Sunny-side up, over easy, over medium, over hard….. there are so many options for fried eggs. Do you know the difference? I had no idea until recently, but knowing the difference will definitely make it easier to order eggs when we are out for breakfast!
For me, I almost always go with scrambled eggs. It’s safe and hard to mess up and I know I’ll be getting exactly what I want. But when we are at home, I like to experiment a little more with the eggs and try different ways of making them.
So that being said, what is the difference in the different types of fried eggs?
An egg that is done “sunny-side-up” means that the egg is never flipped. The yolk (sun) is left completely intact and stays mostly uncooked. The white of the egg is cooked most of the way through and usually is left with just a little bit of sheen to it. This seems to be one of the most popular ways to fry an egg. If you do a search online for fried eggs almost all of the photos and recipes are for a sunny-side-up egg.
Similar to sunny-side up, when you make fried eggs over-easy, you want the yolk to barely get cooked. It should still be very runny and intact. The only real difference between sunny-side up and over-easy eggs is that an egg made over-easy is flipped once while being cooked. This means the egg white gets cooked a bit more and usually doesn’t have that sheen to it.
As we get further in the descriptions, the eggs get cooked a little more. Over-medium eggs are cooked the same as over-easy because they are flipped while frying, but are just cooked a bit longer. The yolk in an over-medium fried egg is only slightly runny.
Personally, this is the only way I will eat a fried egg. When it’s cooked over-hard, the yolk is cooked completely through, similar to a hard-boiled egg. As with the others, the egg is flipped while it is cooked, and it is done longer. Both the egg white and yolk are cooked until they are considered done and nothing is raw.
My only drawback to fried eggs is the fact that I don’t like egg whites on their own, which is why I prefer to break the yolk when I make my fried eggs. I also can’t stand a runny yolk. It reminds me too much of a raw egg and totally grosses me out! I couldn’t ever eat an egg sunny-side-up or over-easy. That’s why, in this recipe, I am showing you how to make a fried egg over-hard because I do have to eat this food after I make it! We like to prepare the eggs with seasoned potatoes.
Step by Step
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and add the oil until it’s warm.
Crack the eggs into the pan. If you want the yolk broken, do that now. If not, leave the egg as it is.
Sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper.
After a few minutes, once the eggs start to set, flip and cook the other side.
The amount of time you let the egg cook will determine the doneness of the yolk. Take the eggs off the heat when they hit your desired doneness.
Fried Eggs Over Hard
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Heat a saute pan over medium heat and add the oil
- Once the oil is warm, crack open the eggs into the pan
- If you want a broken yolk, do that now
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- After a few minutes, once the eggs start to set, flip and cook the other side
- Determine how cooked you want the yolk and take them off the heat when cooked to desired doneness
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