.
Serve over easy eggs with toast and bacon, or put it in a sandwich, salad, or pasta for a delicious and nutritious meal!
The Perfect Over-Easy Eggs
There are many ways you can whip up eggs in the morning, but over-easy eggs are one of our favorites! They have an irresistible oozy yolk perfect for enhancing many delectable dishes from breakfast to lunch and dinner!
If you’ve never made an over-easy egg, don’t fret. This is an easy technique that anyone can get on the first go! Just follow this recipe as your #1 guide to making the most eggcellent eggs every time.
Why you’ll love it!
There are so many ways to serve these over easy eggs. You’ll never run out of new things to try!
Like most egg recipes, you’ll have these ready to eat in a flash. They’re great for busy mornings!
With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be an eggs-pert in no time!
Health Benefits of Over Easy Eggs
Over easy eggs are only 77 calories each and rich in nutrients. Here are the most notable:
- 5g of fat
- 6g of protein
- 113mg of choline (an important nutrient for the brain)
- 9 essential amino acids
- Vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, B2, and B5
Ingredients You Need
- Large eggs: any size will do, but be mindful that smaller eggs will cook faster than large ones!
- Unsalted butter: we prefer unsalted butter since we’re serving these over easy eggs with salt. If you’re using salted butter, be mindful that you may not need to add salt when serving.
Feel free to sprinkle on your favorite seasonings as well! Our favorite way to season eggs is with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
Why Use Butter?
Using butter will leave you with a nutty-flavored egg and minimal browning — that’s what we used in these photos. However, oil will work, too, but it will change the taste and appearance of the over-easy eggs.
For instance, if you use avocado oil or olive oil, you will be left with a bubbly egg white with those burned, crispy edges that some people adore in a fried egg.
How to Make Over Easy Eggs
MELT THE BUTTER
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Place the butter in the pan and allow it to melt.
COOK THE EGGS
Once the butter has melted, crack your eggs into the pan. Avoid overcrowding the pan if you’re using more than 2 eggs.
Next, cook the eggs over medium-low heat for 2 minutes or until the egg white begins to set but isn’t thoroughly cooked.
FLIP + REPEAT
Use a spatula to flip the eggs. Then let the egg cook for an additional 30 seconds to quickly allow the white to cook, but not the yolk.
Remove the eggs from the pan and repeat with the remaining eggs.
SERVE + ENJOY
There you have it! A runny yolk inside firm and fluffy egg whites — the perfect over-easy egg!
Serve with salt and pepper or with other sides of your choice. Enjoy!
Top Tips for the Perfect Eggs
Use fresh eggs: The fresher the eggs, the better. Be sure to check the date on your eggs before frying them.
Add more butter: Add more butter if you notice that your eggs are beginning to stick to the pan. Then lift the edges of the egg white to be sure the white unsticks.
Be patient: It is easy to want to rush the process of frying your over-easy egg, but the more patient you are, the better your egg will turn out!
Don’t forget to season: Always sprinkle some salt and pepper on your over-easy eggs. It elevates all the flavors in your dish.
What to Serve with Over Easy Eggs
- Avocado Toast
- Maple Breakfast Sausage
- Breakfast Sandwich
- French Toast Sticks
- Protein Waffles
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Greek Yogurt and Steel Cut Oatmeal Parfait
- Apple Cinnamon Granola
- Healthy Smoothies
Best Pans for Over Easy Eggs
Any pan will work for making over easy eggs, but there are a few tips and tricks depending on the pan you’re using:
Non-stick: a non-stick pan is your best bet for frying an egg. We love that it makes an easy recipe even easier.
Cast iron: a cast iron skillet will work because it gets hot fast and retains heat. However, be sure you have enough butter and check the edges of your egg frequently to make sure they aren’t sticking to the pan.
Stainless steel: if you only have a stainless steel pan you can still use it. Just be very diligent when frying the eggs because stainless steel can heat inconsistently and have some very hot spots.
Fried Eggs — Every Way!
Learn how to fry an egg perfectly every time! We’re teaching you how to make over easy eggs, over hard eggs and everything in between.
The main difference between the two is that a sunny-side-up egg cooks on the pan without getting flipped, making cooked egg whites and a runny, slightly set yolk.
On the other hand, an over-easy egg gets flipped, encasing a more runny yolk inside the cooked egg white.
The healthiest way to eat an egg is poached or boiled, as no cooking fat is involved. However, over-easy eggs are still more nutritious than scrambled, sunny-side-up, over-medium, and over-hard eggs.
Over-easy eggs can be left out for up to 2 hours, depending on the room’s temperature. However, it’s essential to ensure you don’t leave your eggs out too long to avoid food born illness, as bacteria can grow quickly between 40°F and 140°F.
These over-easy eggs are best enjoyed immediately, but should you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days. They are great as leftovers for making an egg salad!
To reheat: Reheat eggs on low in the microwave to be sure you don’t overcook them.
Over Easy Eggs
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium/low heat (8-inch or 10–inch work best). Add butter.
- When the butter has melted, crack the eggs into the pan. Try not to overcrowd the pan with more than 2 eggs.
- Cook the eggs over medium/low heat for 2 minutes or until the egg white begins to set, but isn’t completely cooked.
- Use a spatula to flip the eggs and let them cook for an additional 30 seconds to allow the white to cook but not the yolk. The yolk should be runny.
- Remove the eggs from the pan and repeat with the remaining eggs.
- Remove the eggs from the pan and enjoy with salt and pepper.
Tips & Notes
- We tested this recipe with large eggs. A medium egg or extra large egg will have a different cook time.
- Times may vary depending on the stovetop. The goal is for the white to cook enough to flip and barely let the egg stay in the skillet. The goal is just to allow the yolk to become stable enough to move to a plate but stay runny.