Learn to make over medium eggs in a few simple steps. Eggs are fried then flipped and cooked until the yolk is just a little runny.
Over medium eggs should have a custard like center that is soft and creamy. It is what differentiates it from eggs over easy and over hard eggs. Makes for the perfect addition to any breakfast meal during the week or on the weekend!
Eggs over medium can be served as is, seasoned, turned into a cheesy egg, used as a breakfast topping and so much more!
The versatility of a fried egg is the top reason we love to feature this protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Not only will you learn how to cook over medium eggs but how to tell when they are done, more serving suggestions and how to store if looking to meal prep.
To get started, gather the equipment and ingredients then follow the written instructions or printable recipe card. Enjoy!
- cast iron skillet or a skillet of your choice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 large eggs
Gluten-Free Guide: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten.
How To Make
- Place the butter into a skillet (non-stick, cast iron or stainless steel), and heat over medium heat. Carefully crack the eggs into the skillet once the butter is melted.
- Cook the egg for 2-3 minutes or until the white is just set.
- Carefully flip the egg over and cook for an additional 1 minute or until the yolk is slightly runny.
- Serve hot.
Ways To Serve Over Medium Eggs
- Serve seasoned with salt and pepper, shredded cheese or hot sauce.
- Pair with turkey bacon, sausage or gluten-free toast.
- Add to the top of a skillet layered with cheese and sautéed veggies such as onions, mushrooms and bell peppers or Sweet Potato Fries.
- Just like a fried egg, easily add to a savory breakfast sandwich and top with tomatoes, avocado slices, crispy bacon, a sausage patty or your favorite sandwich topping.
- Pair with a bowl of oatmeal or overnight oats such as Banana Overnight Oats or Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
If looking to make multiple batches for later in the week, store the eggs in the fridge in a covered container for up to 3 days then reheat as desired.
Microwave: Cook in 20-30 second intervals until hot.
Skillet: Add back to a preheated skillet with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and heat for 3 minutes or until heated through.
Note that when reheated, the center of the eggs will be less runny or not at all; however, the flavor of cooked eggs is still delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fresh eggs are best. The longer eggs are stored, the more likely they are to spread in the pan. For best results, use eggs that have recently been purchased.
A non-stick skillet is the best choice and makes flipping the eggs super simple. You can also use a cast iron pan or stainless skillet but these two require extra attention to prevent overcooking the eggs. You can gently pick up the edges of the egg whites with the spatula to ensure they aren’t sticking to the pan/skillet.
Cook 2-3 minutes on one side once the skillet is heated then flip to cook an additional 1 minute on the other side.
Gently press on the center of the eggs to know when to flip. If wiggly, wait an additional 1 minute then flip.
Eggs can be cooked in butter, oil or grease. Our go-to is butter but we have also been successful cooking over medium eggs in bacon grease, vegetable oil, canola oil and olive oil.
If you enjoy crispy egg white edges, we do recommend selecting an oil for cooking. You may find that olive oil gives the eggs a bitter taste so opt for vegetable or canola oil. All three of these oils are a great option if looking for a dairy free way to cook eggs.
Depending on the size of your skillet, you can cook anywhere from 2-3 eggs at a time. Prevent overcrowding the pan by not overlapping eggs. We recommend lowering the heat if cooking a second batch to prevent overcooking the edges of the eggs.
More Ways To Cook Eggs
Try any of these cooking methods along with over medium eggs to add variety to your week and recipes. There are many ways to make eggs!
Over Hard Eggs
Over hard eggs that are fried in a skillet where the whites are crispy, and yolk is hard.
Over Easy Eggs
Over easy eggs that are fried for the least amount of time where the yolk is completely runny.
Sunny Side Up Eggs
Sunny Side Up Eggs are eggs that are not flipped in the skillet and served with the yolk side up.
Omelets are eggs that are beaten in a bowl then poured into a heated and greased pan, left to cook then folded in half in the skillet. Kids also get a kick out of making Homemade Boil In the Bag Omelets.
Hard boiled eggs are whole eggs that are boiled with the shell on either on the stovetop or in the microwave to cook both the white and yolk of the egg.
Kids In The Kitchen
Cooking tips and suggestions for kids making this recipe.
- Cook 1-2 eggs on low heat to prevent overcooking and overcrowding.
- Over you crack the egg into the pan, double check for shells. If you find a shell in the egg, ask a helper to help you remove it before the egg is cooked.
- The white of the egg will “set” or turn “opaque”, which means a solid white in color (you will no longer be able to see through the whites of the egg).
- Gently pull up on the edges while cooking to make sure the egg isn’t sticking to the pan.
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- Dairy Free Waffles
- Almond Milk Pancakes
- Gluten free vegan raspberry oat breakfast bars
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Recipe
- Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich
CKC Features both Gluten-Free Guidance and Kids Cooking Instructions: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten or cross-contamination.
The ⭐️ symbol in the recipe below denotes the steps in which kid cooks may need a helper (depending on age). If there is no ⭐️ symbol, that step (or recipe) doesn’t require a helper.
Over Medium Eggs Recipe
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 large eggs
- ⭐️ Melt the butter. Place the butter into a skillet, and heat over medium heat. Carefully crack the eggs into the skillet once the butter is melted.1 tablespoon butter, 2 large eggs
- ⭐️ Cook. Cook the egg for 2-3 minutes or until the white is just set. Carefully flip the egg over and cook for an additional 1 minute.
- Serve. Serve hot!
- Serve plain, seasoned with salt and pepper or hot sauce.
- Turn into a cheesy egg by topping with shredded cheese once flipped.
- Add to skillets, breakfast sandwiches, burgers or serve with berries and toast for a complete meal.
- Store cooked eggs in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Use a non-stick skillet for cooking.
- Use butter, oil or grease to cook.
- Cook low and slow to prevent overcooking.