Learn how to make eggs over easy in just a few simple steps. Cook eggs perfectly every time!
Cooking over easy eggs refers to the doneness of the yolk. Compared to an over medium or fried egg, these types of eggs are runny in the center. Serve with toast, on top of a skillet, as a breakfast side and so much more!
To get started, gather the equipment and ingredients then follow the written instructions or printable recipe card. Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 2 large eggs
- salt and pepper
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How To Make
Melt the butter in a skillet (non-stick, seasoned cast iron or stainless steel) over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the pan once the butter is melted. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook the eggs for 2 minutes or until the whites are almost fully set, but not quite right next to the yolk.
Carefully flip the eggs taking care not to break open the yolk. The goal is a runny yolk. Cook for an additional 30 seconds.
Ways To Serve Eggs Over Easy
- Serve seasoned with salt and pepper, shredded cheese, or Everything Bagel Seasoning.
- Add a hint of spice by drizzling with hot sauce, sprinkling with red pepper flakes or adding a dash of chili powder,
- These runny eggs are delicious paired with Gluten-Free Toast to soak up the yolk alongside fruit salad and turkey bacon, for a complete meal.
- Layer on a skillet with sautéed veggies such as onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli and bell peppers. It is especially tasty on a gluten-free bagel, English muffin or avocado toast.
- Like with any cooked egg, over-easy eggs make a delicious topping for a savory breakfast sandwich by placing on gluten free bread or a bagel and topping with tomatoes, avocado slices, crispy bacon, a sausage patty or your favorite ingredient.
If looking to meal prep, batch-cook eggs by cooking 2-3 eggs at a time depending on the size of your skillet. Store in the fridge in a covered container for up to 3 days then reheat as desired.
This is a great meal prep option for busy families looking to throw a quick yet tasty breakfast meal together in the mornings.
Microwave: Grease a plate by melting butter onto the plate then adding the egg(s). Cook in 20-30 second intervals until hot. Let the eggs rest before slicing into the yolk to prevent it from bursting.
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 egg yolks will likely not be as runny compared to when freshly cooked.
Frequently Asked Questions
Flip when the egg whites are almost set.
You’ll know the eggs are done when the egg whites have turned opaque and the center of the egg wiggles when gently pressed. If you cook any longer, the eggs will turn from over easy to over medium. It is best to immediately remove from the heat once cooked.
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.
Over easy eggs are flipped compared to sunny side up eggs that are not. Sunny side up eggs are only cooked on one side before removed from the heat and served.
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.
No, over-easy eggs are not raw. Over-easy eggs are cooked on both sides, but the yolk remains runny. The term “over-easy” refers to flipping the egg once the bottom is cooked and briefly cooking the other side until the yolk is still soft but not completely raw. So while the yolk may be liquid, the egg itself is cooked.
More Ways To Cook Eggs
There are many ways to cook eggs and learning the difference between over easy, eggs over medium and eggs over hard can be a great learning opportunity for both kids and parents.
It especially helps kids learn how to confidently follow a recipe in the kitchen and how to order eggs at a restaurant.
We walk through the key differences between eggs, how to know when eggs are ready to be flipped, serving suggestions, and storage instructions.
Try any of these cooking methods along with over easy 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 Medium Eggs
Over Hard Eggs are fried in a skillet for a shorter time making the yolks somewhat runny.
Sunny Side Up Eggs
Sunny Side Up Eggs are over easy eggs that are not flipped in the skillet and served with the yolk side up.
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.
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.
Deviled Eggs are hard boiled eggs that are sliced in half once cooked, yolks removed and mashed with ingredients to create a creamy mixture that is added back to the egg white halves.
Kids In The Kitchen
Cooking tips and suggestions for kids making this recipe.
- “whites are set” means that the egg whites are turning from clear to opaque (or white) in color.
- Over “easy”, “medium” or “hard” refers to the doneness of the yolk with easy being the runniest and hard not runny.
- Eggs can be cooked with butter, oil, or even bacon grease.
- Use a wide spatula to make it easier to flip the eggs.
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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.
Eggs Over Easy Recipe
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 2 large eggs
- salt and pepper
- ⭐️Melt the butter. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Crack the eggs carefully into the pan once the butter is melted. Season with salt and pepper.1 tablespoons butter, 2 large eggs, salt and pepper
- ⭐️Cook. Cook the eggs for 2 minutes or until the whites are almost set, but not quite right next to the yolk. Carefully flip the eggs taking care not to break open the yolk. Cook for an additional 30 seconds.
- 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.