Home / Recipes / Breakfast / Eggs Over Easy

Eggs Over Easy

An egg over easy is an egg that’s been pan-fried until almost cooked then flipped and cooked for a short time to cook the top of the egg, but still has a runny yolk.

Over easy eggs aren’t always easy to make (yet greasy spoon diners always makes it look soooo easy). Trying to flip a half-cooked egg without the yolk breaking can be trying on your nerves, especially when you only have a short window to get it just right.  I have two ways you can master the over easy egg.

Eggs Over Easy (no flipping required)

Over easy eggs

If I’m feeling lazy, this is the way I make my over easy eggs.  It requires no flipping (unless you want to flip it onto the plate). The trick is to add a touch of water to the pan before covering with a lid.  The heat from the pan turns the water into steam, which cooks the top side of the egg.  You can serve it as is, or you can flip it over onto your plate, making it look like it’s fried on both sides (don’t worry, this is our little secret).

 1. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat.

2. Add a dollop of butter and swirl to coat the pan.

3. Add in cracked eggs.

4. Add 1 tablespoon water.

5. Cover pan with a lid, cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

6. Season and serve.

Eggs Over Easy (flipping required)

If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s how to flip an egg so that’s it’s fried on both sides with a runny yolk (without breaking it).

1. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat.

2. Add a dollop of butter and swirl to coat pan.

3. Add in cracked eggs.

4. When the egg whites are just cooked (no longer looking snotty), use a spatula to gently flip egg.

5. Cook for 10 seconds then slide out egg.

6. Season and serve.


Egg Over Easy Cooking Tips:

  • Flip the egg only when the whites are just cooked. If the eggs whites are too runny (snotty looking), it makes it tougher to flip the egg.
  • Sometimes I’ll tilt the frying pan towards the eggs as I’m flipping – this gives the egg a gentler landing and prevents the yolk from breaking.

Now that you know how to make a perfect over easy egg, try this Spanglish Sandwich – it’s the famous egg sandwich with a runny yolk from the movie Spanglish.

Spanglish Breakfast Sandwich

Looking for other ways to cook your eggs?  Try poachedscrambledhard or soft-boiled, sunny side up, fried, and baked – just to name a few!

One comment

  1. I love Kary’s recipes! I have 92 of your shows recorded and refer to them often to give me meal ideas. I wish you were still taping :-(