How to Cook Over Easy Eggs: A Step-by-Step Guide

 Over easy eggs are a classic breakfast dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer them on toast, in a breakfast sandwich, or on their own, cooking the perfect over easy egg can be a bit tricky. In this article, we will guide you through the process of cooking over easy eggs, from cracking the egg to serving it up on your plate.

Over Easy Eggs


Before we get started, let's go over the ingredients you will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Heat the Pan

The first step to cooking over easy eggs is to heat up your pan. Place a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add in your butter or cooking oil. Allow it to melt and coat the bottom of the pan.

Step 2: Crack the Eggs

Once your pan is hot and your butter or oil is melted, crack your eggs into the pan. Be sure to crack them gently so that the yolks remain intact.


If you're cooking more than two eggs, make sure to leave enough space between them in the pan so that they don't run into each other.

Step 3: Cook the Eggs

Cook the eggs for about a minute, or until the whites start to set. Once the whites are set, use a spatula to gently flip the eggs over.


If you're not confident in your flipping skills, you can also use a lid to cover the pan and cook the eggs until the yolks are set.

Step 4: Finish Cooking

Cook the eggs for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the yolks are cooked to your desired level of doneness. If you prefer your eggs runny, cook them for a shorter amount of time. If you prefer them more well-done, cook them for a bit longer.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Quick and easy to makeCan be difficult to flip without breaking the yolk
Can be enjoyed in a variety of waysEasy to overcook and end up with hard yolks
Great source of proteinNot suitable for those with egg allergies


Q: What is the difference between over easy and sunny side up eggs?

A: Over easy eggs are flipped over and cooked for a short amount of time on the other side, while sunny side up eggs are not flipped and are cooked until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny.

Q: Can I use a different type of oil to cook over easy eggs?

A: Yes, you can use any type of cooking oil that you prefer. Just be sure to use enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

Q: How do I know when the yolks are cooked to my liking?

A: The best way to tell is by gently pressing on the yolk with a fork or spatula. If it feels soft and runny, it's not fully cooked. If it feels firm and slightly springy, it's cooked through.

Q: Can I add any additional seasonings or toppings to my over easy eggs?

A: Absolutely! Over easy eggs can be enjoyed with a variety of seasonings and toppings, such as cheese, bacon, or avocado.


Now that you know how to cook over easy eggs, you can enjoy this classic breakfast dish any time you like. Whether you prefer them on their own or in a breakfast sandwich, over easy eggs are a delicious and nutritious way to start your day.