Make perfect eggs every time with this over hard eggs recipe. Step-by-step, easy fool proof instructions to make the best over hard eggs ever.
Perfectly Cooked Over Hard Eggs
Is there anything better than eggs cooked exactly the way you like them for breakfast?! Not everyone likes a runny yolk, and that’s okay! That’s why we’re walking you through how to make perfectly cooked over hard eggs every time.
Why you’ll love it!
Our step-by-step instructions mean you’ll have perfectly cooked over hard eggs every single time.
We’re talking fully cooked yolks without burning the edges of the egg whites 😀
We’re sharing perfect recipe pairings to round out your delicious breakfast.
Ingredients You Need
You only need 2 simple ingredients to make the best over hard eggs! Head into the kitchen, and round up:
- Large eggs: any size eggs will do, but be mindful that smaller eggs will cook faster than large eggs!
- Unsalted butter: we prefer using unsalted butter since we’re serving these over hard eggs with salt. If you’re using salted butter, be mindful that you may not need to add salt when serving.
You’ll want to serve your eggs with salt and pepper, so go ahead and grab that too.
Why Use Butter?
We recommend using butter to make these over hard eggs! Oil will work, too, but will impact the taste and appearance of the over hard eggs. Here’s how:
Butter: Using butter will leave you with a nutty flavored egg and minimal browning — that’s what we used in these photos.
Oil: If you use avocado oil or olive oil you will be left with a bubbly egg white that has those burn, crispy edges that some people adore in a fried egg.
Best Pans for Over Hard Eggs
Any pan will work for making over hard 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.
What to Serve with Over Hard Eggs
- Toast or bagels
- Maple Breakfast Sausage
- Sheet Pan French Toast
- Cinnamon Roll Waffles
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Greek Yogurt and Steel Cut Oatmeal Parfait
- Blueberry Orange Granola + Yogurt
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.
Top Tips for Over Hard Eggs
Use fresh eggs: Eggs are always better fresh, be sure to check the date on your eggs before frying them.
Be patient: It is easy to want to rush the process of frying your over hard egg, but the more patient you are the better your egg will turn out.
Check the edges: As your egg is frying, use a spatula to gently pull up on edges of the egg white to be sure the egg white isn’t sticking to the pan.
Don’t forget to season: Always sprinkle some salt and pepper on your over hard eggs. It elevates all the flavors in your dish.
What does over hard eggs mean?
An over hard egg is an egg that is cooked all the way through until the yolk is firm and hard.
Are over hard eggs well done?
Over hard eggs mean the yolk is not runny at all.
What do over hard eggs look like?
Over hard eggs have a fully cooked, firm yolk that looks similar to a hard boiled egg.
These over hard eggs are best enjoyed immediately, but should you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days.
To reheat: Reheat eggs on low in the microwave to be sure you don’t over cook them.
Over Hard 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 3 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 3 minutes to allow the white and yolk to fully cook. The yolk should be fully cooked.
- 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 stove top, the goal is for the white to cook enough to flip and then barely let the egg stay in the skillet. The goal is to fully cook the egg.